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Business Changes Summary By Quarter

Summer 2022

  • Only July 12th, the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence has opened a "Hope Cafe" in the newly remodeled former Airway Oxygen location at 49 W. Chicago. [0281]
  • A new medical dermatology office, Forefront Dermatology, opened July 11th at 360 E. Chicago, Suite 104. [0280]
  • A new hardware store Harbor Freight Tools has opened in Willowbrook Plaza next to Big Lots. Coldwater has not had a dedicated hardware store since Aco Hardware closed in the 2000s. [0283]
Other News...
  • Branch Insurance Agency and Budd Insurance Agency have merged. The name Branch Insurance will be maintained with office at 24 N. Monroe St. [0279]

Spring 2022

Other News...
  • Mancino's has added an ice creamery selling Ashby's Premium Ice Cream. [0278]

Fall 2021

  • Wings Etc. closed its doors on December 30th with no warning to employees. The owner cited business challenges but already had been working on plans for a dispensary on the property. [0276]
Other News...
  • The owner of Haylett RV has retired and as of December 31 the retailer is now known as Bish's RV. [0277]

Spring 2021

  • Kenyon-Green Door & Gutter is relocating closer to town by moving in to the long-vacant Maxson's building near Kilgore International. [0275]

Winter 2021

  • Coldwater Auto Service has outgrown its location a second time. Formerly located by Walmart, it is now sharing a building with Willowbrook Interiors at 483 N. Willowbrook Rd. [0274]

Fall 2020

  • A new business "Diamond Automotive Detailing" has opened in the previous Outdoor & More location at 514 Marshall St., offering hand washing, ceramic waxing, exterior buffing, shampooing, sap and tar removal and more. [0273]

Summer 2020

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe has opened in the former Papa Murphy's location (in the strip mall near Buffalo Wild Wings) offering smoothies and premium sandwiches. You can order online and pick up in-store. [0264]
  • A new business "Dunn Outdoorsman Accessories & Custom Laser Works LLC" has opened at 266 Marshall St. Ribbon cutting was Sept. 25th. The business offers "Ultimate pistol accessories for your Glock, XD, or 1911 made by Mech Tech along with accessories." [0270]
Other News...
  • Following a corporate merger in 2019, Chemical Bank was renamed on August 8th to TCF Bank. Bank headquarters will remain in Detroit. [0263]

Spring 2020

  • A new Aqua Park "The Aqua Pit" opened June 12th at 262 S. Michigan offering volleyball, corn hole, yard games, horseshoes, beach, paddleboarding, kayaking, food trucks, etc. [0262]

Winter 2020

  • On February 26 was the grand opening of a new "B2 Outlet Store" in the pink strip mall in front of Home Depot, which offers clothing and general merchandise at discount prices. [0261]
  • Lisa LaFountain launched a new website and local business "Mama's Moment Photography". [0272]
  • A new pharmacy "Caremor Pharmacy" has opened next to the East Chicago Subway. Like VCare, it is another HealthMart independent pharmacy. Offering free delivery and competitive prices. [0260]

Fall 2019

  • A brand-new Dairy Queen, built on the location of Coldwater Recreation Bowling which was razed this summer, will have a Grand Opening 11am December 30th. [0259]

Spring 2019

  • Marshall Community Credit Union has opened a new branch in Coldwater next to the UPS Store at 352 S. Willowbrook Rd. [0257]
  • A new self storage facility "Armor Storage" has been built near the water tower on North Willowbrook Rd. [0269]
  • Tanner Music Studio has moved again, moving from the office next to the Shopper's Guide to the office next to Ford Realty's Marshall St. office, where Phase One Testing used to be. [0266]
  • The locally owned Sears Hometown Store (in the same strip mall as the UPS store) is closing soon, with liquidation sales currently underway. [0258]
  • Phase One Testing has quietly gone out of business. Formerly with offices in both Angola and Coldwater, all phone numbers appear to be disconnected even though the website is still operational. [0267]
Other News...
  • House of Beauty is now 'Meraki Studio' (new ownership assumed), with a Grand Opening on May 21st. [0256]

Winter 2019

  • A second Biggby Coffee location, with drive thru option, opened January 30th next to West Side Shell. [0252]
  • Jalisco's Grocery, a Mexican Grocery store in Coldwater since 2001, is moving from its current location to the old Salvation Army store a few doors down. Jalisco's old location may become a wine and retail business, but not until 2021. [0271]
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse was abruptly and permanently closed after March 29. It was owned by an entity operating many Ponderosa Steakhouses in Michigan so it was some sort of corporate decision. [0254]

Spring 2018

  • Local resident Deb Gigowski has turned her floral dream into a reality, converting her Facebook-business to a full-scale floral shop at 236 S. Angola Rd. called "American Flower Trends". [0268]
  • A relatively new business, Matt Haylett Homes, a modular home builder, now has a permanent location and newly built sales center at 742 E. Chicago, which celebrated a Grand Opening May 17th-19th [0251]
  • A new fitness organization "Coldwater Yoga, LLC" has opened at 153 Division St. [0255]
  • Ba Ba Black Sheep (the children's thrift store) has moved from downtown to Fairfield Plaza in the former Cook's Vapor Nook location (422 Marshall St.). [0250]
  • After being open for over five decades, the Big Boy restaurant closed on April 2nd. There is no official word, but some sources have suggested the cost of building repairs exceeds franchisee profitability. [0249]

Winter 2018

  • The long-awaited "Wings Etc." finally opened on March 13 in the former Benedict's Steakhouse location. They are calling themselves "a laid-back, family-friendly sports bar, with a diverse menu featuring our award-winning Buffalo chicken wings, burgers, wraps, salads, over 40 beer options in bottles and on tap (including great local craft beer), HDTV sports and more!" [0247]
  • A new Yemeni grocery store "Alreef Market" has opened at 228 E. Washington Street, the historic location of Washington Street Mercantile. [0265]
  • The Salon Academy has mysteriously - and very sadly - closed its doors without warning. Even students are perplexed and left wondering where to go. [0248]
  • After many years of operation, St. Mark's Nearly New resale store will be closing its doors for good after January 31st. Half price liquidation sales will take place in January Thursdays and Fridays 10am-4pm. [0246]

