It’s Your Business: Aunt Millie’s Baking Plans For A Day’s Bakery | New



Need a day bread store?

Aunt Millie is up to the task.

For decades, Wonder / Hostess had bakery stores in Champaign-Urbana, but that ended in 2012 after Hostess filed for bankruptcy.

Champaign’s Pioneer Plaza’s Wonder / Hostess store closed that year, but now Aunt Millie’s Bakeries plans to fill the void by opening a factory outlet at 805 Bloomington Road, C – the same space where Wonder was / was located. Hostess.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company is best known for Aunt Millie’s bread and also makes rolls, rolls, English muffins and bagels.

Aunt Millie’s spokesperson Melissa Dunning said the store is scheduled to open around April 6 and will sell bread, rolls, rolls and sweet baked goods. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The store is expected to have four employees initially.

Aunt Millie’s opened a branch distribution depot on Country Fair Drive in Champaign in 2013, hoping to expand its presence here.

The family business started in 1901 as the Fort Wayne Biscuit Co. It made cookies and crackers during the early decades, but then focused on bread, becoming a Sunbeam bread distributor.

The company changed its name to Perfection Bakeries in 1990 and adopted the name Aunt Millie’s Bakeries in 2005.

Slightly used furniture

Crossroads Corner Consignment, which is leasing more and more space in the Whiteline building at 723 S. Neil St., C, is taking an additional 2,500 square feet.

The new space will be used for “warehouse furniture sales” on select weekends through August, said William Fleming, co-owner of Crossroads.

In the new space, next to El Toro Restaurant, guests will find desks, dressers, lamps, wall art, sofas, chairs, and dining sets.

“We’ll have warehouse style pieces, finished and ready to go, but it’s also a place for people who recycle and decorate ‘shabby chic’ to buy project pieces,” Fleming said. .

The space is about 90% filled with lightly used furniture – “contemporary, antique, mid-century, any style for every person,” he said.

The first warehouse sale will take place from March 27 to 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. this Sunday.

Other upcoming sales weekends include April 10-12, April 17-19, and May 15-17. Additional sales dates will be posted on the store’s Facebook page.

Unlike other parts of Crossroads Corner Consignment, the new space is intended to give the impression of a warehouse rather than a showroom.

“We’re not staging anything. It’s all in rows, which gives it an industrial feel, not like a furniture gallery,” Fleming said.

Those with questions about sales can call the store at 954-1100.

Spring cleaning time

Bon-Ton Stores is once again sponsoring its Spring Goodwill Sale at stores such as Bergner’s and Carson’s.

Donors can bring clothing and home textiles to the store and donate them to Goodwill during the sale, which runs until March 28.

For each item donated, customers receive a coupon of up to 25% off new spring items and apparel at Bergner’s and Carson’s.

Donations will be sold at local Goodwill stores, and the proceeds will go towards job placements, job training programs and community support services for those seeking employment.

Clothing, outerwear, shoes, handbags, blankets and comforters are among the items that can be donated. Last year, donations from Bon-Ton clients helped provide 693,000 hours of vocational training in their local communities.

How does your garden grow?

Speaking of spring, Prairie Gardens in Champaign is offering five free seminars and a hands-on class the next two Saturdays as part of its Spring Open House.

On March 28, topics and speakers include:

– 9:15 am, “Great Perennial Combinations” with Dianne Noland.

– 10:30 am, “Gardening of The Future” with John Wisegarver and Mary Ann Metz.

– 11:45 am, “Shade Gardening Beyond the Three H’s (Hosta, Heuchera and Hellebores)” with Wisegarver and Metz.

– 1 p.m., “Indoor plants and annual associations” with Lydia Puddicombe.

– 2.15pm, “The Latest and Greatest from Monrovia” with Matt Heiss.

– 3:30 p.m., “Practical lesson in portable coniferous gardens” with Wisegarver and Metz.

On April 4, topics and speakers include:

– 9:15 am, “Color continues in the garden” with Wisegarver and Metz.

– 10:30 am, “New Perennials for Color and Interest in the Shade Garden” with Mary Beth Fletcher.

– 11:45 am, “Gardening in small spaces” with Wisegarver and Metz.

– 1pm, “Herbs and how to be friends with them” with Liza Wynette.

– 2.15pm, “Gardens to attract butterflies and birds” with Jim Hamilton.

– 3:30 pm, “Practical Course in Really Hot Succulent Gardens” with Wisegarver and Metz.

Although there is a charge for seminars, each of the hands-on lessons is billed at $ 30, including supplies.

The advantages of fusion

Strategic Employee Benefit Services of Champaign has merged with CIBC of Illinois, based in Kankakee, and the new organization will operate offices in Kankakee and Champaign.

As a result of the merger, former SEBS Benefits Consultant Tony Johnston was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Kankakee and Champaign offices. William Johnson remains President and CEO of CIBC of Illinois.

CIBC provides employee benefit solutions to private sector businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in the Midwest.

“Connecting SEBS to the central and southern Illinois markets is a great opportunity for us to deliver these solutions consistently,” Johnson said.

Contact Don Dodson at 217-351-5227; by email at [email protected]; or by regular mail to The News-Gazette, c / o It’s Your Business column, PO Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.



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