Business Beat

Kristin Hansen, owner of the recently-opened Country Pet’s Grooming Salon in Stanton, take a few minutes to get to know one of her clients before bath time begins. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: New pet salon hopes to ‘clean up’ Stanton’s four-legged friends

Kristin Hansen is among the lucky ones. She gets up each morning looking forward to her day’s work, anxious to interact with her clients. Hansen’s fondness for her customers may come, in part at least, from the fact they tend to lick her face while she works. Country Pet’s Grooming Salon isn’t the first dog grooming shop Hansen’s worked at, but it’s the first she’s owned herself.

Sunflower Bakery owner Virginia Hinton said she was attracted to Stanton because of the city’s healthy business environment. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton’s downtown steadily improves to attract business

If you haven’t been to Stanton in a while, you haven’t been to Stanton. In recent months, the city’s downtown has undergone something of a renaissance. Not only have new businesses come into town, they’ve thrived.

Main Street Dance Company owner Stephanie Oster has 70 students participating in dance classes currently. She will start accepting more dancers by fall 2014.

BUSINESS BEAT: Twist of fate puts dancer in charge of her own studio

These days dancing comes naturally to Stephanie Oster. But when you’ve been dancing since pre-school, that’s bound to happen. Oster, who owns Main Street Dance Company, was first bit by the dancing bug at age 3, and has been at it ever since.

Assunda Kazmerski’s new restaurant in Stanton, Mamma Mia’s, features authentic Italian food.  “You won’t find any ranch dressing here,” Kazmerski said.

BUSINESS BEAT: Mamma Mia’s in Stanton is the ‘real deal’ in Italian dining

You may think you’ve had Italian, but if you were born and raised in Michigan, chances are you have not. That’s according to Assunda Kazmerski, who this past summer opened the doors to Mamma Mia’s restaurant.

Encore Music Store manager Kenny Abbott maintains a full line of acoustic and electric guitars, as well as amps, P.A. gear, lighting and other musical equipment. He said the store has been slowly gaining customers in the three months since it opened.

BUSINESS BEAT: Downtown Stanton is alive with the sound of Encore Music

It’s been a bit of a slow start for Encore Music, which first opened it’s doors about three months ago, but business is growing steadily, according to store manager Kenny Abbott.

Bill Simpson Jr.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton man launches Life Document Storage service

What do you do when you can’t find a business service you need? Bill Simpson Jr. decided to start his own.

Birdy’s Antiques & Gifts owner Diane Lowell chats with a couple of youngsters visiting her new store, which is full of fun items. Lowell operates the store along with her beauty salon and, outside of those businesses, is a mortician at Barden Funeral Home.

BUSINESS BEAT — From rustic to funky, Birdy’s Antiques & Gifts has it all

Birdy’s Antiques & Gifts in Stanton is one of those stores that attract browsers the way honey attracts bears. More than just an antique store, Birdy’s is filled to the brim with items that will transport you down memory lane, make you smile, or simply hold your interest until yet another object catches your eye.

Lacy and Ash Suddaby, who manage It’s a Buck Dollar Store in Stanton, say that inventory there will continue to expand in coming weeks. The store opened June 10.

Dollar store fills niche in Stanton

“It’s a fun little dollar store.” That’s how Susie Vogelsong, owner of the It’s a Buck Dollar Store in Stanton, describes her new business.

Former Navy man and tattoo artist Wojo is doing brisk business at the tattoo shop he opened in March.

Tattoos by Wojo brings great ink to Stanton

The art of tattooing has been around for centuries. First brought to the attention of the western world in the 1700s by sailors returning from faraway lands, tattoos have a long and — some might say checkered — nautical past.

A ribbon is cut in front of It’s a Buck Dollar Store during a seven-business event held in Stanton on Tuesday morning. All seven stores are located within a two-block area of Main Street in downtown Stanton. State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, joined City Manager James Freed, area business people and other Stanton officials for the event.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton in full business bloom with seven ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Business is booming in the city of Stanton and on Tuesday, city officials, state representatives and local business people gathered to note the recent influx of new businesses to the city.