Fall 2017

  • A new store "The What Not Shop" opened Nov. 11th in the strip mall with "Phyllis' Phavorites Ceramic Shop", advertising "everything from home decor to flowers to gifts and more". [0245]
  • Business Impressions has moved from the strip mall on Division near the railroad tracks to the small store just south of Tibbits on Hanchett St. (where a "Try ATA" martial arts place was for a while). [0253]
  • The Reformation Lutheran Church congregation has decided to disband and close the church. The last worship service was held November 5th with a Closing Celebration at 2pm. [0244]

Summer 2017

  • A new Farmers Insurance Agent, Amy Dryer, has opened an office in the former Pure Earth store downtown. The Grand Opening was September 16th. (Note that Farmers Insurance is a separate company from Farmers Mutual Insurance which still has an office on Division Street.) [0243]
  • A long-standing locally owned business, Jim's Shoes & Boots, is going out of business. Their liquidation sale is scheduled to end at the end of August. [0241]
Other News...
  • North Woods Coffee Company has changed owners again. A new Grand Opening was celebrated on July 11th. [0240]

Spring 2017

  • A new wireless phone retail store "Cricket Wireless" is opening soon next to Cottage Inn (previous Michigan Gold & Silver Buyers location before they moved). [0236]
  • A new local photographer / video studio "Vision Pro Studios", a home-based business, has opened as of April 29th. [0237]
  • A new business "United Tax and Immigration Service" is opening in the former Kilgore location at Pearl & Monroe. Grand Opening will be Saturday, April 1, 10am-3pm. [0233]
  • The corporate owner of Putnam's Funeral Home (by the Four Corners), which purchased the home a few years ago, has decided to shut down the business and sell the property. [0235]
  • The Prop Blast Cafe has posted on their Facebook Page that they are closed. They are also looking for someone to purchase the business. [0238]
  • Received word on April 15th that the Coldwater Radio Shack is currently liquidating store merchandise at big discounts. Nationwide, Radio Shack has filed for bankruptcy (again) and is closing over 500 stores (one third of their stores). Interestingly, Coldwater's store is not on that list, but the employees seem to expect that they will close even though it is NOT official. [0234]
Other News...
  • The Sumnar-Scholl Insurance Agency of Hillsdale and the Dean Insurance Agency of Coldwater merged in mid-June to form "Vested Risk Strategies." [0239]

Winter 2017

  • A new frozen yogurt shop "The Patio" has opened in the old Mr. Gyro's location next to Dunham's. An official grand opening is expected to be announced soon. [0231]
  • A new beauty salon "Rachel's Salon and Spa" has opened in the former Carl's Barber Shop location downtown (74 W. Chicago). A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting was held on March 10th. [0232]

Fall 2016

  • Perhaps filling some of the void left by Taylor's, a new gift shop "Precious Memories" opened approximately Oct. 20th. The owner carefully renovated the old Seaman's Office Supply / Current Office Solutions store on South Monroe Street. [0228]
  • The Sauk Trail Trading Post owners have decided to retire. After being closed for most of Sept., they will re-open for liquidation starting Saturday, October 1st. CBPU has made plans to purchase the building for office space. [0226]
  • Pure Earth, the downtown natural food grocery store that was instrumental in getting the Corner Farmer's Market off the ground, closed on November 18th. It may have been too much work for the owner (it was a labor of love), or maybe also increased competition from big chain grocery stores stocking natural products. Pure Earth's legacy will continue as it has brought increased awareness of natural foods to the community, and there will definitely be a farmer's market in 2017. [0242]
Other News...
  • The Comfort Inn just completed a major renovation and has been renamed "Quality Inn & Suites". [0229]
  • Snyder's Laundromat (by CVS) has purchased the Klean Wash Laundromat on State St. and has converted it into a second Snyder's location with all new equipment. [0230]
  • Lilah's Bridal closed Sept. 23 for remodeling. They will re-open Oct. 10th, and they will have a special Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting just before the Art Walk on Oct. 14th. [0227]

Summer 2016

  • The party store (liquor store) "Stop N Shop" is now open. It is a totally new building constructed on the site of the old Chicago Pike Florist which was razed in November 2014. It is adjacent to the Chicago St. Pub. [0221]
  • The Holiday Inn Express hotel, which has been under construction all year, opened in early August, 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. The swimming pool is expected to open later in August. The new hotel is located on the south side of Pennington Hill between Hampton Inn and Mancino's. [0219]
  • A new store "One More Time Resale" plans to open soon where CrossFit Pursuit was (across the street from Dollar General). [0220]
  • A new employment office, "US Staffing Agency", has opened in the medical offices kitty-corner from CHC (in former Butchbaker Family Practice office). [0217]
  • The Jay Wright Edward Jones office has moved from the little strip mall by the closed Dairy Queen to the Bosco Chan dentist building on Chicago St. across the street from Swick's. [0218]
  • Without warning, Barefoot Grill on Coldwater Lake has closed permanently. [0223]
Other News...
  • Discount Auto & Repair (at former Crossroads Alignment at 175 Division St.) was closed for a while, but has proudly re-opened under new management by James Vanover, State Certified Mechanic. [0225]

Spring 2016

  • Ba Ba Black Sheep is the new name of Sweet Pea Children's Thrift Shop. It has been purchased by new owners and will re-open on May 4th. [0213]
  • Sweet Pea Children's Thrift Shop has closed as of about April 15th. However, the store and inventory has been purchased by new owners and will re-open as Ba Ba Black Sheep on May 4th. [0214]
  • On April 23rd, Taylor's made the announcement that the owners are retiring after 44 years of service and that the store will be closing. Though retirement is understandable, the news was a surprise shock to the entire community. The building has been sold, but no details are available yet on the new owner. We do know that Taylor's will be closed until April 28th when its entire inventory will be liquidated. [0212]
  • Lefty's Lounge closed due to reduced business from city parking lot construction but never recovered and as of June 19th is permanently closed. [0282]

