Super Bowl of shopping starts

The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn't over yet.

Rich Warren: The real truth about gadget shopping

Give thanks for the technology that enhances our lives. But don't let technology overshadow the human values of Thanksgiving. And that means waiting one more day before abandoning all financial reasoning to begin shopping.

So-called Black Friday constitutes one of the great frauds in American commerce.

It's Your Business: December debut for Haymakers

Haymakers, a new convenience store, is opening its first shop in Champaign next month.

Gerry Kettler, a spokesman for Quincy-based Niemann Foods, said Haymakers will open in the Carriage Center on South Neil on Dec. 18.

"Haymakers has a focus on food," Kettler said. "We realize that customers have changed what they expect out of convenience stores.

Best Buy reports weak third-quarter sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.

The electronics retailer said it expects "near flat" revenue in the fourth quarter — which includes key holiday shopping.

Rantoul bridal store has even more to celebrate

RANTOUL — For Janet Brotherton, operating a downtown Rantoul bridal shop has been a source of pride for a decade.

She now has a plaque from the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing her efforts.

Chamber leaders named Lindsey Lane Bridal as the organization's 2015 Business of the Year.

Fisher mayor proposes zoning change for parking

FISHER — Mayor Milt Kelly told the village board he'd like to amend the zoning ordinance so that new standalone businesses would not be required to create as many parking places as dictated.

High-rise idea may jump-start other Champaign projects

Any questions? Ask our 'townie' here

CHAMPAIGN — A $95 million mixed-use development downtown isn't the only ambitious project city leaders have in mind.

Proposal's potential convinces council

CHAMPAIGN — The picture of a proposed $95 million development in downtown Champaign started to become clearer at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Downtown Champaign proposal already has fans

CHAMPAIGN — A $95 million development could signal that change is coming around downtown Champaign.

Family Checkbook: Avoid getting spooked by holiday spending with a budget

By Kathy Sweedler

Brightly colored scarecrows crowded by pumpkins, yummy pie recipes featured online, holiday lights displayed in local stores. It's that time of the year: the holidays are upon us!