It's your business: Champion cook selling homemade cookies

If you're in the mood for a cookie – and not just any cookie, but one home-made by a champion baker – you might check out Cookies N' More.

That's the new homemade cookie business launched by Tiffany Talbott of Ogden, who for the last two years has been the baker of the Grand Champion cookie at the Champaign County Fair.

Talbott, who also works for the county's Administrative Services office, is baking her cookies at home and selling them via online and phone orders.

She is offering several choices, among them chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal toffee, and she's not catering to calorie-counters.

"They're homemade. They're big. They're not low-fat," she said.

Talbott said her mother, Kathy Gilliland, who formerly operated a store called Uniquely Country in Ogden, helped her give the packaging a country look.

For orders, she offers both delivery and mailing service.

For information, call 649-5647 or check out her Web site at

Selling antiques in Catlin

The Harvest Moon, a new store featuring primitive antiques and country home-decor items, has opened at 101 Commercial in Catlin.

Owner Kara Earles of Danville said she is a longtime antiques collector. Before starting her own business, she worked for UPS and was once a supervisor at the Vermilion County Juvenile Detention Center.

Store hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Go fish

Delores and William Sapp have opened Salt Fork Pay Lake, a 5-acre pay fishing lake on their property at 2716 E. 1333 North Road, Fairmount.

The lake, about a mile off the Catlin-Homer Road, is stocked weekly, sometimes twice a week, with catfish, bass and bluegill, Delores Sapp said.

It is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Call 733-2464 for more information.

New stuff at local bars

Wi-fi is now available at The Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., C. The wireless Internet access, available at The Esquire's indoor and outdoor tables, was installed in partnership with Doctor Micro Inc., Champaign.

JBC Entertainment has added fantasy sports machines at all 20 of its Jillian's locations, including the one at 1201 S. Neil St., C.

The machines are available free to help fantasy football league members create their rosters weekly.

League members will see their scores updated on plasma display screens inside Jillian's locations. Additional sports leagues will be added after football season, the chain said.

Bowling alley changes hands

The former Foster's Bowl at 1412 N. Market St., Monticello, is under new ownership and has a new name, Monticello Family Bowl Restaurant and Lounge.

New owners Rick and Debbie Helmick of St. Joseph and Larry White of Fithian have remodeled and added a cosmic light show.

The business is also now open on Sunday, and the restaurant has new daily specials. Sunday's special is fried chicken, Debbie Helmick said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight weekdays, 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Closing note

Hot Diggity, a novelty toy and gift shop at 501 N. Neil St., C, closed yesterday. However, the store will reopen for the holiday season starting Nov. 25 and will continue to sell online at

Jennifer Bechtel, who owns the shop with her husband, Dan, said the downtown store is closing due to lack of traffic.

She and her husband will focus on sales through the Web site, she said, and the temporary holiday reopening will feature some new merchandise.

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; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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