It's Your Business: Dollar Tree opening Savoy store next month

   Dollar Tree will open a store in Savoy next month, in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter along U.S. 45.

   The store is set to open Feb. 23, and will be 8,000 square feet ? more than twice the size of the Champaign Dollar Tree store at 2012 N. Prospect Ave.

   The Savoy store will get a larger selection of merchandise, including some of the larger items not shipped to the smaller stores, said Jim Youcker, district manager. Dollar Tree has 2,483 stores across the nation.

   Youcker said the Champaign store will remain open. Dollar Tree was attracted to Savoy because the company likes to locate near Wal-Mart stores and wanted to add a presence on the community's south side, he said.


New groomer in business

   Wilma Woosley has started a pet grooming business called Wilma's Mutt Hutt at her home at 1403 Paula Drive, C.

   Woosley said she has been a groomer at local pet shops for about nine years and wanted to work out of her home.

   She will groom and wash all sizes of pets five days a week and will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Call her between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 359-4364.



   ? Dr. Keychun Song expects to relocate Song's Kung Fu Academy and Song's Acupuncture Clinic, both now located in downtown Champaign, to his brand-new building at 1827 Springer Drive, C, on Feb. 4.

   He will be out of his current building by the end of this month.

   ? Jazzercise classes held at the Historic Lincoln Hotel/Lincoln Castle banquet facilities will relocate Saturday to the Mettler Center at 2906 Crossing Court, C.

   Jazzercise instructor Jennifer Hess said the move will provide a more convenient location with a comfortable workout space for students.

   Jazzercize is a 60-minute dance-fitness workout that includes a warm-up, aerobic segment, muscle-toning, flexibility exercises and a cool-down.

   Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings, and in the morning on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

   Hess, a Jazzercise instructor for three years, has a master's degree in physical education and is a certified athletic trainer. She also works at the University of Illinois' McKinley Health Center as a fitness/injury prevention specialist.


New for game fans

   Hollywood Video in Champaign has a new, separate shop devoted to buying, selling and trading used video games and consoles. It's called Gamecrazy and was carved out of existing space at the video shop at 512 S. Neil St.

   Gamecrazy also offers space and equipment to try out the games, said Hollywood Video's manager, Eric Pelz.


New real estate office opens

   Jane Hill and her daughter, Melissa Hill Brashear, have opened a new Hillshire Realty office at 2005 S. Philo Road, U.

   The office, formerly located in a model home on Trails Drive, specializes in residential real estate. It markets homes throughout Champaign County.

   The Hill family has been involved in the development of South Ridge and Myra Ridge subdivisions in Urbana.

   Hillshire Realty can be reached at 352-6400 or on the Web at


Need money?

   U.S. Cellular says it's looking for central Illinois nonprofit organizations in need of support. The company's "Connecting with our Communities" program has money to give away to charitable organizations in the markets where U.S. Cellular operates.

   Eligible organizations include tax-exempt nonprofit groups focusing on the environment, civic betterment and the community, arts and culture, and health and human services organizations. Only those that are nonsectarian, nonpolitical and nondenominational will be considered, the company said.

   Chicago-based U.S. Cellular is the nation's eighth-largest wireless service carrier and operates in 155 markets in 26 states. For information about applying for a grant, visit the company Web site at, and go to Quick Links.


   Are you opening a new business or changing something at your existing business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229, or 800-252-3346; by e-mail at, or regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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