Downtown Rockford

Six youths arrested in overnight thefts

August 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Officer tricks suspects with cell phone Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones reports that officers from the department arrested six youths ranging in ages from 15 to 18 years old for their part in twenty thefts from parked vehicles in the Rockford Highlands subdivision early Thursday morning, August 6, 2009. Knowing that the City and surrounding townships had experienced car larcenies over the past several days, Officer Graham alertly observed and approached a young man sitting alone in a car parked on Gibraltar Street at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Officer Graham questioned the youth as to why he was out so late and the youth told Officer Graham that he was waiting for friends that were out walking. Suspicious that the other youths were breaking into cars, Officer Graham took a creative approach to the investigation and used the young man’s cell phone to call the friends and set up a meeting place. When five other youths arrived at the meeting place, Officer Graham was there to apprehend them.

Double Take Resale hosts annual fall fashion show

August 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Double Take Resale in downtown Rockford is hosting their second annual fall fashion show in the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Fall For Resale,” and the show will feature fall fashions from the three Rockford resale boutiques, Double Take Resale, Gumballs and Overalls, and Gild the Lily. The goal of the fashion event is to showcase how local Rockford families can make the most of their fall fashion budget, and also earn money by selling their outgrown items. The three Rockford-based resale shops will feature current fashions for a spectrum of clothing sizes, from infants to teens to plus-size women. Attendees of this fun event, will receive exceptional offers from the local resale boutiques, and have an opportunity to shop fashions at deep discounts. This is the first time in Rockford’s history that families and women of all ages have three shops where they can recycle, save money and earn money by selling from their own stuffed closets! According to Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take Resale, an average family with three kids can save up to 70 percent on their back-to-school shopping bill just for shopping at her store. A family that spends $500 at the mall, can now only spend around $150, saving almost $350! Since items in the store are just like brand-new, Palmreuter urges families to seriously consider resale this fall. Double Take also pays cash on the spot for your gently worn, name-brand clothing and accessories for preteens through young adults. “No appointment is needed to bring items in, and we buy all seasons, all year round!” said Palmreuter. Shopping at these fun boutiques not only saves families a lot of money, but can also be a great way to make money. Teresa Patteuw, owner of Gumballs and Overalls, states that “an average family can earn as much as $500 per season consigning their children’s outgrown items. Just by re-selling their like-new children’s items, consignors can purchase a whole new wardrobe for their children!” Kim Johnson, owner of Gild the Lily, said, “We know that life involves change—we are changing careers, sizes. At Gild the Lily, we want to celebrate that change! Recycling your clothing at resale and consignment shops gives you that boost to get […]

Celtic Fest a blast despite weather

August 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Sometimes stormy skies did not deter fans of all things Celtic on Saturday, August 8 , in downtown Rockford. Organizer Chris Murphy said she was nervous at first because of the stormy weather, but Celtic fans must be true die-hards. “By afternoon it was packed and shoulder-to-shoulder,” she said. “Both stages were busy the whole day. We believe the turnout was as good as it was last year.” Last year 5,000 to 10,000 people visited. Photos by Tom Scott

Celtic Fest to feature 20 acts in 12 hours

August 6, 2009 // 0 Comments

Event has ‘best music lineup ever’ Started in 1996, Celtic Festival in downtown Rockford continues to draw thousands, and this year—with what organizer Chris Murphy calls ‘the best music lineup ever’—is sure to be a crowd pleaser. On Saturday, August 8, Celtic festivities run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is the only free Celtic festival in the state and last year drew an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 visitors to downtown Rockford. There will be 20 acts, either music or dance, on two stages in the 12-hour festival. Enjoy food, Celtic-related item vendors and live action by knights and assorted characters provided by the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA). Typically the SCA members move through the crowd in dress costume, as knights, fairies, and other interesting personas. This year Murphy said a kilt maker will likely be on hand and in past years there have been displays of wool spinning, metal work and other skills of bygone eras. The staple beer tent will offer Budweiser and Guinness. Murphy is tickled to have the band The Kreellers playing during the event. The world-class band just completed music for Fuji batteries. Another top entertainment is the band The Waxies, which just won the Celtic Battle of the Bands. The Grand Rapids District Pipe Band will return for two shows.

Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace to open in the Carriage House

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’ve strolled or biked along the Frederic Meijer White Pine Trail lately, you may have noticed plenty of comings and goings at The Carriage House, located on  E. Bridge Street, just west of the Trail. Drywallers and painters have been on overtime, working nearly around the clock to finish the building for Rockford’s newest business, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace. Slated for a mid August grand opening, owner Nick Poindexter notes he and his family have fallen in love with Rockford and he is working 24-7 to get his equipment moved in, signs hung, staff hired, and products delivered.  “This is an incredible town, and to be located right in the heart of downtown with the Trail and so many family activities, it is the ideal spot for our market. We want to open in time to capture the summer crowds and set the table for fall regulars. We will be offering specialty smoked products, jerkys, salads, dips, seafood, and deli meat selections – perfect for a picnic, tailgate party, or lunches and dinners when you want quality products but are short on time.” Carriage House owner Andy Gremel noted Poindexter’s Marketplace is a perfect fit for downtown Rockford.  “There is nothing like Poindexter’s in West Michigan— we are excited that Nick an his wife Nicole have chosen  to move their family to our community and open up this unique business.“ Poindexter noted the official opening date has not been set as it depends on final equipment and product deliveries.  Stay tuned to your local paper for further details.

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