It's Your Business: Paxton firm starts delivery of pet supplies

A Paxton business has begun offering free delivery of pet food and other pet supplies to customers who live within 30 miles of the store.

Designer Dog Salon has been in Paxton for five years, and owners Justin and Courtney Bouse recently started Designer Dog Delivery to transport the products to customers' homes.

It's Your Business: Olive oil shop moves to Champaign

If your salad is looking a little naked, you can find not just dressing but a whole wardrobe for it at Olive Oil International.

The new store at Market Place Mall sells 18 types of infused olive oil and 22 kinds of balsamic vinegar, according to store owner Samudrika "Sam" Weeraratne.

It's Your Business: Birkey's sets grand opening at new store

Birkey's Farm Store, which opened its new store on Urbana's High Cross Road on March 3, is planning a grand opening celebration April 4 and 5.

The new building is nearly 63,000 square feet — roughly double the size of Birkey's former Urbana store at 1801 E. University Ave.

Retail Rundown: Chain changes may affect area stores

There's upheaval at several major retailers, but it's still unclear how the changes will affect stores in East Central Illinois. Here's a rundown of recent developments, courtesy of Don Dodson:

Football weekends already booked as Hyatt Place nears opening

CHAMPAIGN — The Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign is "a couple months" away from opening, its general manager said.

But the new facility is already seeing high demand for University of Illinois football weekends next fall.

Champaign officials hoping new hotel fuels growth

CHAMPAIGN — Will the Hyatt Place be the start of a trend in downtown Champaign, or will it have the downtown lodging market to itself?

Champaign Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight said the city hasn't had further contact from hotel developers since the Hyatt project began.

It's Your Business: Restaurant week in Urbana

Champaign had its turn five weeks ago.

Now Urbana is celebrating Urbana Restaurant Week, starting Monday and continuing through next Sunday.

Fixed-price menus — at $10, $20 and $30 options — will be available in at least 13 Urbana restaurants.

It's Your Business: Heartland returning in two new locations

Heartland Gallery, the Celtic arts, crafts and gift store that recently closed in downtown Urbana, is coming back in two new locations.

Business owner Jan Chandler said she plans to open up a booth space in the new "north store" of Crossroads Corner Consignment inside the Whiteline Building at 723 S. Neil St., C.

Building permits, Feb. 16, 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.


TCI, alteration for Gander Mountain store at 2006 N. Prospect Ave., $1,865,000.

Business owners plan to stay in Danville after sale

DANVILLE — Longtime business owners Neal and Melody Ehrlich plan to continue living and working in Danville after the sale of their family business.

Russell Cellular, a family-owned company headquartered in Battlefield, Mo., took over the Ehrlichs' two Verizon stores in Danville at 22 N. Jackson St. and 2802 N. Vermilion St. last week.

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