Creating custom wreaths, swags and centerpieces began as a hobby for Kari Bartosik.
About 12 years ago, her hobby expanded into a home business. Now, that business is branching out to include a store in downtown Decatur.
Petals, a gift and home decor shop, opened Monday at 219 N. Main St.
"I decided it was time to put my talents to use in another way," said Bartosik, who spent 20 years in the health care industry. "It's something I've always wanted to do."
Currently highlighting its fall and Christmas decor, the shop also offers an extensive collection of candles, vases, baby items, wedding and shower gifts and more.
A lot of the items in the store are handmade by Bartosik and others and are offered exclusively at this location. Some of the exclusive items include greeting cards, photo albums, photographs and baby clothes.
The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 791-6395.
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MC Sports at Hickory Point Mall is about to complete a move across the way from its present location.
The move, which is scheduled to be completed in less than two weeks, will allow for customers to shop in a state-of-the-art sporting goods store.
"It's going to be a lot more open floor plan so it's easier to shop," Manager Scott Nicol said. "It's going to be beautiful."
The store will be seen right as shoppers enter on the mall's south side and almost three-quarters of the new store front will be windows, Nicol said.
Many upgrades are being planned, including in the shoe, golf, women's and apparel departments.
The move is scheduled to be completed during the beginning part of the week that starts Oct. 12. The store would likely be closed Monday and Tuesday that week, Nicol said, and reopen by Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the latest.
The remodeling is part of a company-wide upgrade of its existing stores.
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Photographs By Christine has opened a studio at 3141 N. Woodford St.
Located west of the Secretary of State driver's license facility, the focus will be on affordable professional headshots for business clientele, such as real estate agents, doctors, lawyers, business owners, car salesmen, board members, etc.
An open house is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Photos are taken by appointment, and same-day service is available for an extra fee.
Christine Doolen still specializes in weddings, high school seniors and family portraits.
View her work at www.photo graphsbychristine.com. Give her a call at 362-0304.
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East Peoria resident Bill Preston has opened his own insurance agency in Decatur.
The Preston Insurance Agency is located at 3795 N. Woodford St. inside the Buena Vista National Bank branch.
The independent agency sells auto, home, life and business insurance. Its main representative is Erie Insurance Group.
"It gives you the ability to look at several different markets and pick the best one for your customer," Preston said of being an independent.
Preston's father worked in the insurance industry, and he has family living in Decatur.
His office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 876-8006.