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Urbana Landmark Hotel is going up for auction today

After being deemed not financially feasable, the much-discussed Urbana Landmark Hotel is going up for auction today on Ten-X at 11 am CST.

Starting bid, you ask? $1,200,000.

Click through and check out the photos, plus all other sorts of information about the place. Such a cool space.

The info about where it would be auctioned off came from Urbana's Business and Development report for November:

City of Urbana Business and Development Report for November

The Urbana Landmark Hotel will be offered at auction on the realty website Ten-X on December 11th-13th.

Check out Andrew's piece about this area here.

Top photo by Justine Bursoni.


Suburban Express takes the fast lane to national notoriety

On Saturday, we noted that Suburban Express is pretty racist and awful. Well, now the rest of America knows, too, thanks to CNN picking up the story.

Oh, and then there's the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

There's no such thing as bad press, right? Or maybe there is. Either way, it's nice that we can make a nationwide spectacle out of a racist jackwagon, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he has to say to CNN.


Owner Appreciation Days happening December 7-10 at Common Ground

Common Ground Food Co-op's annual Owner Appreciation Days are coming up: December 7-10. They've posted some information about what they're offering, which you can see below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: My mistake, these Owner Days happen a few times a year, not just once a year.

Here's the information from the Facebook event:

We're celebrating our Co-op Owners with Owner Appreciation Days, this Dec 7-10! Join us for doorbuster sales, your 10% off, and stop in for samples from local producers!

OWNER DAYS SCHEDULE: See below for details!

Thursday, Dec 7
3:30-5:30: Cary's Garden of Eatin will sample their local apples with cheese
4-6: Sam Vandegrift- local wine expert samples delicious wines
4:30-6:30: Vinny Santanelli Music performance
6:00-7:30: Self-Care Series: DIY Spa Salts, spots still available!

Friday, Dec 8
5:30-7:30: Kim from Brian Severson Farms will sample locally grown & milled baked goods 
5:30-7:30: Lisa Odom, local wine expert, samples wine
5:30-7:30: Jim from New Chapter supplements is here to talk with you

Saturday, Dec 9th
9-11: Piemonte Sausage sampling with owner Claude Cole
9-11: Jim from New Chapter supplements is here
10-12: Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative sampling new regional cheeses
1-3: Robb from Central Illinois Bakehouse sampling cinnamon bread toast
2-4:30: Ethiopian Cooking with Meat with Tesfaye, spots still available

Sunday, Dec 10th
10-12: Lucky Pierre Bakers sampling their local donuts
10-12: Page Roasting Company sampling their local roasted coffee
10-12: Central Lean Local Meat & Grocery sampling their local bacon
11-1: Crisis Nursery comes in to talk about their community impact
12-2: Umland's Pure Crunchy Cheese Bites, a new local producer will be here


You can send Papa Del’s pizza anywhere in the country

This was news to me, but did you know you can ship Papa Del's pizza anywhere in the country?

Sure, it is costly (depending on where you send it), but perhaps you know someone that hasn't had Del's in quite some time, and you want to send a little slice of C-U to them. Del's freezes it, packs it, and ships it overnight via UPS.

Eventually, this...

... turns into this:

Here's the information from their website:

We make each pizza to order, then freeze it and ship it overnight via UPS. Each box is shipped with 5 pounds of dry ice to keep the pizza(s) frozen. This is a fairly costly process; however, adding additional pizzas to the order does not affect the shipping charges greatly. For example, 1 pizza may be $80 (all costs included), and 2 pizzas may be $95.

UPS does not deliver to PO boxes, and overnight shipping is not available in all areas (Hawaii, Alaska, and parts of Maine).

Orders can only be shipped on weekdays. There is no shipping or delivery on the following days: Chistmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and January 1st.

We need at least a day to make and especially freeze the pizzas. So for orders placed before 3PM Central Time, the earliest possible ship date will be the next day. Orders placed after 3PM Central Time have to be made and frozen the next day, meaning the earliest ship date will be in 2 days. If an order is placed on a Thursday after 3PM, the earliest ship date will be the next Monday. Saturday delivery is available (ships on a Friday), but there is an additional charge from UPS.

Orders can be placed to ship 1 week in advance.

While gift cards are available on the website (below), they are for in-store use only, and cannot be used on the website.

Note: We recommend under 5 ingredients for optimal cooking in your home oven. Pizzas with more toppings may not cook properly.

Photos by Justine Bursoni.


Adopt-a-Family for Courage Connection this year

Looking for a meaningful way to give back this holiday season? Every year Courage Connection establishes an adopt-a-family program to help make the season a bit brighter for it's clients. You sign up using their Google form, then they will assign you a family to purchase gifts for. The family's identity is not given, only ages, sizes, and wants and needs. Sign up now and you can take advantage of those Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales. Sign ups continue until December 5th. 


Brixx is closing permanently December 9th

The wood-fired pizza joint on South Neil (2043 S Neil Street to be exact), Brixx, is set to close December 9th. The news came via News-Gazette's report, as it discussed that the ownership would wait until that date so employees could seek other jobs.

Jess featured it here and there in her Five Things column from time to time.

There's still pizza of a similar style available in C-U, namely Pizzeria Antica and Dragon Fire.

Top photo from their Facebook page.


Rally against Trump and Rodney Davis’ tax plan November 15th

The tax plan proposed by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans is being voted on in the House this week and local group C-U Indivisible is holding a rally Wednesday at noon at Rodney Davis' Champaign offices, 2004 Fox Drive.

From the event's description:

The Repulican Tax Bill that Rodney Davis has voted to advance is a disaster for middle-income Americans, students, for health care, and for all Illinoisans. The only ones who benefit from it are large businesses and the wealthiest 1%.

Find out more about the rally here.


Common Ground offering Thanksgiving in the Deli on November 22nd

Back in October, Common Ground announced their pre-orders for turkeys for Thanksgiving was available, and now they're offering this on the day before the holiday. Thanksgiving in the Deli will happen November 22nd starting at 11 a.m., running until they are sold out of food.

Check out the menu and info from the Facebook event below:

Stock up the day before Thanksgiving, when our Salad Bar and Grab 'N Go Case transforms into an entire Thanksgiving Menu, where all of our foods featured are made from scratch in the Co-op kitchen!

Family-size portions are available & ready to heat and eat in our Grab 'N Go. You can also portion up your favorites at the Salad Bar. We feature organic & local ingredients, as well as vegan, wheat-free, & allergy friendly main dishes and sides that are delicious and great for families with different dietary preferences. Did we mention we have 6 different dessert pies for you to choose from? How about herb roasted Triple S Farms turkey, our famous Stuffed Seitan with cranberries, leeks and mushrooms, and our wheat-free stuffings and gravy?

The Thanksgiving Menu will start at 11am Wednesday, November 22nd and will go fast until SOLD OUT. We sold over 430 pounds of Thanksgiving meals last year and we're looking to help you again this year. Save the Date!

Questions? Need 10 pies? Private message us!


On this day in 2008, the Metropolitan Building fire happened in Downtown Champaign

On November 7th, 2008 — the Metropolitan Building in Downtown Champaign burned.

This is where Hyatt Place currently exists, and you can read more on the history of the building Michael put together in 2009.

Just watch this video. Can you imagine watching this in real time? If you did, tell us your thoughts in the comments.

This photo is by Richard Urban:

h/t to Robb Tobias for mentioning this on Facebook.

Top photo from the YouTube video.