Individuals, organizations honored for innovation

URBANA — Cathy Singer's emphasis on both work and family was brought home at the annual Innovation Celebration event Tuesday.

Business listings, March 1, 2015

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

Atomik Car Audio, 810 Dennison Drive, C, by Christopher D. Harlan, 506 S. Washington St., Farmer City.

Bloom Financial, 2919 Crossing Court, Suite 8, C, by Richard Bloom, 1906 Maynard Drive, C.

It's Your Business: A Tatman returns to collision repair

The Tatman family is once again returning to the collision repair business in Champaign-Urbana.

This time it's Tim Tatman — Paul Tatman's son — who is opening an auto-body repair business in what was once an Aldi store on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign.

Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

Gifford business expands offerings in post-tornado renovation

GIFFORD — Fairies, princesses, super sleuths and superheroes like Spider-Man will soon be frequent visitors to downtown Gifford.

The costumed characters will dress up for birthday parties at the newly renovated Lenny's Ice Cream Gallery.

Today's Special: What's cooking? Check your table

CHAMPAIGN — A dining experience like no other in Champaign-Urbana awaits you when Hot Pot Lab opens in Campustown later this month.

Tables in the restaurant, at 112 E. Green St., C, are equipped with induction burners, and guests can cook their own "hot pot" concoctions in less than a minute.

Working outside the box

URBANA — Inside the doors of a downtown Urbana storefront, you'll find a design firm, a graphic artist, video and social media consultants, a health and wellness communications specialist and a freelance copy editor all sharing a common workspace.

Occasionally, you'll find a pop-up doughnut shop or home decor shop there too.

More downtown Urbana projects planned

URBANA — Matt Cho, who already brought [co][lab] and Cafeteria & Company to downtown Urbana, is collaborating with other partners on more projects downtown.

He's working with Dustin Kelly and Chenxi Yu to bring new uses to the former Concept College of Cosmetology building at 129 N. Race St., U. That building is north of the Courier Cafe and across the street from Masijta Grill.

Business listings, Feb. 15, 2015

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

Dream Planners, 3008 E. Perkins Road, U, by Lynn T. Black, same address.

Ivory Kaye Consulting, P.O. Box 411, U, by James Carter Jr., 401 W. Dodson Drive, U.

Kibler Business Services, 2502 Chateau Drive, P.O. Box 174, St. Joseph, by Juli Kibler, same address.

It's Your Business: Shops coming to redeveloped Carriage Center

Starbucks is coming to South Neil Street in Champaign, and so is Panchero's Mexican Grill.

The coffee shop and restaurant will share a building at 2009-2011 S. Neil St., C, just north of the entrance to the newly redeveloped Carriage Center, said Tim Harrington of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.