Pizzeria Antica to open Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Pizzeria Antica Champaign plans to open to the general public Thursday after a three-day "soft opening" last week.

The Neapolitan pizza parlor, at 10 Chester St. — just north of the Champaign City Building — will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., or until the pizzeria runs out of dough. Owner Ramin Karimpour said he plans to have enough dough to make 130 pizzas a day.

Big Grove Tavern a winner in Green America contest

CHAMPAIGN — Jessica Gorin was committed to using locally produced ingredients when she became executive chef at Big Grove Tavern three years ago.

This week, that commitment helped the downtown Champaign restaurant become one of three winners of Green America's People & Planet Award for spring 2015.

Specifically, the restaurant was honored for:

It's Your Business: Flesor's cooking up expansion in Tuscola

Flesor's Candy Kitchen — already a tourist attraction in downtown Tuscola — plans to expand into two adjacent buildings in the coming year, said co-owner Devon Flesor Story.

"The first thing we're going to do is build a bigger candy manufacturing room. At Christmas, it gets very tight in our current candy room," said Story, who operates Flesor's with her sister, Ann Flesor Beck.

Home Sweet Homes: The 2015 Showcase of Homes

Here's an advance look at the six houses in the 2015 Showcase of Homes, which starts Friday, courtesy business writer Don Dodson.

What can visitors expect to see at the showcase this year?

Variety, according to Terry Greene, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois, which puts on the 10-day event.

Tom's Mailbag June 12, 2015

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Before we get to the ‘bag, how about some fun?

#sundaySneak: Brixx to hire '30 to 40 people'

Biz tips? Email Don Dodson at dodson@news-gazette

Art Mart move a 'leap of faith'

Questions about this move? Urbana? Local business? Send 'em to Tom Kacich here and he'll chase down an answer

Thirty-seven years after moving into Lincoln Square in Urbana, Art Mart will soon have a new home — at 1705 S. Prospect Ave. in Champaign.

Building permits, June 7, 2015

Listed are recent 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.


BB Construction, new single-family home at 2008 Max Run Drive, $320,000.

Hit the road: Prime time at the pump

CHAMPAIGN — Look for gasoline prices this summer to be the cheapest they've been in six years, with local prices potentially falling another 10 to 20 cents, a gasoline industry analyst said.

It's Your Business: Tatman reshapes body shop name once more

Tim Tatman has had to change the name of his auto body repair business yet again.

As you may recall, Tatman opened Tim Tatman's Collision Repair in the former Aldi grocery building at 701 N. Mattis Ave., C, on March 16.