A new horse stable, complete with an indoor arena, will soon open in rural Pesotum.
Horse enthusiast Jessica Gill and her husband John are getting ready to launch Fields of Grace Stable at 683 County Road 100 N, also known as the Parkville Road.
The couple moved here from College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M, so they have painted the arena in the team colors, maroon and white.
“But everybody around here are going to think they are Unity colors,” Jessica Gill said.
After John completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M, he got a job with AgReliant Genetics.
Jessica brought her 32-year-old Arabian horse, Vanity, with her from Texas and decided to get into the horse-boarding business.
“She has been with me since I was 12 years old,” she said. “I have shown her at the county fair, but not last year because she has arthritis. I still use her for riding lessons with the little kids.”
Gill is a leader with the local Golden Riders 4-H Club, which emphasizes horsemanship.
“I started out the first year with six kids, and now we have 22 kids enrolled. It keeps growing.
“A lot of these kids don’t have horses to ride, so I decided to make a place where you can keep horses. And they will all be here for all your practices.”
She has enough room at her stable to board 12 to 15 horses, which are kept in stalls that were crafted by Amish workers. Right now she has seven horses boarding there.
Under construction is an indoor riding arena to help the horses and riders stay out of the wind and poor weather.
“We will have our practices in there when it is finished. Right now we are just riding outside.”
In addition to lessons, the arena will host clinics on weekends. A mounted archery clinic is planned there for the first weekend of August.
The kids and their horses like to play broomball at the facility.
“We have all these brooms and big beach balls,” she said. “It is like polo, only the kids move the ball with their broom. It is a way for the kids to relax and have fun. They work hard out here.”
The facility holds practices on Tuesday nights and campfires with s’mores on Friday nights.
“One of our helpers, Lindsey Lilly, brings her ukulele and serenades us,” she said.
New wedding planner
A new event- and wedding-planning business has opened in Savoy.
Inspire Youris in operation at 1800 Woodfield Drive, Suite C.
Amanda Jean calls her firm an up-and-coming premier event- and wedding-planning company.
“The desire to make event planning accessible to anyone who wants to be involved in all their special days started my company vision,” she said.
She said Inspire Your helps make planning simple and easy.
The business features something call the Knowledge Box, which she describes as a “fun, new, simple and standard planning tool for the beginning of your planning. Use the knowledge cards and decks to make better decisions with your vendors simple and easy.”
She also carries party planning products for sale.
Frozen yogurt for dads
TCBY in Champaign is giving all dads their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt free on Father’s Day.
“We love our dads and do this every year to help them celebrate,” said Todd Thorstenson, owner of the store at 1731 W. Kirby Ave., in the Old Farm Shops, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.
Thorstenson said the shop has a new flavor of frozen yogurt, orange dreamsicle, that has quickly become a summertime favorite. In addition, his store has 17 other flavors of frozen yogurt swirling, eight hand-scooped varieties and over 50 toppings to choose from.
The store also hosts birthday parties and offers catering for businesses or special events.
A Tuscola art gallery will soon host a unique cooking demonstraton with herbs.
Registered aromatherapist Sara Holmes and registered dietitian Kristina Adams Smith will lead a “Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils” class from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at The Vault Art Gallery, 100 N. Main St.
Holmes and Smith will create four tasty herb-based dishes that will be sampled by class participants.
Those attending the class will also create a wine/hydrosol spritzer that they can take home
New site for dental office
Fisher Dental recently held a grand opening for its new location.
The practice of Drs. Kevin and E. David Noh is now at 102 E. Front Street, Suite C, in Fisher.
Fifth book published
Thorpe Facer, a local elder law attorney, recently had his fifth book published.
“You’re Not Alone: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease,” addresses issues and concerns that people recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have and provides guidance in dealing with those issues.
Facer is a founding member of The National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning.
He previously wrote two “Protect Your Family” books, a third book titled “Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home” and his fourth book, “Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes.”
Facer is head of the Facer Law Office at 2704 Boulder Drive, Suite D, U.
New Dairy Queen owners
Dave Hinton of The Rantoul Press reports that Bob and Yamini Patel and daughters Angel and Siya of Danville have purchased the Rantoul Dairy Queen from Barbara Bonacorsi.
The Patels also own Dairy Queens in Danville, Westville and Gilman.
Bob Patel said there would be no changes to the business other than possibly being open longer during the year.
Market in Georgetown
Jake Keister of The Independent News reports that Jeaneen McCrone’s opening of the Farm House Market on Northwest Street in Georgetown was a dream come true.
McCrone had a great interest in flowers at a young age.
After high school, she still had a dream of owning her own greenhhouse and floral shop, a dream that she soon realized.
The Farm House Market has a full floral line, wedding flower arrangements, hanging baskets for all occasions and funeral arrangements.
The market also features fresh produce, a gift shop, pumpkins and mums in the fall and Christmas trees and greenery in the winter.
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