Building permits, April 3, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


KAP Architecture LLC, alteration to multifamily dwelling at 509 S. Green St., $62,200.

Business listings, April 3, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

217 Outdoor Services, 561 U.S. 150 North, C, Edward Dix, same address, and Matthew Babb, 1778 County Road 2100 E, St. Joseph.

Durango M Drywall, 2413 E. Green St., U, Adam Rodriguez, same address.

Wired In: Chris Weiher

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Chris Weiher, 35, CEO of Watch Me Work, a live-streaming collaborative project that ultimately will be a consulting firm. Watch Me Work is in its early stage of development and is "pre-revenue," as he puts it.

Today's Special: Thumbs-up cookies a hit for Pekara

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, in an effort to connect to the visitors who descend upon downtown for Ebertfest, Pekara Bakery came up with the idea to make cookies featuring a lasting symbol of Roger Ebert, the late film critic and Urbana native.

When the film festival hits town April 12, sugar cookies in the shape of a thumbs-up — Ebert's go-to gesture — will be on the menu.

It's Your Business: Philo adds Dollar General

Philo now has its own Dollar General store.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based variety store opened for business at 900 N. Lincoln St. on March 16, according to store manager Beth Mann.

Soccer Planet's expanding universe

URBANA — More than four years ago, Graham Berry knew there was a need for an indoor soccer facility when he and his wife, Liz Berry, opened Soccer Planet. But demand for the indoor space — for more than soccer — has surprised even them.

Love of old houses turning into business

MANSFIELD — Renovating a 126-year-old, 6,000-square-foot home into a bed and breakfast has its challenges, some of which revolve around people questioning the sanity of co-owner Evelyn Brown.

Farm Leader of the Year: Chris Hausman

Note: Chris Hausman will be honored at tonight's banquet in Champaign

Raised on a farm that had been a part of his family since the early 1900s, Chris Hausman didn’t grow up wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps and one day take over the family business.

From pews to pub

Questions? Ask area historian Tom Kacich here

MONTICELLO — A brewpub and restaurant has announced intentions to locate in the soon-to-be-vacant Monticello United Methodist Church building.

It's Your Business: Atwood adds a pharmacy

Atwood now has its own pharmacy — complete with a drive-thru window.

Sav-Mor Pharmacy has opened at 112 S. Main St., adjacent to the Kirby Medical Clinic on the clinic's south side.

Owner Dave Falk said the store does more than just fill prescriptions.

"We sell over-the-counter products, cough and cold medicines, pain relievers, vitamins and first-aid products," he said.