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Shop Local Champaign Gift Cards

Support your favorite small and independent businesses in Champaign by purchasing gift cards. Gift cards provide a much needed cash advance, no strings attached, for small businesses during while CU residents shelter-in-place. Purchase gift cards for upcoming birthdays, Mother’s Day, special meals, and more! Please join us on Saturday, April 25 for a Shop Local …

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Gene and Charlene Guldbrandsen of Goosehead Insurance

Goosehead Insurance is an independent agency representing different insurance companies. CCP spoke with Gene and Charlene Guldbrandsen, local agents at Goosehead.       What’s your background and how did you get started at Goosehead Insurance? Gene: My background is working in warehouses. I worked in SuperValu for 29 years. After they lost some business …

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How and Where to Shop Local during COVID-19

As COVID-19 precautions and closures take effect in Illinois and Champaign County, it’s important to consider some alternative approaches to shopping local and supporting the local economy. There are many ways you can support local businesses and their employees while also maintaining social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations. At the Champaign Center Partnership, we also encourage …

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Alex Dour of The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

The Orpheum is a children’s science museum located in Downtown Champaign. Their mission is to inspire, engage, and educate diverse children of all ages through the exploration of sciences and arts. CCP spoke with Education Coordinator Alex Dour. Can you tell us a bit about the history of the Orpheum’s building and how it came …

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! 5 WAYS TO KICK OFF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IN CHAMPAIGN

Whether your resolution is to give back to others more or to give back to yourself, we’ve compiled the best ways to start your 2020 off right!     1. Physical Wellness Looking for a way to improve your physical health? Bring that bike that’s been collecting dust in your garage to Neutral Cycle, for …

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