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You can pick up some Delight Flower Farm bouquets at Fleurish

Fleurish is open for walk in, pick up, and local delivery if you need some beautiful flowers in your life right now, and they currently have some bouquets from Delight Flower Farm available. Call them at 217-607-0015 or email fleurishfloralart@gmail.com if you'd like to go the pick up or delivery route. Be sure to wear your mask if you stop by!

Photo from Fleurish Instagram page.

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All you cool cats and kittens, Pour Bros. is serving up Tiger Ring beer

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom is selling something special for all you Tiger King fans out there. This Tiger Ring beer is a sour IPA from Lil Beaver Brewery in Bloomington, Illinois. Tiger Ring is 7% ABV and is brewed with a special ingredient: watermelon candy rings.

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom
40 E University Ave
Champaign
T-Th 3 p.m. to midnight
F+Sa noon to 1 a.m.
Su noon to 10 p.m.

Top image from Pour Bros. Facebook page.

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The story of Water the dolphin is what we all need right now

The Spotted in Chambana Facebook group is not always a happy place to spend your time, but here's an example of it functioning for good. Water the dolphin was left at the Champaign Target yesterday, leaving a 7 year old girl very sad and distressed. Unable to reach the store, she posted about it in the group, hoping someone would be able to help. 

Water was not only found by a Target employee, but that employee took Water on all sorts of adventures in the store, and took photos to share, letting the family know that the special stuffed animal was safe and sound and ready to be picked up in the morning. Here are the photos by employee Amie Mayfield, seen in Spotted in Chambana:

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is perched in the seat of a red shopping cart. Photo by Amie Mayfield.Photo by Amie Mayfield.

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is sitting on a wooden shelf, in front of a picture book about Baby Shark. Photo by Amy Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

A stuffed gray dolphin is sitting in a pile of other stuffed animals. Photo by Amie Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is sitting in a baby's crib. Photo by Amie Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

Top photo by Amie Mayfield. 

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Have you tried Latea Bubble Tea Lounge yet?

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge is serving up some delicious drinks. They opened in 2016 in Campustown, and made our bubble tea roundup. If you haven't had bubble tea, it's worth a try. Tapioca bubbles are added to fruity teas and sweet smoothies giving an interesting texture to the drink.

Photo from Latea Bubble Tea Lounge Facebook page.

This passion hibiscus iced tea and matcha latte look perfect for these hot summer days. If you haven't tried them yet, go try some bubble tea.

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge
601 S Sixth Street
Champaign
Su-Th 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
F+Sa 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Top image from Latea Bubble Tea Lounge Facebook page.

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I’m really into these chocolate chip cookies from Harvest Market

These chocolate chip cookies have become my reward for continuing to survive COVID-19. Each time I visit Harvest Market for groceries, I check to see if there are any of these cookie two-packs available. For $3.69, you get two huge cookies loaded with chocolate chunks and chewy cookie. I'm not even into chocolate, per se, but I love these cookies so much that it's becoming a problem. Should I freeze one each time I purchase them? Yes, probably. Do I? Absolutely not.

A package of Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookies from Harvest Market. Two cookies are in a plastic sheath. The package is held in someone's left hand. Photo by Jessica Hammie. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

A Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookie on a salad plate. The cookie is large and has very big chocolate chunks in it.Photo by Jessica Hammie. A Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookie on a salad plate. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Consider treating yourself next time you're at Harvest Market.

Harvest Market
2029 S Neil St
Champaign
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Top image by Jessica Hammie.

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Black Dog has adult slushies now

Get excited: Black Dog Smoke & Ale House is serving up boozy slushies. You can enjoy your ribs with one of their adult beverages. Right now, you can have one of these icy drinks for $6 each: Amaretto stone sour slush or a vodka Zepplin slush. At this time, you can only enjoy these special drinks onsite in the patio seating or indoor dining. 

Black Dog Smoke & Ale House
320 N Chestnut
Champaign
11 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily

 

Top image from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House Facebook page. 

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The arancini at Papa Del’s are delicious

I've been ordering Papa Del's pizza for many years, but just recently I decided to throw some arancini from the appetizer menu into the mix. If you're not familiar, arancini are delightful balls of cheese and rice that are then breaded and deep fried. Papa Del's serves theirs with a slightly spicy romanesco sauce as well as a balsamic glaze, which is my favorite dipping option. 

The outside is crunchy, the inside is warm and gooey; they're delightful. I know that the pizza is very filling, and you probably don't need an appetizer, but it's worth it.

Papa Del's
1201 S Neil St
Champaign

Top image by Julie McClure.

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Spalding Skate Park gets a little community love

Something to note, as you are walking around the parks these days, in consideration of how the hell 2020 ended up looking like the beginning to a Wes Craven film. When you ask yourself "how is it that X isn't better or why does Y not exist or how do we get Z over here" you can always just point back to how much we spend per $100,000 of property value on our parks.

Needless to say, it isn't much — nowhere near enough — and as a result, the hard working folks at local Park Districts have to do a lot of picking and choosing, often times without the appropriate amount of staff to get everything done. So, essentially, it's on all of us, and no one person in particular. That's a fact. 

To that end, one of the gems of the park district system in Champaign-Urbana is the Spalding Skate Park, used to an immense degree for over twenty years now, and despite the fact it was designed by a long boarder and not a skate boarder, it provides a lot of fun and challenging fun for a lot of different folks in town here. 

But it's usually sorta jacked up, because again: no money, no time, no resources. 

One local skater decided to change what they could. They took some pieces in disrepair home, bought the lumber, put in the work, and returned it to the park in one day's time.

I'll keep them anonymous just because... yeah, let's just keep their name out of it. They didn't do this for a plaque, they did it because they can, and because they wanted to help. Check it out: 

Now that right there is called pitchin' in. It's inspiring. Thanks "human being" who loves this community enough to do this type of work! 

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Black Dog is now serving adult slushies

Look at those slushie machines in action at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House. You can get your ribs and an icy cold adult beverage. Try their amaretto stone sour slushie or a vodka Zeppelin slush. 

Currently, Black Dog is open for patio seating, indoor dining, and curbside pickup.

Black Dog Smoke & Ale House
320 N Chestnut St
Champaign
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

 

Top image from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House Facebook page. 
 

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Farren’s slushies are back

Farren's announced the return of their slushies. You can choose from three options: very berry Margarita, coconut pineapple daiquiri, and rum twister. They all look delicious.

Place your order by phone at 217-359-6977 for curbside pickup, or go for patio dining.

Farren's Pub
117 N Walnut
Champaign
Su-Th 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
F+Sa 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Top image from Farren's Facebook page.