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Voted the Best by our readers

Delta Twp.: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Delta-Waverly Community News coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

MEDIA Print News Source Lansing State Journal Writer John Schneider @ Lansing State Journal Radio Station WITL

June 27, 2010

PERSONALITIES Bank Teller Mary Barber Lisa Taylor Car Salesperson Ted Holmberg @ Bud Kouts Chiropractor Dr. Laucher @ Providence Chiropractic Dentist Dr. Woodland Doctor Dr. Bo Wu @ Lansing Internal Medicine Eye Doctor Greg Popowitz @ Delta Vision Fireman Jim Peters Floral Designer Barb Weiss @ Delta Flowers Hair Stylist Lisa Taylor Investment Broker Mark Quimby @ Edward Jones Lawyer Chuck Laskey Massage Therapist Barb Mahoney Mechanic Troy Sika @ Westside Car Care Nurse Lou Wagner Pastor / Minister Bill Beachy Pet Groomer Petsmart Pharmacist Jennifer Harding @ Target Photographer Tara Mitchell Policeman Greg Crawford Realtor Steve Osmar @ RE/MAX

Receptionist Donna Jackson Server Joanie Kilcherman Tailor / Alterations Nu @ Nu The Tailor Travel Agent Jeff McElwee Vet Dr. Thrush @ Waverly Animal Hospital

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO Art Gallery Creole Gallery Bowling Alley Royal Scot Conference Center Eagle Eye Golf Course Royal Scot Hotel Lexington Lansing Hotel Ice Skating Rink The Summit Most Romantic Place Knight Cap Restaurant Movie Theater Celebration Cinema Places to Dance The Exchange Video Rental Store Family Video

SERVICES Art Framing & Matting Hobby Lobby Bank Bank of America Child Care Provider Bright Start Credit Union MSU FCU Dry Cleaning Baryames Cleaners Florist Horrocks Funeral Home Palmer, Bush & Jensen Gas Station/Quick Mart Speedway Gym/Workout Facility Go Workout Hair Salon Images Salon

Heating & Cooling A-1 Mechanical Hospital Sparrow Insurance Agency Harry O. Culp Martial Arts ATA Karate Mortgage Company Preferred Home Loans Photo Studio Amanda Marie Studio Print Shop FedEx Kinko’s Real Estate Company Coldwell Banker Tanning Salon Sun Creations Travel Agency Drolett Travel

FOOD & RESTAURANTS Bakery / Bread Store Great Harvest Bar Claddagh Irish Pub Breakfast Flap Jack Brunch Clara’s Lansing Station Burger Red Robin Candy Shop Fabiano’s Coffee Shop Biggby Coffee Deli Kroger Dinner Outback Steakhouse Family Restaurant Cracker Barrel Farm Market Horrocks Italian Deluca’s Restaurant Lunch Panera Mexican Los Tres Amigos Pizza Deluca’s Restaurant Place to buy Ice Cream Cold Stone Creamery Place to buy Meat L&L Food Centers Ribs Finley’s

Sports Bar Frank’s Press Box Steak Outback Steakhouse Sub Sandwiches Jersey Giant Wings Buffalo Wild Wings

SHOPPING Appliance Store Sears Auto Dealership Sundance Auto Parts Store Auto Zone Book Store Barnes & Noble Carpet Store Maloney Cellular Store Verizon Furniture Store Art Van Gift Shop Hallmark Grocery Store Meijer Hardware Store Ace Hardware Health / Organic Foods Better Health Home Improvement Store tie Lowes and Menards Jewelry Store Kay Jewelers Lawn & Power Equipment Store Fullers Lawn and Garden Lumber Company tie Home Depot and Menards Mall Lansing Mall Men’s Store Men’s Warehouse Music Store FYE Pharmacy Kroger on W. Saginaw Pool / Spa Store Dietz Retail Garden Center Horrocks Shoe Store DSW Specialty Shop Preuss Pets Sports Store Dick’s Toy Store Toys R Us Women’s Store Christopher & Banks

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Part-time meat apprentice Mike Lowe at the L&L Food Center in Lansing Township. “We pride ourselves on the highest quality,” he said. farms,” Lowe said. A recent addition to the L&L display case is Gold’n Plump chicken, all natural and farm raised, in uniform 23 -ounce packages. Levandowski natural

