MEET: Gillian Gabriel of Peaceful Squirrel Healing and Tarot, Reader in Residency.

I get excited about a lot of things - enthusiasm is my middle name. But this thing, this awesome residency that will be taking place every Thursday the ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER has got me feeling spooky and insightful all at the same time. Meet Gillian, friends!

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Hey, I'm Gillian! I'm a somatic healer and tarot reader. I discovered the tarot as a young child and purchased my own deck at age 17. Reading for myself through the years, the tarot has given me much-needed space for self examination and reflection. It has helped me to set boundaries, improve my relationships with family and friends, and get clarity on a wide range of issues. I enjoy sharing the tarot with others so that they may also reap the same benefits. I deliver the cards' messages with love and a dash of pragmatism; I hold all of my clients in the highest regard and I truly relish being an encouraging 15-minute bestie for anyone that sits across from me! Come have a snack with me and we can chat and consult the cards about whatever is on your mind!

I will be offering 15 minute, 3-card readings for $15 from 1-5 pm every Thursday in October. I will also have gift certificates available for hour-long readings and healing sessions in my office, which is located on N. Neil Street in Champaign.

My favorite Hopscotch treat is the Sunshine Cookie!

Employee Spotlight: Teresa

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Hopscotch was my first job after having our daughter. I had closed up my little coffee shop the previous year (when I was 8 months pregnant) and stayed home with her until she was 6 months old. It was the first time in my adult life I wasn’t employed. I had been going non-stop throughout my twenties, working in the service industry and running my own businesses. It was absolutely terrifying to pause for a bit but it turned out to be the best thing for me. It was a chance to reflect and figure out who I was as a new mom, what was important and what my next steps would be. I was pretty choosy about new job prospects. A break from being the boss would be nice but perhaps I could continue to do my favorite part of my previous ventures; hiding in the kitchen and make yummy things!

When I asked a friend if she knew any possible job openings in town she referred me to her Farmer’s Market neighbor (Kaya!) who was expanding her business and was in need of kitchen help. Soon after, I met with Kaya and asked her what she needed help with. She  desperately replied “pies! I need help making pies for Watson’s.” Which happened to be my specialty...and the rest was history. 

Over the past 3.5 years I’ve learned a lot about baking. I’ve made things I never thought I would ever make and learned amazing cakes decorating techniques. Working side by side with Kaya is always fun (we know WAY too much about each other) but I also enjoy the daily grind with the unique and talented staff we’ve had at the hop. 

When I’m not in the Hopscotch kitchen I manage several Airbnb’s (including two above the bakery!) and enjoy being at home, doing renovations, cooking, more baking and being outside with my husband Greg and our 4-year old-Lucy. Life is good. 

XO, Teresa

Our speciality: Canéle!

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A canelé (French: [kan.le]) is a small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. It takes the shape of a small, striated cylinder up to five centimeters in height with a depression at the top. A specialty of the Bordeaux region of France, today it is widely available in pâtisseries in France and abroad.

Combine their adorableness and rich complex flavor and you’ve got the perfect treat. Luckily for you, you can find them here, and only here*, at Hopscotch! As one of our specialities, you will find traditional and flavored canelés, such as: salted maple, cardamon orange, brown butter, chocolate, and fennel. Come by the shop and try one of favorite treats!!!

*In Champaign-Urbana

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Employee Spotlight: Kat

Hi, I’m Kat and I enjoy long walks on the beach, red wine, books and happy hour. Would you believe it if I told you that I came to the United States not speaking a word of English? I knew instantly that I would need to make friends fast, and it is for that reason only, that I began practicing my English.

Let me back track, I immigrated to the US from Ukraine when I was 12 years old. Ever since then, I’ve searched for people, places, and things that make me feel at home. Throughout the last 17 years, I’ve been pretty lucky to have met some incredible people and experience some incredible things. I managed to get 2 degrees, land a pretty cool full-time gig, and have a lot of fun along the way. I have a knack for keeping myself busy, and I would say I am pretty good at it. Whether it be travel, social engagements, community networking, etc., I always have time for a new experience. I strongly believe that life is better when you learn to grow from the things that others teach you.

