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Administrator Alex Anderson on Wednesday doing last minute tasks at the Royal School by ID Hair beauty school adjacent to the Rod Sickler Salon & Spa in the former Blossom Basket area at 2522 Village Green Place, C.

The new cosmetology school, located in the former Blossom Basket store at 2522 Village Green Place, C, is licensed and operational, said co-owner Rod Sickler.

The first students would start classes there on Monday, he said.

The owner of the Rod Sickler Salon & Spa next to the new school, Sickler, said the school will open with cosmetology and nail design programs and will be ready to add a hairdressing program in four to six weeks.

The new school, to be named Royal School by ID Hair, will open in partnership with Chandra and Raymond Niemerg, owners of The Royal School of Cosmetology, Effingham.

Sickler said the 2,000-square-foot space in Champaign, designed by Chandra Niemerg, has modern decor with some antiques that give it a retro feel.

IYB-Three Crows


Metaphysical Store in Danville

Three Crows Emporium, a new store at 3805 N. Vermilion St., Danville, offers merchandise focused on metaphysical health and wellness.

A soft opening began last Wednesday, and a grand opening is slated for August 13, according to owner Maxx Lesick.

Three Crows Emporium stocks things like unique stones and crystals, stone bracelets, metaphysical gifts, handmade items, local and special jewelry, statues, herbal blends, incense, oils, household items, and works by local artists.

Lesick said he was a part of metaphysical and pagan communities since birth and the son of a high priestess in paganism.

Lesick, who was relocated to the area from Florida, said he previously worked as a tarot card reader and spiritual advisor and will be available for tarot card readings over the weekend. Along with Tarot, he said his expertise lies in Rune and Lithomania readings.

The opening times of the store are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

back to work

If you’ve taken a long career break and want to get back into the job market, here’s a program to help you do that.

Carle Health has brought back its Returnship program, which was first offered in 2019 and has been suspended until now due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a 10 week paid program. Select participants will be paid $25 an hour for 30 hours per week, with four days per week working in a specific department and one day per week dedicated to skill-building training, professional development and re-entry into the workforce is expended.

The program runs from September 12 to November 18, application deadline is August 15.

Paige Parker, head of Carle’s people development program, said this program isn’t just for former Carle employees, but for anyone looking to return to the workforce after an extended hiatus, such as to raise children.

While the program isn’t limited to a specific specialty, she said, most of the positions are in the clerical field.

Carle looks for applicants with five to seven years of experience in their fields before taking an extended hiatus, and while bachelor’s degrees are preferred, they’re not required, Parker said.

Most positions in this program give employees the opportunity to lead specific projects, so candidates should have good communication skills and be self-motivated, she said.

After the 2019 Returnship program, two of the participants were hired by Carle and are now pursuing careers there, Parker said.



Brekke Day, senior primary school director at the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana, sorts through books in the new library in a rented part of the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy in Savoy on Thursday.


Mia Hanneken, who is training to be a “headmistress” in primary school, walks through a new classroom in a former dance studio.

Private school is expanding

The Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana has rented additional classrooms to accommodate the growth in enrollment.

The private school at 1403 Regency Drive East, Savoy, is moving its lower elementary school program for students ages 6 to 9 to a portion of the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy building at 1402 Regency Drive West, according to Brekke Day, executive principal of the lower Elementary school.

The school has leased a dance studio and lobby area in the other building for new classrooms, she said. The dance academy remains open.

“Our program has grown quite a bit in numbers over the past few years, and we needed a bigger space,” Day said.

For the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 15, enrollment for first through sixth graders is 60, compared to the low 20s in 2016, Day said.

Montessori pedagogy focuses on the needs of individual children, “so children move through the program at their own pace,” she said.

Students are taught time management and organizational skills, and classes are held in small groups, Day said.

Teachers form strong bonds with students and their families, she said. And since classrooms are a mixed-age environment, she says, older students help guide younger students — which both benefits the younger students and helps build empathy in older students.

Some of the Montessori school’s growth came earlier in the pandemic, when the school was able to stay open for in-person classes and only switched to distance learning if there was a positive case of COVID-19, Day said.

Parents interested in Montessori can always request a tour, Day said. The enrollment process for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in October, she said.

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