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Tubby's opens in Mount Pleasant

Hungry for a tasty submarine sandwich but tired of the same ol' options, no matter how fresh they might be?

Well, if you're in Mount Pleasant, your newest option in the world of subs is Tubby's Grilled Submarines, a Detroit-based business founded in 1968 that recently opened up its 202nd location in the Sagamok Convenience Store.

The new location is the 77th in Michigan for Tubby's, which is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. They are on the corner of Leaton and Broadway.

Tubby's had plenty of sub options, but also features salads and soups, among other menu items.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Tubby's Grilled Submarines

The Change Jar opens in Bay City

Looking to pick up some quality used items or something just completely different than what you will see at other stores? Then you should probably head over to 1018 N. Johnson St. in Bay City and visit The Change Jar.

The new store, which specializes in relate furniture, jewelry and other "unique" items, is owned and operated by Adam Beaudo.

The business first opened its doors on January 5 of this year and has had a strong customer base since. If you're interested in visiting, head on over Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Change Jar

Saginaw is home to new El Paso Grill

A Saginaw couple with roots in Southwestern cuisine have opened a new restaurant in Saginaw Township, called El Paso Grill.

The food will already be familiar to some; husband-and-wife-team Eric Saenz--whose family is, appropriately, from El Paso, Texas--and Angela Rose have run Gourmex Catering for the last 20 years. More recently, they opened a take-out counter on Gratiot and Center, specializing in their southwestern-inspired recipes like chicken lime tacos, menudo, and flour tortillas and fresh salsa, all made to order. It was so successful, they needed more room right away.

The Saenzs opened El Paso Grill just down the street at 4880 Gratiot in late 2012, and have had a warm welcome from the community. You'll even be able to find their homemade salsa in jars in local stores soon, and the couple is considering expanding to new locations, or taking the operation mobile, with a food truck.

For now, they're open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday so you can get your fix of tacos, burritos, nachos, tostadas and more.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: El Paso Grill

Midland Hypnotherapy opens

If you're trying to keep a New Year's resolution this year, like quitting smoking, losing weight, or even just taking more time for yourself, a new business open in Midland might be able to help.

Kristi Kaye, a transplant from Traverse City, has recently opened Midland Hynotherapy. She is a certified hynotherapist with the National Guild of Hynotists, with a special certification in bariatric hypnosis for weight loss.

Kaye works with her clients to meet goals like smoking cessation, weight loss, decreasing test anxiety, relieving stress, improving public speaking skills, and many other issues that can be resolved with hypnosis therapy.

She is accepting new appointments and can be contacted by phone at (989) 486-8422, by email at midlandhynotherapy@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Midland Hypnotherapy

Quantum Composites to invest in Monitor Township facility, adding six jobs

Quantum Composites, a division of The Composites Group located in Monitor Township near Bay City, announced it will be adding jobs and equipment with the help of a tax abatement.

The division, which makes advanced composites for customers in several industries, is located in the Valley Center Technology Park. The Monitor Township board granted Quantum an 11-year, 50 percent tax abatement on its property. In turn, Quantum committed to a capital investment plan that will create six jobs over the next two years.

Part of the investment is $400,000 of equipment that will show customers how Quantum Composites' products perform in specific applications, such as the group's products for the aerospace, defense, auto and recreation industries, says Quantum general manager Wisdom Dzotsi.

Bay Future was part of the process to work out the tax abatement and investment agreement.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Quantum Composites

Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe opens storefront in Bay City

It looks like the good folks of Bay City who sport a love for cupcakes have a reason to be very, very excited.

That's because Midland-based Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe just opened the doors on a new location on Washington Street, right next door to the good ol' State Theater. They also have a shop in Saginaw, which opened in 2011.

The company, owned by Carrie Fisher, has loads of goodies for you to satisfy your sweet tooth with. They've been delighting customers in Midland for years, and now they are bringing their creative cupcakes, cookies (they pretty much have the best sugar cookies ever, by the way) and other tasty treats to Bay City. When the bakery opened its doors last weekend, it was already selling out of some of its most popular flavors, like lemon drop. In total, the Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe typically has two dozen flavors available.

