Sneak Peek at It's Your Business: New location for V. Picasso

Here's a sneak peek at an item from It's Your Business. Read this and more Sunday.

Art critics categorize Pablo Picasso's works into periods, such as the "Rose Period" and "Blue Period."

Now V. Picasso, the wine and tapas bar that enjoyed a run in downtown Urbana from October 2009 to December 2010, is about to enter its "Champaign period."

Sewage issues briefly close 2 eateries

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Campustown Q&A: Jill Guth

Sixteen years ago, Jill Guth was director of Campustown 2000, the business association for Champaign's Campustown. Today, she's director of commercial leasing and marketing for JSM, which is developing Campus Center, a mixed-use development in Campustown that will include a Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel.

Jimmy John's franchise moves up national lists

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches is taking a "freaky fast" ascent up Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list.

The Champaign-based franchise, founded by Jimmy John Liautaud, ranks No. 5 on the magazine's 2014 list, up from No. 12 last year. That compilation is based mainly on financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

Quick read: Keep an eye on Panera stock

You usually expect bread to rise, but for the last three months, Panera Bread Co.'s stock price has dropped by 22 percent.

Last week it hit a low for the year — the lowest it's been since mid-2012 — at a time when the stock market is generally up.

It's Your Business: Empanadas House opening campus store

The Empanadas House is finally getting a "house" of its own.

Juan Olarte began operating The Empanadas House food truck in Champaign-Urbana last year. The business serves up empanadas with a variety of fillings, such as beef, chicken and pork, as well as dessert empanadas.

Now the business is getting ready to open a store in Campustown, at 404 E. Green St., C.

Building permits, June 8, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, location, description and cost.


Roland Realty, new multifamily residence at 37 E. Chalmers St., $406,003.

Alliance sponsors 'Local Flavors' lunches, dinners

A roundup of business news:

URBANA — The Illinois Stewardship Alliance has released its schedule of "Local Flavors" lunches and dinners that feature seasonal, locally grown and produced food.

Ten restaurants in Champaign-Urbana are taking part in the project this year, with five serving lunches and five serving dinners.

John Roska: Touching on food prep issues

Q: Are restaurant workers required to use gloves when they prepare food? If they are, what can be done if they don't?

A: Strictly speaking, no. Restaurant workers may not be required to wear gloves when preparing food, but they're not supposed to touch "ready-to-eat" food with their bare hands.

It's Your Business: A sweet, savory food truck addition

Chicken-and-waffles fare to debut at Urbana market

If you haven't tried chicken-and-waffles, you may get your chance as soon as next Saturday at Urbana's Market at the Square.

That's expected to be the signature dish of the new Hendrick House food truck when it debuts at the market.

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