Baskets in the Belfry

Baskets in the Belfry to close after 33 years

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Owner will stay surprisingly near as Polly’s Passions by BETH ALTENA Polly VonEschen is pictured here with long-time coworker and friend Pat Kinney. VonEschen is closing her business, Baskets in the Belfry, but plans to stay near—actually, in exactly the same spot—with her candy company Polly’s Passions. The Baskets in the Belfry famous chocolate fountain may be [...]

StayCation offers plenty of reasons not to leave town

April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Women just back from spring break vacation now have plenty of reasons to stick around town, at least on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. If you are one of the out-of-towners who frequent the downtown shopping district, this is a great time to spend a few days here as well. The Heart of Rockford Business Association again this year is offering a Girlfriends StayCation [...]

Letters to the Editor — December 2, 2010

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Reader praises RPS allergy action Dear Editor, I am the leader of a local parent support group, Rockford Food Allergy Network. This fall, we approached the administration of Rockford Public Schools, requesting a written policy to give guidelines for handling children with severe food allergies for the district. They were very cooperative and have written a policy which [...]

Right up Your Alley relocates to neighboring business

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

Shop owners find creative ways to survive economy The majority of new businesses fail, even in a good economy, statistics show. For downtown shop owners, finding an alternative way to keep the doors open proves statistics can be outsmarted. Jan Wallace enjoyed her Right Up Your Alley corner location at Bridge and Squires streets, but had a tough time making expenses meet. [...]

Members honored at Chamber dinner

February 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Polly VonEschen accepts the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the Year Award for her store, Baskets in the Belfry. Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and guests met for a gala evening of honors and dining on Friday, January 29, at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. The guest speaker was Dan Gaydou, publisher of the Grand Rapids Press and a [...]