It's your business: Shop keeping tabs on prom dresses

It's your business: Shop keeping tabs on prom dresses

Deb Grilo doesn't want any girl on her way to prom to wind up in a dress that might have been worn by another girl, at another dance, at her school.

"That could be so embarrassing," she said. "Think back to your high school years."

So Grilo marks the dresses sold to her new store, Deb's Formal Wear, with the schools of the girls who sold them to her and won't sell them to a girl from the same school – so nobody runs the risk of that kind of embarrassment, she said.

Grilo's shop, which sells both new and used dresses in good condition, is at 503 Church St. in Thomasboro, next to the Busey Bank branch.

Grilo conducted her business out of her home and at shows for about a year and a half before opening up her store, and she held a grand opening in February. Right now she has about 300 new and used prom dresses in stock and about 10 new wedding dresses. Some were bought by other people, never worn and still have the tags on, she said.

Store hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Grilo also opens by appointment. She can be contacted at 377-9711.

Bement restaurant to be sold

Lois and Jim Wildman, the three-decade owners of the Rooster Inn in Bement, are retiring and selling their restaurant to Casey and Hettie Wysocki of Williamsburg, Va.

The Wildmans plan to rename the restaurant, which is at 137 E. Bodman St., the Coach Light Inn.

They will close at the end of April for two weeks of redecorating, said Casey Wysocki, a Joliet native who has been a manager for the IHOP chain.

Wysocki said the restaurant will reopen May 14. The new menu will include part of the old menu, but will also include some new seafood and pasta dishes, he said. There will also be a new kids menu.

The restaurant has been open for only dinner in the past, but the Wysockis will open for lunch and are adding a Sunday brunch.

Opening recently

Colorado-based Mercury Payment Systems has opened a regional sales office in Champaign.

The company offers integrated payment processing solutions that are embedded into point-of-sale and electronic cash register systems, according to its Web site.

The new Champaign office, located in the home of regional sales manager Lowell Mennenga, will be a sales, training and resources hub for the company's reseller partners.

For more information, call 970-903-1288.

Xtreme Autosports has opened at 2918 Hundman Drive, Suite B, C.

Owner James McClellan is offering car stereo installation, auto detailing, custom enclosures and installation of Bluetooth systems for hands-free cell phone communication.

The business is located at McClellan's father's business, Vital Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 351-3470.


Advanced Drainage Systems, a plastic drainage tile distributor in Monticello, has moved to 1214 Raymond Road, Monticello, in the Bear Industrial Park.

Support for cancer society could win baseball tickets

The new Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar at 2501 N. Prospect Ave., C, is marking its arrival in Champaign with a raffle to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

The grand prize is a pair of tickets to the April 28 Cubs-Cardinals game in St. Louis plus hotel accommodations. Another prize is a $25 Boston's gift certificate.

All ticket proceeds will go to the cancer society. Tickets are being sold at the restaurant through April 20, and cost $15 apiece, or $25 for two. The total sold will be limited to 400, the company said.

The raffle will be April 21.

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 by 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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