Central Illinois Business Magazine
BUSINESS NOW          October 2014

New area businesses

By Don Dodson
The News-Gazette


Market Place Mall, Champaign

Korean franchise Artbox opened this fall at Champaign's Market Place Mall.

Artbox, a stationery, gift and clothing shop, is in the mall's east wing between Payless Shoes and Day Spa.

Artbox has more than 100 stores in South Korea, and this will be only its second store in the U.S., said local franchisee Jeong Lee.

"This shop is very famous in South Korea," Jeong Lee said.

Originally from Daejeon, South Korea, Jeong Lee came to the U.S. about a year ago and is a visiting scholar in materials science at the University of Illinois. He said his wife, Hyunjung Kim, will run the local Artbox store.

The merchandise at Artbox will include notepaper, shoes, school bags, apparel, accessories and gift items, he said.

The store's phone number is 217-355-5514. The website for the Artbox chain is artbox.co.kr, but be forewarned that most information at the site is in Korean, not English. The website for Artbox's Singapore stores, artbox.com.sg/company_info, may help English readers get a better sense of the store.


Doughbelly Subs, which operated for a year in Mahomet, is opening this fall at a new location -- in the Village at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.

"We felt if we moved to a larger market, there would be a potentially bigger share of the population choosing you," owner Doug Bewley said of the decision to close in Mahomet in mid-April and reopen in Champaign.

Doughbelly will continue to sell its sub sandwiches, which feature slow-roasted bone-in ham and roast beef, as well as white-meat chicken and turkey. But the shop will add some new offerings, namely fried chicken and home-style sides, such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw.

Doughbelly subs are distinguished by slow-roasted meats, rather than cold cuts, and are served on pretzel bread.

Bewley said the restaurant has more than 15 types of sub sandwiches, plus custom "hot collar" sandwiches that blend ingredients not paired on the regular menu. Doughbelly will continue to serve seasoned french fries and house-made potato chips, he said.

Bewley said Doughbelly will have delivery service to the University of Illinois campus.

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Congratulations to our 2014 Forty Under 40 Award winners! In this issue, we recognize our winners, all of whom have made significant contributions to their workplaces and community before age 40. I hope you enjoy reading about their achievements and service to others.

Jodi Heckel is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at (217) 351-5695 or jheckel@news-gazette.com.