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It's Your Business: Capoeira center making the move to Urbana

URBANA — There's soon going to be more movement in downtown Urbana — quick movement involving plenty of kicks and spins.

The Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande — an academy that teaches the Brazilian martial art of capoeira (pronounced CAP-oo-AIR-uh) — plans to relocate to 122 W. Main St. — a second-floor space above Mirabelle Fine Pastries — in August.

Business listings, June 28, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Above & Beyond Cleaning, 2807 Berniece Court, C, by Gay A. Ziemer, same address.

Acquasi Taxi and Limousine, 1702 E. Colorado Ave., #201, U, by Acquasi Oqurine Ansong, same address.

Party while you paint

CHAMPAIGN — A few months ago, art teacher Mandy Danowitz had a few friends over to paint (a picture, not the walls) while sipping wine.

"It was such a blast — that was the genesis of it. I thought I could really do something with this," she said.

Business listings, June 21, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

217 Auto Sales, 2786 U.S. Route 45, Rantoul, by Andrea Cooper-Smith, 415 W. Beardsley Ave., C.

BeSquadsport, P.O. Box 372, Savoy, by Antonio Francis, same address.

Ceti Publishing, 156 Paddock Drive, Apt. A-2, Savoy, by Christopher Francis, same address.

Hop to it

Quick, we need to get more cats.

The area's breweries are growing, and the malted barley they use is very attractive to rodents. So cats have traditionally been associated with breweries, says Chris Knight, whose Blind Pig operation continues to grow in downtown champaign.

Gallivan 'a Renaissance man'

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Gallivan made his mark not only in the ready-mix concrete business, but also in the road, bridge, sand and gravel businesses.

"He was a real entrepreneurial gentleman who was involved in lots of projects, and he liked to do real estate (development) on the side," said Tim Harrington, a commercial broker who helped Mr. Gallivan develop Green Street Center 30 years ago.

An idea they'll flip for

CHAMPAIGN — Two years ago, Thomas Reese was a University of Illinois student learning Chinese. He figured there had to be a more effective way to pick up a new language than by using flashcards.

One day, while browsing the Web, it came to him.

Why not create an application where users can simultaneously be online and learn a new language?

It's Your Business: Flesor's cooking up expansion in Tuscola

Flesor's Candy Kitchen — already a tourist attraction in downtown Tuscola — plans to expand into two adjacent buildings in the coming year, said co-owner Devon Flesor Story.

"The first thing we're going to do is build a bigger candy manufacturing room. At Christmas, it gets very tight in our current candy room," said Story, who operates Flesor's with her sister, Ann Flesor Beck.

Entrepreneur of Year tells of 'secret sauce' to his success

CHAMPAIGN — For Steve Hillard, the "secret sauce" of being a successful entrepreneur has three ingredients.

"It's being tenacious, having a healthy sense of urgency, and a vision of what is here and how we can get it to there," he said.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Jimmy John's bullying workers? Not 'currently'

According to legend, it happened because he didn’t want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.