Draperies & Interiors by Design, currently located in Champaign's Shoppes of Knollwood, plans to build a new, larger store in Savoy.
In the next few months, you should see the new building going up at 1804 Woodfield Drive, Savoy, between Snell Chiropractic Clinic and Dr. G.D. Castillo's cosmetic and plastic surgery practice.
Roy Meyer, who operates the draperies business with his wife LeAnn, said the building will face U.S. 45 and resemble a "French country-style" home. Customer parking will be on the side facing U.S. 45.
"We're hoping to be in by the end of the year," he said.
Floor space is expected to exceed 3,000 square feet, essentially doubling what the store has now.
The Meyers acquired the business about 10 years ago from previous owners Pat and Tony Sheehan.
The business, at 2135 S. Neil St., C, sells custom draperies, window blinds, upholstery fabrics, custom furniture and custom bedding, such as pillows and bedspreads.
"Our big business is window treatments," Roy Meyer said.
The store has about 70,000 fabric samples on display, and it recently began carrying interior stone that can be used in fireplaces.
Meyer said some people think the store carries only expensive products. But he said it also carries modestly priced products that folks on "a big-box-store budget" are seeking.
The new store will use the same phone number it has now — 359-8710, Meyer said. The store's website is http://www.draperiesandinteriors.net .
Sullivan sports store to close
Greg Ketchmark blames high gasoline prices for the decision to close D&M Sports Center in Sullivan.
A closing sale began Wednesday, with merchandise up to 30 percent off, and is expected to last into December.
D&M Sports Center, on Illinois 32 on the south side of Sullivan, has been in business for nearly 30 years. It carries fishing, archery and camping equipment, water skis, life jackets, sporting goods, men's active wear, women's clothing and video games. For years, it also rented formal wear, and it still operates tanning beds.
"We're like a mini-Wal-Mart or a mini-Dick's Sporting Goods in our town," Ketchmark said.
In earlier years, D&M thrived from the traffic coming to Lake Shelbyville from Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and other places.
In those days, the parking lot on Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July was so jammed that "you couldn't get in," Ketchmark said.
But high gasoline prices have curbed that traffic.
"Tourism has taken a hit. We're feeling the bite of the gas crunch," said Ketchmark, who operates D&M with his wife Patti.
"The last three years have been trying, to say the least," he added.
Each year, they opted to stay open another year in hopes the Eagle Creek resort would reopen. But it still hasn't.
The original D&M Discount store opened in Tuscola in 1972 and was operated for 25 years by Patti's parents, Don and Mary Young.
The Youngs opened a store in Sullivan on May 5, 1981, and Greg and Patti became involved with that store two years later.
Eventually, the Sullivan store occupied a 10,000-square-foot building that, even after a gradual sell-down, is "crammed with stuff," Greg Ketchmark said.
Hours of the store, at 1303 S. Hamilton St., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Ketchmark said once the store is closed and the building is leased or sold, he and Patti hope to find jobs — in sales and in accounting and taxes, respectively.
They also plan to spend more time with their daughters — Jennifer, a former WCIA weathercaster who now works for the Fox station in Indianapolis, and Danielle, the manager of Elite Bridal in Champaign — and with a new granddaughter.
Closing the Sullivan store won't be an easy thing.
"There was a time D&M was needed to move this town forward," Ketchmark said.
Oishi Asian Cuisine, at 2501 N. Prospect Ave., C, reopened last Monday after closing for remodeling in late July.
Manager Kasandra Land said tables and booths were removed to make room for nine new hibachi tables.
The restaurant has retained its old menus, but added a new hibachi menu that's available at both lunch and dinner, she said.
Guests can choose from a variety of ingredients, including shrimp, calamari, tuna, sea bass, halibut, sirloin steak, filet mignon and lobster.
The restaurant has also added a new dessert menu, she said.
Hours remain 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Oishi has a few new twists: birthdays are now announced over the speaker system; the staff sings to the honoree, and the celebrant gets to wear a hibachi chef's hat.
New banners and flags have been put up outside Oishi. The restaurant no longer makes deliveries, Land said, but takeout is available.
Oishi Asian Cuisine is owned by Ming Renmin, Land said.
The restaurant's website is http://www.oishiasiancuisine.com .
Sweet Dreams settles in
A new sign has gone up at Champaign's Round Barn Shopping Center for Sweet Dreams Mattress.
The store opened at its 1808 Round Barn Road location last spring in the space once occupied by DWP Golf World. Sweet Dreams was previously located at 509 S. Country Fair Drive, C.
The mattress store carries Simmons and Beautyrest mattresses and foundations, as well as Bella-Pedic and Pure LatexBliss products, manager Lori Dempsey said. It also carries pillows and mattress toppers, as well as adjustable bases for those who want to sit up or change positions for circulatory reasons.
The store is owned by Matthew O'Brien and Justin Trumbo, Dempsey said.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The store's phone number is 356-3500, and its website is http://www.sweetdreamsmattress217.com .
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