The Dancing Dog Eatery and Juicery is getting set to open in downtown Urbana. The open date is set for October 20, and this will be the first all-vegan eatery in the area. The address is 126 West Main, Urbana–downtown Urbana just keeps adding new options!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered Monday though Saturday and then brunch on Sunday. Some of the dishes on the menu are black bean burgers, eggplant parmesan lasagna, and hummus plate. Add in some crepes, super salads, and cupcakes and you have some great vegan eating.
The U of I Flash Index for May is up a bit fron April, and that means good news for the Champaign Urbana area economy. In April the figure descended to 106, falling for the fourth month in a row. Still any number above 100 is considered a positive economic situation for Champaign County. The figure for May is 106.2.
This economic stat is important for the Champaign Urbana real estate market because the price of homes and the CU real estate tempo in general is closely related to the factors that go into this index.
The website for the Champaign County Clerk’s office has an interactive page that makes it easy to find your polling place in Champaign County. The list of polling places is linked to the map and you can get the info you need for times etc there as well.
Tuesday, March 18 is the day to vote
You see all kinds of signs around the are now–and debates are winding down. You can vote early in CU at a half dozen places in the area through March 15. But after Saturday you need to find your local spot and get there between 6a and 7p on Tuesday, March 18.
First of all, let me say that we usually see groaner puns like this only on the sports page of The News Gazzette. But this morning this is what woke us up as we sipped coffee.
These new little “curb cafes” or “parklets” are coming to Urbana and perhaps downtown Champaign. Both downtowns- especially the Champaign side with the impending opening of the new Champaign Hyatt Place–are pulsing with life these days. The new on street dining spots will be occupying parking spots during summer months and they will expand the space for outside dining on both sides of –and perhaps ON Wright street.
Urbana city arborist Mike Brunk is credited with coming up with the term “Curbana”. Wait…is he also the one who coined the “Champaign-Nirvnana” moniker?
Anyway these little platforms will be right on the street and will change the scene greatly. I can see it along Main Street in Urbana–traffic flowing by on a summer evening. But the way the cars scream through downtown Champaign might mean they have to stay to the side streets–what do you think?
The 2014 Illinois Marathon will be run April 26, 2014 in Champaign Urbana and it looks to be another record setting field. The various races for the weekend are all more than 50% full already and with a late spring in the area it should be a perfect day. The only issue the last few years weather wise was a bit of wind two years ago. But last year’s race was perfect.
Runners World Recognition
Recently our little race from CU got some serious recognition. It was named one of the top nine new marathons in the country. Runners World (the leading runner mag for everyman runners) listed it with a number of other fine runs including Cary, North Carolina, Pittsburg, and Baton Rouge.
Running blogs all over picked up on this story and the print piece looked good.
Voluteer for the Illinois Marathon
You can get on board helping with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon by going to their site and contacting them. Help is needed stuffing bags, at intersections, signage..all kinds of ways before and after the race.
This is a busy weekend for festival/event lovers in Champaign Urbana. There is the Champaign Music Festival in downtown Champaign. This one is put together by the Champaign Park District and runs from 6p- midnight, Saturday July 20.
But the big annual fling, the Champaign County Fair, is even bigger this year than ever. The News Gazette headlined it “DOUBLE THE FUN” this morning and it looks to be quite a week long of festivities.
Pre-School Day in Kiddie Land – Tickets will be available to pre-school children only, tickets are limited to five (5) tickets per child. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1.00 ticket / $1.00 ride. Rides in Kiddie Land will be 1 & 2 tickets for pre-school children.
They are 18- 35 years old and there are some 103 million of them who have come of age during one of the biggest housing downturns in history- and a downturn that has been painstakingly slow to get back to “normal”. They have been characterized as the “me, me, me” crowd that lives with their parents and spends hours snapping pics of them selves and throwing them onto facebook and twitter.
This narcissistic horde is also an important part of the Champaign Urbana scene- increasingly so in the last 20 years as new job opportunities have opened up in CU. Good evidence of this is the resurgence of downtown Champaign and the thriving CU music scene.
Will echo boomers buy real estate?
In a recent article on this topic, RIS Media gives a resounding “YES” and this could have huge implications for the emerging Chamapign Urbana Real Estate market. Here are some ideas from the RIS Media analysis:
According to recently released national survey findings from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, 75 percent of echo boomers surveyed believe owning a home is a fundamental indicator of success.
Those same respondents also believe they are more informed about home ownership than previous generations of buyers.
More than three-quarters (77 percent) of the next generation of American homeowners surveyed believe they have become increasingly knowledgeable about home ownership due to increased media coverage on real estate topics in the wake of the housing crisis.