The location at 201 E. 12th St. has housed a number of restaurants in the past decade, but Woodland teacher Haley Lentman has a new idea for the space — a children's learning center.
The location at 201 E. 12th St. has housed a number of restaurants in the past decade, but Woodland teacher Haley Lentman has a new idea for the space — a children's learning center.

The building on the corner of 12th and Park streets in Streator has served as the location of a few different restaurants over the years.

Now, it will house a totally different business and take a new direction.

The Bizzy Bee Learning Center will be filling the vacancy left by the closure of the Sweet Basil Cafe, 201 E. 12th St.

Woodland fifth grade teacher Haley Lentman said she saw a lack of opportunity for children to interact with other children outside of school, which led her and her husband to purchase the building.

“We want it to be a children’s activity and learning center,” Lentman said. “Our premise is that it will be a family-based organization that allows for things like children and adult interactive classes, birthday parties and small events or tutoring for children.”

Lentman is a Streator native and she said there is a lack of child-focused programs and activity centers in the area, and she hopes this will help families get together to support children in both an academic and family bonding sense.

“This will start as a couple nights per week and weekends and hopefully it can evolve,” Lentman said. “I’d like to be able to bring people in to employ and help Streator economically, as well.”

Lentman said she expects to open around the end of July or the beginning of August. 

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