Business Beat

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.

Magnum Sports store manager demonstrates the store’s DART Video System. The store is now offering league competition to area archers and may soon expand the league concept to rifle hunters and handgun shooters.

Video archery league offered at Magnum Sports in Greenville

It can be tough for hunters to keep their chops up during the non-hunting season. The targeting skills of archers, in a particular, often deteriorate between one deer season to the next.

After 21 years of business in Greenville, Mid Michigan Celluar is forced to close its doors at the end of the month, citing inability to compete with online sales.

Mid Michigan Cellular in Greenville to close Jan. 31

  GREENVILLE — A longtime Greenville business will close its doors for the last time Jan. 31. Mid Michigan Cellular, located for the past 10 years at 1712 W. Washington St., and for 11 years before that at the location now occupied by Ray Winnie Auto Sales, simply cannot continue to compete with online sales, [...]

Drake’s Place owner Bob Drake and manager Kim Taylor.

New Drake’s Place restaurant pays tribute to Greenville community, history

After more than a year of planning, construction and remodeling, Bob Drake now offers another option for a classic breakfast and a unique lunch in the area.