After 15 years of working for other pizza businesses, Artie Berns of Urbana got together with some partners and opened one of his own.
Artie's Pizza is now up and running with a pickup and delivery service based at the McKinley Foundation building at 809 S. Fifth St., C.
Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight every night but Friday and Saturday, when closing is at 3 a.m. Delivery is offered throughout Champaign-Urbana and Savoy, Berns said.
There's no seating at the business, but there are tables customers can use in the building.
Artie's offers daily specials and thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizza, along with calzones, breadsticks, buffalo wings and Pepsi soft drinks, Berns said. For information, call 384-5000.
The former Swinford's Quick Pick at 202 S. Garrard St., Rantoul, is now Pool's Quick Pick.
New owner Clyde Pool bought the property at auction, he said. He sells lottery tickets, candy bars, cigarettes and other convenience items.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
School changes owner
Willowbay Christian Academy in Mahomet has been acquired by Amy Harper of Mansfield.
The school, which is in the Mahomet Bible Church at 304 E. Dunbar St., accepts children age 3 through first grade. There are two classrooms, one for prekindergarten and one for kindergarten and first-grade.
Harper, who previously worked in child care for 12 years, said there are openings available for next year.
For more information, call 586-7230.
New source for overhead doors
Kevin Jannusch has started Reliable Overhead Doors, a business based at his home in St. Joseph.
He is selling, installing and repairing overhead doors for homes and businesses. He also offers security and storm doors and will do some light household maintenance work, he said.
Jannusch formerly worked for Champaign-Danville Overhead Doors Inc. for 27 years in sales, service and installation.
He can be reached at 202-8510 or rohdllc[AT]insightbb.com. His fax number is 469-2879.
Star Uniforms, formerly at 1211 S. Mattis Ave., C, has moved to 400 N. Broadway Ave., U.
Manager Marlana Ackerman said the store has more space at its new location, and carries a larger selection.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Star Uniforms is based in Bloomington and also has a store in Springfield.
The new phone number is 344-9966.
The Staples office supply store at 2005 N. Prospect Ave., C, is undergoing some interior remodeling but remains open.
The store, which has been at its current location for nine years, is getting new carpeting and new cash registers, according to Staples spokeswoman Brianne Barnett.
They come to you
When it's difficult to leave your home to get an X-ray, a new Savoy business will come to you.
MDS-Mobile Diagnostic Services is being launched Monday by Faith Campbell of Danville.
She will bring portable diagnostic equipment to nursing homes, hospices and patient homes, and offer X-rays and electrocardiogram testing.
The equipment is wheeled right to the patient's bedside, and the film is uploaded directly to reading radiologists, she said. Results are forwarded to the ordering physician.
MDS is serving the Champaign-Urbana, Danville and Bloomington-Normal areas.
Campbell, a Ridge Farm native, formerly assisted in neurosurgeries, monitoring the brain, muscles, spine and nerves for the surgeon, she said.
She learned about portable diagnostic services in New Mexico when her husband was stationed there with the Air Force. After he retired, they decided to return to East Central Illinois and open a portable diagnostic service here, she said.
For more information, call 378-4588.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.