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LANSING TWP. - Parttime meat apprentice Mike Lowe isn’t surprised that his department at L&L Food Center received a 2010 People’s Choice award from Delta-Waverly Community News readers as the best place to buy meat. “We pride ourselves on the highest quality,” he said, adding that staff is always willing to help customers who want a particular cut of meat. L&L, in fact, prides itself not only on the quality of its meat, but also on the experience and expertise of its meat cutters. Levandowski Black Angus beef is very popular at L&L and is ground fresh every day. “Levandowski has their own butcher shop and

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Flap Jack breakfast is the best By MARY JO WHITE


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Harry Woodworth of Potterville pays his tab at the Flap Jack Restaurant Waverly Road. L is Flap Jack’s night manager, Alice Ellis. ver dollars to ones made with Alaskan sourdough, pumpkin or blueberries. If you’re not that hungry in the morning, you might try baked oatmeal, a bagel with cream cheese or toast. If you’re worried about cholesterol, order an egg white or Egg Beater omelette. Veggie lovers can enjoy either the spinach and feta cheese omelette or the vegetarian with tomato, peppers, onion and mushrooms. Flap jack is located at 1601 S. Waverly Road.

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LANSING TWP. - The reasons why the Flap Jack Restaurant has been honored by Delta-Waverly Community News readers with the 2010 People’s Choice Award for the best breakfast in town are simple, according to host/server Yvette Hodgins: good food and fast, friendly service. “And your own coffeepot on your table that’s the clincher,” said Hodgins. Both Hodgins and night manager Alice Ellis agree that the new owner, Deania Buelle, has something to do with customer satisfaction, too. Buelle, who closed the restaurant for a month last fall, re-opened in December. “She rolls up her sleeves and gets into the kitchen,” said Ellis, “and she has our respect for that.” The extensive breakfast menu has something for everybody, from steak, ham or pork chops with eggs to breakfast pizzas and burritos. “One of the best sellers is the skillet breakfast,” said Hodgins, adding that “everything is made fresh.” The skillet has hash browns and ground sausage or bacon with melted cheese, two eggs and pancakes or toast. There’s also a mini-skillet for smaller appetites. True to the restaurant’s name, the menu has all kinds of flap jacks from the tiny sil-

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Great Harvest is bakery choice from Delta readers By MARY JO WHITE

DELTA TWP. - Great Harvest Bread Co., the 2010 People’s Choice winner for best bakery by Delta-Waverly Community News readers, goes beyond the bread and rolls you’d expect to find. There are Pumpkin Ohs, for instance, large rolls that look like jelly rolls but are filled with cream cheese. Or you might want to take home the taco or chipotle dip mixes or the honey roasted cinnamon peanut butter with

flax and hemp seeds. If you’re thinking a whole meal, try the whole wheat pancake mix or the chili mix in a bag with kidney, cranberry and chili beans and cayenne pepper. Lunch sandwiches are available daily from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., too: turkey, ham, veggie or chicken salad on a variety of homemade breads. The biggest seller, though, is the cinnamon swirl bread, according to employee Drew Stoimenoff. “We make everything from scratch,” Stoimenoff said.“We (even) mill our

own flour.” Great Harvest is also known for handing you a free slice of bread while you’re taking the time to choose what you want to buy. There is a full selection of glutenfree breads, too, and quite a few items made without the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup. Great Harvest is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m.- 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Great Harvest Bread Co. is located at 6137 W. Saginaw in Delta.

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DELTA TWP. - The people who staff the framing department at Hobby Lobby on West Saginaw have done it all and done it very well. That’s why their department was voted the 2010 “Best Framing and Matting “ local venue by Delta-Waverly Community News readers. They’ve framed posters, maps, oil paintings, portraits, you name it, both for individuals and for businesses. In fact, the human body diagrams on your doctor’s office wall may well have been framed by Hobby Lobby employees. “We do both ready-made and custom framing and average about 65 custom framings a month,” said employee Dave Perry. Hobby Lobby uses acid-free mats and offers a choice of three types of glass, all ultraviolet resistant. The department also specializes in shadow boxes that range from the very small to as large as 43” by 53”. These are shallow boxes with transparent fronts in which various items can be dis-

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Jacob Toman waits on Delta Township resident Marianne Admire in the framing department at Hobby Lobby on W. Saginaw. played, military uniforms and medals, for instance, or school mementos like football jerseys and diplomas. Perry says the most unusual request so far was a shadow box ordered by a woman for her husband. In it were displayed the claws and feathers of a turkey he had shot while hunting.

