It's Your Business: Hoping to make a pretty penny

CHAMPAIGN — A former restaurant on Champaign's south side will soon become the community's latest video parlor.

The mother-and-daughter team of Barbara Burch Rogers and Sarah Burch is converting the former Sea Boat restaurant building at 403 W. Kirby Ave. into Jim's Place.

Tom's Mailbag, Dec. 25, 2015

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Uber in C-U: Going the extra mile

While on a trip to Nashville last year, William Marshall’s son suggested they take an Uber from their hotel to downtown, where they planned to visit the local attractions.

Coming soon: Another video-gaming parlor

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Today's Special: A change of scenery downtown

CHAMPAIGN — Feeling that downtown needed more live entertainment, Ward Gollings and the High Dive decided to rebrand a venue that opened in 1999.

The Accord, located at 51 E. Main St., will open Jan. 15 with comedian Nick Thune serving as the main act.

It's Your Business: Piano Network ready for debut

If you have a hankerin' to tickle the ivories on your own piano, a new store in west Champaign side can make it happen. The Piano Network is opening a store at 1914 D Round Barn Road in Round Barn Centre on Jan. 1.

President Matthew Waldhoff, 43, said there's been a void in the local piano sales market since Samuel Music closed its store on West Anthony Drive in June 2013.

Building permits, Dec. 20, 2015

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.


Norr Architects, alteration at Starbucks, 503 E. Green St., $63,000.

Wired In: Chetana Rao

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Chetana Rao, founder and principal of Rao Research and Consulting, LLC, who talks about the products and processes her company develops to improve the performance of highway infrastructure.

How did you become an entrepreneur?

Business listings, Dec. 20, 2015

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

Hiatt Woodworking, 112 E. University Ave., Apt. 202, C, Aaron Hiatt, same address.

Pancho Moore, 2419 Maplewood Drive, C, Lloyd Gwin, same address.

Paul's Appliances, 110 N. Kentucky Ave., Rantoul, Richard Meuser, 348 Illinois Drive, Rantoul.

Tom's Mailbag, Dec 18, 2015

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