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More than 30.

That's how many office chairs you can take for a quick test drive at the new Striglos Business Solutions Center at 150 E. William St. And that's a very small sampling of the many styles and colors the folks at Striglos can get for you. Their motto is, after all, Everything Office.

And no chair is off limits. Not even those being used by the staffers in the new showroom located in part of what used to be Haines & Essick, said Ryan Katt, director of sales.

You can check them out for yourself on Thursday, Nov. 15, when Striglos hosts a Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In business since 1960, the office equipment and technology portion of the company is well known among local businesses as source for office furniture, products and services. But for years it was relegated to the upper floors of the William Street building, with just a sampling of the basic office items being displayed on the Haines & Essick sales floor.

Now, the sales floor includes a variety of desks, movable walls, shelving units, copiers and accessories giving casual shoppers and businesses looking to upgrade an opportunity to see some of the more popular office items in their natural habitat.

Katt said there has been a steady stream of people checking the showroom out since it open in July.

The showroom is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more about Striglos and the many services and products it provides, go to

As an aside, Katt noted the showroom should have some new neighbors in the near future, with businesses preparing to move into the two open storefronts along William Street. 


The former Sav-Mor Pharmacy building in Mount Zion is getting a new, but familiar, tenant.

Dr. Tim Busey will be the primary eye doctor at the new Mount Zion Vision Source.

Remodeling is underway on the building at 1410 E. Village Parkway and the plan is to have the full-service vision center open at the beginning of the year, said Adam Moore, chief operations officer for the companies that operate existing Vision Source centers in Decatur, Effingham, Pana and Taylorville.

“We've been looking to get Dr. Tim back in Mount Zion for a long time,” Moore said. Busey, who used to work at Temmen Advanced Eye Care in Mount Zion, is one of two doctors at Vision Source Macon County in Decatur.

Moore said the new vision center will take up the space vacated by the pharmacy. The group is still looking for a tenant for the space that housed a Decatur Memorial Hospital walk-in clinic.


Panera Bread in Decatur has begun interior remodeling, but the sandwiches, soups, salads and, of course, baked goods, will continue to be served. 

The restaurant at 255 E. Ash Ave. will remain open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day while the work is being done, store management said. Closing time is an hour earlier than usual. Signage will be in place if those hours change.

Work started Wednesday evening, and according to manager Dericheane Abdullah, the remodeling should be completed within 11 days.

Additions will include new furniture, carpeting, lighting and paint. Bathrooms will be updated as well. The bakery area will be enclosed with bagel and bread racks incorporated into the wall.

Customers will be able to order their own food through kiosks located in the front of the restaurant.

The overhaul is a corporate-wide initiative. The Decatur restaurant underwent the last remodeling in 2004.

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Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at or call (217)421-7976. Donnette Beckett contributed to this column.


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