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MidMichigan Health's Stratford Village to expand

Stratford Village in Midland, a residential rehabilitation and assisted living home owned by MidMichigan Health, has expanded and is inviting the public to see what's been done.

MidMichigan Stratford Village is located at 2121 Rockwell Drive in Midland and will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday, Jan. 10 at noon, with tours of the additions to the facility.
 
There are two expanded units which will open to residents Jan. 15, named Woodbridge and Meadowbrook. They consist of 10 all-private rooms each and are designed for patients with memory care diagnoses, like Alzheimer's, as well as patients with short-term rehabilitation needs, like those recovering from surgeries.
 
Woodbridge, which is an addition of 7,397 square feet, adds access within Stratford Village in a new "neighborhood" home-like setting that is designed to help patients with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory conditions feel at home with calm colors, a safe environment, and even a quieter communication system for the staff, which helps to avoid anxiety for residents.
 
Meadowbrook, on the other hand, is designed for short-term rehabilitation residents, like those recovering from joint replacement and other surgeries, and includes bariatric treatment rooms and additional rehabilitation equipment, and larger community areas in its added 8,174 square feet.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MidMichigan Health

New saloon opens in Saginaw

Downtown Saginaw is home to a new bar, the 100 Proof Saloon on Hamilton Street.
 
Located at 207 N. Hamilton in Old Town Saginaw, the 100 Proof is owned by Lisa Czerniak and officially opened in November. Since then, it's garnered a wide following for its live music, self-aware sense of humor (like serving 40-ounce bottled beer in brown paper bags) and rock style. Don't let the self-deprecation fool you, though; they also have a stash of very fine liquors, serve Michigan and craft beers on tap, and take pride in crafting their own mixes, appropriate to Czerniak's years of experience as a bartender.
 
Newly renovated and decorated with a large skull and crossbones painted on one wall, along with historic Saginaw photos in a nod to its location, 100 Proof is one of several bars along Hamilton Street. The building, at one time vacant, formerly was home to the bar Shenanigans.
 
Thursday night is already college night at the bar, which also has hosted several special events. Its staff numbers about 15 currently, with hiring ongoing. It's open starting at 3 p.m. daily until 2 a.m.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: 100 Proof Saloon

Road grant will help support new jobs at Kremin, Inc.

Saginaw County is one of four Michigan counties getting funding for a road project through state economic development funds. 
 
The project in question is in Frankenmuth, at the new site of Kremin, Inc. The precision machining company is building a $1.2 million, 19,000-square-foot facility there, replacing its current, outgrown, Saginaw Township facility. 
 
Kremin's new location is in an also-new business park off M-83, which is a state trunkline, but doesn't have a center turn lane aligned with the business park, which would obviously make traffic flow in and out of the park more easily. That's especially important for large vehicles and trucks like those Kremin will be using, to make turning in and out of the park safer for everyone.
 
So the road project would move a current turn lane 200 feet north, widen the highway, enclose a drainage ditch, and install a new storm sewer, at a total cost of $280,000. $210,000 of that will come from this grant from the Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund, which is designed to support transportation projects that help Michigan companies create or retain jobs. The other $70,000 will come as local matching funds from the city of Frankenmuth.
 
The Kremin facility is slated to double the company's workforce by adding 25 new employees.
 
"This program represents a successful partnership between MDOT, local units of government and county road commissions that is focused on attracting major companies to invest and expand in Michigan and create employment opportunities for Michigan workers," says MDOT Director Kirk Steudle.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

Brokerage firm opens up shop in Midland

If you're interested in finding a brokerage firm to help you with your investments, then you may be happy to hear that Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. has opened a new office in Midland. 
 
The office, which is the first in Michigan for the company, also brought in several experts to help clients reach their investment goals. 
 
"This is an exciting time for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. because advisers are continuing to note our progress and express interest in our innovative business model, flat management structure and our client-first culture," says Tad Edwards, founder, chairman and CEO of the brokerage firm.
 
Joining the staff at the brokerage firm is Matt Bishop, Ralph Brozzo, Dana Gibbs and Cathy Sasse. 
 
