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El Progreso in Champaign has a new space

El Progreso in Champaign has moved into a larger space right next door to the grocery's previous location. 

Now located directly west of their 1001 W Bloomington Road address, the store is more spacious, with a bit more parking. 

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m daily. 

Photos by Jessica Hammie

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By the looks of it, Dumpling Noodle BBQ opening in old M Sushi space

715 South Neil Street in Champaign has had quite the history over the past handful of years. First Kamakura, then Yori Q, then M Sushi, and now another restaurant: DNB: Dumpling Noodle BBQ. As I was over in this area I noticed the new sign, though after a search, there isn't much information available about the restaurant.

I swear we aren't making a habit of this, but Jess posted about a new restaurant opening in Urbana last week.

If/when we get more information, we'll update you.

Photo by Patrick Singer

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Look at these beautiful bouquets by Old Town Flowers

Old Town Flowers (Joan Jach) always has some really lovely flowers available at Hopscotch Bakery + Market, and today's are particularly beautiful. Look at these bouquets you can pick up today:

Top photo from Instagram

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Napleton Auto hosted their Teacher of the Year event

Several area teachers were awarded Teacher of the Year, and given $1000, today at Pear Tree Estate. There were six teachers honored at the event, an elementary, middle, and high school teacher from the Urbana and Champaign school districts. Teachers were selected out of over 250 nominations by students, parents, and guardians. This was the 2nd Annual Teacher of the Year event. 

Maggie Beckett, First Grade Teacher, Carrie Busey Elementary School

Bridget Maloney, 2nd Grade Teacher at Leal Elementary School

Kelley Tonkovich, Special Education, Jefferson Middle School

Karen Debauche, Instrumental Music, Urbana Middle School

Stephen Stanger, English Teacher, Champaign Central High School

Laura Koritz, English Teacher, Urbana High School

Photos by Eric Frahm.

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Visit Champaign County reveals new mural coming to Downtown Champaign

At tonight's Toast to Tourism event, Visit Champaign County unveiled that a new mural is going to be commissioned and installed on the wall outside of their building in Downtown Champaign. The mural, which you can see above, will exist on the wall which sits directly next to the Blind Pig beer garden. Visit Champaign County's office is at 16 E. Taylor — a building which they moved to last year.

The mural will be made by local artist David Michael Moore. Read up on our Editorial Board piece about public art in Champaign-Urbana while you're at it.

Here's their tweet of the announcement:

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Grovestone’s ice cream is pretty darn tasty

Grovestone has recently started selling ice cream, and it's pretty tasty. The ice cream comes from Wisconsin, is made with limited ingredients, and the milk does not contain rBST. 

I sampled a few flavors, and they were all great. My favorite flavor is cinnamon, and this one is done well. For the lactose intolerant, consider the carrot mango sorbet; it's sweet and refreshing. Like most other spots in C-U, this ice cream is a little pricey: a kids serving of one scoop is $3.50; a small is $4.50, regular is $5.50. Toppings are limited, as this is a fancy olive oil store, not an ice cream shop. I'm not exactly sure what the policy is on vinegar or olive oil as a topping, but you should ask, because those are the things that need to be on this rich, creamy ice cream. Owner Loui Liagridonis provided a pro tip: his favorite is the cinnamon ice cream with a drizzel of the pear balsamic vinegar. It was amazing. 

Yesterday I ordered a cup of the Guilty Pleasure: salted caramel ice cream with sea salt fudge and cashews. I topped it with smoked almonds. It was so, so good. 

When I go back, I want to get a cup of vanilla with some olive oil and smoked almonds. So fancy!

Grovestone
1707 W Kirby Ave
Champaign
M-F 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sa 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photos by Jessica Hammie

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Stop in at Urbana Museum of Photography sometime

While not a terribly exciting spot on its face, I stumbled into the Urbana Museum of Photography over the weekend. I'd never been there, and didn't even realize it was located directly next to (well, above) Courier Cafe on Race Street. 113 N. Race Street, Suite B to be exact.

Lyosha Svinarski is the proprieter of the space, and he was kind enough to let us mull about as he was getting ready for an exhibition. The museum was founded in 2012, and it emphaizes the use of photography in the analog form. Film, mostly.

Here are their hours:

M - Closed
T - Closed
W - 1-7 p.m.
Th - 1-7 p.m.
F - 1-7 p.m.
Sa - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
S - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Here are some photos I took:




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Check out these amazing leis that Fleurish is offering for graduation

Thousands will be crossing U of I stages this weekend in their caps and gowns. If your loved one is one of those thousands, you should help them stand out with one of these gorgeous orchid leis from Fleurish. Owner Sarah Compratt spent the first part of her floral career California, and leis are a graduation tradition there.

The leis are $35 each, and are comprised of a double strand of dendrobium orchids.

Read all about Fleurish and the art of flower arranging in Culture tomorrow.

Photos by Jess Hammie