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Tim Mitchell | It's your business

August 06,2018 00:21

Champion dressage rider Rachel Hill-Jordan and her partner, Steven Larck, purchased the former Sangamon River Stables from Gerry and Donna Tresslar and moved their business, Freedom of Movement Training and Boarding, from Sullivan to White Heath ...


A horse training and boarding facility featuring an award-winning dressage rider has galloped its way to a new home in White Heath.
Champion dressage rider Rachel Hill-Jordan and her partner, Steven Larck, purchased the former Sangamon River Stables from Gerry and Donna Tresslar and moved their business, Freedom of Movement Training and Boarding, from Sullivan to White Heath on Aug. 1.
Freedom of Movement had been operating in Sullivan for about nine years.
"Here in White Heath, we have three arenas," Hill-Jordan said. "One is indoor, one is outdoor and one is a jump field."
In the sport of dressage, Hill-Jordan competes on the international level and is getting ready for the Grand Prix.
While she rides a variety of horses, Hill-Jordan has had her most success riding a 10-year-old Andalusian stallion named El Mistico.
Just one week ago, El Mistico (which has his own Facebook page) won awards at Dressage at Balmoral Park.
"In dressage we do fancy steps and movements," Hill-Jordan said.
She offers lessons in dressage at Freedom of Movement seven days a week.
Salon to open in southwest Champaign
Two longtime hairstylists are opening a new salon and boutique in southwest Champaign.
Green Street Realty announced it had signed a lease with Haven Salon and Boutique.
Owners Kerri Morris and Ashlee Thomas said their 2,000-square-foot salon will be located in the new Field South Retail and Residential development going up between Carle at the Fields and the new Hampton Inn near the Curtis Road/I-57 interchange.
The full-service salon will have 10 stylists on staff.
Morris anticipates her salon will open by the end of September.
"It has always been a dream and passion of mine to own my own salon," Thomas said. "Kerri and I share the passion for creating a high-end customer experience for every client, every visit."
Hotel changing its name, more
A south Champaign hotel is switching names and making renovations this fall.
General manager Vicki Dunn said the Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham at 101 Trade Centre Drive will become a Holiday Inn effective November or December.
"We were up with our contract with Hawthorn Suites, and we looked at different properties," Dunn said. "IGH (the company that includes Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites) has a really good following, so we chose them."
The change will include a lot more than putting up a new sign outside the hotel.
"We are redoing both the inside and the outside of the building," she said. "We are also going to add a restaurant and a bar."
The new Champaign Holiday Inn will feature 187 rooms, and Dunn anticipates the facility will continue to employ about 80 people.
She said guests can already make reservations for the new Holiday Inn.
Persons with reservations for the Hawthorn Suites don't have to worry. Those reservations will be honored by the Holiday Inn.
Food truck returns
The Caribbean Grill food truck has returned to the streets of C-U.
Owner and executive chef Mike Harden said the truck, which has been on hiatus since the opening of Harden's brick-and-mortar restaurant, re-opened July 31.
"We've been focused on the brick-and-mortar restaurant operations for the past year and put the food truck on hold during that time," Harden said. "This has always been our plan."
He plans to have the truck regularly open for business on Broadway and Water streets in Urbana, not far from the Urbana Civic Center.
"We felt like this would be a great location for us," he said. "Urbana's food scene is thriving right now, and we want to be able to contribute to that, especially with our restaurant location already serving Champaign."
Contact Tim Mitchell at 217-351-5366; by email at tmitchel@news-gazette.com; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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