Winter 2016

  • Robert Thoerner is looking for people needing auto repair services to help get a new business started. He says he has many years' experience and can do pretty much anything from wheel hubs, brakes, suspension, tune ups, engine and trans replacement and repair, interior work, etc. (Contact information is in the usual business directory.) [0211]
  • Mike Tighe of Coldwater has started a new underground sprinkler system installation and service business called "SprinklerTek" [0210]
  • A new children's thrift store "Sweet Pea" has opened at 71 W. Chicago St. downtown (former Earthroots store). [0215]
  • Chicago Ave. Women's Clothing Botique (downtown) is preparing to close. It will be open Fridays/Saturdays in March w/discounted clothes. [0208]
Other News...
  • The congregation of New Life Tabernacle (300 Smith St.) has renamed themselves Jesus Name Apostolic, and has posted new signs and banners. [0207]
  • The Coldwater Super 8 has dropped its affiliation with the Super 8 chain and is now calling itself "Coldwater Inn". Note that this is the same name that the Rodeway Inn used when they dropped their chain affiliation, before the Inn was destroyed. [0206]

Fall 2015

  • In the west half of the former Express Repair location (at the back of Fairfield Plaza), "Holland Epoxy Floors" has moved in. This business may have been around since the spring, but they now have found a permanent home. [0205]
  • In the east half of the former Express Repair location (at the back of Fairfield Plaza), "Rid of Stuff, LLC" has moved in. This business was formerly in Bronson but was purchased by new owners and moved to Coldwater. You bring your stuff in, and they sell it online for you for a small commission. [0204]
  • Filling in a void left by Express Repair, a new small equipment repair center is opening on November 9th nearby - at the Davis Motor Sales location at 514 Marshall St. [0203]
  • Dr. Mehalai Arivoli, M.D., after working many years in a group practice, has now started her own, independent practice "Branch Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, PC", located on the CHC medical campus. [0216]
  • "Counselor Angela Landrum is opening an office for her A Brighter Tomorrow Counseling Service" in the newly available office space in the Coach Eby Center. The grand opening will be October 7th from 2pm to 7pm. [0200]
  • "Ben's Soft Pretzels" opened on October 16th inside Walmart near the west entrance, offering pretzels, dipping sauces, pretzel dogs, soft drinks, and combo meals. [0201]
  • Due to lack of sales (and probable competition from nearby O'Reilly's), Advance Auto Parts (next to PNC Bank) closed in October. [0202]

Summer 2015

  • Broadway Grille, which also has locations in Union City and Marshall, has now opened a location in Coldwater in the former Sirens Bar & Grill / Hero's Pizza location on South Monroe St. "Five Star Pizza" style pizza is also available on their menu. [0197]
  • A sign for a new Mexican Taqueria restaurant "El Taco Loco" has appeared in the old New York Deli / Hidalgo Mexican Restaurant location on S. Monroe St. next to the new Broadway Grille. [0198]
  • A new auto parts store "O'Reilly's" has now opened in a brand new building between Big Boy and KFC following several months of construction. The old Sunoco gas station and car wash, an eyesore for many years, was razed to make room for the new store and parking lot. [0194]
  • Sun and Soil Hydro plans a move soon from their current location at 501 Marshall to the old Clearview Glass location at 882 E. Chicago. [0196]
  • Michigan Gold & Silver Buyers moved on July 1st from Chicago St. near Cottage Inn to the strip mall by Walmart between Anytime Fitness and Radio Shack. [0193]
  • Hudson Business Services (professional accounting service) has moved from the back of the Fairfield Plaza to the newly available office space in the Coach Eby Center. [0199]
  • Without warning, Auto Lab (at intersection of Division and Pearl) has closed its doors, as of July 3, after 24 years of operation. [0192]
  • Clearview Glass quietly closed its Coldwater office in July. However, their home office in Three Rivers is still open, and they will still serve the Coldwater area by appointment. [0195]

Spring 2015

  • Coldwater welcomes Lark's Herbs & Essential Oils, which has relocated from M-60 east of Tekonsha to 161 W. Chicago in downtown Coldwater, which is the historic victorian home next to the CrossFit Pursuit building. [0177]
  • A new second hand clothing consignment store, "Sassy's Closet," is opening on June 8th in the old Men's Wearhouse store next to Gander Mountain. [0185]
  • A new business One Stop Solution has opened in the old Bob's Guitars Plus store (which closed recently), offering paperwork help for immigration, FAFSA, Medicaid, disability, etc. [0182]
  • A new Mexican restaurant "El Cerritos" will have their Grand Opening downtown on June 1st. Based in Hillsdale, this will be the owners' second restaurant, which is in the former Tail Gators location. [0186]
  • Donay's On Time Services (heating, plumbing, water conditioning) has now found a permanent home in the old Tiffanie's Feeders-n-Eaters location at 447 Marshall St. (by Allstate). [0187]
Other News...
  • The renovation of the Historic Kerr Building is near complete; however, both Mamma Rosa Italian and Pasche's Seafood Restaurants have reneged on their lease agreements, so the developer is seeking new tenants. [0173]
  • Flagstar Bank has taken over the old Employment Plus office next door in its building and has just completed a major remodel of the whole building. [0180]
  • Around June 15th, Employment Plus merged with ResourceMFG, "the first and only staffing company to focus specifically on manufacturing positions." They will now use the "ResourceMFG" name for their business. [0191]
  • All Monarch Community Bank locations have been renamed Chemical Bank as of May 11th, the final result of a merger that was announced last November. With a Chemical Bank location already existing on Chicago St. next to Burger King, there will now be four Chemical Bank locations in town. Chemical Bank is headquartered in Midland, so the banks remain Michigan owned. [0181]

