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Niles City Council gives marijuana business 90-day extension

NILES — A company hoping to grow roots in the Niles community was given an extension on Monday evening to get their business functional. A ... Read more

1 day ago by Christina Clark.

Local cinema readies to reopen after seven months

NILES — Scott Moore has “definitely not” been counting the months Wonderland Cinema has been closed due to COVID-19 mandates. “About seven months,” Moore confirmed, ... Read more

1 day ago by Christina Clark.

Dowagiac business celebrates 40 years

DOWAGIAC — Tom and Donna Pacheco have much to be thankful for. Their business, Pacheco Fabric Specialties, recently celebrated 40 years of business serving the ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Swirlyz Frozen Yogurt closes for the season due to COVID-19 setbacks

NILES — Steven Estes did not originally plan on closing down his frozen yogurt shop for the winter. On Sept. 17, Estes announced on the ... Read more

6 days ago by Christina Clark.

Niles Apple Festival Harvest Market aims to showcase vendors, food trucks

NILES — There may not be carnival rides or contests, but the Niles area will still have a chance to celebrate the seasonal harvest with ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Dowagiac business donates backpacks, school supplies to students in need

DOWAGIAC — School may be virtual for Dowagiac Union Schools students, but that does not mean that the demand for school supplies does not exist. ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Max Harden.

New furniture chain ready to serve Michiana

DOWAGIAC — There’s a new furniture store in town. ZSmart Furniture, 56153 M-51 S, Dowagiac, opened its doors to customers for the first time last ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Niles produce driver awarded national recognition

NILES — On Monday, a produce driver for Shelton’s Farm Market walked into the back room of the wholesale warehouse to participate in what he ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Niles Scream Park opens Friday

NILES — Upon entering the Niles Haunted House, patrons will find themselves facing six doors and paths to begin on. Each one leads to a ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Former Harvey’s Shop building to house high-end apartment

DOWAGIAC — A blighted downtown Dowagiac building will soon be as good as new. Shannon Lyons and her wife, Cathy McBride, recently closed on the ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Dowagiac gym owner relieved by new executive orders

NILES — Gyms across the state can open their doors once again. Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176, which allows for the reopening ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Former Chemical Bank now TCF National Bank

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The bank sitting at the corner of Main Street and North Fourth Street downtown has a new look. Gone are the familiar ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Lutz’s Drive In to open Labor Day weekend under new ownership

DOWAGIAC — Marissa Schoetzow loves to cook food and serve customers. So when the opportunity to purchase Lutz’s Drive In came up, she could not ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Bait, tackle shop reels in success at new location

NILES — One familiar store located in downtown Niles has moved about three blocks away in order to grow. As the pandemic closed many retail ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company promotes five employees, hires two new directors

DOWAGIAC — Jim Laing, president of Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company in Dowagiac, Michigan, recently announced the promotion of five employees and the hiring of two ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Edwardsburg Fitness Co. opens doors despite state orders mandating gyms stay closed

EDWARDSBURG — An Edwardsburg gym has reopened its doors despite state orders mandating that gyms remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Monday, Edwardsburg Fitness Co. ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles company fined for COVID-19 workplace safety violations

NILES — A Niles roofing business is among six Michigan companies fined for violating workplace safety rules put in place in the wake of the ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Underwood Shoes to close after 70 years in Dowagiac

DOWAGIAC — A longtime Dowagiac business is having a store-closing celebration because its owner is retiring. Underwood Shoes, which has been a fixture in downtown ... Read more

1 month ago by Max Harden.

Wonderland Cinema owners hope to reopen soon

NILES — Five buildings and 27 screens have been quiet since March 16. For theater owner Carol Moore, and co-owner Steve Moore, that includes six ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Medical cannabis dispensary continues renovations of old Billiard Garden

NILES — After months of interference from COVID-19, the path is clear for two former Detroit Lions, to gain some ground in pursuit of a ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Marion Magnolia Farms opens in Cassopolis

CASSOPOLIS — When Niles native and Dowagiac resident Brittany File was in college, she fell in love with home renovation shows she watched on HGTV. ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce unveils upcoming Same Day Rewards Program

DOWAGIAC — The Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a plan that will benefit both consumers and retailers alike. The chamber revealed its ... Read more

2 months ago by Max Harden.

Leader Publications announces 2020 Best of the Best winners

The results are in! With more than 1,000 votes cast in print and online, Michiana residents have spoken, and the Best of the Best businesses ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens offering pop-up weddings

NILES — The historical grounds and unique settings within Fernwood Botanical Gardens are a popular wedding destination for couples through the warmer seasons. Adapting to ... Read more

3 months ago by Christina Clark.

5 Mile Drive-In offering free entry to first responders on Fourth of July

DOWAGIAC — One Dowagiac business plans to celebrate America’s independence this weekend by giving back. This Saturday, in celebration of the Fourth of July, 5 ... Read more

3 months ago by Sarah Culton.

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