Business Beat

Colin Wright, manager of Great Lakes Snow and Ice in Carson City, is enjoying the social aspects of working with the public at the location’s new retail showroom. The business now offers lawn care equipment for homeowners and professionals. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Great Lakes Snow and Ice now offering lawn care equipment

In the past, Great Lakes Snow and Ice catered primarily to the professional trade, and that remains part of the business’ clientele. With the addition of a new showroom geared toward the retail market, however, the company is taking a bold step into uncharted territory.


Monthly Montcalm County siren tests start Friday morning

While tornado season is winding down for 2013, Montcalm County Central Dispatch has completed an upgrade to the outdoor emergency alert sirens throughout Montcalm County.

Gary Higginbotham’s opening of his new flea market was “the right timing and the right fit for my needs to make the purchase of this building.” Gary’s Flea Market is at 114 W. Main St. in Carson City.

BUSINESS BEAT: Timely success for Carson City man’s new flea market

It was 2002 when Gary Higginbotham started buying and selling new and used merchandise as vendor at area flea markets. During the next 13 years, he also utilized his home and those different venues to work toward his goal of opening a storefront business of his own. On May 20, 2013, Gary’s Flea Market came into fruition.

Hollie Jaunese gets ready to wash her dog at Carson City Dog Wash, which, if all goes according to plan, will open June 31.

BIZ BEAT: New dog wash business to open in Carson City

If there’s one thing most dogs hate, it’s bath time. The image of Rover gazing miserably up through a curtain of bubbles and soggy fur is one most pet owners can relate to. And while cleaning your canine is never going to be a pleasure, exactly, a soon-to-open business in Carson City could go a long way toward making it less of a chore.

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.

Alley T recently moved three doors down from its previous location in Carson City. The new address is 110 Main St.

BUSINESS BEAT: Alley T relocates only three doors down from previous building

Sometimes, even a small move can be a good thing. When Janet Strong, owner of Alley T in Carson City, learned the building she had been leasing at 115 Main St. was being sold and she would have to relocate her business, she didn’t have to look any farther than three doors down.


BUSINESS BEAT: Carson City farmer partners with Dairyland Seed

Central Michigan is a great place for production agriculture with its excellent soils and moderate climates Unfortunately, it is somewhat distant from the headquarters of major seed brands.

The Uptown Bar in Crystal Township was recently purchased by Darlene Carmody of Carson City, who has been preparing for opening with the help of her family and friends. The bar officially opened for business Thursday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Uptown Girl: Electrolux employee loses job, finds new calling in Crystal

Darlene Carmody was 47 years old when her journey started in 2007 during Crystal Township’s Fourth of July celebration. The holiday began much differently than in the previous years for Carmody and her family. The Carson City woman recalled the packed sidewalks with grandparents, baby strollers and folks waving the U.S. flag while she was feeling sadness, separation and anxiety as she watched the floats, classic cars and marching bands go by. “I stood out here and watched the parade as I always have,” Carmody said. “The groups of people celebrating the holiday and for me I had tears coming down my face. It was a tough day for me and my family.”


Business briefs

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Local doctor to open clinic in Crystal on trial basis

A new tenant will be joining the family at the Crystal Community Center after the Crystal Township Board agreed to let Dr. Willis Gaffney rent a room in the facility on a six-month trial.