Winter 2015

  • With the completion of a brand-new building at their original location on Chicago Rd. between Coldwater and Quincy, Longstreet Furniture, which was temporarily in the Willowbrook Plaza, has moved into their new building, and has renamed themselves "Longstreet Living", billing themselves as "anything you need for your home." [0172]
  • Page Trucking has moved from 425 Jay St. to the old Coldwater Family Dentistry office near Big Lots. [0171]
  • Due to a major Flagstar Bank renovation and expansion, Employment Plus has moved to the strip mall next to Goodwill (398 N. Willowbrook Rd). [0190]
  • Accountant James W. Gordon, CPA-PC has moved from the Coach Eby Center across the street to the historic Standard Oil gas station. Meanwhile, the Coach Eby Center is now offering Gordon's old office and other offices for rent. [0174]
  • The Coldwater Inn (formerly Rodeway Inn and Econolodge) was destroyed in a massive fire on February 16th. [0169]
  • Sometime over the winter, Tiffanie's Feeders-n-Eaters closed their retail shop, and the mural has been painted over. We had heard they would continue a mail-only business, but their Facebook page and web site is not being updated. [0188]
  • Bob's Guitars Plus has quietly gone out of business. [0183]
  • A new business "Riverview Detailing" has opened in the old Speed Automotive location at the fork where Division splits off from Clay St. The posted phone number is different, so we assume new ownership. Speed Automotive has apparently gone out of business, with Riverview Detailing taking over their old location. [0167]
  • "The Feed Store Bronson", which was behind Century Bank in the Fairfield Plaza (in the old J & M Tattoos location), vacated its office as quietly as it entered. [0176]
Other News...
  • Proud local resident Dannielle McRae has purchased Toni's Bridal Boutique (38 W. Chicago) and has renamed it Lilah's Bridal. [0209]

Fall 2014

  • Plans are approved and work has started for a new trailer storage facility for Union Pallet on the former Homer Foundry site (near BATA). [0166]
  • A new florist Tilted Tulip has opened in the former Big Eaze store downtown by some of the florists formerly of A Perfect Petal. [0162]
  • "The Feed Store Bronson" is now a new Coldwater store, having relocated here from Bronson. They are located behind Century Bank in the Fairfield Plaza (in the old J & M Tattoos location). [0168]
  • The Friendship Center has moved from Marshall St. near Fairfield Plaza to 155 S. Monroe St. (between the Commercial Sports Bar and downtown). [0175]
  • Chicago Pike Florist is to be razed sometime this month (November). The City of Coldwater has approved the plans for a new party store to be built on the site. [0165]
Other News...
  • Walmart has finished a remodeling project inside the store and will hold a "Grand Opening" on October 31st. [0161]
  • To better attract new customers, Legg Lumbertown has changed their name to Legg Lumber & Hardware and also completed exterior painting and residing of their store. [0160]
  • A Perfect Petal seems to be downsizing their floral section and will soon be adding a "Holiday Center." [0163]

Summer 2014

  • As of approximately August 1st, Aunt Molly's BBQ Shack (shuttered for four years) has been reincarnated as "Charlie's Pride BBQ and Catering (Pizza / Subs)". New owners (we assume), new paint, same location between the river and Sassy Salon & Spa (S. Division St.). [0159]
  • On August 29th, Coldwater Family Dentistry closed, with Dr. Eric Childs relocating to Appleton, Wisconsin. [0170]

Spring 2014

  • Smit-T's of Auburn, Indiana purchased T-Shirt Alley and re-opened it as a new Smit-T's store downtown across the street from its old location inside Museum Gallery. [0156]
  • Originally thought to be closed for good when it closed on April 21st, Coldwater Cleaners re-opened for business on June 9th. [0155]
  • Damascas Road Ministries has purchased the old Q1 Video building on Division St. (more recently used by Cliff and Sons) for a new homeless shelter and accredited substance abuse treatment center. It is to be called the "Coldwater Area Life and Learning Center". [0153]
  • As of about May 1st, construction has started on a new Belle Tire store in front of Meijer. It is expected to open sometime later this year. [0152]
  • A new church "Eastpoint Community Church" has been planted in the old Wesleyan Church building where Covenant of Grace Christian Church had a ministry for a while. It is located at 25 N. Michigan, just north of the Cadet Motor Inn. Services are at 9am Sundays and feature Contemporary Christian Music with a full rock band. [0222]
  • Wright's Appliance Repair is no longer in business as the owner is in the process of moving out of the city. [0151]
  • Suzie's Cake Diva, a popular home-based business for custom wedding/birthday cakes etc., is now closed as the owner is moving to Tennessee. [0150]
  • Museum Gallery, up for sale for multiple years with no takers, has finally announced they will be closing for good sometime later this year. [0157]
Other News...
  • FR Communities has purchased the Fairview Estates manufactured home community and renamed it "Tallgrass". According to a May press release, "FR Communities intends to upgrade with professional landscaping, renovate the existing community center and add new quality homes. They also plan to work with the current residents to make improvements to their homes with the goal of making it a more uniform and appealing community for existing and future residents." [0164]
  • Biggby Coffee, not yet having found a tenant to lease the front half of their building, is now expanding its own store into some of that space. Meanwhile, there is still no word yet on when next-door competitor Blue Hat Coffee will open. [0154]

