Chamber praises celebration cooperation

Start of Summer Parade Grand Marshals (l–r) Linda Southwick, Polly VonEschen and Gay McDonald, along with John Scheidel (front seat), appear in the parade on Saturday, June 9. The four have been working on the Start of Summer Celebration for more than 20 years.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Dear Editor, The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) would like to thank this great community, the businesses, and all the volunteers for their participation and support of another fun-filled Start of Summer Celebration. The RCC would like to sincerely thank the Start of Summer Celebration committee for all their hard work, tireless efforts and dedication […]

Sponsors stepping up to Healing Fields memorial

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by BETH ALTENA United Bank’s CEO and president Art Johnson, honorary chair of the West Michigan Healing Fields, has stepped up to present his bank as Field Sponsor for the memorial tribute to those killed on 9/11. The bank gave the project a $10,000 check Tuesday, May 24. According to Nancy Martin, manager of the […]

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 […]

StayCation offers plenty of reasons not to leave town

Christine Gault of A Charmed Life andPolly VonEschen of Baskets in the Belfry shows off the prize package that one lucky winner will receive from a Girlfriends StayCation in downtown Rockford.

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 […]

Right up Your Alley relocates to neighboring business

Polly VonEschen, owner of Baskets in the Belfry, has opened her doors wide to fellow merchants Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient and Jan Wallace of Right Up Your Alley. Visit all three at 46 Bridge Street, downtown Rockford.

Shop owners find creative ways to survive economy The majority of new businesses fail, even in a good economy, statistics show. For downtown shop owners, finding an alternative way to keep the doors open proves statistics can be outsmarted. Jan Wallace enjoyed her Right Up Your Alley corner location at Bridge and Squires streets, but […]