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The Horse’s Mouth Tavern is readying for a tap takeover from Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette. Friday night’s event will be a unique chance for people in the Lower Peninsula to experience different beers from Blackrocks Brewery in one place. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding tavern readies for tap takover

Blackrocks Brewery is coming to taps near you Friday. The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, a Belding bar with a focus on serving craft beer, is partnering with Blackrocks Brewery to do a tap takeover event starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature 10 of the Marquette-based brewery’s beers.

Professional arm wrestlers Brandon Sellers, left, of Greenville, and title holder Matt Bourdon, of Sand Lake, are expected to participate in the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament, which is tomorrow at the Horse's Mouth Tavern. The event will include professional, amateur and novice classes, which anyone can enter in the novice class.

Arm wrestling tournament set for Saturday at Horse’s Mouth

Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.

All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.

Leppink’s Food Centers operates five Leppink’s stores, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store throughout West Michigan. The organization is being awarded the 2016 Outstanding Retailer by the Michigan Grocers Association on Sunday during the fall conference on Sunday. Pictured is the Leppink’s Food Center Howard City location. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Leppink’s recognized as Michigan Grocer’s outstanding retailer

Over the course of 88 years, the Leppink family has built a company with five Leppink’s Food Centers, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store. This year, Leppink’s Food Centers has been recognized by the Michigan Grocer’s Association as 2016’s Outstanding Retailer.

Ionia resident and home brew aficianado Evan Dembskey, left, begins the process of brewing a craft beer by mixing in the malted grains with hot water in a steel tub as Steele Street Brewery owner and brewmaster Pete Sanford looks on. The brewery opened in January and already has more than 300 “lifetime” members, including Dembskey. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Steele Street Brewery offers an enjoyable, savory community niche

Under Evan Dembskey’s handmade beer mug, it reads his name and “Member #53,” representing his membership to the newly established brewery in town, Steele Street Brewery.

Though he was merely the 53rd member (admitting he got to the grand opening “a little late”), the South African-native-now-Ionia-resident will argue he was one of the first people to support and “hound” Pete Sanford to open a brewery in town.

Dave Rinderknecht, owner of Greenville Food Express, left, and Dawn Norton of the Winter Inn in Greenville, celebrate the partnership between the Winter Inn and other local restaurants in a new food delivery service for Greenville, Belding and Gowen residents. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

BUSINESS BEAT: Food delivery service open to Greenville, Belding, Gowen residents

Jimmy John’s, Pizza Hut, Jet’s, and now … Applebee’s? All of these restaurants have one thing in common — local residents can phone in their orders for delivery, thanks to new business Greenville Food Express.

From left, Club Phoenix staff members Clarissa Gerwig, maintenance worker Glenn Moore, Shirley Downer, owner Jon Bunce, resident trainer Alyssa Garner, and Jenna Ferguson celebrate the opening of the gym in Belding. A ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m. at 240 Covered Village Mall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Grand opening for Phoenix fitness center in Belding is today

For two years, Jon Bunce has clung to a property at the Covered Village Mall, hoping to one day realize his dream of opening the first and only fitness center in his hometown community. Today, that dream becomes a reality.

Pete McGowan owns Third Wave Coffee with his wife, Megan. They purchased the space in 2014. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Third Wave Coffee expanding

Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.

The Brews & Brushes sip-a-craft-beer-while-painting event is one of the newest and most fun events going on at Horse's Mouth Tavern in Belding. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 21, with Wine & Canvas artist Jim Moga guiding participants through his piece called “Go Fish,” a scenic painting of an ice shanty on a frozen lake.

BUSINESS BEAT: Horse’s Mouth hosts painting workshop Jan. 21

The flavor of the craft beer isn’t the only thing that is creative at Horse’s Mouth Tavern nowadays. With the addition of sip-and-paint workshops becoming popular at the location, patrons are getting crafty, too.

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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.”