The Paper Destiny store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center, which sells greeting cards, stationery, gifts and gift wrap, is scheduled to open on March 29.
Want to make an appointment with Destiny?
Try March 29.
That's the projected opening date for the Paper Destiny store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center.
The shop, which sells greeting cards, stationery, gifts and gift wrap, will be located across from Forever 21 and next to Buckle in the J.C. Penney wing of the mall.
It's one of the very early stores for Paper Destiny, which opened its first store in the Canadian capital of Ottawa in 2013, followed by a store in Seattle.
The chain's parent company, Schurman Retail Group, said Paper Destiny "represents simple pleasures and treasures those who share their lives with friends and loved ones."
Schurman Retail Group dates back to 1950 as an importer of European paper products. It's probably best known for its Papyrus stores, launched in 1973.
Its other brands include American Greetings/Carlton Cards; Clintons, a British card and gift shop chain; and NIQUEA.D, which opened its first store in Danville, Calif., in 2012.
Today Schurman Retail Group owns and operates about 400 stores in North America.
Sure sign of spring
Jarling's Custard Cup plans to open for the season at noon Friday.
That's a week later than usual, said Christy Jarling, who co-owns the frozen custard store at 309 W. Kirby Ave., C, with her husband Doug.
The reason for the delay: continued cold and snow that diminished the appeal of frozen treats.
"It's only the second time we've had to move the opening back," said Jarling, who said this will be the 31st season for the Champaign store.
Hours are noon to 10 p.m. daily, with the drive-thru closing at 9:45 p.m.
The original Custard Cup store in Danville, which is independently owned and operated, is expected to open for the season on March 21. This will be the 65th season for that store.
It's been four years, and Susan Pryde says it's time to call it quits for Eclectic: An Artist Cooperative in downtown Urbana.
The enterprise started out as Shared Space and changed its name to Eclectic two years ago.
But Pryde recently notified customers that the gallery/gift shop will close its doors at 123 W. Main St. toward the end of this month.
First, though, she plans to hold an "Irish wake" for the cooperative from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Eclectic will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the rest of this month.
Most of the artwork will be gone by Saturday, and during the last two weeks of March, she plans to sell all display items and any remaining work.
In an email to customers, Pryde said, "We couldn't have made it this far without your generosity and good will."
Speaking of Goodwill ...
Bergner's will kick off its 2014 Goodwill Sale on Thursday with a "Stuff The Truck" event at its store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center. Disc jockeys will be on hand for the kickoff from 9 to 11 a.m.
For each item donated, customers receive a coupon up to 25 percent off regular and sale items. Donations to the drive are then sold at local Goodwill stores.
Revenues from Goodwill sales are used to pay for job training and other services that help people find jobs and care for their families.
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