‘BBQ Boot Camp’ coming to Rockford

Hearth Business LLC is proud to announce the date of the nationally famous “BBQ Boot Camp” to be hosted by Rockford Ace Hardware at 643 Northland Dr., Rockford. This Boot Camp is put on around the country by Rob Russell and Cumulus Broadcasting’s BBQ Bob. Russell is a real Kansas City BBQ expert who travels […]

Spring taste of Ric’s Saturday, May 5

The Taste of Ric’s events are fun, family days where kids and parents can enjoy all types of samples from Ric’s vendors.

‘We almost have too many vendors who want to be involved’ by BETH ALTENA Expect over 50 vendors offering free delicious samples this Saturday at the Spring Taste of Ric’s at Ric’s Food Center, 6969 Belding Road from noon to 4 p.m. One lucky visitor will receive dozens of delightful samples of deli, meat, grocery […]

Downtown Rockford coffee house under new ownership

A Christmas coffee toast to Rockford from the new owners of Epic Coffee House—Melanie, daughter Jordyn, and Joel Pritchett (l–r) invite you to let the Epic Coffee House staff help you relax, refresh, and rekindle.

by CLIFF AND NANCY In early 2010 Joel and Melanie Pritchett and their three children, Daniel, Jordyn, and Taylor, were leading comfortable lives in Seattle, Washington. However, in April of that year, their lives were about to change. Melanie, who goes by Mel, found her management job with Verizon, in the Pacific Northwest, being eliminated […]

Holiday Taste of Ric’s a real crowd-pleaser

Santa arrives at Ric's Food Center on Sat. Dec. 3. Photo by BETH ALTENA

by BETH ALTENA The Christmas Taste of Ric’s—complete with Santa Claus’ arrival on a horse-drawn carriage—was all it was cracked up to be, from the full-sized breakfast egg sandwiches to the kielbasa with the secret recipe. Store Director Dave Brickner said he was proud of his team and all the vendors who were on hand […]

America’s #1 Small Town Farm Market

Have you seen this huge illuminated billboard while exiting US131 eastbound onto 10 Mile Rd. into Rockford?  Some unknown Rockford Farm Market fan clearly wants to shout out his community pride.  Way to go, this is almost better than the soon to arrive “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” banner.