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Voted the Best by our readers

Grand Ledge: Here are your choices for the best-of-the-best in the Grand Ledge Independent coverage area, from a variety of categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Photographer Chris Holmes @ Holmes Photography Print News Source Grand Ledge Policeman Fred McPhail Independent @ Eaton County Sheriff Writer Joe Rexrode Realtor Ted Westfall @ Lansing State Journal @ Prudential Key Realty Radio Station WMMQ-FM 94.9 Receptionist Nichole Buchalski @ Ledges Chiropractic Server Levi Lyons @ Cugino’s Travel Agent Laurie Knutson Bank Teller Jan Green @ Knutson Travel @ Eaton Federal Savings Bank Vet Dr. Miller @ Hartel Vet Barber Brad Marshall


Asian House of HSU Bakery / Bread Store Great Harvest Bread Co. Bar Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn Breakfast Sophia’s Brunch Sophia’s Burger Red Robin Candy Shop Fabiano’s Coffee Shop Biggby Coffee - Grand Ledge Deli Felpausch @ Brads Hair Studio Dinner Cugino’s Car Salesperson Dave Schulte Family Restaurant Cugino’s Art Framing & Matting Michaels Cashier Taylor Maylee Farm Market Horrocks Bank Dart Bank Chiropractor Chad Lake @ Lake Chiropractic Italian Cugino’s Child Care Provider Bright Start Dentist Dr. Harkema Lunch Cugino’s Credit Union LAFCU @ Harkema DDS Dry Cleaning Baryames Cleaners Mexican Cancun Mexican Grill Doctor Dr. Spedoske Pizza Cugino’s Florist Delta Flowers @ Family Medicine of Michigan Place to buy Ice Cream Funeral Home Peters Murray Eye Doctor Dr. Schmitzer Lick-ity Split Gas Station / Quick Mart G.L. Shell @ Grand Ledge Optometry Place to buy Meat Felpausch Gym / Workout Facility Fireman Drew Kepler @ GLFD Ribs Logan’s Roadhouse Snap Fitness - Grand Ledge Floral Designer Delta Flowers Sports Bar Reno’s Hair Salon Brad’s Hair Studio Hair Stylist Erika Patrick Heating & Cooling A-1 Mechanical Steak Logan’s Roadhouse @ Profiles Sub Sandwiches Jersey Giant Hospital Sparrow Investment Broker Jon Grocki Insurance Agency Wings Buffalo Wild Wings @ Dart Bank Cheri Locker - State Farm Lawyer Ben Cwayna Martial Arts ATA Karate Massage Therapist Jodi Wiley Mortgage Company Dart Bank Mechanic Adam Bragdon Photo Studio @ Grand Ledge Ford Holmes Photography Art Gallery Ledge Craft Lane Pastor / Minister Father James Print Shop Millbrook Printing Bowling Alley Royal Scot Eisele @ St Michael Real Estate Company Conference Center Pet Groomer Kelli Spinner Prudential Key Realty Grand Ledge Opera House @ Kelli’s Classy K9’s Tanning Salon Addictions Golf Course Centennial Acres Pharmacist Jeff Miller Travel Agency Drolett Travel Hotel Sheraton @ Millers Pharmacy



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SHOPPING Antiques / Collectibles Lamb’s Gate Appliance Store Lowes Auto Dealership Sundance Auto Parts Store Car Quest Book Store Barnes & Noble Carpet Store Carpet Man Cellular Store Verizon Furniture Store Art Van Gift Shop Four Seasons Grocery Store Meijer Hardware Store Ace Hardware - Grand Ledge Health / Organic Foods Wild Oats Home Improvement Store Menards Jewelry Store H and H Jewelry Lawn & Power Equipment Store Bader & Sons Company Lumber Company Big L Lumber Mall Eastwood Towne Center Men’s Store Macy’s Music Store Marshall Music Pharmacy Miller’s Pharmacy Retail Garden Center Horrocks Shoe Store DSW Specialty Shop Sports Stop Sports Store First Place Sports Toy Store Toy Village Women’s Store Kohl’s

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Thanks for your votes Grand Ledge!


