BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
The owners of Smokies on the Water are ready to welcome back boaters, golfers and swimmers to the Water’s Edge clubhouse.
Business has been steady since October, but quiet enough for Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio to assess their first year of operations and prepare to meet the desires and demands of the summertime crowds using the township’s golf course, pool and marina. (read more…)
Dan Clancy, a Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate of Realtor Institute, has been in the real estate business for 40 years. He met his wife Gay at Century 21, where he worked for her father, then they started their own company, Southern Wayne Realty, a few years later for 22 years, and then most recently he was an agent at Zanglin Realty in Trenton.
Realizing he wanted to be on his own again, he started Galaxy Real Estate in December 2016. Clancy specializes in commercial/industrial and residential listings. He brings his experience and high level of service expertise to every closing table. His motto is “Always put client interests first.”
Clancy said he finds his best clients through referrals of other clients, “because they know I care. We research for our clients the area comps with a personal touch.”
Clancy is a member of Trenton Business Association, the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Multiple Listing Services and is a volunteer at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
For more information call Galaxy at (734) 558-1617. The office is located at 2836 W. Jefferson Ave., inside the Executive Suites of Trenton building near the corner of West Road.
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Pulling up to the corner of Sixth and Forest streets in Wyandotte is a step back in time. Within the cozy residential neighborhood, classic neon logos from Camel and Kool cigarettes shine in the windows of Frank’s Café, which has been at the corner since 1933, one of numerous corner taverns and cafes that have since closed, save for Frank’s and the Chene Adele Bar on Orange at Sixth.
Opening the door at the top of the front steps and stepping inside, not much has changed over time, from the décor to the perch fish dinners. The walls are knotty pine, the floor is linoleum and some of the tables were once used for euchre games decades ago. The perch dinner is still generous and delicious. The beer is icy cold. While many patrons order Pabst, craft beers are served, too. (read more…)
Founded in 1917, Ernest W. Smith built a small family business that focused on servicing the community and putting the customer first. In 1930, his son Edgar Smith purchased the agency on 336 Poplar St. in Wyandotte. Edgar remained president until 1967, and the agency expanded to Biddle Ave. before building its current headquarters at 1717 Fort Street in Wyandotte. (read more…)
BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
Trenton native John Burtka was honored last month as the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year, thanks largely to his efforts to take a lead role in the revitalization and growth of Jackson’s downtown area.
Burtka, a 1975 Trenton High School graduate, is credited with being the catalyst for three major projects having an impact on the city’s downtown. The past year has been especially busy, launching a project that will result in the revival and renovation of an abandoned historic building into a 44,000-square-foot apartment building with a first-floor grocery store. He also recently led an investment team in the purchase of another building that is expected to house a restaurant and apartments.
The projects come on the heels of the rapid growth and popularity of the Grand Rapids Brewery, which he opened in 2013. Burtka and his wife, Denise, also own and operate the Cherry Creek Winery, another business in the Jackson vicinity. The products of both businesses have been the recipients of statewide acclaim. (read more…)
Women in business leadership roles is nothing new, but featured here are special professionals who are working hard to serve our business community. One thing these busy women seem to have in common is that they are super organized, can multitask and have great senses of humor. These ladies also seem to have a good support group behind them and they tend to attract like friends and join groups with similar goals. Not only do they run businesses, many also manage households, nurture children and care for elderly relatives — as well as join groups to help the less fortunate. Ladies, we salute you!
Eldercare Home Care/Coach Stop Manor
Krishelle Kohler Wiley was born and raised on Grosse Ile and returned upon graduating from Western Michigan University. She then became an instrumental part of Eldercare Home Care, helping the elderly stay home safely and with dignity. Fifteen years ago she opened another door with an assisted-living home in Trenton, The Coach Stop Manor, which is an alternative choice for our seniors. Krishelle currently serves on The Trenton Business Association and Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber boards and enjoys spending time with family and friends. (read more…)
So maybe from the title you think I am stating the obvious. Without setting priorities, your life can quickly become a series of tasks that distract from reaching your goals. But you might be surprised by how many people let this simple truth get in the way of their success and happiness. (read more…)
BY MELANIE YOUNG
Kimberly Mott is a well-known business owner and community volunteer in Trenton who built her successful business from the ground up — and gained a little faith along the way.
Mott is the owner of Colors by Kim Hair Salon and Day Spa. Located at 3259 West Road, Trenton, Colors by Kim is a full-service salon and spa that offers a wide variety of services including cuts, color, special occasion styling, as well as nail services, skin care, hair removal and massages. According to the salon’s website, the business also specializes in color and hair artistry. (read more…)
Businesses along Macomb Street are encouraged by the Island Beautification Committee to plant flowers and keep their premises weed and litter free.
After walking the street this summer and evaluating the businesses, members of the IBC scored each one a 3, 2, 1, or 0. A 3 meant outstanding effort to beautify, a 2 good effort, a 1 little effort, and 0 no effort. Those awarded a 3 or 2 received a decal to place in their window for customers to see with the slogan, “This business is helping to keep Grosse Ile blooming and beautiful.” (read more…)
People sure do love their dogs around here. It is very apparent when local Bubble Puppy owner Colleen Medere and her husband, Mark, felt that there was a great market opportunity by creating an indoor pool for pups.
Groundbreaking took place Nov. 1 for the Bubble Puppy pool house addition that is expected to be completed this month.
“We have our own three large breed dogs with no convenient place to take them swimming on a regular basis,” said Medere, who has owned the grooming facility since February 2013. “The state-of-the-art, saltwater heated indoor pool will be a clean and safe environment for dogs to enjoy a splashing good time.”
Dale Howard, technician at Energy Efficient Construction who is also a Leader Dog trainer, together with the owners, has planned a saltwater filtration system that is specifically designed for dogs.
“My dogs are older and have arthritic problems that have been helped by swimming.” customer and friend Cindy Dingell said. “I am excited to have a place to take them so they can feel better.”
The pool can also be used for weight loss, mobility, socialization and therapy for your special fur baby, in any weather.