By Kelly Youngblood
An ice cream parlor, a games shop and an upscale consignment boutique have joined the Mahomet business world. A look at each of the newcomers:
The main shovel
This fall, The Main Scoop opens at 403 E. Main Street. Owned by Jessica and Nick Hanson from Mahomet, the new ice cream parlor will serve 20 different flavors of hand-dipped ice cream in a lively, fun atmosphere.
Jessica Hanson, who is also a broker at Nate Evans Group, said her family would often go to Champaign for ice cream and decided to open something in Mahomet.
“We live and work here and we want something for our community, a place where you can relax and just enjoy ice cream,” she said.
The Hansons are excited to open a store in the heart of downtown Mahomet and hope that The Main Scoop will be a hangout for dates, an after-school hangout, and a place for community. Your current goal is to be operational by November 2021.
Jessica says they will offer dairy and dye-free options and will also offer online ordering to better serve the community.
Wheel loading games
After a decade in the insurance business, Andy Clodfelter of Monticello decided to give it up and pursue his dream of starting his own gaming business.
Clodfelter opened Rad Lad Games at 415 E. Main Street, just a few doors from The Main Scoop, in August 2021.
Rad Lad Games is a unique shop that offers tabletop games for collectors of card games, role-playing games, board games and miniature games.
Clodfelter, who has always loved role-playing and board games, admits that opening the store was always a pipe dream. However, he had long saved money “just in case”.
He says the pandemic gave him the kick-start he needed to move his dream forward.
“The pandemic made me reevaluate and take a chance and do something new,” he said.
Not only does Clodfelter want to have a full inventory of games on the shelves, but they also want to connect people and provide them with a place to play.
The Briella’s Boutique in Savoy, which opened in 2010, has now expanded and opened a second location in Mahomet.
Briella’s boutique in Mahomet in the Eastwood Center, where the NAPA Auto Parts Store was previously located, opened on July 9, 2021.
Customers familiar with the Savoy region can find similar items in the 3,300 square meter Mahomet store, including branded clothing for women, men, juniors, children, babies and maternity wear. In addition, high quality handbags, shoes and jewelry are available.
Briella’s is the joint project of sisters-in-law Elaine Remole and Brittney Remole. The couple had discussed opening a second location in the hopes of serving another community.
“We knew that Mahomet would be a good fit for a consignment warehouse,” says Elaine Remole, who lives in Mahomet with her husband and two daughters.
Elaine, who has been in the mail order and retail business for nearly 20 years, said she is passionate about the business.
One of her favorite things about it is, “Just not knowing what’s next.”
She also values the relationships she has built with customers and shippers over the years. “You will become part of our family,” she says.
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