A new Rantoul-based real estate brokerage firm says it is ready to bring the power of the Internet to the area real estate business.
Prelim, which opened earlier this year at 601 S. Century Blvd., is a business that allows clients to do their entire home-selling or -buying process online, according to co-founder Ian Wright.
The office has four employees.
“We first started out creating real estate software for real estate agents to use,” Wright said. “It was a strenuous process convincing people that the future is now.
“One day we decided, if they aren’t going to use our software, we’ll open up shop in the real estate business and use it ourself.”
He said he believes Prelim can help clients save thousands of dollars by following a nontraditional real estate model.
“We provide both the tools and experience to simplify the transaction to make for a fluid experience,” he said.
“You can make an offer online. You can schedule a showing online. You can get a mortgage online. You will never have to step inside a bank.”
The company handles escrow, closing and tours, he said.
Wright said Prelim is working with Craig Kief, a broker in Paxton, and is partnering with Mortgage Hippo.
Prelim pays its agents a salary along with bonuses, equips them with technology and passes the savings along to the buyers and sellers through rebates and lower selling fees.
While the firm is initially working in the Champaign-Urbana market, Wright said, Prelim eventually plans to expand to the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria markets.
The company hopes to have its website running within the next week or two. Prelim is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
For more information, call 689-0383.
Best foot forward
Now you can get a pedicure at one of Christie Clinic’s locations.
The new Barefoot Medical Spa has opened inside Christie on Windsor, 1801 W. Windsor Road, C.
Certified medical nail technician Amber Borchers provides a variety of services.
“We do waterless medical grade pedicures, callus reduction, cuticle care, nail shaping and trimming, and polish application,” Borchers said. “All services are performed with autoclaved or disposable tools to ensure no transmission of bacteria takes place.”
Borchers said the new spa operates differently than many other pedicure businesses.
“Instead of using water, we use a keratin-infused sock that we put on your feet,” she said.
The Barefoot Medical Spa is associated with the clinic’s department of foot and ankle surgery.
“We practice the same sterilization techniques that we use for surgical procedures, and our priority is to maintain a clean, private environment, and prevent the spread of germs, fungus and diseases,” said podiatrist Dr. Andrew Kluesner.
Borchers said the new spa is a good choice for people looking for a sterile and safe environment for pedicures.
“It is also ideal for people with diabetes,” she said.
The spa is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To schedule an appointment, call 366-8163.
Online boutique open
A Savoy woman has launched her own online boutique.
Sarah VanDyke, along with her mother, Donna Graham, started Pandellah Boutique out of her home in February.
“We are an e-commerce business, but we also go to people’s homes for sales,” said VanDyke. “We bring all our clothing to a person’s home, and they can invite their friends over for a get together where everyone shops.”
She said all of the designers featured at the boutique are out of Los Angeles.
“We are a women’s clothing boutique that offers styles at a lower price than most other boutiques,” she said. “At Pandellah Boutique, we offer contemporary clothing at reasonable prices.”
Fashions are available in a variety of sizes, from small to 3X.
While most of the sales so far have been through Facebook, Instagram or by telephone, VanDyke said the boutique will soon be taking orders at its website, http://www.pandellahboutique.com.
The boutique’s moniker is a combination of the names of VanDyke’s 7-month-old daughter, Pandora, and her 21/2-year-old daughter, Stella.
For more information, call 722-6873.
Third taste of KoFusion
The third KoFusion restaurant, which we first announced back in November, is now a reality.
Restaurant owner Janet Bubin said the latest KoFusion opened earlier this month in the food court in the basement of the Illini Union.
“The location is convenient for a lot of students, a lot of faculty members and University of Illinois employees,” Bubon said.
The restaurant has eight employees and features what Bubon calls a casual menu. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are closed on weekends for now,” she said.
The sushi bar opened its first location in downtown Champaign in summer 2005. A second eatery followed in 2013 across the street from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.
Joyeful photo business
Joyeful Creations Photography opened up shop this month in Champaign.
The photographic business is run by veteran camera buff Amy Rupert.
“I have been teaching myself the more technical sides of photography for the past few years, so it was time for me to start up my own business,” said Rupert. “I help people to capture their memories.”
The business’s unique spelling, “Joyeful,” is in honor of Rupert’s mother, Joye Hart, who died of cancer in 1999.
Rupert mostly does family and children photography, “but I am up for anything,” she said.
Rupert can shoot photos at her home or go to a customer’s location.
For more information, call 898-6101 or email her at email@example.com.
Nailing down a merger
Two area landscaping and remodeling businesses have joined forces to form a new company.
Dennis DeMoss, the owner of 3D Home Improvement in St. Joseph, and Michael Palumbo, the owner of Bushwackers in Ludlow, established a new business, D and M Home Rejuvenation and Landscapes at 609 Laurel Drive, St. Joseph.
“I started doing this work about eight years ago, and Mike has been in landscaping services for about 30 years,” said DeMoss.
The two of them had been working together on various projects for a couple of years, so they decided to merge earlier this year.
“We do landscaping, remodeling, roofing, bathroom work, hardwood floors, ceramic floors, complete remodels and additions,” DeMoss said.
The company also offers free estimates.
For more information, call 714-2648.
An Urbana man who had been doing remodeling work for more than two decades has begun his own business.
Jack Cunningham said he launched JC Home Improvements at 4 Fern St., U, earlier this year.
“I have lots of experience doing this work, but I was always doing it for somebody else,” Cunningham said. “It was time I started doing this on my own.”
He offers a variety of services, including roofing, siding, windows, masonry, interior remodeling and drywall work.
He said he provides free estimates.
To reach Cunningham, call 714-9575.
A business that plans to open in downtown Monticello later this year has been named the winner of the city’s spring Bootcamp grant.
Matt Miller’s startup business, the Monarch Brewing Co., will receive a $5,000 grant to be used toward rent or mortgage and utility costs, according to Monticello director of community development Callie Jo McFarland.
The brewpub and restaurant has plans to be located a block east of the downtown square at 212 S. Independence St.
The Bootcamp is an aggressive five-week program that teaches past, present and future entrepreneurs the nuts and bolts of owning a business.
The program is a collaboration between the city of Monticello and Monticello Main Street.
Miller is the second recipient of a Monticello Bootcamp grant. Last fall, Samantha Koon won a grant for her restaurant and event center.
McFarland said registration for the fall 2016 Monticello Bootcamp will open Aug. 1.
Time to chill out
The Kona Ice food truck is celebrating the end of tax-filing season with its third annual National Chill Out Day.
The island-themed truck will be parked at Prospect Bank, 1601 S. Prospect Avenue, C, on April 18 and will be giving away free tropical shaved ice from 2 to 4 p.m.
Guests who stop by the truck will also receive complimentary Hawaiian leis.
“The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season,” said company owner Wes Hanner.
Contact Tim Mitchell at 217-351-5366; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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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