If you want to stop in and try one of their creations (we highly recommend it, actually), you can do so between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe

Bay Arenac Behavioral Health invests in landmark with move, expansion

There's a new home for the Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health Authority's customer service offices, and it's quite the historic location.

Located at 135 Washington Ave., the former Brownhoist Industrial Administration Building, which has been vacant for a couple of years, the offices will house approximately 45 employees of Bay Arenac Behavioral Health, though more may end up there in the coming months.

The building boasts 28,000 square feet of space and was renovated in 1990 for use by the EPA for housing their computer center. The EPA left in 1998 and then remained empty until 2005 when StarNet Wireless took up residence on a single floor until 2010.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bay Arenac Behavioral Health

Sweet Sandy B's Bakery opens in Bay City

Got a sweet tooth that can only be satisfied by something tasty and terrific and right out of the oven? Well, if you're in Bay City, hurry up and head on over to 801 Columbus Ave.

There is where you are going to find Sweet Sandy B's Bake Shop, which opened up in September and has been dishing out some delectable treats.

The business, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday until 1 p.m., is owned and operated by Sandy Bierlein. Her specialty is creating the treats that you'll just flip over.

No doubt, you'll want to try something new every time you stop in. And there is always plenty to choose from as Sweet Sandy B's specializes in brownies, specialty cakes, cookies, pies and cupcakes.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Sweet Sandy B's Bake Shop

MidMichigan Health in Clare breaks ground on cardiac lab

A new cardiac laboratory will soon grace MidMichigan Health's medical center in Clare, as this fall has seen ground broken on the new catheterization lab, due to open its doors in April.

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic and treatment procedure that helps cardiologists discover blocked blood vessels and choose the best way to treat them. The new building offers physicians more space, new state-of-the-art technology and digital imaging.

"We expect to begin doing diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular interventions beginning in April," says Ray Stover, president of the Clare center. "Our cardiologists are committed to performing these procedures at the Medical Center, and this will be a new, high-quality service for our community members."

The center also is creating two new waiting room areas, remodeling a surgical suite, and reconfiguring the main lobby area to improve patient registration.

Local contractors are managed by Three Rivers Corp., and include Robbin Harsh Excavating, Coleman Electric Services and Bonham Heating and Cooling.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ray Stover, MidMichigan Health

Mersen to relocate, expand in Bay County

Graphite and materials manufacturer Mersen USA, based in Midland, announced it will locate an additional facility for manufacturing in Williams Township, in Bay County.

The announcement--and arrangements for the expansion--were made with the help of Bay Future.

"This project is a big win for Williams Township, Bay County, the Great Lakes Bay region, and the state of Michigan. We couldn't be more excited or happier that a world class company like Mersen has decided to invest in our community and also create quality jobs for our residents," says Bay Future President and CEO Magen Samyn.

Mersen will spend about $21.3 million building a new 80,000-square-foot facility in the township, creating an estimated 32 new jobs in the process. It broke ground on the new building in October, and the facility is planned to be up and running by the end of 2013.

The company was approved for business development tax incentives of about $320,000 through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the township also will consider a 12-year tax abatement for the new facility.

Mersen currently employs 39 people at its Midland location.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Magen Samyn, Bay Future

Irving's on Main ready to serve up tasty dishes

The former Daddy O's restaurant on Main Street in downtown Midland has a new face, name and owner. It opened as the new Irving's on Main this month, with an official grand opening taking place September 24.

The new owners are Jacob and Amber Wendt, who began renovations over the summer on the interior and exterior of the building. Outdoor seating complements the new menu, which focuses on fresh, homemade soups, sandwiches and burgers.

