Baskets in the Belfry to close after 33 years

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.

Owner will stay surprisingly near as Polly’s Passions by BETH ALTENA The Baskets in the Belfry famous chocolate fountain may be gone forever with the closing of Baskets, a Rockford icon of business, but owner Polly VonEschen and her candy business Polly’s Passions, will remain remarkably near. When Baskets’ doors close forever by the end […]

Letters to the Editor — December 2, 2010

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 […]

Grand Cakes is now open

The long-awaited cake bakery is baking up a storm. Grand Cakes, 124 Courtland St., downtown Rockford, offers free coffee every morning, warm scones, soft cookies, chewy brownies, coffee cake, whole or slices of cakes and pies, cupcakes, huge muffins, ice cream cakes, and cheesecakes by the slice, too. The bakery also offers cake pan rentals, […]