Winter 2014

  • The Boathouse Restaurant on Coldwater Lake has closed and is currently being remodeled. It will re-open as The Barefoot Grill in April. [0146]
  • On January 31st, a new business "Great Clips" opened next to t² Nails Spa in the "pink" strip mall in front of Home Depot. [0148]
  • A reliable source indicates that the old "Carlisle Co." building that is being refurbished (as reported last fall) will indeed be a new restaurant, "Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant," and it is now scheduled to open in June or July. It is at 340 W. Chicago St. [0147]
  • A new business Phyllis' Phavorites Ceramic Shop has opened in the former Domino's Pizza store at 503 Marshall St. (next to Taxes Latino). [0144]
  • A new business "Affordable Auto Care" has opened on Colon Rd. near the airport. [0145]
  • Snip-Itz, along with Meridians Spa, has moved from 56 N. Hanchett to 87 W. Pearl (across the street from the Post Office). [0141]
  • Quality Prosthetic & Orthotic Care has been forced to move out of the historic Standard Oil building so the new owners of the building can refurbish it. They have moved to 398 N. Willowbrook, Suite D (near Goodwill). [0143]
Other News...
  • It appears that "Family Foot Health" has been renamed "Advanas Foot and Ankle Specialists", according to a new sign they have in front of their 300 Chicago St. office (next to the CHC Houghton Family Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center). It doesn't appear to be a medical chain but just a trendy new name for a local clinic. [0140]

Fall 2013

  • The owner of Tail Gator's Bar & Grill is currently repainting and fixing up the old "Carlisle Co." building at 340 W. Chicago (which was purchased in May), possibly for a new restaurant. [0136]
  • In early December, a new salon called "Hair Razors" opened in the old Freedom Network office next to Steve Franks State Farm (Willowbrook Rd.). [0138]
  • A new RV sales and repair business "J & K Auto & RV" has opened, joining AAA Storage and Liberty Propane on the old Ohio Marine Property at 227 W. Chicago Rd. [0179]
  • A new "Optical Shop" has opened inside of Meijer (just inside by the east entrance). [0137]
  • A new "Dickey's Barbecue Pit" resturant opened in November in the previous Sauk Trail Trading Post location in front of the Cadet Motor Inn. They offer brisket, pulled pork, ribs, baked potato casserole, barbecue beans, and more. [0134]
  • With Hair Razors moving in to the Freedom Network office, we assume that Freedom Network has closed. [0139]
  • Seaman Office Supply (Current Office Solutions) on S. Monroe St. has quietly gone out of business. [0142]

Summer 2013

  • In the Bevard Racing Sports building where KC Small Engine Repair recently moved out (882 E. Chicago), a "Wayne's Carpet" is moving in [0130]
  • Dentist G. David Rubley has retired and chose Dr. Amanda Bucklin to take over his practice on July 8th. The office is now called Bucklin Family Dentistry. [0135]
  • A new dyslexia expert, Wade Adams, is starting a practice in Coldwater with the business name of "Yay Life! Arts". He is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. [0131]
  • The Gotta Golf Shop has moved from its original location next to Tibbits to the old Simply Hydro store downdown on Chicago St. (by Shemel's. [0132]
  • Simply Hydro, a Adrian-based hydroponics shop that opened a second store in Coldwater earlier this year, has now closed their Coldwater store (possibly due to competition from Hydro Depot). [0133]
Other News...
  • Roughly 2 years ago, Michigan Graphic Arts moved into the old Natural Health Center (131 N. Angola Rd.) after they closed. This summer it appears they are building an addition. [0129]

Spring 2013

  • A new recycling center for aluminum, copper, brass, and stainless steel called "OmniSource" opened in late April at the former Ace High Towing location at 375 S. Michigan Ave. [0124]
  • A new limousine and sedan service business has opened called Coldwater Limousine, LLC. There is no publicly listed address, but call 677-8927 and they'll bring the limo to you. [0127]
  • Sassy Nails has moved from 418 S. Jefferson St. to the previous Emmy's Salon location at 285 Division and has renamed itself "Sassy Salon & Spa". [0123]
  • Longstreet Furniture has moved their showroom to the Willowbrook Plaza (373 N. Willowbrook Rd.) following a fire in March that destroyed their showroom building at 720 E. Chicago Rd. [0120]
  • Accountant W.B. Carlson has relocated to the Coldwater Executive Suites (28 W. Chicago St., Suite 3D). His old downtown office is now up for sale (offered by Re/Max). [0128]
  • Stewart's Gallery (44 N. Hanchett) is going out of business soon, with clearance sales beginning June 15th. [0126]
  • FitZone was closed for one week (week of May 6th), but then it was suddenly announced that they have shut their doors for good. Customers with already-paid memberships can have them transferred to Great Lakes Health & Fitness. [0125]

