Great Northern Trading Company offers discount for donation to NKCS

Barb Stein, center, and her staff at Great Northern Trading Company are hoping shoppers will take advantage of their holiday promotion to help families of the North Kent Community Services. A donation of cash, non-perishable food item or children’s new clothing will be rewarded with 20 percent off your entire purchase October 29 through November 6.

Need is greater than ever by BETH ALTENA For the third year in a row one of Rockford’s oldest businesses is asking shoppers to give a little and get something great back—a discount on their total order but more importantly knowing they are making a difference to a child and family struggling this year. Starting […]

Stein re-elected chair of MRA board


Barb Stein, owner-operator of Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford, has been re-elected chair of the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) Board of Directors for a second one-year term. Stein opened Great Northern Trading Co, a specialty gifts and home décor store, in 1977. She has been a member of the MRA board since 2001. MRA, […]

Serious shopper takes big prize from downtown

Heart of Rockford merchants put together quite a package for the winner of a holiday promotion. Jayne Remmelts visited all 20 participating merchants in a third-year event that rewards one lucky shopper for diligence. Remmelts said she finished her Christmas shopping but bought more for herself during the two days it took her to visit […]

RHS Youth Initiative launches community-wide effort to build Habitat for Humanity home

KNITTING FOR A CAUSE—Ashley Gremel and Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Co., display the navy and olive patchwork hand-knit blanket Ashley knit over the past several months. As treasurer of RHS’ Youth Initiative, Ashley asked for Barb’s help in selling the blanket, with all proceeds going to the Youth Initiative Habitat for Humanity Rockford Build. The blanket will be on display at Great Northern through the end of October, with the bidding starting at $50. Ashley estimates she has $35 to $40 in yarn, and over 50 hours in knitting. Bids can be placed at Great Northern, or by calling the store at (616) 866-9232.

This summer, a group of Rockford High School (RHS) students active in their Youth Initiative Community Service Club met with school administration, their club advisor, RHS English teacher Dan Modderman, and representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to discuss a partnership like none other undertaken by Youth Initiative. The club wanted to work […]