Proposed sports fields would bring millions to area

IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME—The proposed West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) Ten Mile Road Athletic Complex. According to the WMSC, the field would host youth and amateur sports teams every weekend of the baseball/softball season and bring millions in revenue to the area.

Millions of dollars would come to the area if a proposed sports complex is built on Ten Mile Road. According to Mike Guswiler, Executive Director of the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), this area was identified in a study as being ideal for a sports complex. “We really took a look at this and had […]

New kids consignment boutique coming to Downtown Rockford

Teresa Patteuw.

In today’s economy you can’t go wrong shopping at Gumballs and Overalls, the new kid’s consignment boutique coming to downtown Rockford. At the upscale consignment boutique you will find name brands such as Gymboree, Gap, Tommy Hillfiger, The Children’s Place, Ralph Lauren, Limited Too, and many designer brands all for up to 70 percent off […]

Family service, pricing keeps Bangz Hair Salon a success story

LIVING HER DREAM—Becky Johnson dreamed of owning her own salon someday. Five years after graduating from high school, she is a successful salon business owner in downtown Rockford.

Bangz is an example of a business that is doing it right. The salon is thriving in downtown Rockford and since opening in May, 2006 has had to move to a larger location. Becky Johnson, owner and stylist, couldn’t be happier or more appreciative. “Nearly all residents I talk to try to support our local […]

Downtown turns off electric lights

As part of an expansive effort to use alternative energy sources (see related story above), the City of Rockford stopped using electric lights on Wednesday, April 1. Department of Public Works Director Mike Bouwcamp turned the switch off during an unlighting ceremony and a large crowd watched as the downtown was reilluminated using gaslight. “Electricity […]