Business Beat

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.

Rob Miller, left, and Terry Rhoads clean the exterior of an SUV at Extreme Auto & Watercraft Detailing in Greenville.

BIZ BEAT: Extreme Auto & Watercraft Detailing has new management

Driving a car or truck, especially on country back roads, can be a dusty, muddy business. But that’s no excuse to not arrive in style. Thanks to Extreme Auto & Watercraft Detailing, which officially reopened under new management in March, local car owners have a place to clean up their rides.

Jessica Riste, who served for the past 10 years as assistant manager at Julie’s Coffee House, at 6722 S. Greenville Road in Greenville, reopened the establishment under its new name — The Coffee House — Tuesday.

BUSINESS BEAT: Greenville’s coffee house reopens under new ownership

Regulars at the recently-closed Julie’s Coffee House in Greenville will continue to get their caffeine on there. The coffee house (now called simply “The Coffee House”) reopened Tuesday with former assistant manager Jessica Riste at the helm.

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.

September Oberlin’s new home-based shop, Home Baked Just for You, offers a wide variety of daily and special-order baked goods.

BIZ BEAT: Home Baked Just For You offers old-fashioned service

Is there anything that tastes so good as home-baked bread, fresh from the oven? That’s a rhetorical question; there is not. Once a staple of the American household, home-baked bread has for the most part gone the way of pipe-smoking dads and stay-at-home moms. Most folks simply no longer have time for the luxury of creating their own baked goods. Fortunately, there’s a nearby alternative to making your own: Home Baked Just for You, a new cottage business at 116 N. Webster St. in Greenville.

The Meat Shack in Greenville recently celebrated its second year in business. Pictured here, left to right, are Meat Shack co-owner Suzy Raven, Britta Bernth, Nick McCarrick and Breanna George.

Meat Shack and customers ‘like family’ after two years

The secret to making a small business successful, according to Meat Shack owners Suzy and Jeff Raven, is to provide great service along with a great product. A pretty simple formula, but one many businesses in this “big box” era seem to have forgotten. The meat market and specialty grocery, which just celebrated its second year of business, is a bit of a throwback to an earlier, better time, when quality was king and providing the customer with exactly the right product still mattered.

Kelly Skarl is hoping to complete extensive renovations on the new location of his Pro Outfitters sports store in time for an April opening. The store will feature a wide variety of merchandise and apparel for the outdoor enthusiast.

BIZ BEAT: Pro Outfitters, new sporting goods store, set to open in April

Area sportsmen will have another choice for equipment, ammo and more come April 1. That’s if Kelly Skarl, owner of the soon-to-open Pro Outfitters, on Lafayette Street, manages to get his recently purchased building ready in time.

The hot air balloon event is possibly coming back to the Danish Festival this year if it can gather enough spnsors, says event coordinator Tom Brown.

Sponsors sought for hot air balloon rally for Danish Fest

A handful of lucky sponsors are going to have the chance to cross a top-tier item off their bucket lists during this summer’s Danish Festival, when the Hot Air Balloon Rally comes to town.

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Vertis bankruptcy sale to Quad/Graphics finalized

On Jan. 16, Quad/Graphics Inc. officially purchased Vertis Holdings after Vertis filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. It was Vertis Holding’s third time filing for bankruptcy since 2008.

Attending West Michigan Collision’s (WMC) ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left, Brad Arntz of Parker-Arntz Plumbing and heating; WMC Manager John Purchase; Gary Brewer of Firefighters Equipment; Aaron McConnell of Morton Buildings; Rockford Mayor Brien Dews; David Seppala of Isabella Bank; Scott Taylor of PPG Industries; WMC co-owner Rick Ross; Tim Heys of Painters Supply; WMC co-owner John Ross; William Irvine of PPG Industries; Keith Wilkerson of Painters Supply; Al Rinckey of A&T Soft Water; Randy Baker of West Michigan Insurance; and WMC office manager Elizabeth Ross.

West Michigan Collision celebrates grand opening

Rockford Mayor Brien Dews and several local businesses helped celebrate the grand opening of the new auto repair business West Michigan Collision this week.