Business Beat

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.

From left, Jack Cox, owner Tim Minikey and Clint Vinton comprise the team of expert mechanics at Sheridan Tire & Auto, which opened in January and has been doing a respectable business ever since.

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Townie’ starts new tire store in Sheridan

Tim Minikey knows his way around an automobile. For decades he’s been turning a wrench, taking broken vehicles and making them unbroken.
His first professional foray into auto repair was as a mechanic. After that, for 11 years, he ran a tool company.

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.