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Greenville’s Big Boy restaurant gets new look and menu

Big Boy may still be a little on the chubby side, but in Greenville, at least, the burger-toting trademark of this venerable restaurant recently underwent a major makeover. The Greenville Big Boy, located at 1500 W. Washington St., is one of a handful of franchises in the nationwide chain to receive major renovations.
According to Big Boy assistant manager Briana Foley, the restaurant took part in a contest to be among a select group to undergo the renovations.

Glen Strouse of Belding relaxes with The Daily News in the new recliner he won from Larry’s Northtown Furniture after his 10-year-old daughter Faith entered an essay about him in the Glad Your My Dad! Contest. Faith’s letter was one of 24 entries in the Father’s Day contest, in which The Daily News and Larry’s Northtown partnered to give away both a chair and year-long subscription to the paper. — Daily News/Andy Kraft

Daughter’s essay lands Belding dad in new chair

Glen Strouse thought he was going to Larry’s Northtown Furniture and Appliance Friday morning to help his mom, Fran, pick out a new chair. Instead, he stood speechless when told that his 10-year-old daughter, Faith, had entered The Daily News/Larry’s Northtown “Glad You’re My Dad!” contest and won a new chair for him. Just in time for Father’s Day.

Astera Credit Union celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with members of Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) earlier this month. Pictured are, from left, Terri Acker-Acker Title, Kendra Osborn-Astera Credit Union, Heather Spitzley-Astera Credit Union, Darlene Powell-Astera Credit Union, Seth Sutton-Greenville Chamber, John Hoppough-Greenville Mayor,  Cameron VanWyngarden-Greenville  Asst. City Manager, Jenny Bennett-Astera Credit Union, Margo Kleinfelt-Astera Credit Union, Angela Jansen-Astera Credit Union, Kris Martin-Astera Credit Union, Barbara Hatinger-Astera Credit Union, Gae Donovan Wolfe-Greenville Chamber.Astera Credit Union occupies office space in Wal-Mart in Greenville.

Astera Credit Union celebrates ribbon cutting ceremony

  The Greenville Area Chamber celebrated the official grand opening of Astera Credit Union with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 15. Located at 10772 W. Carson City Road (inside WalMart) in Greenville, Astera Credit Union provides  a brighter solution for all your financial challenges. Call today to ask about membership (616) 225-0151.


Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Check-Up

A match made in heaven? The Chamber and Montcalm Community College (MCC) are joining forces to deliver pertinent training to businesses. The recommended standard for investing in staff training is 2 percent of your operating expenses budget. That doesn’t sound like much for a well-trained staff.


Greenville’s Kent Foundry on Science Channel program Thursday at 9 p.m.

Kent Foundry of Greenville will be featured on Thursday in a documentary the Discovery Channel has produced regarding cannon replicas. Kent Foundry, a leading manufacturer of gray and ductile iron castings, has been included a documentary that will air on the Science Channel, which is owned by the Discovery Channel.


Greenville chamber launches program to battle the ‘blight’

The Detroit News recently published a story about Greenville that was negative and misleading. Oddly, the newspaper used the word “blight” to describe Greenville. The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to turn those lemons into lemonade.

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Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce rolls out new brand logo

By Candy Kerschen Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce co-director GREENVILLE — The Chamber often sponsors educational seminars about “branding” and “consistency in marketing” for our members so we believe it’s time we practiced what we preach. In order to keep our image current, we are rolling out a new logo. It is a big bonus [...]

As of April 1, West 57 Design owners Rick and Bobbi Calkins are new owners of another local business — Marketplace Floral at 1720 W. Washington St. in Greenville. The Calkins purchased the floral shop from Lauri Acker (at right), who operated it for the past six years. Acker plans to return to the dentistry field, where she has 24 years of experience. “I wouldn’t have sold (the floral shop) to just anyone,” she said. “Bobbi and Rick are great and will uphold the quality of service and care customers here expect.” The Calkins have renamed the shop West 57 Design and Floral.

Change of hands at Marketplace Floral – Calkins purchase shop



Link Wireless store opens in Greenville GREENVILLE — Amy Swindell and Karen Cook’s new business, Link Wireless LCC, offers Boost and Virgin Mobile users more options for calling plans and branded-select items locally. The business opened Feb. 23 in the Marketplace Shoppe at 702 Greenville West. It is the second store Swindell and Cook have [...]


Business briefs

New bar is a place for everyone to go GREENVILLE — Kelly Stapp’s new business – Turn the Page Bar & Burgers – may say “bar,” but since opening the new business March 8, she has been working to make it into a fun place for adults, families and young adults alike. What once was [...]