Simple and in Abundance

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is Brandi Novak, the owner of the newly opened primative/antique store Simpler Thymes, located at 110 E Harrison next door to the Sullivan Bakery.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is Brandi Novak, the owner of the newly opened primative/antique store Simpler Thymes, located at 110 E Harrison next door to the Sullivan Bakery.

New antique store opens in Sullivan

•July 29, 2015•

By Nick Fiala
Reporting in Sullivan

It is often said that every success story starts with a dream. In this case, it is a dream and an enormous collection of beautifully-aged odds and ends that Brandi Novak is using to start her own antique store, Simpler Thymes, located on Harrison Street, just east of the Little Theatre.

“I taught second-grade here.” said Novak, who is a former sales director and held her grand opening for the store over this last weekend. “I really enjoy the town; I think it’s a great area [and] they’re really doing a lot with it. New business is coming in, and that was a big factor in my decision to open here.”

A love for auctions and sales led Novak to start her own collections and open booths in places such as B&J Antiques and Copper Eagle in Charleston. But she said this opening, arranged since June, is an opportunity for her to realize a long-time goal and combine it with a deep personal interest.

“I’ve always been interested in being self-employed.” Novak said. “It still can be flexible when I need it to be...I’ve had antique booths for about seven years [and] I thought ‘it’s now or never’.”  Read More

Sullivan Quality Lube Opens Under New Family Management

Photo by RR Best Pictured are Jeff (left) and David (right) Smith, a father/son duo that recently re-opened the Sullivan Quality Lube.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are Jeff (left) and David (right) Smith, a father/son duo that recently re-opened the Sullivan Quality Lube.

Plan is to source parts, oil locally

•July 15, 2015•

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

Through life it is necessary to deal with many different routines; a morning routine, a health routine, a school routine, a routine of yearly events. But for the routine of regular vehicle service there is a new option in town.
Jeff Smith, along with his six sons and one daughter, has recently leased the vacant garage on Jackson St., across from McDonald’s, to open Sullivan Quality Lube.
“We’ve been open for (a few weeks) now and we are seeing about 70 people a week come through,” Smith stated. “Most of those that stop in did not even know that we were open.”
A longtime resident of Dalton City, Smith is no stranger to routine maintenance, having worked as a mechanic for EK Truck Service, on Market St., for several years before branching out and purchasing a truck of his own. Read More

Harley Steps in as Sullivan’s Newest Chiropractor

November 12, 2014

Submitted by the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development

There is a new doc in town. Dr. Katie Harley is a chiropractor whose main focus is to find the body’s nerve interferences and remove them with a chiropractic adjustment. This allows the body to function at its optimal level.

She was born and raised in Windsor and attended Eastern Illinois University for three years before transferring to Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo. At Logan, she completed her Bachelors of Science degree and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2005. Read More

Local Farm Brings Professional Equestrianism to Moultrie County

Photo by Keith Stewart M&M owner Marsha Harshman stands with 17-year old Danish warmblood Latino.

Photo by Keith Stewart
M&M owner Marsha Harshman stands with 17-year old Danish warmblood Latino.

November 5, 2014

One of just a few in central Illinois

by Derek Pope
Reporting Near Dunn

Tucked away between Bethany and Sullivan in a pristine slice of rural Illinois, one can find a farm not quite like the many others that surround it.

That farm, M&M Farm, is home to more than just agriculture. It houses one of the few dressage training establishments in all of central Illinois, aptly named Freedom of Movement.

Dressage, which is one of only three equestrian sports that horseback riders may compete in at the international Olympics, is more precisely a choreographed routine of movements meant to demonstrate the athleticism and discipline of both horse and rider in an artistic and visually pleasing way. It takes a lifetime of dedication for dressage trainers to compete at the highest levels and to prepare horses capable of such feats, but look no further than M&M farm to find a group of individuals who have done just that. Read More

Lucky’s Food and Spirits Opens in Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Amy Fultz prepares to enjoy her ribeye sandwich for lunch Tuesday at Lucky’s Food and Spirits in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Amy Fultz prepares to enjoy her ribeye sandwich for lunch Tuesday at Lucky’s Food and Spirits in Sullivan.

October 22, 2014

A little Luck goes a long way for new restaurant

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For Danny and Marissa Luck, stepping back into the restaurant business required, well, some luck.

