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Arcadia, a café and wine bar, is going to occupy the former Spark Museum space

So that was fast. Here’s the press release:

A​RCADIA: A Lumen Café, Launches in Former Spark Space

April 5, 2018 (Champaign-Urbana) – Lumen Events is an Urbana-based event planning and management firm, and plans to launch a new kind of experience in the space formerly occupied by Spark Museum + Play Cafe.

“Under the anchor of an expanded café and wine bar — don’t worry we’ll have beer, too — we will continue to offer creative events and experiences,” said Megan Gillette, owner of Lumen Events. “We’re calling it ARCADIA, A Lumen Café.”

Lumen is a ​co-​lessee and tenant of the Lincoln Square location where Spark Museum + Play Café — a completely separate​ business​ entity — recently closed. Under Gillette’s direction, Lumen has hosted various pop-up events in the space since June of last year, including: wine galas, beer tastings, parent-music shows, dance parties for families, self-care workshops, numerous events as a part of Imbibe Urbana’s First Fridays, and much more.

In the coming weeks, ARCADIA will open on Saturdays, and plans to expand hours

in the coming months. “Our mission is to provide Urbana and our surrounding community with an enriching environment through thoughtful programming, family-friendly events, and unique experiences,” said Gillette.

People should consider taking or teaching a class; booking a meeting, or a party; indulging in a wine flight; or simply come in, grab a coffee, relax, engage with others in our community, and let the kids enjoy our new play and crafting area.”

Formal launch and additional details will be announced in the near future.

Photo from Lincoln Square Mall website

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