East Urbana’s Boomerangs Bar & Grill is for sale.
Co-owner Tom Grassman, also a local musician, remains in the music business, but as for the bar and grill at 1309 E. Washington St., he said it’s “moving on.”
Business is doing well, Grassman said, and he expects if someone buys it, “it will stay in business for a long time.”
He and his wife, Christy, bought Boomerangs in 2011.
According to the Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty sales listing, the price is $625,000.
From the listing: “This well-established neighborhood watering hole and grill has been in operation for decades, and the current ownership is considering its next business venture. Current ownership has established the business as a live music hotspot in Champaign-Urbana with great food specials including Wing Wednesday and Fish Fry Friday.”
Over and out
Plans for a new Octapharma plasma collection center in Urbana are officially off the table, at least for the planned location in the former Save-A-Lot grocery building at 220 N. Broadway Ave.
The company withdrew both its request for a special use permit and its appeal of a decision made by City Administrator Kevin Garcia, according to City Planner Kat Trotter.
Asked last week about its future plans for a plasma center in the area, the company sent the following statement:
“Octapharma Plasma is constantly looking to expand into attractive communities, such as Urbana, Illinois, as the demand for plasma increases. Despite our desire to grow and become part of certain communities, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent us from doing so. We plan to continue to look for locations in this area and other U.S. markets.”
Kerry Klish, director of facilities for Octapharma, told the Urbana City Council over the summer that the company planned to have a 10-year lease on the former Save-A-Lot space and planned to invest about $1.5 million in remodeling the the space and another $1 million for furnishings and equipment.
A new doctor in the Savoy
OSF HealthCare has a new primary care physician at its OSF Medical Group offices at 501 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy.
Dr. Karen Whitehorn holds her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago.
Appointments can be made with her by calling 217-560-6300, according to OSF.
To the store
The Mistletoe Market, featuring more than 60 vendors, appears at two locations in Champaign-Urbana.
The market will be at Lincoln Square in Urbana from 10am to 5pm on December 3rd and at The Venue CU, 51 E. Main St., C, from 11am to 5pm on December 18th.
The market, hosted by NORDEN German Design Studio and Shop, has partnered with the Champaign Center Partnership and 40 North to bring the event to downtown Champaign.
Along with merchandise for sale in Champaign, there will be carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m., and Santa will make an appearance from 2-3 p.m.
The Urbana event will feature glasses of mulled wine, winter decorations and holiday music to accompany a selection of goods from local artisans.
Kol becomes sunny
The city of Champaign issued a $400,000 building permit for a rooftop solar system at the Kohl’s store in Champaign.
A year ago, the chain announced it was starting a program to equip 15 of its Arizona and Illinois store rooftops with solar arrays in 2022, bringing the total to 178 locations.
The company said the 15 new projects will increase Kohl’s installed solar capacity by 10.4 percent to a total of 56.97 megawatts.
Getting a promotion
OSF HealthCare announced Wednesday that it will raise the minimum hourly wage for its employees from $15 to $16, effective Sunday — and to $18.08 for employees in the Chicago metro area.
Along with minimum wage employees, other OSF employees will receive raises within eligible job classifications, the Peoria-based system said.
OSF officials said the raises will allow the system to attract and retain employees and meet staffing needs in critical health care positions.
“OSF knows that our mission partners have been through a lot over the past two years during the pandemic, combined with the increasing pressures of inflation,” said Shelley Nguyen, OSF’s chief human resources officer.
The increases are expected to have a positive annual economic impact of $13 million on the communities served by OSF.
Unemployment is falling again
Illinois’ October unemployment rate of 4.3 percent represented a decline of 0.5 percentage points from the October 2021 level of 4.8 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.
Here’s how county rates changed in October compared to the same month a year earlier:
- Champaign County: down 0.1 percentage point to 3.7 percent.
- Douglas County: No change at 3 percent.
- Ford County: down 0.1 percentage point to 3.4 percent.
- Piatt County: Unchanged at 3 percent.
- Vermilion County: Down 0.2 percentage points to 5.1 percent.
The Champaign-Urbana metro area, which includes Champaign, Piatt and Ford counties, had 500 more non-agricultural jobs in October than in October 2021, while the Danville/Vermilion County metro area grew by 800 jobs, according to the state agency .