The husband/wife duo planned for a soft opening Tuesday, October 7 and then be in full swing the following Wednesday. Read More

New Coffee, Wine Lounge Premieres Near Square

Photo by Keith Stewart Terrie Golden (left) receives her latte from owner Cathrine Craig Tuesday afternoon at 5 West coffee and wine lounge.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Terrie Golden (left) receives her latte from owner Cathrine Craig Tuesday afternoon at 5 West coffee and wine lounge.

October 22, 2014

5 West trying to bring the urban to the rural, while staying casual

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Cathrine Craig and husband J.R. never ran or owned a coffee shop before, let alone a hybrid coffee/wine/beer shop.

So they did what anyone new to something would or should do. A lot of research.

But before ever researching espresso grinds or milk stouts or merlots, the Craigs first had to discover such an idea. Read More

Barefoot Freedom Yoga Gives Back Through Mind, Body, and Soul

Photo by Keith Stewart Barefoot Freedom Yoga studio owner Jolene Wright (bacground)breathes out along with her student Emilie Beagle Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Barefoot Freedom Yoga studio owner Jolene Wright (bacground)breathes out along with her student Emilie Beagle Monday.

October 1, 2014

Sullivan native returns home to open studio

by Ariana Cherry
Reporting in Sullivan

To Jolene Wright, yoga is more than just exercise. It’s about finding a calm steady body and mind while living a peaceful productive life. Wright truly understands that meaning on a personal level. Not only is she the owner and yoga instructor at “Barefoot Freedom Yoga,” but she is also a veteran. After graduating Sullivan High School in 2001, she joined the Illinois National Guard. Soon after, she was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Barefoot Freedom in 2004.

After her return from Iraq, Wright entered Southern Illinois University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in forestry outdoor recreation. She then moved to Colorado to work as a forest technician. While in Colorado, Wright noticed yoga all around her. She, herself had been practicing since 2002, but it had become more prevalent during her time in Colorado. What seemed to be a new calling, she embraced it by undergoing training to become a yoga teacher. Her path to becoming a yoga instructor was lead by her teachers Shannon Paige, Nancy Kate Rau and Gina Caputo, and after dedicating her time and energy to yoga, Wright earned the credentials to become a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher while also becoming certified through Mindful Yoga Therapy. Read More

Lovington Resident Opens up Resale Shop in Sullivan Friday

Photo by Keith Stewart Robin Vaughn of Lovington is set to open her new resale shop, Mudgies, at 20 W. Harrison in Sullivan Friday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Robin Vaughn of Lovington is set to open her new resale shop, Mudgies, at 20 W. Harrison in Sullivan Friday.

Mudgie’s soft grand-opening set for Saturday

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

There is at least one new store opening this Friday in Sullivan, but for shop owner Robin Vaughn it is a familiar routine. Vaughn has owned and run the Thrifty Boutique for the last five years, first in Decatur before then moving to Arthur. But prohibitive rent prices there recently forced her to close up shop and look elsewhere for options, which brought her to Sullivan.

However, Vaughn realized an immediate conflict: there is already a similarly named shop in town. With the proposed opening date of July 18 fast approaching, she needed a new, unique name for her new location. Read More

Sullivan Bingo Hall Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

July 2, 2014

Submitted by Justine Brewer

The Sullivan Bingo Hall, located at 401 W. Water Street in Sullivan, recently celebrated five years of successful operation.

The Beacon, a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness, was previously struggling to find the dollars to make ends meet. The financially strapped state of Illinois budget has been unable to provide any type of funding increase or cost of living increase for the past six years, putting a strain on the annual budget.  Read More

EK Looks To Fuel Windsor With Support, New Choices

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are mother-son managerial duo of EK Petroleum Cheryl and Chris Coddington. Cheryl (left) is EK’s area manager while son Chris (right) is the Windsor location’s general manager.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are mother-son managerial duo of EK Petroleum Cheryl and Chris Coddington. Cheryl (left) is EK’s area manager while son Chris (right) is the Windsor location’s general manager.

June 25, 2014

Grand opening set for early July

by Ariana Cherry
Reporting in Windsor

Roger Bragg and Jon England, owners of Sullivan EK Petroleum, do their share when it comes to giving back to the community.

According to the two owners, since 2012, EK has donated over $6,000 to scholarship funds for local schools by donating a penny per gallon of gas. The company has also supported the Sullivan athletic fund through events such as the Three for Three Point Challenge where $3 is donated for every three-point shot made.

And now Bragg and England have their sights set on the town of Windsor, where a new EK Petroleum location was opened June 2.  Read More