Crave Coffee & Cafe open in Mattoon

MATTOON -- The new Crave Coffee & Cafe has opened in a completely renovated building with a drive-up window at 601 DeWitt Ave., at the southwest corner of the intersection with Sixth Street.

Owners Mark and Gretchen Elliott, who also own Mark's My Store in Mattoon, opened Crave on June 9 in the former Bob's East Side Package building. They have created a sales counter and small dining room in the renovated interior, and have placed a deck with outdoor seating on the renovated exterior.

Crave offers a variety of hot and cold coffees and other beverages, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and more. The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

More information is available by calling Crave at 217-295-1027, or by going online to www.cravethebean.com or the Crave Coffee & Cafe page on Facebook. A full story will appear in a subsequent Business page.

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust receives small business administration Illinois bank award

MATTOON -- First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust was named 2016 Central/Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Eric McRae, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender for the company stated, “First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust is committed to the economic growth of the communities we serve. Small businesses are the engines that power our local economy. First Mid is honored to receive recognition from the SBA for the fourth consecutive year for our role in supporting small business.”

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, N.A. (“First Mid Bank”), Mid-Illinois Data Services, Inc., and First Mid Insurance Group. More information about the company is available on their website at www.firstmid.com.

Consolidated Communications names Doug Abolt as Vice President of Commercial Product Management

MATTOON -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., a leading business and broadband communications provider, has announced the promotion of Doug Abolt to vice president of commercial product management. Abolt will oversee the company’s commercial product development and strategy, including new product launches and enhancements.

Abolt has been with Consolidated Communications for more than 20 years, and has previously held senior level management positions within the company, most recently serving as a director of sales for Illinois operations. He has 30 years of experience in the communications industry.

In the community, Abolt is proud to volunteer his time and is currently serving as a board member of the Charleston Rotary Club, Coles Together and the East Central Illinois Development Corporation.

Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) provides business and broadband communications services across its 11-state service area. Learn more about Consolidated Communications at www.consolidated.com.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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