It's Your Business: Champaign Ballet Academy making a move

It's Your Business: Champaign Ballet Academy making a move

Champaign Ballet Academy plans to move from downtown Urbana to a new building in Champaign.

Director Deanna Doty said the academy is moving because it has grown in students and needs more space.

The new building, to be located at 2810 Clark Road, northwest of the Prairie Gardens store, will have two larger studios, a large waiting room, offices and plenty of parking, she said. The plan is to build over the summer and be ready to open in early September.

Doty has been dancing since she was a small child, and has danced professionally. She started the school in Urbana five years ago, and has about 75 students.

Veterinarian expands services

- Dr. Daniel King, who operates Village Pet Doctor at 411 Long St. (U.S. 45) in Tolono, has moved his practice to a new 3,500-square-foot building in front of the old location.

King, who has a small animal practice, said he has more than triple the space he had before, and has added a new surgery suite, in-house lab, boarding facility and grooming service for pets. He is also now offering animal chiropractic services.

King has been in practice for 25 years, the last 12 of which have been in Tolono. He has also practiced in Decatur and Bloomington.

Village Pet Doctor is open from Monday through Saturday.

Shuttle service expands

- Decatur-based Collins Shuttle - which offers trips out-of-town any place, any time its customers want to travel - has expanded to begin serving Champaign County.

The company has a vehicle fleet that can accommodate both individual passengers and groups up to 14, said Steve Collins, a retired Bridgestone/Firestone tire builder who started the transportation business about nine months ago with his wife, Becky.

Collins said he knows people want transportation when they need it, so all trips are scheduled individually and include such destinations as recreational places, business meetings, medical clinics and airports.

For information, call 855-5470 or 422-5468.

New limo service started

Jimmy and Carey Taylor of Rantoul have started Rantoul Limousine and will transport their passengers in a stretch limo with all the amenities, Jimmy Taylor said.

Their service covers such events as weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate events, birthdays and graduations.

Carey Taylor is also the senior accountant for the village of Rantoul, and she and her husband and father-in-law, Donald Taylor, are partners in T&T Tavern in Rantoul.

Jimmy Taylor said the new limo service is focusing on Rantoul and towns to the north, but will accept business from Champaign-Urbana as well.

For information, call 892-2252.


The Great Frame Up, a custom framing and art shop, has opened at 2141 S. Neil St., C, in the Shoppes of Knollwood shopping center.

It offers preframed art, a computerized gallery of more than 140,000 prints and posters, photo restoration, custom framing, and a magnetic design board on which customers can view their projects as though they were hanging on a wall.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The owners are Jim and Carol Wisniewski.

For more information, call 351-9904, or see the shop's Web site at

Broken Oak Gallery south of White Heath has expanded to add an outdoor patio and garden.

It will reopen for the season Thursday with original works in pottery, photography, mixed media, oil, colored pencil, watercolor, glass and turned wood.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 762-4907.

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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