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Le Shoppe to close after 26 years of business

After many years as a staple of Midtown Champaign — Le Shoppe announced today via Facebook they will be closing their doors after 26 years of business. Although there's no specific date set at this point, check out the post:


I'd like to thank everyone that has supported me at Leshoppe for the last 6 years. Thanks a Million!! I sorry to say but...

Posted by Le Shoppe on Monday, November 23, 2015

Rebecah has featured Le Shoppe a few times in her local guide to shopping over the past few years, as well as mentioning their redesign in BEST Culture 2015.

Top photo by Polly Bland.


Ray Spooner finishes cross country ride for ALS

Champaign-Urbana's Ray Spooner has completed his ride across the country to raise money for ALS, per People Magazine, as of November 19th. It's been a bumpy road to say the least. You can read all about it at the article, but also watch the video of Spooner completing his ride, overcome with emotion:

Spooner has raised over $57,000 for ALS (and you can still contribute), a disease that he has been disagnosed with. Amazing feat, Ray.

Fill the Banks this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and everyone is thinking about travel plans and food, but please take a moment to consider coming to the "Fill the Banks" blood and food drive the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th, Community Blood Services of Illinois will be collecting donations for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank at the donor centers in Danville, Mattoon and Urbana.

Donate blood and bring a buddy to donate too! Even though blood donation slows down during the holiday season, the need for blood for patient use never does. Bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the Foodbank. $1 = 6 meals for someone in our community!

Community Blood Services of Illinois is the sole provider of blood for patient use at Carle Hospital and Presence Medical Center in Urbana. One donation can save the lives of three local patients!

BONUS! All presenting donors will receive a coupon for one free Red Box movie rental and will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gas gift card.

Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment by visiting www.bloodcenterimpact.org

Give thanks this season by lending people in our community a helping hand...and an arm!


Summer Camp Music Festival offering early bird tickets this Friday

Everyone's favorite Summer camping music festival, Summer Camp Festival, has announced that early bird tickets are going on sale this Friday, November 20th. Generally, this means they will be sold at a discount before the official lineup's release.

This year, Summer Camp will be held in Chillicothe, IL at the Three Sisters Park from May 27-May 29, and will almost certainly feature a diverse lineup from EDM to jam bands.

In order to access the tickets, keep your eyes posted to Summer Camp's website and Twitter feed around 11 AM on Friday.


Farren’s named best burger in C-U by Thrillist

Ladies and gentlemen, another C-U restaurant has been named to a national list, this time in the publication Thrillist.

In the ranking, Thrillist analyzed each Big Ten college town's best burger joints, and Farren's came out on top for C-U. To me, it seems a natural choice, and I'm honestly not even sure what would take 2nd place. Spot on, Thrillist. Spot on.


Pickle Party Potluck happening at Sipyard this Saturday, November 14th

You are invited to a Pickle Party Potluck, Saturday, November 14th from 3-7 p.m. at Sipyard in DT Urbana.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pickles), bundle up (like a pickle in a jar) and join us for art, live music and Proud Pickle Parents naming and sharing the products of their briny immersive love. Grab a Triptych beer or hot mulled wine and enjoy the last afternoons of the Fall with a celebration of fermentation and the salty, sweet, vinegary delights of life in Central Illinois.

The Golden Pickle Bar will be open for silly pickle naming and sharing. View Sara Paige's LED I wish I may I wish I might, buy limited edition Steve Schaberg screen printed event poster, and hear live fermented music by IO Mining Corps. Illustrator David Michael Moore will draw Silly Parent Pickle Names.

This is an official Fermento Fest event Sponsored by SipYard & Urbana Love. #FermentoFest #Sipyard #UrbanaLove


KoFusion’s third location opening in Illini Union in January 2016

KoFusion has been around Downtown Champaign for quite some time now, and recently opened a second location in Gregory Place near Krannert. Now, they will be expanding to their third location — this one in the Illini Union.

Initially spotted on reddit, and confirmed today by the Daily Illini:

“The Illini Union is very excited to be able to partner with KoFusion,” said Lori Holmes, Union Vending coordinator, in an email. “This partnership fills a void identified by our students for local, fresh and healthy Asian.”

The shop will fill the space of Rice Garden, which closed May 18, 2014, after results of the Illini Union’s campus-wide survey showed the restaurant only ranked in the middle and the restaurant’s contract was set to expire.

Top photo from the KoFusion Facebook page.