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Innovation Celebration finalists named

URBANA — Twenty-one finalists have been named for seven awards to be given at the annual Innovation Celebration in March, with contenders for two other awards to be disclosed later.

All spruced up: Cut-your-own farms are few, far between

Over at Conkeytown Christmas Tree Farm, the owners have a saying.

"Christmas trees grow as they go though the door," said Ted Curtin, who confesses to years ago bringing home a tree smaller than the one picked out by his wife.

He's learned over the years that some people, a la Clark Griswold, will select a Christmas tree taller or wider than their doorway or ceilings.

Business listings, Nov. 30, 2014

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

My Trades, 1411 W. Beardsley Ave., U, by Alicia Washington, same address.

Provision Elevator Advertising, 2710 Carrelton Drive, C, by Jamie and Delandis Beck, both of same address.

STAR Consulting, 906 Shurts St., U, by Michael Gewirtz, same address.

It's Your Business: Guitar Center comes to Champaign

Guitar Center, which has more than 200 stores across the country, plans to open a Champaign store in February.

The store will be at 712 W. Town Center Blvd. — the former location of Dress Barn, which moved to Market Place Plaza at 1901 N. Market St., C.

It's Your Business: New restaurant coming to Campustown

A University of Illinois undergraduate is planning to open a new restaurant in the heart of Champaign's Campustown.

Spicy Tang, a restaurant serving Asian fusion food, is expected to open in January, in time for the spring semester, said Martin Wan, a UI senior from Shanghai, China, with a double major in mathematics and economics.

IYB sneak peek: Christmas tree farm is new again

Remember the old Moore Christmas tree farm south of Urbana?

It's now owned and operated by BE Farms, a collaboration of August Borchers and Jacob Emberton.

They are selling choose-and-cut Christmas trees, as well as pre-cut trees, wreaths and swags, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 22)  through Dec. 24.

Business listings, Nov. 16, 2014

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

Fadak Books, 1511 S. Smith Road, U, by Eiyad Al-Kutubi, same address.

I'Mage Hair Designs & Just B Cause Hair Salon, 1816 Glenn Park Drive, C, by Ayanna Hart, 1711-A Harrington Drive, C.

Business listings, Oct. 26, 2014

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

Anatta's Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching & Fitness Training, 1802 Orchard Place, Apt. B, U, by Anatta-Muoneke N. Okonkwo, same address.

E&D Services, 1212 Julie Drive, C, by Danielle Barbee, same address, and Eseza Nagasaga, 2003 Lynwood Drive, C.

It's Your Business: Family launching mobile pizza business

Dave Saam and his wife, brother and father are gearing up to offer Dragon Fire Pizza on the streets of Champaign-Urbana later this year.

"Our goal is to have our grand opening on Veterans Day," said Dave's wife, Christy, noting that her husband served in the Army and his brother, Del, still does.

Business listings, Oct. 19, 2014

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

Clean Connection, 307 E. Healey St., Apt. 10, C, by Amrit Singh, same address.

Deadlifts Transformational Fitness, 1802 Orchard Place, Apt. B, U, by Anatta-Muoneke N. Okonkwo, same address.

Emerald Limousine Limited, 615 Erin Drive, C, by Van J. Thompson, same address.