Former social workers Laura and Roy Castaneda of Champaign have opened a new art gallery called State Street Gallery & Emporium at 302 S. State St., C.
The gallery is located in an old Victorian house at the corner of State and White streets, and initially was open only Fridays and Saturdays. But starting today, it will be open six days a week.
New hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The gallery features the works of local artists, some imported gift items, Southwestern jewelry, herbal items and painted furniture, said Roy Castaneda.
The Castanedas had owned the house, which formerly had apartments, for a couple of years and turned it into a gallery that opened in mid-November, Castaneda said.
He and his wife welcome new artists and will be offering some light entertainment along the lines of music and poetry readings on some evenings, he said.
For information, call 239-2164.
Restaurant opens in Douglas County
Sheila Holmes and Dennis Ray of Villa Grove have turned the old Douglas County Social Club on U.S. 130, a mile south of Villa Grove, into a new bar and restaurant named Call 'em Inn.
They've redone the whole place inside, including adding a new kitchen, and they have a smoke-free dining room. They've also tinkered with the menu and offer a number of duck dishes, such as duck pasta, duck salad and duck appetizers, Holmes said.
Other items on the menu include daily blue-plate specials, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads, desserts and breakfasts.
Call 'em Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week and is open for breakfast and lunch Sunday.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The former Douglas County Social Club closed in September, and Ray and Holmes bought it in October and reopened it late the following month. They have some work remaining on the outside of the building that they plan to do in the spring.
Holmes, who worked for the former owner, enjoys cooking and does some of the cooking at the restaurant, she said. Ray is retired from Union Pacific Railroad.
White Horse remodeling almost done
Remodeling at the White Horse Inn, 112 ½ - E. Green St., C, will be finished soon, and the dining area is expected to reopen about midweek.
White Horse has remained open as a bar, but the dining area has been closed since late last month. Owner David Chang said the kitchen, restrooms and cooler are being remodeled.
The project includes the replacement of aging kitchen equipment.
Chang said the menu is remaining about the same.
Area retailer expanding south
Decatur-based K's Merchandise, which has a store in Champaign, has expanded into Kentucky.
K's bought a former ShopKo store in Paducah and plans to renovate and reopen it as a K's in April or May.
It will be K's 17th store, with others in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. The company also operates jewelry stores in Missouri, Kansas and Florida.
New name for telephone company
Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. has changed its name to Consolidated Communications.
Company officials said the new name - actually the revival of an old one in company history - better reflects the full-service telecommunications services being offered and plans for growth.
The business had operated as Consolidated Communications before it merged with McLeodUSA. It was bought back from McLeodUSA last month by its former owner, Richard A. Lumpkin, and a group of investors. Included in the sale was Mattoon-based Operator Services, Public Services, Mobile Services, Integrated Business Systems and Consolidated Market Response.
The combined businesses employ 900 people in East Central Illinois.
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