Christy Gagneur, pictured at Pneuma Women's Wellness Centre, is working toward opening a massage therapy school in downtown Adrian.

Massage therapist seeks to open school in downtown Adrian

Several years ago, Christy Gagneur discovered the art of massage therapy and the power of therapeutic touch. Now, the co-owner of Pneuma Women’s Wellness Centre in downtown Adrian wants to share the wealth by opening a new school to train massage therapists. The Adrian School of Massage would be located at 117 E. Maumee St., downstairs from Pneuma’s current location. Gagneur, who has been a practicing massage therapist since 2009, said that “Getting my feet wet with Pneuma is what gave me the encouragement to say I can do this and do it well and do it with excellence.” Gagneur had originally planned to pursue mission work in Africa, and then thought she wanted to work in art education — but then prayer and reflection led her to realize those weren’t the right paths for her, and massage was where she found her niche. Continue Reading

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E-Race the Stigma 5k raises awareness of mental health

Greg Adams knows the connection between mental health and physical health. Becoming an athlete helped him turn his life around after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder explained the issues he’d been dealing with for many years. Now Adams is helping spread the word through the E-Race the Stigma 5k, a new event that will double as a fundraiser and a vehicle to raise awareness of mental health in Lenawee County. The race will take place the morning of Sunday, May 17. “Exercise is what keeps me going, it’s what gives me focus every day,” said Adams, who recently told his story in Lenawee HealthBeat, the Daily Telegram’s quarterly health magazine. Continue Reading

Brad and Casie Maggard are pictured in their new store, Maggard Razors, located in the former Amedai building on North Winter Street.

Maggard Razors expands into new downtown location

It all started with a safety razor, the old-fashioned, double-edged kind many folks remember their fathers using. Six years later, Brad Maggard is seeing his passion for the “traditional wet shave” and all its accoutrements neatly arranged in a spacious retail storefront in downtown Adrian. Maggard and his wife, Casie, just opened the doors to Maggard Razors’ new, larger location at 124 S. Winter St. in the former home of Amedai Salon and Spa. Maggard said the business outgrew its previous location, just a couple of blocks east on Main Street, where it had been since December 2012. Continue Reading

The Underwood Building and two other buildings on East Maumee Street have been purchased by two local businessmen who plan to renovate the buildings into commercial and residential space.

Two local investors buy Underwood Building, other properties in downtown Adrian

The oldest building in downtown Adrian is getting a new lease on life. Chris Miller speaks during a press conference at Adrian City Hall about the purchase of 101-109 E. Maumee St. by two local businessmen. Two local businessmen, Steve Hickman and Doug Kapnick, have purchased the Underwood Building at 101 E. Maumee St., along with the two adjacent buildings at 105 and 109 E. Maumee St. The purchase was announced this morning during a press conference at Adrian City Hall. Continue Reading

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Adrian’s Christmas parade is December 5

Downtown Adrian will host a Holiday Lights Parade on the first Friday in December. The parade, which is being organized this year by the Adrian First Fridays committee, will start at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion on Toledo Street. The parade will go first to Broad Street, then travel south on Broad Street to Maumee Street, turning right on Maumee to pass through the Four Corners and then continue to Comstock Park for the lighting of the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Continue Reading

The Michigan Department of Transportation is considering a roundabout for the intersection of Church and Broad streets in downtown Adrian.

A roundabout for downtown Adrian?

If you’ve ever tried to give directions in downtown Adrian to someone from out of town, you might have referred to it as “this one really weird intersection.” Or, as parks and engineering services director Todd Brown put it at Monday’s city commission meeting, the place where “as everybody knows, you can’t get there from here.” We’re talking about the intersection of Church and Broad streets, the one by Frosty Boy, and the Michigan Department of Transportation is considering installing a roundabout at that intersection so that motorists will no longer get caught in a muddle of no-left-turn signs that can lead to driving around the block in confusion. Because while “scooping the loop” might be passable recreation for teenagers on a Friday night in Iowa, it’s not much fun when you’re trying to get somewhere. City commissioners gave their support to the idea at Monday’s meeting. Continue Reading

People coming downtown after today will notice the familiar red bows on the light posts.

Photos: Getting downtown ready for the holidays

City employees and students from Adrian College and Siena Heights University are out in force downtown today, picking up leaves and changing decorations to get ready for the Christmas season. Mayor Jim Berryman said another group is down at Comstock Park, cleaning up the park and driving stakes for the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Continue Reading

Gloria Kuntz, owner of Passion 4 Fashion in downtown Adrian, poses with a display of "Ginger Snaps" jewelry. Kuntz, who also owns a boutique in Wauseon, Ohio, chose Adrian as the location for her second store.

‘Fashion passion’ behind new downtown Adrian boutique

Gloria Kuntz describes her new boutique as a “fashion-forward” kind of place and it appears to live up to its moniker. “Come in — We’re Awesome,” reads the sign on the door of Passion 4 Fashion, which opened earlier this week. The sign reflects the owner’s positive attitude and passion for trendy scarves, one-of-a-kind jewelry and fashionable handbags. Located at 143 N. Main St. in downtown Adrian, Passion 4 Fashion features a host of women’s clothing and accessories, including slacks, jeans, tops, dresses, and footwear. Continue Reading

People browse artists' tents at the 2013 Art-A-Licious festival in downtown Adrian.

Eighth annual Art-A-Licious is this weekend

More than 80 local and regional artists will exhibit their work at the eighth annual Art-A-Licious festival in downtown Adrian. The festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20. In addition to the juried art fair, it features a variety of live entertainment and hands-on activities. Art fair coordinator Nancy Weatherby said this year’s Art-A-Licious features a wide variety of media and will include something for every taste. Continue Reading