Business Beat


JUST IN: Interim tag removed, Belding promotes Bruce Brown to City Manager

In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, members of the Belding City Council elected to remove the interim tag and promote Bruce Brown as the community’s new city manager.

Though their new pub got off to a rough start during its grand opening, Horse’s Mouth owners Jennifer and Troy Palmer are optimistic for the future and are taking steps to improve service. The beautifully transformed bar features only local brews and a full menu. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Rough opening day points to better things ahead for Horse’s Mouth

Folks who once frequented the old Driftway Bar are not going to believe their eyes. The first thought coming through the doors of the recently-opened Horse’s Mouth will likely be, “Look what they’ve done to this place.”

Stephanie and Jayson Nemeth opened Aunt Stephie’s Cafe in Ionia last October and pride themselves on offering meals made from scratch.  (The Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Aunt Stephie’s Cafe offers home-cooked goodness

Dining at Aunt Stephie’s Cafe is a lot like eating at your grandmother’s house; the “down home” food is all made from scratch, there’s plenty of it and you feel as if you’re surrounded by friends and family.

After 14 years without a major remodeling project, John Leppink, owner of Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, thought it was about time. The store’s renovation brings an entirely new look to the market.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Leppink’s store gets new interior makeover

Shoppers who haven’t been to the Leppink’s store in a while may not recognize the place on their next visit. For the past several weeks, the venerable grocery — which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary — has been undergoing a complete makeover.

Jenny Bennett prepares her old-fashioned baked goods while her grandson, Daniel, looks on. On the menu today is homemade Cannonsville Road Caramel Nut Popcorn. “It takes over two hours, start to finish,” said Bennett, “but the results are so much better than store-bought.”

BUSINESS BEAT: Bennett opens new Blue Ribbon Bakery in Belding

Jenny Bennett has always had a flair for baking; she describes it not only as a hobby, but as “a way of life.” She’s happiest, she says, when she’s in the kitchen, the rich, sweet smells of yeast and sugar dusting the oven-warmed air.


OUR VIEW: Downtown Belding welcomes new restaurant

If you had a chance to drive through downtown Belding this past week, you may have noticed a bit of buzz coming from the new Silk City Saloon restaurant.

Belding resident Sam Mason purchased the Belding Party Store in late October and is making several changes to the small connivence store, including new ingredients to the business’s homemade pizza and delivery of store items.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding Party Store under new ownership

When Sam Mason took over management of the Belding Party Store in late October, his first step was to ask a question of the store’s customers.

Russell Plumbing and Heating relocated to a bigger building in Greenville, swapping a 3,500-square foot building for a 11,000-square foot building. The 10-year-old business moved only a block from its previous location Nov. 1. Pictured, from left, are owners Terry Russell, Jeff Jensen and Patricia Jackson.

BUSINESS BEAT: New location for Russell Plumbing and Heating

After 10 years in business, Russell Plumbing and Heating has finally outgrown its headquarters on Fairplains St. and moved into a larger facility only a block away.

Mike Bazzle, right, with the president of the Direct Selling Association, Joe Mariano, in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding direct sales operator takes case for home marketing to legislators

For Mike Bazzle and his wife and business partner, Amy Jo, there’s no place like home, particularly when it comes to work. For the past 11 years, the Belding couple has managed their own direct sales business from home, allowing them the flexibility to set their own hours and spend more time with their four young children.

Daisy Floral of Belding, which opened in February, offers a wide variety of floral arrangements for purchase, as well as online ordering and local delivery.

BIZ BEAT: Floral shop woman plants roots of new business in hometown

Stephanie Heintzelman-Heaton has always dreamed of selling flowers ever since she was a little girl watching her mother tend to her garden. In 2001, Heintzelman-Heaton realized that dream when she opened her first floral business in Lowell. Now she’s taking that dream one step further by offering services in her hometown of Belding with her floral business called Daisy Floral.