Bishop has been in the financial services field since 2001, while Brozzo has previous experience dating back to 1995. Gibbs has been working in the securities industry since 1992, having worked in banks before that, and Sasse has more than 20 years experience in the field. 
 
The office is located at 224 E. Larkin St. in Midland. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. 

Zentx finishes construction of new building

It's always great to see local businesses expand and grow, and ZENTZ Media is definitely doing both. 
 
The company recently completed construction of a new building in Freeland, which is 3,200 square feet. The new building is located to ZENTX's current headquarters and will be home to a state-of-the-art paint booth, the company's metal fabrication department and exhibit storage and services. 
 
The relocation of the metal fabrication department will allow the company's wood fabrication department to expand within the current 14,000-square-foot headquarters building. 
 
"As our company continues to grow and expand, it results in a need for additional space." says Mike Wenz, president of ZENTX Media Group, Inc. "When we built our headquarters in 2011, we knew in time we would need more space, but that day came sooner than expected. It’s exciting to watch our company continue to steadily grow. I believe a major factor behind our growth is our continued focus on expanding our in-house capabilities, this new building will help give us the needed space to add new equipment to do just that.” 
 
ZENTX, which has been in business since 1997, is a provider of print, digital and custom-fabricated products. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: ZENTX Media 
 

A mouse paradise--artisan cheese shop opens in Bay City

Cheese, cheese and more cheese. It's kind of like walking into fromage heaven when you walk through the doors at Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shoppe in Bay City. 
 
The shop, which is owned by Mike and Cindy Parker, is where foodies will be flocking so they can get their hands on more than five dozen varieties of cheese that rank all the way form the simply swiss and mozzarella all the way to the savory Gruyere and goat cheese. 
 
In short, there's a cheese for everyone at Artigiano, which is located at 815 N. Saginaw St. 
 
For those who've been to local farmers markets or Caro, the name may sound familiar. That's because the Parkers' new shop in Bay City is Artigiano's second location. 
 
Looking for something to try that you may not have had before? Consider the Delice de Bourgogne, or the Humboldt Fog goat cheese. 
 
And don't worry if you aren't sure you'll like a particular cheese or not -- samples are available. 
 
In addition to the selection of cheeses available, Artigiano also has platters, gift baskets and a cheese-of-the-month club (which just sounds like a delicious Christmas gift idea). 
 
The cheese shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and until 6 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday you can do your shopping between noon and 5 p.m. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shoppe

Health Delivery to open two new primary health care locations

Health Delivery, Inc., will open two new primary health care locations in Huron County, as part of a federal grant that aims to expand access to health care.
 
The grant, totaling $858,333, comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and will fund the opening of the two new sites as well as expansion and stabilization of two Shiawassee County locations. All four will offer comprehensive primary health care including medical, dental, and behavioral health services.
 
The new locations are a joint effort with community partners including Huron Medical Center and Huron Behavioral Health. One, a federally-qualified health care center, will be located in Bad Axe, and will serve individuals who have Medicaid, are uninsured, or are underinsured.
 
Health Delivery's services are not based on ability to pay, and are offered without regard to criteria such as race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Health Delivery, Inc.

Cat's Meow resale shop expanding

The Cat's Meow resale shop in Essexville is expanding. The popular thrift store is part of Do-All, Inc., which creates vocational opportunities for employees with barriers to employment, such as disabilities. 
 
The Cat's Meow stores, the first of which opened in 2006, are the retail branch of the company, and offer workers training and employment in all retail jobs, like cashiering, merchandising, stocking, shipping and receiving. There are several locations across mid-Michigan of the stores, but the Essexville one will be expanding to an even larger size.
 
It's not moving; its former neighbor, Habitat for Humanity, is leaving the building and the Cat's Meow is expanding into the former Habitat space.
 
"With Habitat for Humanity's decision to move to the former Dunlop property we wanted to expand our current use of the building to create more opportunities for those we serve," says Do-All president and CEO Chris Girard.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Cat's Meow

State & Main restaurant opening in Midland

The charitable and economic development arm of the Great Lakes Loons, the Michigan Baseball Foundation, announced it has helped fund the opening of a new restaurant in Midland.

