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Closed Kmart to become storage, shipping facility

Not every aging strip mall or closed department store has a happy ending, but a Kmart in Saginaw Township will, as it's been bought by a company with plans to renovate and use the property.

Excerpt: A company plans to convert a shuttered Kmart store in Saginaw Township into an indoor, climate-controlled self-storage facility, with secured boat and RV storage located behind the building.

Los Angeles-based DealPoint Merrill, a subsidiary of The Merrill Group of Companies, which is a real estate development and property management firm, has purchased the former Kmart store and vacant plaza on Bay Road.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Uptown Bay City opens for business

New job, new location, new lunch spot. At least, that's what downtown Bay City businesses are hoping for with the new Uptown Bay City development opening.

Excerpt: A new chapter for Bay City begins this morning when hundreds of employees from Dow Corning Corp. begin working in their new offices at Uptown Bay City.

Signs are posted around town welcoming the Dow Corning employees, and hoping for their business.

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Source: Mlive.com

American Idol tour will have local ties

If you're an American Idol fan, you might already know that several of the finalists this year have Michigan ties, including two who are coming to the area on the American Idol Live Tour who have family in mid-Michigan.

Excerpt: As the American Idol Live Tour edges forward, bringing winner Caleb Johnson and eight of the remaining finalists on Thursday, Aug. 7, to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is leaving critics floored.

More on the tour can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com

Michigan's top execs talk about how to innovate

Several CEOs in Michigan got together to talk innovation, and among them was Dow Chemical exec Bill Weideman.

Excerpt: Innovation is a constant, every-day target and the key to future growth in a global economy, say the top executives of seven large companies with significant Michigan operations.

"I think the current life-cycle of companies is five years," Jeff Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer of major home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp., said. "If you don't reinvent yourself every five years, you run the risk of being extinct."

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Old Saginaw City Lawn Chair Film Festival turns to Kickstarter for support

The Old Saginaw City Lawn Chair Film Festival is expecting a big crowd this year for its headliner film, an outdoor showing of "The Big Lebowski," but it looks like it'll need some financial support from its fans to make that happen.

Excerpt: Now in its 13th year, the festival is turning to Kickstarter to try to raise $20,000 by 2 p.m. Aug. 22 for the purchase of a new screen, projector and sound system.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Fix It Bay City app gets fixed, itself

The idea for an app that lets you notify the city about problems like potholes and streetlights is a great one, and it's being improved upon with a new update in Bay City's version of such an app.

Excerpt: The app, which allows residents to submit and monitor complaints about potholes, blighted properties and burnt out streetlights, was updated on Friday, July 11, with a new user interface, streamlined request submission workflow and better overall functionality.

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Source: Mlive.com

CMU launches Food Truck Friday event

In bigger cities, a gathering of food trucks is often the perfect spot for lunch or late-night snack. In Mt. Pleasant, it's a new thing hosted by a CMU organization to boost local entrepreneurs and serve up tasty lunch options at the same time.

Excerpt: Central Michigan University Research Corporation, an on-campus organization devoted to helping small businesses, hosted its second “Food Truck Friday,” event Friday.

Three different local vendors capitalized on the opportunity which Elissa Richmond-Gagne, marketing and public relations director for CMU called exciting.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: CM Life

General Motors turns Flint plant solar-powered

To meet alternative energy targets, automaker GM will be installing solar panels to help fuel one of its mid-Michigan auto plants. 

Excerpt: General Motors Co. says it's boosting solar power at its plants.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that it's adding three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities: an engine plant in Flint and processing center in nearby Swartz Creek.

For the whole story, go here

Source: MiNBCNews.com

Bay City gets Riverwalk grant

A local foundation is putting its money where its mouth is, as the McGillivray Saginaw River improvement fund gave a chunk to Bay City to improve the Riverwalk along the very same river.

Excerpt: Bay City officials secured about $70,000 in grant money this week to build a new section of Riverwalk connecting downtown Bay City to the new Uptown Bay City development.

Representatives from the Bay Area Community Foundation presented a check for $69,558 at a Bay City Commission meeting on Monday, June 16, from the Ronald K. and Greta A. McGillivray Saginaw River Improvement Fund. 

The entire article is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Malt Shop in Mt. Pleasant has new owners

The Malt Shop in Mount Pleasant holds memories for several generations of CMU students, and those will be honored in a new renovation of the old favorite, now under new ownership.

Excerpt: As of 10 a.m. Monday, brothers Tim and Jim Otteman became owners of the Malt Shop, located just north of the CMU campus at 1088 S. University St., and are currently remodeling the business.

Plans call for a few weeks of renovations, including repainting the interior in maroon and gold, putting up vintage CMU-related photographs that ran in local newspapers, like the Majerle basketball era, when the school attained NCAA Division I status, when the football team defeated Michigan State University and other historic happenings.

The whole story is online here.

Source: The Morning Sun

Bicycle advocates gain ground in mid-Michigan

A recent opinion column in the Lansing State Journal explores efforts to boost bicycling and its culture across mid-Michigan.

Excerpt: A couple years ago, we became the first advocacy committee for the Tri-County Bicycle Association, which is one of the oldest and largest bike clubs in Michigan and the country.

This committee has organized and overseen community bike events like the upcoming Greater Lansing Ride of Silence and valet bike parking services (now handled by Mid-MEAC). 

For the whole column, click here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Midland photographer publishes book

A Midland wedding expert and photographer is branching out into publishing, with a book on photography with the aim of helping others succeed in business. 

Excerpt: Midland-native Dean Titus III wanted to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of becoming professional photographers just like him, so he wrote a book to guide them called "Home Based Photography." The book was published on May 6 through CreateSpace, an independent publishing platform by Amazon. 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Midland Area Chamber of Commerce

Mt. Pleasant farmer's market celebrates 40 years

Farmers' markets are far more common now than they were 40 years ago, when the Mount Pleasant market opened. 

Excerpt: For 40 years, the Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market has given an avenue for local farmers to sell fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables to eager residents.

The Farmers' Market opens at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday in Island Park. As an important support network for area farmers, the market promotes nutritious lifestyles and organic alternatives to juggernaut grocery chains.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Central Michigan Life

Bay City business owner starts new career with opening of new store

From IT to furniture design? Well, it's working for SuperChic Designs owner Victoria Trischler, according to this neat profile on the new store in Bay City.

Excerpt: For 30 years, Victoria Trischler worked as a computer specialist, but she always had an eye for design and a creative spark. 

Earlier this year, she left her job at Saginaw's St. Mary's Hospital, where she worked as an information specialist, and on May 3 she opened SuperChic Designs at 108 Third St. in downtown Bay City where she refurbishes vintage furniture and sells her one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Source: Mlive.com

Church will renovate old Saginaw school into community center

The Fuerbringer elementary school in Saginaw will soon see new life as an new community church effort gets underway, thanks to Crosspoint Chapel. 

Excerpt: Rusty chairs and desks that haven't been used for seven years are piled up in the main hallway, but it's not going to stay that way for long.

Rob Troutman, pastor at Saginaw Township-base Crosspoint Chapel, helped lead a two-year initiative for the church to buy the Fuerbringer building in November 2013.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com
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