That is how I found myself at Hopscotch. I was, once again, looking for a place to remind me of home: warm, cozy, small and vibrant. I was pretty sure that if I spent enough time there, I would manage to squeeze myself into a job or at least make a friend or two. Low and behold, through much Instagram stalking, I was interviewing for the Wedding Coordinator position.

So, here I am. I spend as much time as I can at the Hop because it has truly felt like home. The people, more than anything, have become some of the greatest friends that I’ve had. If you’re like me, searching for your own piece of home, come on in and let us serve you a cup of coffee and a yummy treat. And if you ever see me huddled in a corner with my laptop, come say hello. I can use another friend, or two.

Photo credit: Good Photography

Photo credit: Good Photography

Employee Spotlight: Lauren

Greetings, friends! As I experience life and learn more about who I am, there are a few things I am sure of. For starters, I’m Lauren. I’ve lived all 18 years of my life in Champaign, Urbana. This community is home and I’ve grown to love these roots. 

 In this phase of my life, I am learning. Learning more every day about coffee, art, people, pastries…the list goes on. Most of all, I’ve learnt that time is fleeting, and each moment brings new experiences. My most favorite, over the last year, has been working at the Hop. Its walls have become like a home and it’s people like family. It has inspired me to pursue my passions and work hard. 

 While I’m not making your coffee or serving you your favorite pastry, I’m building a creative platform with some of my best friends called “Flourish”. It’s been a dream of mine, over the years, to start a blog. Once graduation hit, I put ideas to paper. We’re passionate to see young women flourish and through story, photography, and video we hope to inspire just that. 

 You could say I have a “niche” for travel as well. In January, I’m moving to beautiful Sydney Australia, where I’ll be studying for the next three years.  

That’s all for me, folks! 

XO Lauren 

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MEET THE MAKER: Lindsey Elaine Kirk

Lindsey will be joining us from 10-2 August 10th for a One Stop Stamp Shop! Join us!

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Tell us about yourself and your practice!
I'm a metalsmith by trade and have been since 2011. I co-owned a shop in Decatur with my mom/biz partner for five years until we recently decided that we actually have a lot more fun travelling Central Illinois and we wanted to make more time for that. So my primary creative passion is forging art jewelry using lots of different metals and stones and tools, but my super fun side hustle is the One Stop Pop-Up Stamp Shop. When I had a shop, a lot of people came to me wanting really minimal and simplistic items made quickly and affordably, and I didn't do custom orders at the time. But I had this epiphany to make a whole separate thing out of it where I wouldn't have to mess with the back and forth and the shipping and the invoices of orders! I had a good friend and really talented woodworker create this custom mini jeweler's bench on skateboard wheels for me and I've been wheeling around Central Illinois making stamped jewelry for two years.

You do a lot of pop-ups, what is your favorite thing about setting up a temporary shop?

Okay, I'll be truly honest here. I love the customers and creating their stuff, but my FAVORITE thing is having a legitimate excuse to explore businesses I've never been to or that I don't get a chance to patronize often enough! Small business is my biggest passion, so scheduling stamping events forces me to make time to explore and hopefully help bring new or more customers to small businesses in and around my area.

What is coolest/most awesome/hilarious thing you’ve stamped for someone?

I have stamped so many things. SO. MANY. THINGS. Memorial jewelry always stands out to me just because of the emotional connection. Being able to give someone a constant reminder of a loved one is really cool. And I always love the super snarky or inappropriate things that people request that I won't repeat here. What happens at the stamping bench stays at the stamping bench.

4 what’s your favorite goodie at Hopscotch?

Actually I haven't been yet! But I'm SOOOO excited to go! I creeped on soc med and saw macaroons though. So I'm definitely gonna have to bring some of those home. And probably lots of other stuff.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Veronica

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Art. Coffee. Cakes. Paper.

Some may think the these four things aren’t related, but—in fact—my very life revolves around these four things. Well, technically, it also revolves around my giant white floofers of a dog, my two fluffy cats who are both weighing way past the “average”, and my best friend who is also my husband. So, like most human beings, it revolves around a lot of different things. 

