It's your business: Seattle's Best Coffee replacing Borders cafe
Patrons of Borders Books & Music in Champaign will have to do without its cafe for three weeks.
The store's cafe closed Saturday, to be replaced April 17 with a Seattle's Best Coffee cafe, general manager Linda Bantz said. The cafe will sport new tables, chairs and colors.
Seattle's Best is a sister company to Starbucks, Bantz said. Borders stores in Bloomington and Peoria will also get Seattle's Best Coffee cafes, she said.
IGA returns to Tolono
As of today, Maggio Foods in Tolono has become Maggio's Everyday IGA.
Store co-owner Mark Maggio said the store was an IGA until 1999, but ceased being one when it no longer met IGA's requirements for amount of business and square footage.
"IGA has come out with a new program for smaller stores of 7,000 to 11,000 square feet, called Everyday IGAs," Maggio said.
Becoming an IGA again will allow Maggio's to advertise with other area IGAs, expanding its outreach, Maggio said.
About 250 new items are being added, the frozen food section is increasing by 50 percent and a new store sign should go up this week, he added.
Maggio's grandfather, Gus Maggio, operated the store from 1956 to 1972, when his son John took over. John Maggio operated the store until 1985, when he sold it. His sons, Mark and Brian, bought it in October 1999, returning it to Maggio family hands.
Peoria Charter Coach opens building
About 125 people turned out for the Thursday opening of the new $1 million Peoria Charter Coach Co. terminal at 2008 N. Federal Drive, U.
The operation is the company's first expansion outside Peoria, according to Cindy Winkler, who owns the company with her husband, Bill.
The Urbana terminal has room for six motor coaches and is designed to be expanded for 24 coaches, Winkler said. The company employs 12 drivers locally.
Staffing the local office are operations coordinator Robert Bridgewater, tour coordinator Nancy Leithliter and service coordinator David Lightly. They can be reached at 344-9943.
Peoria Charter Coach offers professional charter service and custom tour planning for groups. The company also offers about 300 retail tours. Customers can read about the tours in a full-color magazine published every two months, she said.
Cindy Winkler said her family decided to branch out to Champaign-Urbana when Illini-Swallow Lines went out of business.
"They were doing what we wanted to do, and when they sold and the new owners were not able to make it, we decided it was time we go ahead and come over there," she said.
Peoria Charter had been serving the University of Illinois for three years, she added.
The company was founded by Bill Winkler's grandfather, Walt Winkler, in 1941. It initially transported Caterpillar employees to factories when gas rationing made it difficult for them to drive. Later, Walt's sons, Roger and Stanley, took over the business.
Roger's son, Bill, and his wife Cindy succeeded them in 1990, moving back from Florida to operate the business.
A battery for every occasion
"The average person has about 20 battery-operated devices in his household," Mark Martinez said.
That's why Interstate All Battery Center opened at 2504 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The shop carries batteries for all kinds of uses – cellphones, pagers, cordless phones, medical equipment and emergency lighting systems among them.
Martinez, the manager, said the varieties include nickel cadmium, lithium and nickel metal hydride batteries.
Interstate All Battery Center shares space there with Interstate Battery System of Champaign-Urbana. That business has traditionally carried car batteries, agricultural equipment batteries and marine batteries.
Both franchises are owned by Ron Zehr.
Getting ready for bar/restaurant
If you've driven by the corner of Main and Walnut in downtown Champaign this week, you may have noticed new brickwork going up on the Enterprise Building at 34 Main St.
"Right now we've got the west side done, and then we'll do the north side," said Marc Miller, attorney for property owner William Youngerman. "We're going to put some big windows in on the first floor, on the west side."
"We hope to announce a restaurant/bar at some point in time," he added.
The upstairs will also be refurbished for three one-bedroom apartments, he said.
Rx for boring house
Wish you had a brick wall instead of drywall? A cobblestone floor rather than concrete?
Lori Kelso can provide the look with her paintbrush.
Kelso has started Interior Artistry as a division of her husband's St. Joseph-based business, Kelso Construction. She has already created many faux finishes in area homes. Her work was also featured in last year's local Showcase of Homes, she said.
Kelso said she can create a variety of finishes such as wood grain or brick on walls, floors, doors and countertops. For more information, call 841-9859.
What's your problem?
On any given day, the average person could:
– Have a yen to catch catfish.
– Have an outboard motor that won't work.
– Notice his or her yard is in sorry need of attention.
– Have an annoying computer glitch.
– Need ceramic tile installed, a room painted or some small home repair done.
Gary Hoover of Urbana, also known as The Problem Solver, says he can provide those services around the house – and also be your catfish guide. He doesn't do marriage counseling, though, so if you need that, you're on your own.
Hoover can be called at 778-1199, or e-mailed at problemsolver2112[AT]insightbb.com.
Z-Tech, formerly the Champaign Ziebart shop until it went independent and changed its name, is now offering power washing for homes and businesses and detailing for corporate vehicles, according to owner Mike Lingenfelter.
The shop at 1306 N. Prospect Ave. also offers accessories for cars and trucks, window tinting and rustproofing.
Are you opening a new business, or changing something at your existing business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229 or 1-800-252-3346; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.