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McClatchy-Tribune  06/30/2014 10:38 AM ET
The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill., It's Your Business column [The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill. :: ]

June 30--It's not that downtown Champaign is going to the dogs _ rather, the dogs are going to downtown Champaign.

In some cases, they're going to The Dog Den, a dog day care facility that recently opened just east of the Simply Amish store in the former Sullivan Chevrolet building at 52 E. Washington St., C.

Jacqueline Cahill, who co-owns The Dog Den with Ken Reiterman, said that in addition to day care, the business offers dog boarding and light grooming and plans to add training services shortly.

The 6,300-square-foot space has plenty of room for dogs to play together in groups, but also has separate rooms for less social dogs.

Cahill said dogs left home alone can become destructive if they're bored.

With dog day care, "It's easy for them to play and have fun during the day. We practice basic obedience commands throughout the day," she said, calling it "good reinforcement for obedience training."

The light grooming includes baths, nail trims, ear cleaning _ "everything except hair cutting," she said. The Dog Den offers aromatherapy treatment for dogs, using essential oils to promote relaxation, and also offers canine massage, Cahill said.

The business is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but outside-hours arrangements can be made for people who work late. Weekend lobby hours are 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays and 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, and by appointment.

Both Cahill and Reiterman formerly worked as shift supervisors at Lincoln's Challenge in Rantoul. They both loved dogs, and after Cahill talked with her sister, who owns a dog day care in Michigan, they decided they wanted to open one here.

Reiterman is operations manager for The Dog Den, and Cahill is business manager.

The phone number is 552-1318, and the website is


Brendan Hsu realized many cellphones and computers can be fixed, rather than replaced, when damaged, and he's getting ready to move his repair business, fyxit, to a storefront along Green Street in Campustown.

Within the next week or so, fyxit is expected to open on the first floor of Park Place Tower, 202 E. Green St., C _ the former location of Quick Package Pickup.

Hours for fyxit are expected to be 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday afternoons.

Hsu said he and his staff can work on such things as cracked iPhone screens, chargers that have stopped working and virus removal. They also can provide website design and development services.

Hsu, who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in information technology and information systems, said he worked a couple part-time jobs at Verizon and Simplified Computers for a few months before deciding to open a business of his own.

He has two partners in the business _ Andrew Redmon and John Zhao.

The store's phone number is 697-4171, and its website is


Missing the Apple store?

Simply Mac plans to open a store at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center.

"Simply Mac is a licensed Apple products store" that sells and repairs Apple products, said the shopping center's general manager, Dennis Robertson. In some ways, the store is similar to Apple stores in Chicago, St. Louis or Indianapolis, but unlike those stores, it's not owned by Apple.

"They plan to be open about the time school starts," Robertson said.

The store will be located in the Macy's wing of the mall _ between Jimmy Jazz men's apparel and Justice children's apparel and across from Yankee Candle and Tradehome Shoes.

An email seeking comment from Simply Mac's marketing department was not answered last week.

The company's website said Simply Mac offers iPads, iPods, iPhones as well as Apple computers and accessories. Salt Lake City-based Simply Mac has stores in 11 states in the western and central United Stat


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