Business Beat

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.

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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.

Though the merger is already final, Preferred Federal Credit Union in Greenville will officially become Preferred Credit Union July 1.

BIZ BEAT: Preferred Federal Credit Union merger set for July 1

Members of Preferred Federal Credit Union (PFCU) in Greenville will likely see few, if any, changes in day-to-day operations after July 1, when a planned merger with Grand Valley Co-op Credit Union takes affect.

Colder than average temperatures and above normal rainfall have contributed to a late planting season. Crops like corn and potatoes, which are planted later in the season, will likely not be affected by April’s wet, cold weather.

2013 Farming outlook: Spring crops get late — but not terrible — start

Heavier than average rainfall probably won’t have too great an influence on most crops grown in the area, according to Montcalm County Extension Field Crops Educator Fred Springborn, though it is likely to be responsible for some crops getting in the ground later than they would during a warmer, drier spring.

This pool and landscape model gives Wolbers-Possehn clients just a small sampling of what the company is capable of producing. Wolbers-Possehn is celebrating two anniversaries this year.

BIZ BEAT: Duo anniversaries celebrated at Wolbers-Possehn in Belding

When Tina Possehn and Greg Wolbers tied the knot in 1994, it was as much a business merger as it was a wedding. All these years later, they both still consider it a match made in heaven.