Business Beat

Klinker’s gas station in Sheridan was known under many different names over the years. The family-owned business is celebrating its 30th year of service this year.

BIZ BEAT: Klinker’s gas station celebrates 30 years

For Jamie Klinker, putting in long hours at the Sheridan gas station/convenience store she co-owns with her mother, Mary Anna Klinker, is old, comfortable habit. She has, after all, been involved with the store for the past 30 years.

The staff at Leppinks in Lakeview is always ready to provide personalized service with a smile. According to store owner, Ransom Leppink, it is the personal touch that sets the small chain apart from big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Leppink’s carries on 85 years of tradition of family service

In an era of bag-your-own, robo-teller grocery shopping, where customer service is little more than a quaint memory, there are still locally owned stores that serve old-fashioned, in-person customer service, like Leppink’s. With locations in Belding, Lakeview, Stanton, Howard City and Ferrysburg, Leppink’s represents a throwback to a better time, when service was king and the customer’s needs came first.

The team at Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center is comprised of, from left, Niles Thompson, Mike Pierson, Jeremy Thompson, Kathy Pierson and owner Bob Gilman. The facility will be expanding this spring.

BIZ BEAT: Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center expanding in spring

If there’s a motor under the hood, chances are Lake Montcalm Boat & Auto Center will be able to fix it. The showroom and shop have been serving the community’s auto and marine needs since officially opening in 2011.

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Business Brief: Eric Zerka takes over father’s Stanton store

STANTON — Zerka’s Party Store at 134 W. Main St. has changed hands but remains in the family business as Scott Zerka’s son, Eric, is now the owner. As of April 1, Eric Zerka put his nursing training on hold and accepted the role of owner of the party store/gas station, taking over a business [...]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

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 [...]

Lori Jones, right, owner of Morning Lori’s Diner & Bakery in Stanton, and manager Kelly Gleason stand with a few sweet specialities that are offered every day at the diner. This Thursday, Jones is creating special Hawaiian Island Luau-themed meals for her patrons to enjoy.

Morning Lori Diner & Bakery offers a taste of other cultures through food

Lori Jones, owner of Morning Lori Diner and Bakery in Stanton, is taking her customers around the world one dish at a time. Jones is always looking for ways to liven the atmosphere at her business, which is located on the ground floor of Hotel Montcalm on the corner of Main Street and Camburn Street [...]

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Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.

The Daily News awarded a few subscribers prizes from a December-long drawing. Pictured are Stafford Media Solutions subscription services accountant Teresa Haverstick and prize winners Ilo and Laurel Basney of Lakeview, who won a stereo surround sound DVD system; Jackie Gable of Gowen, who won a Nikon Coolpix L24 digital camera; and Barb and Ken Moser of Greenville, who won a 26-inch HD LCD t.v. Gift card winners (not pictured) were Brenda Klingbeil of Sheridan, who won a $20 Ace Hardware gift card; Jyll Mitchell of Sidney, who won a $25 Applebee’s gift card; and Dean Iverson of Stanton, who won a $20 Wayside Garden gift card. Contestants qualified by prepaying for a subscription to The Daily News for at least six months.

Winners of The Daily News subscriber drawing

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Clifford Lake Inn unveils paranormal findings tonight

By The Daily News STANTON — Two investigation groups will reveal their findings of possible paranormal activity at Clifford Lake Inn during a special “Haunting Unveiling” event at the historic inn at 7 p.m. tonight. Mid-Michigan Paranormal Investigators from Mount Pleasant and Montcalm Community College’s paranormal investigation club will each present their findings of possible [...]

The historic Clifford Lake Inn has been enjoyed by many throughout its 131 years of existence, by the living and, according to recent findings, the dead, as well. The McKeowns will unveil findings from two paranormal investigation groups at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, which will include free psychic readings, “spirited special dinners” and introduction of Ghost Vodka, a new spirit made in Detroit.

Clifford Lake Inn to unveil paranormal findings Jan. 14

Many residents and visitors have enjoyed visiting and returning to Clifford Lake Inn, a resort destination for 131 years. According to new paranormal investigative evidence, some people have never left.