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 with plenty of special offers and events. The StayCation kicks off April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues April 16 during regular business hours. In addition to specials designed to spoil and pamper, one lucky winner will receive a Best of Rockford prize package plush with gift certificates, gifts, movie passes and more. According to organizer Christine Gault of A Charmed Life Nail Salon, the event is designed to highlight the many goods and services our little town has to offer. “This is a time of year when there isn’t a lot happening usually, but the weather is changing and it’s a great time for women to get out and celebrate that spring is coming,” Gault said. This is the event’s second year and last year resulted in a great turnout. With even more downtown shops participating, this year’s StayCation is even more exciting. Visitors to A Charmed Life Nail Salon can enjoy a free five-minute chair massage with the purchase of any service from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a free hand paraffin with any specialty manicure, pedicure or shellac manicure. In addition the first 10 appointments booked will receive a Heart of Rockford shopping bag for future savings in downtown Rockford. At Baskets in the Belfry, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase and food-tastings (some exclusions may apply). On Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a free demonstration on hand-tied bouquets at Rockford Flower Shop. At Great Northern Trading Company, join in their celebration of 34 years of serving Rockford and beyond. Everyone who enters the store will be allowed to choose a candy bar with a discount hidden under the label, ranging from 20 to 50 percent off the entire purchase. Dars Gems and Jewelry is offering 20 percent off one item and many in-store specials. […]
Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace
Taking a trip through Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace is like taking an abbreviated tour of Michigan and sampling all of its finest products. Poindexter’s, which opened August 11 in the Carriage House adjacent to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, offers a plethora of Michigan’s finest. Think Amish cheeses made in Lakeview, Clancy Fancy Hot Sauce from Ann Arbor, Clarkston’s own barbeque sauce, Traverse City cherry butter and cherry salsa, and brats, jerky, and to-die-for smoked chickens from Falmouth, Mich. And that’s just for starters! Owners Nick and Nicole Poindexter are passionate about finding the best food products and offering them at a reasonable price. Their commitment begins in Michigan and broadens to places like Costa Rica, Belize, the deep south, and points around the globe when searching for top-notch goods. Nick is a self proclaimed condiment guy and loves sauces, ketchups, dips, batters—you name it. He fell in love with Marie Sharps habanera sauce on his honeymoon years ago in Belize and has been back several times, always returning with a case or two. Nicole jokes they had the best-stocked refrigerator in town—if you wanted condiments. Last October when the market turned south, Nick took a second look at his real estate business in the Higgins/Houghton Lake area, and decided the downturn in cottage and cabin sales may be a signal to follow his dream. Having watched a colleague open similar stores in Houghton and Ludington, he recognized the demand for specialty products. With his family’s desire to move to West Michigan, the hunt was on for the perfect location. Nick spent weeks researching the area, finally giving Rockford the nod. “Rockford is such a great town and the location is perfect for our business. We sell products not available elsewhere, and with our close proximity to the White Pine Trail, people of all ages will love stopping in. Knowing this is where we wanted to be, we worked round the clock to open just in time for the last Rogue River Blues Series. We grilled 600 pounds of brats opening night [Aug. 11] and offered them to passersby for our ‘soft’ opening. There’s no way we could have done this without the help of Mark Ansara [Prime Development] and our landlord, Andy Gremel [The […]
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.