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Dowagiac business cited for COVID-19 safety violations

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac business has been fined for not enforcing COVID-19 workplace safety precautions. Friday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected and issued ... Read more

19 hours ago by Staff Report.

Businesses in Berrien, Cass counties report disparities in mandate enforcement

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Local health departments are often the first resource business owners encounter as they navigate evolving epidemic mandates from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ... Read more

21 hours ago by Christina Clark.

Canceled Ice Time Festival to impact local businesses

DOWAGIAC — For the first time in 25 years, the sound of ice carvers picking and cutting through ice will not be heard in downtown ... Read more

2 days ago by Max Harden.

Southwest Michigan wineries adapt to continued mandates

BERRIEN COUNTY – Escaping a little further north to experience a wine tasting with a group of friends over the weekend is a popular way ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

Organizers call Hunter Ice ‘non-festival’ a success

NILES – The 17th annual Hunter Ice Festival weekend was quieter than in years’ past — devoid of the sound of dueling chain saws in ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

Riverfront accommodations coming to downtown Niles

NILES — Views of the St. Joseph River, large, spa-like tiled showers, a mix of warm wood and modern industrial fixtures and unique touches for ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Small Shops to debut at The Grand LV this weekend

NILES – A different kind of shopping experience debuts this weekend at The Grand LV. Without being able to host gatherings for months, Melanie Kennedy, ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Niles yoga instructor offering outdoor winter session Sunday

NILES — Cold yoga and specific breathing techniques that have been taught by “The Iceman” Wim Hof will be coming to The NODE on Sunday ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Ice carvers begin work in downtown Niles

NILES – Niles has frozen over. The ice has arrived. As beloved community events have been canceled or altered throughout the pandemic, the wintertime 17th ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

New Dowagiac store feels embraced by community

DOWAGIAC — Business has been good to Elizabeth Cuadros. Cuadros, owner of Diva’s Fashion & More, 56044 M-51 S., has been in business for roughly ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Niles roller rink chained, owner fined after violating MDHHS orders

NILES – A padlocked chain and caution tape showed up at Galaxy Roller Rink in Niles over the weekend. The owner, Amy Kidwell, said it ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Staff react to Family Video closing

NILES — The days of scouring the aisles looking for the perfect movie to rent and watch are coming to an end in Niles. On ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Mobile bakery bringing sweet treats to Niles

NILES — Turning a salty situation into a sweet one is what the Odles hope to continue doing through 2021. Ashley and Shayne Odle, of ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

State, federal COVID-19 aid on the way for local businesses

DOWAGIAC — Help is coming to small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a $465 million COVID-19 relief ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Niles Family Video closing as national franchise shuts down

NILES — Weeks after Family Video operations across the greater South Bend area shuttered their doors for good, the Niles location has also reached the ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Reed’s Rental Hall closing, welcoming in nonprofit to space

NILES – The brick building still known to longtime Niles residents as “The Bell Building” will be taking on another life in the next few ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

20 businesses that opened or closed in southwest Michigan in 2020

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — It is no surprise that 2020 has affected the business landscape in southwest Michigan. Many businesses have struggled to make ends meet ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Honor Credit Union donates $2,500 to Cass County Cancer Service

DOWAGIAC — It may not have been Christmas, but the Cass County Cancer Service received a gift that was in the spirit of the holiday ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce welcomes new president

DOWAGIAC — The new year will bring new leadership to the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce. After serving as Chamber President for the past several ... Read more

1 month ago by Max Harden.

Movie theaters, bowling alleys reopen with mixed feelings

NILES — The low growl as a bowling ball heads for the pins can be heard again at Joey Armadillo’s, but owner Mark Godsey worries ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Honor Credit Union partners with Starks Family Funeral Home to fund drone for Berrien County

ST. JOSEPH — Honor Credit Union partnered with Starks Family Funeral Homes to help Sheriff Paul Bailey and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department purchase an ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac manufacturer donates $1,000 to DASAS

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac manufacturer gave a local nonprofit a timely gift this holiday season. Steinbauer Performance LLC, 22790 Fosdick St., donated $1,000 to Domestic ... Read more

1 month ago by Max Harden.

New tattoo shop opens in downtown Niles

NILES — Walking by the storefront at 207 N. Second Street, one might think the space was a salon or a spa. The atmosphere is ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Flagstar Bank awards pair of Dowagiac businesses with COVID relief grants

DOWAGIAC — A pair of Dowagiac businesses received much-needed financial boosts this holiday season. Flagstar Bank recently announced it will be awarding grants of $5,000 ... Read more

1 month ago by Max Harden.

Niles outdoor dining experience officially debuts on Second street

NILES — Benches, picnic tables, wind breaks and a large fire pit now inhabit the blocked off portion of Second Street in downtown Niles. After ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

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