Polly VonEschen

Chamber praises celebration cooperation

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Sponsors stepping up to Healing Fields memorial

June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Art Johnson speaks at a press conference this spring to announce the Healing Fields of West Michigan memorial to those lost on September 11, 2001. 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 [...]

Baskets in the Belfry to close after 33 years

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Owner will stay surprisingly near as Polly’s Passions by BETH ALTENA 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. The Baskets in the Belfry famous chocolate fountain may be [...]

StayCation offers plenty of reasons not to leave town

April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Right up Your Alley relocates to neighboring business

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 had a tough time making expenses meet. [...]
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