East Central Illinois has one more place to savor locally smoked and barbecued meats.
Pauly's BBQ opened on Friday in the former Tom's Dairyland in Arthur.
On the menu: baby-back ribs, pulled pork, sweet sausages, smoked tenderloin and more.
"They're all tender and they're all juicy," said Paul Kuhns, a Lovington resident who grew up in Arthur. Kuhns and his wife Sarah Kuhns are the owners of the new restaurant.
Kuhns, who works in the cabinetry business, set up a tent in downtown Arthur last summer and started grilling, smoking and selling plates of food on the weekends. They developed their own sauce and purchased some rubs they liked.
"The rest is history," he said.
They painted the place a little bit, installed a smoker and grill outside the building, hired 10 employees and got to work on the menu.
"We'll still have hamburgers and cheeseburgers, but we'll make them on a larger scale," he said.
The only fried items available will be french fries and the fried cheese sticks, he said. If you're not crazy about barbecue, they're also cooking up grilled salmon and grilled turkey burgers. New sides on the menu include sweet potato fries.
They will continue to dish up soft-serve ice cream, sundaes and floats.
In the future, the Kuhns plan to offer specials on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and they're considering smoking breakfast meats and opening on some Saturdays.
The restaurant, at 310 E. Columbia St., Arthur, is open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.
Iola Rose, a boutique located within Class Act, the interactive education and events company at 114 S. Neil St. in downtown Champaign, will hold a family friendly ribbon-cutting party on Saturday.
The shop will officially open that day. Iola Rose features locally made goods such as jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings and baby bows, plus some clothing items, such as T-shirts, from national apparel brands, said owner Karin Maher. The store is named after her father's mother, who passed away last year at 101.
The ribbon-cutting party from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. will feature activities such as face-painting and Valentine's Day crafts, live music and a silent auction and raffle to benefit the Conservatory of Central Illinois. An improv show by C-U Theater Sports will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free gift bags will be available to the first 25 guests.
The boutique is set up in the northwest corner of the building, which used to house The Music Shoppe, and it is accessible from the entrance at 114 S. Neil St. The boutique's regular hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Maher said she's developing an online presence, called Valentine Avenue, where the items will also be available for sale. She is also still looking for artists interested in showcasing some of their items at the shop. Maher can be reached at 840-1387.
Massage and PUSH therapy
Michelle Morneau, a certified massage therapist, certified PUSH therapist and aromatherapist, has opened an office in downtown Champaign. PUSH stands for "power under soft hands" and is muscle therapy for relieving chronic pain, according to Morneau.
She opened her business at 209 W. University Ave. (near Chase Bank and Colonial Pantry) earlier this month.
A registered nurse for almost two decades, Morneau said she enjoys helping people and working one-on-one with clients to relieve pain. She has been a massage therapist for four years. She is open daily by appointment only and can be reached at 359-6575.
Ladies, for those of you who believe you can't have enough purses, here's another shopping option. Janet LaValle of Urbana is now a local independent representative for B's Purses, a Louisville, Ky.-based company.
LaValle will host a purse party in area homes and bring samples of various fabrics and hardware.
"You get to design your own purse," LaValle said.
More than 20 different styles of handbags, totes, purses, cosmetic bags, clutches and other items are available.
Prices range from about $35 to $160. Once the orders are placed, it takes about four to six weeks for them to arrive, she said.
LaValle can be reached at 344-2748 or via the company's Web site at http://bspurses.com/jlavalle.
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