Champaign gift shop to relocate this summer

Champaign gift shop to relocate this summer

Checkered Moon, a home accents and gift shop in Champaign, will relocate this summer to Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues.

Store owner Sharon Crow said she decided not to renew her lease at her current shop, 505 S. Neil St., C.

She will close at that location May 24.

She expects to be closed until late July, while she remodels her new space at Old Farm, where Iris' Boutique is.

Iris' is in the process of closing.

Checkered Moon carries a mix of furniture and home decor and gift items.

It also has items for children's rooms.

Child care center closing

The KinderCare Learning Center at 1101 E. Colorado Ave., U, will close June 6.

Jill Eiland, spokeswoman for the Oregon-based chain of child care centers, said the company couldn't arrange favorable lease terms and had some other issues with the building that would have had to be addressed.

She also said the company chose not to relocate the center to another building in Urbana, because it prefers to open new locations in communities with lots of new residential development.

The KinderCare in Champaign remains open, and can accommodate some of the 60 children at the Urbana center if their parents choose, Eiland said.

Wellness center opens in Tuscola

Tuscola chiropractor Dr. Bill Hemmer has started a new program called Real Life Wellness Center, at his offices at 304 E. Southline Road, Tuscola.

It is a personalized wellness program stressing a "wellness triangle" with chemical, structural and psychological aspects, Hemmer said.

Participants are evaluated for their individual diet, time management, stress management, fitness, posture, personality strengths and behaviors, he said. A personal wellness program is designed to help them achieve their goals.

Hemmer has been a chiropractor for 15 years. Before coming to Tuscola seven years ago, he practiced in Rockford and St. Louis, he said.

For information, call 253-9355.

Open longer

Blain's Farm & Fleet stores, including the one at 2701 N. Cunningham Road, U, have extended their hours on Sunday to accommodate customer requests, the company said.

The store is now open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - an hour later than it was before.

Tolono salon to open

Absolute Style, a new salon at 107 N. Watson St., Suite 400, Tolono, is set to open Friday and will have a grand opening Friday and Saturday.

It will be a full-service hair salon that also offers manicures, pedicures, tanning and full-body waxing, said Lorrie Innes of Philo, one of the owners.

She is opening the salon with Tiffany Hess-Garrison of Tuscola.

Innes is the owner of Lorrie's Lil Hair Salon, which is closing when the new salon opens, and also worked at Appearances salon in Champaign. Hess-Garrison has worked at other salons in the area.

The grand opening is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and will feature refreshments and discounts on services, Innes said.

The salon can be reached at 485-3888 once the phone is connected this week, - or call the owners at 898-0368 or 417-4639.

Rantoul restaurant changes hands

Diamond's Steakhouse & Lounge on South Century Boulevard in Rantoul is under new ownership.

The building and restaurant were purchased by Xhelal Veseli of Rantoul, and he reopened the restaurant April 21, said his sister-in-law and restaurant manager, Amanda Petkus.

The menu features steaks, pasta and fish.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

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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