Marshalls is hiring as it prepares for Aug. 20 grand opening

The new Marshalls store in Adrian is set to open in August, and will be hiring about 75 part-time employees during a series of open interviews next week. The discount clothing retailer is in the East Point Plaza, a new shopping center at 1651 U.S. 223, across the parking lot from Walmart. It will share the plaza with Ulta Beauty, Rue21, Shoe Carnival and Maurices. South Central Michigan Works is hosting three days of open interviews for positions at the store. The interviews will be conducted at SCMW’s Adrian service center, 1040 S. Winter St., Suite 1014. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to a listing on the Marshalls corporate website, the grand opening will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. Continue Reading

Saori Shimizu and Ted Covey are pictured at Skyview Square, 112 S. Winter St.

New store offers entrepreneurs a place to sell handmade items

A new store next to El Chapulin in downtown Adrian aims to be a place where local entrepreneurs can sell their handmade items.

Sky View Square opened June 15 at 112 S. Winter St., and is adding vendors one at a time. When owner Ted Covey moved his marketing business, SHD Marketing Agency, from its previous home on South Main Street, he gained a lot of additional square footage — so he decided to put it to use. Covey is aiming to recreate the feel of an outdoor market, only indoors. He’s hired an artist to paint a sky on the ceiling — hence the name — and he’d like to bring in 20 or 30 more vendors. Currently the store has everything from clothing to home décor to dog treats. Continue Reading

Wanda Drogowski is opening a physical location for her painting classes at 543 W. Maple Ave.

Art class business opens in former American Legion building

The former home of an American Legion post has a new life as a place where creativity can take flight. Wanda Drogowski, who for the past year has been teaching group painting classes around the Lenawee County area, is opening a brick-and-mortar home for her business, Spirited Art, at 543 W. Maple Ave. in Adrian. Drogowski purchased the 2,300-square-foot building from the G. Chandler Bond American Legion Post #275, which has consolidated locations with another post. A dental hygienist by profession, she’s been painting for about 15 years, but just started teaching classes about a year ago. Continue Reading

Steve Barkway broadcasts from the WLEN studios on a recent morning.

WLEN celebrates 50 years of serving the community through radio

It was 50 years ago today that radio station WLEN first went on the air, beaming 3,000 watts of news and music to the greater Lenawee County area. Five decades later, plenty of things have changed, but one thing hasn’t — the station’s relentless focus on serving its community with programming that’s local, local, local. John W. Koehn, who at the time was the comptroller for Merillat Industries and taught business at Adrian College, was joined by Norm Haft, Gaylord Baker and Jim Hazen in starting up the station, after Koehn was approached about the idea by Dick Lackie, Jim Wood and Ed Fortin. At the time, starting an FM radio station was a risky proposition. “Back in 1965, nobody even had an FM radio,” said John Koehn’s daughter, Julie Koehn, who is now the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company and general manager of WLEN. Continue Reading

Adrian Family Pharmacy is at 1325 N. Main St.

Adrian Family Pharmacy opens on North Main Street

A new independent drugstore, Adrian Family Pharmacy, opened its doors this morning in North Town Commons. The pharmacy is at 1325 N. Main St., Suite D, in the same plaza as TLC Community Credit Union and Senorita’s. It’s owned by a group of pharmacists who have started several non-chain pharmacies in Michigan, and it’s operated by manager Bob Melnik and technician Cory Cox, both of whom may be familiar faces for some of their customers. Melnik worked at CVS for about 30 years and then for Wheelock Pharmacy before it closed. Cox was also at Wheelock up until it closed. Continue Reading

Ed Monday has opened the Main Street Market in downtown Adrian.

Farmers market master opens carryout grocery store downtown

Inspired in part by last year’s study of retail in downtown Adrian, the market master of the Adrian Farmers Market has opened a carryout grocery on South Main Street. The Main Street Market, located at 145 S. Main St. across from the Cornerstone Apartments building that was recently purchased by Adrian College, will offer convenience foods and household staples as well as produce and locally raised meat, said owner Ed Monday. The market opened with a basic inventory in May and is ramping up to add more products. Eventually, Monday said, the goal is that “you can come in here and get a meal, basically, because you can get meat, some fresh vegetables, maybe a dessert, and a drink.”

Monday already runs a business selling locally raised meats under his own label, Local Foods, and those meats are available at the market. Continue Reading

Greg Bell buys Rebels

Former Rebels Hamburgers building coming down

Greg Bell Chevrolet Cadillac announced this afternoon on Facebook that the dealership has purchased the vacant building that once housed Rebels Hamburgers and will tear it down. In the announcement, the auto dealership stated that the goal is to improve the appearance of the U.S. 223 corridor and make room for more cars: “It will eventually be parking for the dealership as we have grown to the point that we are busting at the seams with new and used vehicles.”  
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The site of a proposed Taco Bell on North Main Street.

Proposed Taco Bell snarled by state and federal red tape

City officials are growing frustrated with state and federal red tape that’s tying up plans for a new Taco Bell on the north side of Adrian. “We have run into some very interesting roadblocks that, when you are familiar with the property, don’t necessarily make sense,” city attorney Sarah Osburn said at Monday night’s city commission meeting. It all started because, in order to put an entrance onto North Main Street, developer Sundance Inc. needed to buy a small parcel of city-owned land in order to get the entrance far enough north to not cause problems with the intersection of North Main and Albert. The property the city is trying to sell is .27 acres of land adjacent to Island Park. When the city commissioned a title search — a normal part of selling a property — the title examiner discovered that the state of Michigan had a deed dating back to 1989 that entitled it to 70 percent of any mineral rights on the land. Continue Reading

Adrian College president holds up a T-shirt reading "Adrian: Open for Business," printed by Todd Harder of Red Paint Printing, during an announcement of Adrian College's purchase of Cornerstone Apartments.

Adrian College purchases Cornerstone Apartments for staff housing

The Cornerstone Apartments building at the corner of South Main and Church streets in downtown Adrian has been purchased by Adrian College, which plans to use it as housing for coaches and other staff members. The purchase was finalized Monday and announced this morning during a press conference at the City Chambers Building. Jerry Wright, Adrian College’s vice president for business affairs, said the 28-unit building will have about 40 residents, most of them members of the coaching staff for the college’s growing athletic programs.

“The acquisition of this property serves the college by allowing us to move those employees downtown, thereby creating additional on-campus residency units for our students,” Wright said in a statement announcing the purchase. “We believe with the influx of these young professionals into the downtown area that it will add vibrancy and increased economic development.” The building will remain on the city’s tax rolls. Continue Reading