From Left to Right: Sandy Smith, Adrienne Dowell, Dr. Childs, Caley Ranshaw, Nichole Zajas, Sue Hilliard, Taylor Lewandowsky, and not pictured Amy Childs and Ashley Oneil.


Thank you for everything you do to serve chiropractic and for going above and beyond to help people - especially children!

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The Grand Ledge Independent was voted 2010 People’s Choice for Print News Source. Meet the staff: from left, reporters Alan Miller and Mary Jo White; editor Barb Modrack and advertising sales rep Tammy Beson. Contact Al, 517-322-2753 or; Mary Jo, 517-322-2746 or; Barb, 517-322-2745 or; and Tammy, 517-377-1005 or

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Grand Ledge’s Sun Theatre is readers’ favorite By ALAN MILLER

GRAND LEDGE — Readers of the Grand Ledge Independent chose the Sun Theatre as their favorite place to see a movie. It does not always have the very latest films. Moviegoers will have to wait a couple of weeks, but that can be an advantage. While they wait, they can see if reviewers and word-of-mouth buzz say it’s worth seeing. It certainly is not the most expensive. At $2, viewers can and often do get in for pocket change. After the movie, with the money saved on admission, there is a choice of good restaurants without having to re-park the car. It is not big and impersonal. Most of the people going to the Sun Theater, a landmark at 316 S. Bridge St., will know many of the other people in the auditorium. And probably the owner of the theater will greet the

moviegoer and call her by her first name while taking tickets and selling popcorn. Local businessman Chuck Pantera purchased the theater “on a handshake in a bar” in 1989 to his wife’s great surprise. He ran it for 10 years, then sold the business to the Bennett family in 1999. Nine years later, in 2008, Pantera purchased it back — not because of the money he could make there, but because he has fun being in the theater business. Pantera was recently recognized by the Grand Ledge Education Foundation for his habit of opening the theater for school classes at cut-rate admissions. And during the summer, the Sun Theater is home to “movie camp” Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. with children’s movies at bargain prices. And that is why it is the 2010 People’s Choice. See what’s playing at or call 517-627-2346.

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Sun Theater owner Chuck Pantera high fives with students from Neff Elementary School who walked to the theater on the last day of school for a special showing. Readers of the Independent chose the Sun Theater as their favorite place to see a movie.

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The Lick-ity Split ice cream stand was selected for two 2010 People’s Choice categories by Grand Ledge Independent readers: Best Place to Buy Ice Cream, and Most Romantic Spot. It’s probably no wonder: couples on a stroll down Bridge Street can stop at Lick-ity Split, enjoy a cold, yummy treat along with each other’s company and glance across the street at a wedding chapel!

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Funeral business is 24/7 family occupation By BARB MODRACK

GRAND LEDGE — Some time during college, Tom Murray wondered if he might be suited for the funeral business. So he was introduced to local funeral home owner Leslie Peters and was hired as an apprentice. “This is a summer job I never left,” he said. It seems to be working out; that was in 1960. Tom is now 70 and and has been working in the around-theclock field of operating a funeral home ever since. He is semi-retired and the Peters and Murray Funeral Home at 301 E. Jefferson St. is now operated principally by his middle son, John, and daughter-in-law, Shelly. The home was named the 2010 People’s Choice for funeral homes by Grand Ledge Independent readers. For Tom, retirement is a relative term. He no longer lives in the apartment above the funeral parlor. That is where he and wife Phyllis raised their three

sons while operating the business downstairs. No, he’s moved away. All the way to the house directly across the street. The funeral business is traditionally a family business in every sense of the word. Because the Murray family lived upstairs during many years, there was no getting away from work. “I never clock out,” Tom said. He recalled a Christmas Day in which a bereaved family wanted to spend the holiday at the home with the deceased loved one. The Murrays were upstairs in their own quarters, having a holiday, and the bereaved were downstairs, with Tom checking in now and then to make sure all was well. But that’s just the way it was. “The business can get personal like that,” he said. And of course, funeral directors encounter family members during the worst moments of their lives. “You help people through things you wonder how they go through,” he said. And it’s not just the funeral. In addition to

