It's your business: The Little Gym goes for big impact

It's your business: The Little Gym goes for big impact

The Little Gym, an Arizona-based chain that offers motor skills development programs for children, is coming to Savoy.

It will open at the Savoy Plaza off U.S. 45 in mid-February, according to the local franchisee, Giles Austin.

The Little Gym will offer developmental gymnastics classes that meet once a week for kids up to age 12, and there will also be parent-child classes available, Austin said.

A native of Australia who wound up in Champaign-Urbana when his wife took a position at the University of Illinois, Austin is also a gemologist and former jewelry store manager.

But he has hired a program director with 10 years' experience in gymnastics, he said.

Programs at The Little Gym focus on motor skills, agility, coordination and muscle development, as well as boosting confidence and social and public speaking skills, Austin said.

Many locations of The Little Gym also offer dance, sports skills, karate, cheerleading and camps, and Austin said he plans to expand into other programs beyond developmental gymnastics after the first semester.

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Men's wear shop to open

One of the largest men's apparel store chains is coming to Champaign.

The Men's Wearhouse, a chain of more than 1,200 stores, will open a store in the former Blockbuster shop at 726 Town Center Blvd.

The stores carry name-brand and private-label suits, sports coats, casual clothing and shoes and also offers tuxedo rentals.

Hospitals add wireless

Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, have added free wireless Internet access for patients and visitors.

For now, bring your own laptop, hospital officials say, but they have plans to eventually add Internet access kiosk computers at both hospitals.

Downtown boutique to open next month

The Silver Room in Chicago will have a satellite store in downtown Champaign.

Erik Schiecke, a University of Illinois graduate in finance, said he is returning to Champaign to open the store in the Illinois Traction Building, 41 E. University Ave.

Schiecke was a customer at the Chicago store and approached the owner, Eric Williams, about opening, said Williams, who has been in business in Chicago for 10 years.

The Chicago store is on Milwaukee Avenue.

The Champaign store will be an urban-styled boutique with jewelry, art, body piercings, engagement rings and a DJ booth, Schiecke said. He hopes to have his store open by Dec. 15.

New title office opens in Champaign

First Community Title has opened its fourth central Illinois office in Champaign, at 1101 W. Windsor Road, Suite B.

Other offices are in Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington.

The company offers title insurance and real estate transaction services, and the Champaign office will serve Champaign and surrounding counties.

For more information, call 351-9940.

More freebies

In keeping with our recent mentions of something available for free in Champaign-Urbana, here are two more:

– Be one of the first 500 shoppers to get up really early and walk into Market Place Mall at 6 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving, and your name will be entered in chances to win a Nintendo Wii, Apple iPod, flat-screen TV and other prizes.

– The Meijer grocery chain says it is continuing a free antibiotic program launched in October 2006. The first year yielded more than 4,000 prescriptions being filled for free in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Available at the pharmacy counter with a prescription and without charge, no strings attached, are at least one antibiotic from each of the major classifications and more than 70 percent of the generic pediatric antibiotics sold by Meijer pharmacies.

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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