Under Armour, the athletic wear retailer, plans to open a store at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola in October, according to Karen Dukeman, the center's assistant general manager.
The business will take the former Bee Active Toys space, located next to the Jockey store and across from Rue 21, Dukeman said.
Last Wednesday J. Crew opened a store at the outlet center, next to the Tommy Hilfiger store. J. Crew offers clothing for men, women and children, said Austin Wadman, who is helping to staff the Tuscola shop while store manager Anita Hoene is on maternity leave.
If seafood with a south-of-the-border twist sounds good, you might check out La Casa de Los Mariscos, which recently opened at the Five Points Commerce Centre in Urbana.
The restaurant is located between El Progreso International Market and Cookies by Design in the shopping center just behind Walgreen's at University and Cunningham avenues.
House plates, priced from $12.99 to $15.99, feature entrees accompanied by rice, salad, fries and garlic bread. Some specialties, such as stuffed lobster and octopus, carry loftier prices, according to the menu.
Also available are soups and appetizers, such as oysters, scallops and shrimp.
The restaurant, at 510 N. Cunningham Ave., is open seven days a week — from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Live music is offered some evenings.
Knowledge of some Spanish can be helpful for customers since some items on the menu are not accompanied by English translations.
Return of Rubens
Remember Rubens Chocolates — the Belgian chocolate store that once had a location on Church Street in downtown Champaign and at the Shoppes of Knollwood on South Neil?
Marleen Hendrickx said she's taking over the business run by her mother, Chris Thurston, for 30 years. Hendrickx is in the process of setting up a production facility at 1602 E. University Ave., U, pending state inspections.
"My plan is to officially open Sept. 15," Hendrickx said, adding that she doesn't plan to open a retail shop until she finds the right location.
In the meantime, Hendrickx said she plans to offer three separate lines of chocolates, to be sold wholesale and online.
One line would be the traditional Rubens Chocolates, and a new line, to be sold under the Sexy Chocolate Shop name, would feature candy molded in the shapes of lips, hearts and stilettos, among other things, she said.
The third line would be "an organic, healthy line combining dark chocolate and goji berries," she said.
Hendrickx, who has experience as a caterer and chef, said she produced Rubens Chocolates herself last year, with the Garlic Press in Bloomington among the retailers carrying them.
After last season, she said her business was dormant for several months while she worked to reorganize it.
Greek restaurant update
Back in May 2011, this column reported that Nicholas Kokkosis was preparing to open a Greek restaurant at Urbana's Sunnycrest Mall.
Now work is proceeding in earnest on the restaurant, to be called Kokonik's.
Kokkosis said complications from the Greek debt crisis delayed his plans, and now he's hoping to open later this month or in September.
Kokkosis, who was born in the United States, went to college in Greece and stayed there from 1984 to 2010.
Now he and his sister, Gerasimoula Kokkosis, a teacher at Urbana High School, plan to open Kokonik's, with their brother, George, serving as culinary consultant.
Among the restaurant's offerings will be gyros, rotisserie lamb, pork and chicken, baklava, moussaka, pastichio and Greek coffees.
Kokkosis said he hopes to accommodate about 26 customers inside and eventually offer outdoor seating. He would also like to provide catering and delivery. Expect more updates in the weeks to come.
Mattress Firm opens
Mattress Firm has opened its new store at 901 W. Anthony Drive, C, on Aug. 17.
The store, near the southwest corner of Prospect Avenue and Marketview Drive, is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mattress Firm features more than 55 different models of mattresses from manufacturers such as Sealy, Serta and Simmons, plus pressure-relieving mattresses from Tempur-Pedic.
The store uses the Comfort by Color concept, which allows customers to compare styles based on the comfort level of the mattress: firm (yellow), plush (orange), pillow top (red), contoured (green) and personalized (blue).
Houston-based Mattress Firm has more than 1,000 stores in 27 states. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq exchange. Its website is http://www.mattressfirm.com .
Mattress Firm is one of four businesses slated to operate from two new buildings erected on the former site of Lone Star Steakhouse. The Vitamin Shoppe is slated to open Sept. 2, according to its website. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries are expected later this year.
New consignment store
Look for Robin's Nest, a new women's consignment boutique, to open this fall in the former Paris' Boutique space at 515 W. Town Center Blvd., C.
The boutique will be at the east end of the Champaign Station shopping plaza, adjacent to All About Eyes.
Robin Nelson, the owner of Robin's Nest, said she expects the store to open about Oct. 1. She plans to carry gently worn clothing, including designer and regular-name brands, as well as jewelry, accessories and hats. She also plans to carry some new items.
"I want to create an atmosphere where people want to hang out," she said.
Nelson formerly owned the Chameleon hair salon on Mattis Avenue for 13 years and has experience working in a consignment shop.
Consignors can reach her at 352-2513.
One Week Boutique returns
Mark your calendars: The twice-a-year consignment event known as One Week Boutique will return to Champaign the weekend of Sept. 8-10.
This time, the boutique will be held in the space next to Planet Fitness at 2002 Glenn Park Drive, C.
Merchandise will include children's and maternity clothing; shoes, toys, books and games for children; baby equipment and baby furniture.
People interested in providing items on consignment can register at the boutique's website, http://www.oneweekboutique.com .
The pre-sale for first time moms will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8 — but first-time moms need to register at the website at least four days in advance. First-time moms include those with children 12 months or younger and those who are pregnant or adopting a child.
The boutique is open to the general public from noon to 7 p.m. that Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday admission is $2, unless the person has a coupon. Admission is free Sunday and Monday. On Monday, items are offered at half-price.
Unsold items will be donated to the Crisis Nursery and the Center for Women in Transition after the sale ends.
For more information, contact Donna Pepper via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Messages can be left at 344-6631, according to the One Week Boutique website.
Vet practice in Mahomet
Dr. Joella Koss has opened All About Animals Pet Clinic in Mahomet.
The veterinary practice, which treats dogs, cats and horses, opened this summer at 2012 Tin Cup Road.
Koss purchased the practice — formerly known as King Equine Veterinary Services — from Dr. Dan King, who moved to Hawaii.
"The timing was not perfect, but it was too good to pass up," Koss said. "I always wanted to own my own clinic."
Koss, a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, worked two years at Northgate Pet Clinic in Decatur and then at the Animal Health Care Center in Arcola before starting her practice.
She knew Dr. King because she had worked for his practice in Tolono — the Village Pet Doctor — while she was in high school.
Koss has already acquired some new equipment, including digital dental X-ray equipment and a surgical table for dentistry.
Hours of her practice are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and by appointment Saturday. The practice is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Voss makes house calls and farm calls. The office number is 586-4477, and the website is aaapetclinic.com.
New home for Two Men
Two Men and A Truck moved its office to the former Vulcan Materials building at 47 E. Kenyon Road, C, last week.
Rene Shunk, who owns the franchise with her husband, Dan, said the new office provides more space than the former location at 828 Pioneer St., C.
She said when the franchise opened in 2008, it had two trucks, and now it has six. The franchise now employs 20 to 25 people, depending on the time of year, she said.
Two Men and A Truck's phone number did not change with the move; it's still 398-2636.
Pizza Hut coming to Savoy
Pizza Hut is developing a carry-out and delivery store at Savoy Plaza in the space north of Schnucks that was formerly occupied by Curves, according to Chris Folz, leasing representative for Regency Commercial Associates.
Attempts to reach Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International about the store's expected opening date were not successful.
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