Winter 2013

  • The owner of CBR Auto Sales (388 W. Chicago Rd.) purchased the old Crossroads Alignment garage at auction in December and is now displaying lots of used vehicles on the lot. This is at 175 Division St. [0114]
  • Glei's of Hillsdale wants to expand their business to Coldwater, hopefully by this fall. They have submitted a plan for a facility on Willowbrook Rd. across from Willowbrook Interiors described as "a three-greenhouse plus retail store facility which could include a bakery, with a portion of the land possibly set aside for a park." [0118]
  • A new business "Simply Hydro" opened on February 1st in the old location of Tiffanie's Feeders n' Eaters downtown (by the Coldwater Executive Suites). [0105]
  • A new business "Firebird Fine Arts Academy" opened downtown in the old location of T-Shirt alley next to the Lamp Post Christian Bookstore. They offer individual or group lessons in a variety of areas of the arts but with initial emphasis on ballet, pottery, and cello. [0106]
  • A new business "Chicago Ave. Women's Fashion Boutique" opened on March 1st in the old Flickr's store (next to the Lamp Post Christian Bookstore). [0104]
  • A new business "2nd Story Marketing" (helping small businesses with marketing and promotion) has opened at 49 W. Chicago Suite A (in the S. Allen Design office, apparently). [0117]
  • A new assisted living facility is being built on N. Michigan Ave. near the Naomi Davis Shelterhouse (but is not associated with the shelter). The name is possibly "Grand Vista Assisted Living." [0113]
  • The Sauk Trail Trading Post is moving to the old Carquest location at 168 Division St. The last day at their old location (445 E. Chicago) will be Jan. 20th, with the new location opening on February 1st at 10 a.m. [0103]
  • The Integrative Somatics Institute has moved from its Chicago St. store downtown to 33 Hull St. (a newly-renovated residence of the owner). [0107]
  • In early February, The Gun Rack will be moving to 695 Marshall Rd. to occupy part of the Butler Body Shop building. [0109]
  • Emmy's Salon will be moving on March 11th from 285 Division St. to the old Integrated Somatics Institute location downtown (73 W. Chicago, next to Earthroots). [0116]
  • CrossFit Pursuit (formerly at Great Lakes Health & Fitness) has relocated to the old Dance Factory building (and is now sharing the space with Ground Zero X-Box Arcade). [0115]
  • Coldwater Haven Studio (Yoga studio) has moved from inside the Integrated Somatics Institute to inside The Dance Factory (which recently moved to 468 Marshall, in the Fairfield Plaza). [0102]
  • The New York Deli (13 S. Monroe) is temporarily closed. However, Damascas Road Ministries (who ran the restaurant) wants to re-open in a new location and is currently attempting to find a suitable new location. [0110]
  • Received a tip (1/19/13) that Hero's Pizza (formerly Sirens Bar & Grill) has closed without warning. This is probably true as their Facebook page and web site have both been taken offline. [0108]
  • Following a fire that destroyed part of the property, Longstreet Furniture's retail furniture business is leaving Coldwater and moving to Quincy where operations are being consolidated with Longstreet Floors and More. Presumably the Coldwater location will still be used as an inventory storage warehouse. [0119]
  • Cartridges Unlimited (next to Radio Shack) has gone out of business. A sign on the door reads, "Permanently Closed." [0111]
Other News...
  • Allen's Root Beer Drive-In has opened this season under new ownership and will eventually be renamed "Short's Root Beer Drive-In", though no signs have been changed yet (feedback is being solicited on Facebook on possible new sign logos). [0122]
  • A business called "Ground Zero X-Box Arcade" briefly opened in the old Dance Factory location across the street from Dollar General, but then went out of business within a couple of months. [0121]

Fall 2012

  • The new Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store has opened in the refurbished former location of Wickes Lumber, across the road from Meijer. [0098]
  • The construction of the new Culvers restaurant (right next to Coldwater Garden Restaurant) was completed in October, and in late October the restaurant opened. [0097]
  • On Dec. 28th, a new business "The Bait Barn" opened at 90 W. Garfield Ave. (former location of Heinemann Taxidermy & Tannery), offering bait, tackle, taxidermy, sporting goods, and hunting supplies. [0101]
  • A sign for a new business "Austin Machine & Tool" has appeared at the Case Welding shop on Angola Rd. [0158]
  • In mid-November, Nutrition Express, formerly by Sears on Willowbrook Rd., moved to the old Dollar General building downtown and was renamed "Nutrition Expression". [0094]
  • Firehouse Auto Sales has moved out of the old Jay's Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership and back to its original location a block or two west next to Rotary Park. [0100]
Other News...
  • The old CarQuest store on Division St. has been repainted a dark brown with green stripe and will become the new home of the Sauk Trail Trading Post in February 2013. [0096]
  • Sirens Bar & Grill has been renamed Hero's Pizza, with the restaurant downsized but now offering delivery. The front of the store will be closed except for special events, so patrons will need to use the rear entrance. [0099]

Summer 2012

  • Tractor Supply Company (TSC) has acquired the old Wickes Lumber location and has signs up that they are hiring (no word yet on when they plan to open). [0093]
  • Shelly Young, former cruise ship staff member, now lives in Coldwater, and in September launched her own business as a cruise vacation specialist for "Expedia Cruise Ship Centers." [0095]
  • Damascas Road Ministries opened a "New York Deli" in the old Hidalgo's location on Monroe St. on July 2nd. [0083]
  • After several months of construction, J.T.'s Billiard Bar & Grill (located in old PC Clinic lot by Dutch Uncle Donuts) finally opened on September 1st. [0090]
  • After many months of rumors, it was finally confirmed that a Jimmy John's sandwich shop was coming to Coldwater. A space in front of Cole Story Ford's used car building was allocated (right next to Coldwater Garden), and, after rapid refurbishing, it opened in July. [0084]
  • After almost a year of delays due to environmental issues with the property, a new Culver's restaurant is being built on the empty lot between Coldwater Garden and Rite Aid. [0086]
  • A new business Liberty Propane has opened, joining AAA Storage on the old Ohio Marine Property at 227 W. Chicago Rd. [0178]
  • The Dance Factory has moved from Chicago St. to Fairfield Plaza (Marshall St.) where Max $10 Family Fashions used to be. [0091]
  • Evergreen Pest Control, formerly across from the Post Office on Clay Street, has been purchased by Orkin and has moved to the Orkin office just east of Meijer on US-12. [0092]
  • Despite being a busy and popular store, the owner of Papa Murphy's permanently closed the store on August 1st with almost no advance warning. [0088]
Other News...
  • The Coldwater Elder-Beerman store will be renamed Younkers. No time frame has been given yet on this change. [0089]
  • Meijer is undergoing a major in-store renovation. [0085]

