Speedway Gas getting new tanks

August 4, 2018

The fuel-grade choices at the Kankakee Speedway gas station, 2330 W. Station St., have been limited to one within the past few months. However, store manager Tracy Maach said the limited selection should be coming to an end rather soon.

Maach reported this week the four-fuel island station will be getting new tanks shortly, perhaps this month, and the location once again will be offering premium, midgrade octane and regular unleaded gasoline.

Currently, only regular unleaded gas is available.

She said the station will close when the new tanks are installed. She said the tanks are part of the overall plan for upgrading the westside gas station.

Speedway is a well-known gas station in the region. There are Speedway stations in south Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais and Peotone.

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A new business soon will be opening in downtown Kankakee as About Face Salon & Beauty Boutique will be moving into the former Christie Photography studio, 279 S. Schuyler Ave.

Owner Celia Britton, 37, a lifelong Kankakeean and a 1999 graduate of Kankakee High School, said the business will host its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 1.

Britton also is a math teacher at Kankakee Junior High School.

Opening her own salon has been a longtime dream for Britton; and after operating a small salon inside of Heritage Salon in Bourbonnais late last year, she decided the time had come to set out on her own.

“My stomach is in my throat. I’m a little nervous,” she admitted. “This is obviously a big step. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.”

For the past two years, Britton has operated an at-home day care center. She also has taught math at Kankakee High School and St. George School.

The salon will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

A wide variety of services will be offered, including nail care, makeup, massage therapy and hairstyling. She still is hiring personnel, but many positions have been filled.

The location also will offer some clothing and jewelry sales.

The location has largely been renovated. She said only decorating is to be completed.

Britten hopes to one day bring her business experience into the classroom.

“My ultimate goal is to teach business. I would like to tie my business experience to the classroom.”

Christie Photography moved out of the 1,275-square-foot location in July 2017. Photographer Pete Christie had operated a photo studio in the location from August 1983 until its closing last year.

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It could be termed Grand Opening 2.0.

The Kankakee Valley Park District will be hosting a grand reopening of the Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. The event is open to the public and will feature many activities for the public, including, of course, free ice skating and ice-skating lessons.

Opened in 2005, the arena, immediately east of Kankakee Community College, features a 200-foot-by-85-foot ice rink. The ice surface is about three-quarters of an inch thick.

Park district Executive Director Dayna Heitz said the goal of the grand reopening is to reintroduce the facility.

“I’ve talked to a number of people who are unaware that we have an ice rink. I’m amazed by this. We are trying to be a well-rounded park district. We want to have something for everyone,” she said.

The district spent about $6,000 from its operating budget for painting, cleaning and repair work. Another $7,650 from its capital budget was spent on carpeting, signage and cameras.

Heitz said Ice Valley was closed for about two weeks in late spring to perform the work. She noted the ice rink has been open and busy the entire summer.

She said the facility virtually had been untouched in terms of upgrades since 2009. More upgrades are needed, she said, but those will have to wait until next year, as funds remain limited.

“There is more that we want to do, but we have to take baby steps. It’s phenomenal as to what we were able to do.”

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