BEMENT – For Casey Wysocki, running Bement's Coach Light Inn is a dream come true.
Wysocki, who with wife Hettie bought the former Rooster Inn in April, said the business satisfies his entire wish list.
CHAMPAIGN – Nextumi, the 3-year-old company that aims to help Web users find the information most relevant to them, is California-bound.
Mike Blackwell, who was hired in 2005 as the company's chief executive officer, said Tuesday that the firm plans to move its headquarters to northern California, most likely San Francisco.
VILLA GROVE – When Bill Hayes of Villa Grove was laid off from his engineering job in April, he and his wife, Tana, began looking for a new opportunity.
After the owner of the Villa Grove Twin Cinemas announced the movie theater was up for sale, the Hayeses knew they had found what they wanted.
CHAMPAIGN – Trisha Bates loves baking cupcakes.
She also loves downtown Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – To former Motorola employees in Champaign whose livelihoods were saved by Yahoo, the Internet giant looks like a white knight.
But to analysts and investors across the nation, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company appears to have tarnished armor.
Simply Amish, a new shop featuring furniture made by the Amish, will open soon on the north side of downtown Champaign.
The owners, Debby Winter and Matt Hutton, have taken over the ground floor space at 500 N. Walnut St., at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets, and plan to open the store there later this month or in early October.
DANVILLE – Gayle Savoree wanted a computer to practice keyboarding skills and get back in the work force.
Now, she not only has a computer, but also a job, thanks to a new nonprofit organization in Danville.
DANVILLE – Downtown businesses will get a new neighbor Wednesday when Danville Book World opens in its new location at 107 North Vermilion St.
The store, which sells comic books, used paperbacks, posters, action figures, game supplies and other items, has been in the Holiday Square shopping center on North Bowman Avenue near Holiday Hills since it opened in 1983, but current owner Richard Garrison said he had wanted to move the store for a while.
URBANA – Judging from the product line, the whole world seems to have Solo cups in its hands.
Most folks probably recognize the Solo name from plastic party cups sold at grocery stores and mass retailers. But Solo also makes private-label cups, and even more of its products pop up in the world of food service.
URBANA – When Betty Koontz-Walton completed 25 years with Solo Cup, the company rewarded her with a 21-day trip for two anywhere in the world.
She chose Australia and went with her niece.