Spring 2012

  • Tropic Tan (next to Hungry Howie's), which went out of business last fall, has re-opened as Tropical Rayz under new ownership. [0082]
  • A new home-based business "Pick'n Up Piles" (canine waste removal service) has been started. [0073]
  • A new business "Healthy Image Nutrition Club" opened in March next to Hungry Howie's. [0077]
  • Q1 Broadcasting has moved to 129B Industrial Ave. Their old building at 62 Division remains up for sale. [0074]
  • BDS Suspensions is in the process of moving to the long-idle Sisuner plant on Garfield Road. [0080]
  • Aker, Inc. has moved to 7 Allen Ave. (in Coldwater's Industrial Park). [0078]
  • Quality Optical Lab (right next to Shopper's Guide) appears to have closed. Their office is vacated and phone number has been disconnected. [0072]
Other News...
  • The Coldwater Meijer will very likely get a Huntington Bank, but probably not in 2012. Huntington has just made an exclusive deal with Meijer to open 22 branches in Michigan Meijer stores this year and a total of 80 over the next few years. One May 2012 news article said Meijer has about 100 stores in Michigan, and almost all articles list Battle Creek as one of the target markets, so it seems likely Coldwater will get one. Also, with Comtronics recently vacating its store in the Coldwater Meijer, Huntington already has a space to move in. [0075]
  • Allegis Credit Union has been renamed Honor Credit Union after a merger (new signage is now up). [0071]

Winter 2012

  • A new restaurant has opened at west end of the airport at the EAS building called "Prop Blast Cafe"; sign says "open 7 days - good food". [0068]
  • A new business "The Gun Rack" opened February 9th at 873 Marshall Rd. (by Showcase Gardens). According to their Shopper's Guide ad, they are buying new and used firearms and have a full-time gunsmith. [0062]
  • A new business "The Gotta Golf Shop" (with a simulated driving range inside) opened in mid-January in the former Stuff-N-Things store right next to Tibbits Opera House. [0057]
  • A new "Shoe Show" store opened in early February in the former Glik's store (734 E. Chicago St., by Super Grand Buffet). [0060]
  • "Branch County Computer Repair" has opened at 501 Marshall St. Next door "House of Ink" tattoo shop is planned but nothing is moved in yet. [0065]
  • T-Shirt Alley has moved out of their store facing Chicago St. to the back of the Museum Gallery. [0070]
  • Interstate All Battery Center, formerly located halfway between Coldwater and Bronson, has moved to 638 E. Chicago Rd., where Yor Hair used to be, just east of Meijer. [0058]
  • The owners of Oh Baby (by Family Fare) have decided to discontinue their business; signs on the windows are currently showing a 50% off sale. [0059]
  • The Boathouse restaurant appears to have closed: their web page says "CLOSED" (no explanation given); Facebook page has been deleted; answering machine is not answering. [0067]
  • Comtronics (in Meijer) has mysteriously closed without warning; signs now indicate that the vacated store is now available for lease. [0064]
Other News...
  • I received a couple of tips that the old Mexican restaurant (a.k.a. Airport Inn) at Chicago & Behnke (by the airport) is now slowly being torn down. [0069]
  • Construction is now under way at the CHC Houghton Rehabilitation Center for a big expansion. [0066]
  • Branch Interfaith Hospitality Network (offices at 63 W. Washington St.) has changed its name to "Family Promise of Branch County." [0061]

Fall 2011

  • From Facebook: "A Michigan business is venturing outside of the box. Bermo Enterprises, a wholesale/retail company based in Schoolcraft, is opening a temporary store location: 'Wearhouse Outlet' offering new, brand-name fashions for up to 80% less than department stores. Shoppers will find a unique, cost-efficient shopping experience at Wearhouse Outlet." The new store is located in the former Maurices store in Willowbrook Plaza. (Bermo Enterprises also owned the Max 10 Family Fashions store that closed in early 2008.) [0039]
  • A new business Custom Agri Systems has moved in to Elite Air Service's old building at 143 E. Chicago Rd.; Elite Air Service has moved (or consolidated) their business to their main hangar at 300 Airport Drive. [0044]
  • The Subway sandwich shop in Fairfield Plaza has relocated to another part of the plaza in a freshly remodeled store. [0053]
  • On October 11, Dollar General moved into its new store one block to the west of its old location on Chicago St. near downtown. The new store was constructed on lot adjacent to the former Houser's garage, which was razed earlier this year. [0055]
  • Meridian's Spa, which was at Tropic Tan before that business closed, has moved to the Snip-Itz Hair Salon (24 N. Monroe). [0050]
  • Lincare has moved from Garfield Rd. to the former Identity Marketing location at Fairfield Plaza (484 Marshall). [0047]
  • Firehouse Auto Sales (the fairly new used car lot by Rotary Park) has now relocated to the old Jay's Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership. [0037]
  • Tropic Tan was shut down by city Oct. 11 for not paying taxes. [0049]
  • Hidalgo (Mexican Restaurant) abruptly closed in September or October. A "for sale" sign was eventually posted in the window. [0056]
  • Carquest, the auto parts store on Division St. by the railroad tracks, is now closed. [0054]
  • Butchbaker Family Practice closed on 11/11/11. Despite the urologist office in the same building also closing, Coldwater Obstetrics (at the far end) remains open. [0045]
Other News...
  • The old CHC Substance Treatment building has been razed in preparation for a major expansion of the CHC Houghton Rehabilitation Center. (The substance treatment center is currently at the CHC Community Care & Conference Center.) [0048]
  • Furniture & Oak Gallery has been renamed "Bargain Barn". [0046]
  • Approved by the city is a plan to open a new coffee shop in the historic Fiske home (ironically, right next to Biggby Coffee). As of the end of December, nothing noticeable has been done yet. [0052]
  • Approved by the city is a plan to expand the old PC Clinic building (50 E. Chicago St.) to turn it into a new pool hall; however, as of the end of December no new construction has started. [0051]

