Business Beat

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.

Assistant manager Kinsey Christensen of Greenville stands next to a display of dresses that represent some of the colorful designs that can be purchased at Rainbow in Greenville.

Rainbow clothing store opens in Greenville

Reasonable prices and a variety of colorful fashions await shoppers in the newest clothing store in town. Rainbow, located at 300 S. Greenville West Drive, fills the vacancy left by Fashion Bug in the shopping complex.

Third generation Builder’s Glass glazier Matt Longest installs a new glass partition at Blake Hollenbeck Auto Sales in Greenville. Builder’s Glass is celebrating its 50th year in business.

Greenville’s Builder’s Glass celebrating 50 years

It’s clear why Builder’s Glass has for the past 50 years remained one of the area’s most recognized businesses — clear as glass, one might say.
Established in 1963 by Bill Longest, the glass installation, repair and service business is now in its third generation. According to Guy Longest — son of Bill and current owner of the business — his own son, Matt, will likely take over the business somewhere down the road.

The Harter family has owned Sage’s since 2007. Pictured are, from left, Kim, Meredith, Whitney, Dean and Rebecka.

Harter family keeps Sage’s Meat Processing’s tradition of consistency going strong

If there is one thing constant in Dean Harter’s life, it’s work. His Greenville business, Sage’s Meat Processing, which he runs with his wife, Kim, has him working so often that their oldest daughter has decided to hold her graduation open house at the store to assure he attends the event.