Irving's on Main also serves a selection of wine and beer including many that are Michigan-made, which we always love to hear. Midland diners can check out the new offerings at the corner of Main and Townsend streets, close to Dow Diamond and Chemical Bank.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It'll be closed on Sundays.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Irving's on Main

Oakland County is home to Mid Michigan-based Yeo & Yeo's newest office

Yeo & Yeo, a CPA firm based in Saginaw, recently announced that it has expanded into Oakland County thanks to a merger with Hauswirth+Moncreif PLLC of Auburn Hills that became effective at the beginning of September.

Hauswirth+Moncreif, which will now operate under the name Yeao & Yeo, will expand its tax, audit, business consulting and business valuation services as part of the merger agreement.

The new offices will have a staff of six and are located at 691 N. Squirrel Road, Suite 100 in Auburn Hills.

"This is a very exciting time for Yeo & Yeo," says John Kunitzer, president and CEO of Yeo & Yeo. "The merger allows us to have closer access to our current clients and gives the firm a distinct presence in Southeast Michigan. We chose Hauswirth+Moncrief because it is a growing firm that wants to provide additional services for its clients. Both firms share the culture of community involvement and personalized service that our clients expect."

The merger is expected to add approximately $1.5 million in revenue to Yeo & Yeo, which earned just under $30 million last year. The company employs over 180 workers in offices throughout Michigan.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: John Kunitzer, Yeo & Yeo

The Tin Roof Cafe and Ice Cream Shop opens in Sanford

Looking for a place in Sanford to grab a quick bite to eat or some tasty ice cream treats? Well, then you should probably stop in at the Tin Roof Café and Ice Cream Shop, which recently opened with eight full- and part-time employees on staff.

The business, owned by Carrie Barriger, is at 354 West Saginaw Road and features a full line-up of items such as burgers and paninis as well as typical sides like fries. They also have multiple types of sundaes, hand-dipped ice cream and soft serve.

The Tin Roof Café is open all week from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Carrie Barriger, Tin Roof Cafe

Dog Central opens in Mt. Pleasant

Hungry for a great hot dog? How about a hot dog unlike any you've ever tried before?

In either case, you should make your way to downtown Mt. Pleasant and stop by and say hello to Paul McFall at his newly-opened business, Dog Central, located at 111 East Michigan Street.

The restaurant has been "nearly open" since January, and folks have been rather rabid about getting their chance to try McFall's recipes. The restaurant's Facebook page has been all aflutter about when the doors would finally open and when the hot dogs would begin flowing.

Dog Central officially opened Aug. 13 and the response has been impressive already. Even with the downtown construction potentially keeping away some potential customers, Dog Central has been packed for lunch each day.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Interested in trying some interesting hot dogs? How about the MacDaddy Dog? That comes with macaroni and cheese and bacon. Or the Slaw Dog? Coleslaw, tomatoes and French fries. Or the Goober Dog? An odd combo of shredded pickle, chili, crushed Fritos and peanut butter.

Don't worry, there are some traditional dogs, too, like the Detroit-style Coney and the always-tasty Chicago dog.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Paul McFall, Dog Central

Creme de la Creme Cupcakes opens in Mt. Pleasant

Hey, you. Yeah, you. You've got a sweet tooth, right? Well, we're going to tell you a little secret about where you can get your fix in Mt. Pleasant.

It's a little cupcake shop that just opened at 201 East Broadway across from the Broadway Theatre called Crème de la Crème Cupcakes.

The shop recently had its grand opening and the cupcakes have been flying off the shelves ever since. Why? Well, it's not every day you can just wander around Mt. Pleasant and find such delicacies as a Sweet Pink Lemonade cupcake, or one called Cheeky Cheery. How about a Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake? The ones that everyone has been raving about, including the Downtown Development Association, are the cheesecake cupcakes, which are available in either blueberry (yes, please!) or strawberry (yes, please, again!).

The selection of cupcakes changes daily at Crème de la Crème and you're pretty much guaranteed to find a flavor you like and that will help you satisfy that sweet craving you get now and then.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Mt. Pleasant DDA
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