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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

18 hours 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

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Demolition begins at future Popeye’s location

NILES — Demolition started this week of the former Chinese restaurant at the site of 306 S. 11th St. The site is the future home ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Redbud Roots to open new retail location in Buchanan

BUCHANAN — Cultivating a destination and experience is the next step for local marijuana grow operation and processing lab Redbud Roots. The company’s leadership is ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Oak Street Dairy Queen reopens with fresh ownership

NILES — The sunshine and warm weather are here for the summer. Days like that pair well with an ice cream cone or a hot ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Cassopolis to get new bar, bakery

CASSOPOLIS — Steve and Schelley Schroeder are hoping to give the village of Cassopolis two things it currently does not already have: a bar and ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Scott Novak.

Niles bike shop technicians, owner pedal hard to keep up with demand

NILES — Sparsely populated bicycle racks greet the eye at the entrance of Inertia Cycleworks, if a customer rolling their freshly repaired two-wheeler out does ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

The Strand re-opens with new ownership

SISTER LAKES — Sitting on the patio at The Strand Brewery and Restaurant, one can take a deep breath and admire the sunshine dancing over ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Area restaurants, bars open doors for diners this week

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michiganders looking for a plated meal and hospitality will finally have the opportunity to dine in-house again. Restaurant and bar staff across ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Salons, barbershops frustrated at most recent executive order

DOWAGIAC — When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she would be reopening several sectors of the economy Monday, there was one hopeful industry that did not ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Businesses owners prepare to open dining, adapt to guidelines

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Following months of shutdowns and carry-out service only, Michigan restaurants and bars are preparing to reopen their doors to the public. Monday, ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles, Dowagiac gym owner plans to reopen despite COVID-19 mandates

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., business was booming for Dowagiac resident Gary Marshall. As the owner of FitStop24 locations in ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Southwest Michigan retail businesses begin to reopen

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The Marshall Shoppe’s Cathy Franz rushed around her downtown Dowagiac storefront Thursday to meet customers at the front door, while also tending ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Future of Buchanan DDA remains up in the air

BUCHANAN – The future of the Buchanan Downtown Development Authority remains up in the air after a report Tuesday from an ad hoc committee looking ... Read more

1 month ago by Debra Haight.

Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce launches program to restart the local economy

DOWAGIAC — The Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce will soon offer local shoppers the opportunity to spread their dollars further while supporting the business community. ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

Grills grant fund awarded to Niles DDA

NILES — Tuesday, the Niles Main Street Downtown Development Authority was announced as one of the recipients of a grant from The Grills Fund for ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

New businesses move forward

NILES — New business is beginning to bloom in Niles once again. Businesses are now beginning to move forward with plans again as COVID-19 mandates ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Windows of Hope hopes to foster community

BERRIEN COUNTY — As people continue to social distance, one new initiative is asking residents to come together to help spread hope throughout our community ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Hampton Inn offers amenities to travelers visiting region

NILES — Travelers passing through or staying a while will now have a new hotel to choose from when booking their stays. A new Hampton ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Buchanan marijuana grow, extraction facility, dispensary to open this summer

BUCHANAN — On the corner of Front Sreet and Schirmer Parkway a new business is budding. The fresh blue and white building stands out on ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Wright Farms Market aids in MEC beef donation to food pantries

By HANNAH HOLLIDAY hannah.holliday@leaderpub.com DOWAGIAC — Despite reported meat shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, one local farm market and an electric, internet and propane service ... Read more

2 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Pokagon citizen opens quilting shop

DOWAGIAC — Roughly four miles outside of downtown Dowagiac, Julie Winchester-Farver inspected a quilt inside of the former Wayne Township Hall. Looking closely, she pointed ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Janel’s Industries donates, sells PPE items

DOWAGIAC — When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it became quickly apparent to Janel’s Industries’ Vice President Chad Perrin how scarce hand sanitizer would become. After ... Read more

2 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Performer, fitness instructor partner to launch video service

NILES — As storefronts were forced to close amid COVID-19 mandates in mid-March, Matt Karsten, originally of Niles, saw the closures push an opportunity in ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Creative Vinyl creates social distancing supplies

DOWAGIAC — During the COVID-19 pandemic, paying attention to signage can aid in social distancing, according to one business owner. Pam Spivey, owner of Creative ... Read more

2 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

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