Central Illinois Business Magazine
BUSINESS NOW          December 2014

New area businesses

By Don Dodson
The News-Gazette

Danville Flooring Warehouse

807 N. Vermilion St., Danville

Richard Doney and Doug Ward have opened Danville Flooring Warehouse in Danville, selling carpet, vinyl flooring, hardwood flooring, commercial flooring and carpeting, ceramic tile and laminate flooring.

The business opened Aug. 25 at 807 N. Vermilion St. in a building that once housed Marie's Carpet Manor.

Doney said he worked at Mielke Bros. Bargain Barn for 31 years, but with Curt and Steve Mielke planning to retire, Doney decided he wanted to work for another decade or so.

Danville Flooring Warehouse offers installation, sales and service, with carpeting from Shaw and Mohawk as well as other distributors.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 217-274-7015.

Leaf It To Us

604 E. Ash St., Villa Grove

Brad Drew, who has worked 12 years as an arborist for the city of Urbana, has started a tree care business in Villa Grove and hopes to grow his enterprise in the former Turner Feed & Seed building there.

His business is called Leaf It to Us Total Tree Care Plus, and its website is totaltreecareplus.com.

Services include tree planting, pruning and removal; fertilization of trees and shrubs; pest management; storm damage cleanup; stump grinding; landscaping; snow removal; and all-around yard care. He also supplies firewood.

Much of his business is for residential clients, and eventually he hopes to do more commercial and municipal business.

Drew has an associate degree in horticulture from Rend Lake College and a bachelor's degree in organizational and professional development from Eastern Illinois University.

He has certifications from the International Society of Arboriculture as a certified arborist, utility specialist, municipal specialist and certified tree worker/climber specialist.

For now, he's leasing the Turner Feed & Seed building in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street for equipment. Drew is seeking to buy the building, and if successful, he hopes to renovate it as a retail center selling shrubs, trees, flowers, mulch and decorative rocks and pavers. He would also like to put a greenhouse there.

Drew's phone number is 217-621-7911.

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Editor's Note

Changes at CIB!

This is my last issue as editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. After a long time at The News-Gazette, I’m moving on to another job. I’ve had a lot of fun writing about business issues and successful businessmen and women in the area during the more than three years I’ve edited CIB. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know the Forty Under 40 award winners each year.

I’m proud of some of the changes we’ve made to the magazine as well. We’ve been featuring a Green Tip from the Illinois Green Business Association for a couple of years now. I’m hoping businesses found some useful information in those columns to help them reduce energy use, save money and help the environment.

This year we added Made in Champaign County, in collaboration with the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., to highlight some of our area industries and their products and manufacturing expertise. I hope you continue to enjoy CIB and its stories on the local business community. Thank you for reading.

Jodi Heckel is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine.