October 4 2012

Pinstripes and Polka Dots reopens in Rockford

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By Beth Altena “I’m excited to be back,” said Tracy McKay, the former and now again current owner of Pinstripes and Polka Dots. McKay was a fixture in Rockford with her cheerfully-named shop which was open for business in another location in downtown Rockford from 2004 to 2008. She is now re-opened in the space vacated by Gumballs & Overalls,which closed its doors in May of this year. The business is a consignment shop which also carries an assortment of furnishings, room décor and some home-made items. It caters to customers buying for infants/newborns through young adult as well as maternity clothes. “Customers can bring in their children’s clothes and they get a profit,” McKay said. She noted that consigners have the option of 40 percent of the sale of the clothes, or can choose an in-store credit for 50-percent of the sale price. The contract for sale is a 90 day timeframe. Customers can have McKay price their items while they wait or drop off consignment and come back later. The hand-made items include fun capes ranging from Michigan or Michigan State, superman, the classic Rockford R on an orange cape and a variety of other super hero selections. Pinstripes is also a vendor for hand-made doll clothes that fit the American Girl dolls, jewelry, newborn knitted and crocheted hats, frames and prints for kids rooms and lots of décor featuring owls, which are very popular. McKay said the first four years of Pinstripes was “a good run” but the decision to close doors came as personal lives were busy with her sister starting her family and needing more time for that. “Now my kids are older and it’s the right time to be back,” McKay said. Consignment and resale stores have become very popular as American consumers are more interested in shopping locally and making better use of goods. Kids clothing are a perfect example of a second use for a product, since kids grow so quickly. Anyone with children will likely remember the frustration of purchasing clothing or back to school outfits only to see their child rapidly outgrown the size. Consignment is also popular because inventory changes constantly, so high-quality, brand name items are always coming in and selling for a […]

Burch Body Works building – going, going, gone

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   With air quality monitors surrounding the property and an onsite representative from The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) present, Pitsch Companies, last Thursday, began demolition of the old manufacturing facility of Burch Body Works. Located in the heart of Rockford, on the southeast corner of Monroe St. and Rum Creek, the structure had recently been deemed by the City of Rockford to be a threat to life, limb, and property and was ordered torn down. Demolition began at the rear east side of the building and will finish street side, on the west, at the front of the building facing Monroe Street. Pitsch reports all is moving smoothly without a hitch and expects the tear down to be complete by the end of this week (Friday, Oct. 5).

Alex and Jaclyn Wagner

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Jaclyn Rose Fahlen and Alex Francis Wagner were married August 4th, 2012 at St. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island. Rev. Michael Janowski officiated the ceremony. The couples’ parents are Jim and Rosemary Fahlen of Rockford, MI and Dr. Michael and Debra Wagner of East Tawas, MI. The Bride is a Northpointe Christian and Taylor University graduate. She is employed with Gordon Food Service. The Groom is a Tawas H.S., Alma College and Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate. He is a Resident at Metro Health Hospital. The couple resides in Grand Rapids, MI.


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Mrs. Thelma Kunst, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was a 1940 graduate of Creston High School . Thelma and her husband, Ray started Rockford Flower Shop in 1952. While caring for her children she also assisted Ray in operating the flower shop and later helped him with the garden center (formerly beside the Rockford Michigan State Police Post). In July of 1975, she and Ray sold their business. Thelma was a very endearing person whose values were in being faithful, gentle, and caring. She was a Charter Member of Rockford Reformed Church. Her children grew up in a Christian home, and those values that have continued throughout her life, are now present in her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Janice and Harold Hulst of Sparta, Ronald J. and Mary Ellen Kunst of Elmira, NY, Steve and Cheryl Kunst of Tallahassee, Fl; grandchildren, Susan and Bryan Albers, Pamela Phillips, Jeffrey and Candace Hulst, Rebecca and David Ziebarth, Renee and Jeremy Guzzardi, Rhonda and Mike Neri, Christofer Kunst, Sheena Perkins, Kate Stuart, Karen Stuart; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Eldona and George Allington; in-laws, Spud Ensing, Barney and Marcy Townes, and Mrs. Loraine Kunst; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond on May 9, 2010, her parents, Duard and Silva Weller, her daughter-in-law, Ruth Kunst, her sisters, Arlyn Townes, and Alma Ensing. The service celebrating Thelma’s faith life and physical life will be Saturday at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Road , Rockford , at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rick Tigchon officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . The Kunst family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Retirement Village for the loving care that was given to Thelma. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Drive , Rockford , MI 49341 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were made by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.  

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