Summer 2011

  • The "Fresh California Grill" (near Pizza Hut) is now open. It is a locally owned "Mexican Grill" type restaurant (similar to the chain restaurants Qdoba Grill and Chipotle Grill seen in other cities). [0040]
  • Culvers has received approval to build a restaurant on Chicago St. next to Rite Aid. It will mean new 70 jobs. Construction was supposed to start in September, but environmental issues have been found with the property, significantly delaying construction. The restaurant probably will not open now until Summer 2012. [0015]
  • As of roughly a month ago, the old Ohio Marine property has been turned into a new climate-controlled vehicle storage facility "AAA Storage". [0042]
  • According to the Shopper's Guide, a new "Look" auto insurance agency opened Sept. 1st between Elwood Staffing & Hilliard Lyons (by Mancino's). [0032]
  • A second marijauna assistance business has opened in Coldwater: "Medical Marijauna Services" in the old Stuff & Things store (where Hippy 2 Xtreme once was). [0019]
  • A new swimming pool cleaning / maintenance business has been started called "Adams' Pool Service, LLC". [0184]
  • A new business "Southern Michigan Pool Pros" has opened in former Payseno Builders location (736 E. Chicago). [0023]
  • A new Farmer's Insurance agent has moved into the Coldwater Executive Suites. [0025]
  • "Hippy 2 Extreme" may have left Coldwater, but a "Compassion Club" remains, and they now have a new permanent location for their meetings at 892 E. Chicago (near Family Farm and Home). [0021]
  • Renovating, exterior painting and build-out is occurring on the west side of the building with Star Glass. We originally thought Star Glass was expanding, but a posted building permit shows that Subway (currently on the other side of the plaza) will be relocating there. [0034]
  • Reese Automotive (351 S. Willowbrook, near Walmart) won't be razed after all. Coldwater Auto Service (formerly 709 E. Chicago) has moved there. [0022]
  • On Sept. 29th, Goodwill moved from Willowbrook Plaza to the old Save-a-Lot store on the other side of Willowbrook Road, thus continuing a mass exodus from Willowbrook Plaza (partly due to the owners of the plaza filing for bankruptcy). When the store reopened on Sept. 30th, the parking lot was packed, and even radio station WNWN was there. [0027]
  • On Sept. 25th, Tiffanie's Feeders & Eaters moved from downtown to the former short-lived Mr. Tunes location at 447 Marshall (by Allstate). [0033]
  • On August 1st, Hudson Business Services moved from the Coldwater Exec. Suites to the former Adventure Travel location on. [0016]
  • With "Southern Michigan Pool Pros" opening in their location, we assume Payseno Builders has gone out of business. [0024]
  • The office of Dr. Mariano Orca, Urologist, has closed. [0043]
  • The PC Clinic (one block E. of Four Corners) has taken down their main signs and has apparently vacated its store and closed. [0030]
  • The Natural Health Center at 131 N. Angola Rd. has now closed. [0026]
  • Stuff-N-Things, which had moved to the old Blitz Hobbysports store next to Tibbits, has now apparently sold off its inventory and closed. [0013]
  • Shining Stars Learning Center (day care) at 520 N. Marshall Rd. has apparently closed; the building is now for rent. [0035]
  • Millennium South Park trailer park, cited for many violations in the past, has quietly closed and emptied. [0028]
  • Aunt Millie's Coldwater Bakery II is closed on July 22nd. [0018]
Other News...
  • Work is underway on what we think will be the new Dollar General store. The old Houser's garage has been razed; meanwhile, steel uprights are now erected on the new building under construction in the adjacent lot. [0014]
  • The Sauk Trail Trading Post finally has a new owner, Geri Bloom, and on Aug. 20th she held a "Grand Re-Opening" of the store. [0031]
  • Putnam Machine Products (Cecil & Garfield) is seeking approval for a 10,000 sq. ft. expansion (which could mean 4-10 new jobs). [0036]
  • Asama Coldwater Manufacturing (ACM) just received approval to expand again (will also mean 10 new jobs). With ACM expanding, nearby ACM supplier Gokoh Coldwater, Inc. (GCI) also plans to expand with a 20,000 square foot addition. [0020]

Spring 2011

  • The previous Sportsman's Shack location (by Rotary Park) is now Firehouse Auto Sales LLC (no signs up yet, but labeled fire truck out front). [0007]
  • New signs up at the former Sahara Nights restaurant indicate that a "Fresh California Grill" restaurant is "coming soon". [0002]
  • James H McClain, a foot & ankle specialist from Sturgis, will be opening a new office in the old American General Financial Services office on Division Street (near the railroad tracks). [0004]
  • In the old Phil's Driving School / Video Time store by Family Fare, a new second hand Maternity & Children's clothing (infant to Jr.) "Oh Baby" has opened. [0001]
  • An interesting new hydroponics business has opened next to Family Video called Hydro Depot. [0006]
  • A new home-based business "Dakotagrafx" has been started, offering custom signs, banners, T-shirts, etc. [0063]
  • A new cell phone retailer "Boost Mobile" has opened in old K-Wireless store (by Super Liquor II) [0005]
  • A new business "Security Network Consulting" has opened in the old Action Printing building by Dally Tire. [0003]
  • The new employment agency "Employment Plus" has moved from the Coldwater Executive Suites to the old Instant Cash Advance location next to Fresh California Grill (near Pizza Hut). [0038]
  • Stuff-N-Things has moved from their old location by the Friendship Center to the old Blitz Hobbysports store right next to Tibbit's. [0008]
  • Speech & Language Services, PC has quietly relocated its billing office to 486 Marshall St. (small office next to former Adventure Travel). [0010]
  • Damascas Road Ministries, a little known Coldwater ministry previously without a dedicated building, will be moving into the other half of the building that Security Network Consulting will be occupying (by Dally Tire). [0009]
  • The owner of Houser's (160 W. Chicago), contemplating retirement for a while now, has finally auctioned off his stuff & closed his business. [0011]
  • As a cost saving measure, the State of Michigan has closed the Florence Crane Correctional Facility as of June 1st. Adjacent Lakeland Correctional Facility remains open. [0189]
  • A front page ad in the Shopper's Guide indicated that the Natural Health Center (131 N. Angola Rd.) will be closing in July. [0012]

Winter 2011

  • Body Images Beauty Salon has opened at 687 E. Chicago Rd., offering services for hair and nails; also waxing, piercing, airbrush tanning, and teeth whitening. [0081]

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