Called State & Main, the new restaurant will be located in the East End development at, where else, the corner of State and Main streets in Midland. It is scheduled for a spring 2014 opening and will be a social gathering place for all ages, according to the foundation.

"State & Main will be a community gathering place offering quality food and drink with first-class service morning, noon and night," says Paul Barbeau, Loons president and general manager. "Whether you are a professional, a rail trail user out with your running or biking group, or just visiting with friends--we want State & Main to be your place."

The restaurant is starting by hiring a restaurant manager and will be hiring additional staff after that.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Baseball Foundation


Pace & Hong auction house open in Midland

Northeastern Michigan-based auctioneers Pace & Hong Auctions are expanding downward with a new auction house opening in Midland.

The Midland auction house will offer antiques, collectibles, household items, furniture, appliances, tools and outdoor items, and provide a central location for auctions in mid-Michigan.

Construction is underway currently at the new location, which includes a large audience and presentation area, a stage with audio and video broadcasting capabilities, and on-site concessions.

Pace & Hong, headquartered in Alpena, will be holding Saturday morning auctions in Midland starting this fall, serving the entire Great Lakes Bay region including Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Mt. Pleasant and surrounding towns. The Midland auction house will be open year-round.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Pace Hong Auctions


Insomnia Cookies coming to Mt. Pleasant

If you're like the crew over here at Mid Michigan Second Wave, then you know the pangs of late-night snack cravings. Well, if those cravings include cookies and you're in Mt. Pleasant, then you're about to be in luck.

Insomnia Cookies will be opening soon at 1620 S. Mission St. next to the Pita Pit.

But what will you be able to get? Well, the business--which has more than three dozen locations across the country and keeps growing--offers up a dozen styles of cookies along with other baked goods and frozen treats. You can also choose a variety of toppings, as well as pints of milk. And don't worry if you can't get out to get them because Insomnia Cookies delivers.

The bakery will not only have regular business hours for those with sweets needs during business hours, but will stay open late for all those with post-midnight munchies attacks.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Insomnia Cookies

The Real Seafood Co. to open in Bay City

Ann Arbor-based Real Seafood Co. will be opening the doors of its next location right in Bay City in the Uptown development.

The restaurant, which will join the likes of Down Corning, McLaren Bay, Chemical Bank and Courtyard by Marriott in the development, features fresh, customized dishes based on seasonal and local produce.

The restaurant features fresh fish that will come from New England, the Gulf of Mexico and, of course, the Great Lakes. Currently, there are locations in Ann Arbor, Naples, Fla., and Toledo, Ohio.

Real Seafood Co. will have two levels of seating with 200 seats inside and 100 outside as well as an upstairs and outdoor bar.

The restaurant is expected to employ about 100 people and will add 20 seasonal employees in the summer months.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Real Seafood Co.

Bientek Computer Services acquired by SAMSA, Inc.

SAMSA, Inc. recently expanded its operations with the acquisition of Bientek Computer Services, a web-based computer service referral business.

Bientek uses a trusted network of contracted technicians to provide computer repairs and support to residential and commercial customers. The current services are focuses primarily in southeast Michigan.

This acquisition allows SAMSA to not only grow geographically, but adds to the company's service ability and scope of services.

The company plans to expand to more geographic areas in Michigan, and potentially beyond, in 2014.

SAMSA provides on-site technical services to hundreds of small and medium businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations, as well as residential clients in the Great Lakes Bay Region and throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan. They have locations in Saginaw and an office in Ypsilanti and a retail shop in Midland.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: SAMSA, Inc.

New sandwich shop opens up in Mt. Pleasant

Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based sub sandwich shop chain Erbert & Gerbert's has made its presence known in mid-Michigan with a new shop open in Mt. Pleasant.

It's located in the Stadium Mall on South Mission Street and offers some features like late-night delivery, catering and maybe most notably, unusual sandwich names.

The official opening was September 6, and the Mt. Pleasant location is the second Erbert & Gerbert's in Michigan, with the other in Portage. Most of the 50 franchised shops are across the Midwest and South.

The sandwich shop's hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. every day of the week.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Erbert & Gerbert's
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