It's your business: Errand businesses out to lend a helping hand

It's your business: Errand businesses out to lend a helping hand

Ever wish you had more hours in your day to get stuff done?

Two Champaign women say their new errand-running services can help.

Jennifer Shelby, who has 13 years of experience in sales and business management, has started At Your Service.

Shelby said she got the idea when she was walking her dog one evening and thought there were probably a lot of other people who frequently run out of time to get everything done.

She will run a variety of errands, do your shopping, organize your household, take on minor yard projects, wrap gifts, walk your pet, address cards, provide party planning and assistance and house-sit.

Shelby, who worked for Shelby Motors, said she is also available by appointment to help people find vehicles.

She is bonded and insured, and has four part-time assistants, she said.

For more information, call 840-4290 or send e-mail to jenatyourservice Or see the Web site at

Nina Sibley of Champaign has also launched a helper business called Nina's Errand Service.

Sibley, who has worked in retail sales and customer service, will do shopping and other errands, handle party planning, wrap gifts, wait at your home for repairmen, provide transportation to Willard Airport, address cards and deliver "Get Well" packages (a basket of chicken soup, tissues, over-the-counter medicines, etc.) to your sick friends.

She is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, with limited later afternoon and weekend service. For more information, call 355-3543 or send e-mail to

Meet Dee, win free food

The newly remodeled Mahomet IGA will have a grand opening Saturday.

Brooks Marsh, the new owner of the store since Jan. 1, said the opening will feature University of Illinois basketball star Dee Brown, who is scheduled to sign copies of his new book, "My Illini Years," from noon to 2 p.m.

Also part of the grand opening will be deli samples, activities for kids in the parking lot and a truckload meat sale, Marsh said.

The grand opening, which will begin at 9 a.m. (the store opens at 7 a.m.), will also include about 30 drawings for grocery prizes, including such things as a year's supply of pizza and a year's supply of ice cream.

Marsh, who worked for grocery wholesaler SuperValu before buying the store, has been adding new equipment and a new decor to the store. Some new features include an expanded hot-foods department with rotisserie meat, whole-bean coffees, organic produce and a floral department, he said.

Opening soon

The Reading Group, a not-for-profit literacy and learning center in Urbana, will open a satellite location at 213 W. Washington St., Monticello, on Monday.

It will offer the same services for preschoolers through adults that it offers at its base at Lincoln Square in Urbana, including one-on-one and group instruction, diagnostic testing and workshops for parents and teachers.

Executive director Kathy Wimer said demand for The Reading Group's services has grown since the No Child Left Behind Act. Schools that don't meet standards for three years are eligible for supplemental instruction services, of which The Reading Group is a certified provider.

The Reading Group also has private clients and is getting a number of requests for service from the Monticello area, Wimer said.

An open house at the new Monticello location will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Closing note

Grand Prairie Travel in Mahomet closed April 1, after the business was acquired by Bloomington-based Suzi Davis Travel.

Suzi Davis Travel president Timi Davis said Linda Cox, an owner of Grand Prairie, is now reachable through Suzi Davis via e-mail at

Three part-time employees who worked at the Mahomet office were offered jobs with Suzi Davis but declined, Davis said.

The Mahomet business will be handled by Suzi Davis' Champaign or Bloomington offices, Davis said.

Grand Prairie Travel opened in 1994.

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 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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