My life is a mash up of creative practices from painting a still life to building sculptures too big for me. It is also feeding my body with a healthy dose of caffeine, eating a generous amount of sugar while working at Hopscotch Bakery, getting my hands dirty working at Fresh Press Paper studio making agri-fiber paper, and spending quality time with my fluffy friends. I truly believe life is not only about just one thing you can do, or pursuing one career—it is learning about yourself but it’s also about what you want to learn; or, to put it eloquently—to learn whatever the hell you want. 

Right now, I want to learn more about art, coffee, cakes, and paper but tomorrow might bring something new. The possibilities are endless. What I know for sure is that I’ve found good things and good people in the small town of Champaign-Urbana so I may just stick around for a little while longer. 

2 Years at The Hop

Can you believe it? We can’t! The time has flown by!

We’ve grown - our staff has doubled in size. Our staff is what keeps this place running and with out their energetic, hysterical, upbeat energy we wouldn’t be what we are today. We’ve added a bridal consultant, Kat, to our team. You can count on her to help with any wedding cake and goodie questions you may have.

We offer classes and workshops! In the early planning of our brick and mortar shop, we desperately wanted a space to hold community gatherings and a place where artisans in our community could share their talents. We’re so proud that this goal is finally being realized. You can find workshops from floral arranging, indigo dying, brush lettering and night dedicated to drawing.

And FOOD, good golly, we’ve added a lot to our menu. Cinnamon rolls (known around here as cinni’s), croissants, and our cake menu is always changing. We also started ordering chocolates from Moonstruck Chocolatiers (a missed business on campus). And have you seen our vegan + gluten free menu!?

We have outdoor seating too - two picnic tables in our backyard as well as a few tiny tables out front for our espresso sippers (and their pups).

Throughout our growth, a few things will always stay the same. First, our commitment to giving you quality, thoughtful, and delicious goodies to treat yourself and the ones you love with. Second, we are women owned and operated: we strive to build and connect with other women owned businesses. Third, our faithful fanbase. We’re so thankful for our loyal customers and newcomers - with out you we wouldn’t be Hopscotch.

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MEET THE MAKER - Dana Hunt

Welcome Dana! We’re so excited to have her teach her indigo dying class at the shop! If you haven’t signed up already, please follow THIS LINK to do so.

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Tell us about your class and why you want to share your artistic process with us?

In this class you will learn a little bit about the history of indigo dye and the process behind it, but we will spend most of the time hands-on dyeing kitchen towels. Attendees in this class will have the opportunity to learn a new skill, meet other fun and interesting people, and take home their unique creations! 

I love teaching classes and making space for people to carve time out for learning and individual growth. We all can get so busy, it’s easy to forget to take some time for yourself, to get your hands a little dirty. 

What is so intriguing about the Indigo Dyeing process?

Indigo Dyeing has such a beautiful history, but is also so approachable and fun to do at home. I love the process because it’s such an easy way to explore your own creativity. And no matter how much you try, no one piece ever turns out the same. So you truly have to let go, enjoy the process, and wait to see what happens! 

What is your favorite part of this class?

My absolute favorite part is the big reveal at the end of the class, when everyone unrolls their creations! It’s always so fun to see how different they all turn out. Always beautiful and surprising! 

What is your favorite goodie in the shop?

I love to go to Hopscotch Bakery to buy thoughtful gifts for friends and family. They have such unique finds that will make your friends feel special and one of a kind. I also love the beautiful cupcakes!! 

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Mother's Day Giveaway!

WE LOVE MOMS!

To celebrate this year, we are doing a giveaway: two coffee drinks and a cheesecake for two!

ENTER BY:

Posting a photo of you and your mom on Instagram (if your feed not stories) tagging @hopscotchcakes and use the hashtag #hopscotchlovesmoms. OR post on Facebook using the hashtag #hopscotchlovesmoms.

Winner will be announced Friday, May 10th!

Here are some pictures of our amazing team and their moms! <3