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Look at Art Mart’s new goodies

Art Mart has posted a photo of some new eats currently available in the deli, and they look like the perfect way to get your serving of veggies:

 
Art Mart is located at 1705 South Prospect, Champaign, and open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Census data shows that Champaign is the fastest growing city in Illinois

According to a new article from Business Insider, based on U.S. Census data, Champaign was the fastest growing city in Illinois between July 2015 and July 2016.

You should take this with a (rather large) grain of salt, however, because the study only counts towns with a population over 50,000. Regardless, this is an accomplishment for our miro-urban midwest paradise.

Read the full article here, and check out the map of the fastest growing cities here:

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Chester Street Bar has closed

In what is undoubtedly a setback for Champaign-Urbana's cultural landscape, multiple posts on Facebook, and a mention on Mix 94.5 make it official: Chester Street Bar has closed. This is the latest in a string of closures in Champaign that has decimated the local venue scene, leaving fewer and fewer places for live entertainment.

The Midtown establishment, which has been open since 1984, was just announced as the host of some of the events at C-U's Pride Festival for this year, and questions as to why the closure occurred, or what it means for the future of the building, remain unclear.

For more information, check out some Facebook posts below, names redacted: 

Why C-Street remains closed is still a mystery, with some commenters saying it is just for renovations, and others saying that it is permanent. We will update this post as we get more information.

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Rodney Davis steals bumper sticker design

If you've been driving around Champaign-Urbana for the past, I dunno, six months, you've probably noticed a plethora of those round blue-and-white "Unseat Rodney Davis" stickers. They've been flying off the shelves like hotcakes, and I can't drive the short commute from Champaign to Urbana without seeing multiple of them, and though they may not be as ubiquitous across the rest of the 13th district, they certainly are popular here in C-U.

Today, however, it appears as though our beloved Rep. Rodney Davis has noticed them, too. So much so that he made his own that look almost exactly the same (actually, who's kidding, their design is worse than the original) in a hope to exemplify some sort of guerrilla marketing tactic.

It'll be interesting to see how this goes, given the fact that the "Unseat" stickers are so prevalent throughout town, and so easily known for their blue and white, circular look.

Nice try, Rod, but next time you want to build some grass roots support, how about you come out and actually talk to some constituents instead of biting on their trends. You had to know we would notice this, right?

Rodney's spokeswoman, Ashley Phelps said this to The News-Gazette

"We had several supporters who had seen the 'Unseat' stickers reach out wanting to show their support, so the campaign designed these bumper stickers in response"

This campaign may want to invest in a better graphic designer - perhaps one with more forethought and originality. But that's just me.

Picture of sticker on the left from Rep. Davis' website, comparison graphic made by The News-Gazette.

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Huaraches Moroleon has your patio-sitting covered

Urbananites are not fooling around when it comes to outdoor eating, and every year, Huaraches Moroleon has upped its patio game. 

First, they cleaned up the alley behind their dumpsters and put some tables there. 

The next year, they poured concrete and put up a fence. 

Today, I walked by to find the table-umbrellas replaced by full-on tent action. 

This effectively doubles the capacity of the restaurant and is no longer weather-dependent. Since they've expanded their drink menu, this is going to make for some incredible happy hours stretching into sunset and beyond. Now if only they'd bring back the coconut margarita...

Since that's not happening, I recommend the $5 Cantaritos if you booze, and the Agua de jamaica if you don't. I'm pretty sure that they're the only place that serves either. 

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Check out these photos from Habitat for Humanity’s interfaith build dedications

Last week, we reported on Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County's Interfaith Build Dedications, and if any of you got to check it out, I'm sure it was an awesome time.
 
For those of you who could not stop by, courtesy of Dave Johnson and Craig Chamberlain, we have a series of photos that show the celebration, and the finished product of the tangible good that Habitat does in C-U.
 
Check out their photo gallery below:
 
2017 Interfaith Build Dedication Jun 11
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Second week of Shotgun cancelled

Twin City Squared has announced that it must regretfully cancel the second week of its current production, Shotgun, due to a death in the family of a cast member. They are offering refunds to anyone who has pre-purchased a ticket for any of this week's performances, all you need to do is email them for instructions

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our cast member and their family during this difficult time," writes artistic director, Michael Galloway. 

SP's photographer, Scott Wells, was able to get to a rehearsal to shoot photos from the production. Take a look through to remember, or imagine, the performance. 

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Fresh International Market is now open

Fresh International Market is now open at 505 South Neil Street, Champaign (Neil or Randolph and West Healey). The grocery store specializes in mostly Asian ingredients, broadly. The store is huge, and there is a robust produce section, a fresh fish counter, prepared foods including whole roasted duck (!), plenty of meats, a massive selection of frozen products, and several aisles of dry goods, including candy and sweets. 

Prices appear to be in line with other grocers selling the same or similar product. Check out the photos below, and do yourself a favor and check out this new grocery store this weekend. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Photos by Seth Fein and Jessica Hammie.