the grief, directors help the family with all aspects of losing a loved one, such as navigating the Social Security paperwork. “You walk them through the whole process,” he said. The funeral business is often passed on to the next generation, though in Tom’s case he was able to take over from the Peters because the Peters children chose other careers. Of Tom’s children, John was the one who wanted to take it on, joining the business in 1984. It means a 24-7 commitment. Until recent technology changes, even a trip downtown to the drug store or out for coffee had complications because someone had to be in the building at all times to answer the phone. Now, cellphones and call forwarding give funeral directors a little more leeway. And John and Shelly “got smart,” Tom said, and don’t live upstairs. The home was originally established in 1922 by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smith. The Smith Funeral Home was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Leslie R.

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The Peters and Murray Funeral Home remains a family operation. Pictured are Phyllis, Tom, John, Shelly and John and Shelly’s children, Ryan, Jacob and Connor. Peters in 1938. The name was changed to Peters & Murray Funeral Home in 1965 when the Murrays became partners in

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Healthy and organic Marietta Leatherman shows some of the many natural foods offered by the Wild Oats store, 205 N. Bridge St. in Grand Ledge. Readers of the Grand Ledge Independent voted Wild Oats their favorite in the Health/Organic Foods category in the 2010 People’s Choice award. Details: 517-627-0000.

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GRAND LEDGE — Chris Holmes was looking for a building to house his growing photography business when a realtor asked a fateful question. “She asked ‘have you ever considered a church?’” Well, duh! How perfect would that be? So in 2005 Holmes and his wife, Gay, purchased a former churchturned antique mall at 200 N. Bridge St., and began renovations for a studio as well as another business idea: a wedding chapel. “As a wedding photographer I had thought of having a wedding

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Chris Holmes operates a photo studio and wedding chapel in a 1903-era church at 200 N. Bridge St., Grand Ledge.


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for Photo Studio by Grand Ledge Independent readers. “The two businesses coordinate well,” he said. He can shoot a wedding; then later a family portrait; then later, baby pictures; and of course, senior pictures. Holmes, 49, is a former news photographer, serving as the chief photographer for the Lansing State Journal for many years. But he always had a side business of wedding and portraits and eventually decided to make that his full time occupation. “I always knew I would have a studio of my own and this was the perfect opportunity.” He and Gay live in Eagle where they raised their three children, Casie, Juli and Ryan. Casie now participates in the business, and Juli and Ryan have both helped out in the past. For information, call 517-627-4761 or visit www.Holmes

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chapel for a number of years,” Holmes said. It could be said: Once a church, always a church, though the building had not been a place of worship since some time in the 1960s. Much work was needed to restore the former First Congregational building, circa 1903, and make it what they wanted, but the bones were in place for a great wedding space, as well as plenty of room for photography. The old sanctuary is rich with wood, an organ and stained glass windows. The Holmes’ first wedding in the Bridge Street Wedding Chapel was held in 2006. Patrons can bring a minister or official of their choice to perform the ceremony, but Gay Holmes is ordained and can do the job herself. A lot of hard work has paid off for Holmes with a double distinction. He was named 2010 People’s Choice winner for photographer and Holmes Photography was chosen


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Readers’ favorite antique store is Lamb’s Gate GRAND LEDGE — Nine years ago, Carol Lamb started the Lamb’s Gate, on S. Bridge Street. The shop was selected this year by readers of the Grand Ledge Independent as the 2010 People’s Choice for antique stores. Lamb said the business in Grand Ledge has succeeded to the point she has

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Carol Lamb stands in front of a quilt for sale in the Lamb’s Gate antique store in Grand Ledge. The store was chosen by readers of the Grand Ledge Independent as their favorite antique store. Lamb has recently opened a second store in Old Town in North Lansing.

now opened a second store in Old Town in North Lansing. She said the second store, far from hurting business in Grand Ledge, is helping to bring new commercial traffic here. “People who come to Old Town come here,” she said. “And many have not been in Grand

Ledge before.” Fans of antiques and collectible items need to come to the store on a regular basis, Lamb says. “We move our inventory fast,” she said. “We try to keep things only 3 months.” Some of the items in greatest demand, such as products from the old

Grand Ledge Chair Factory, or items made when the tile factors was running, are especially fast movers. “We don’t get a lot, and they sell out really fast.” Many of the items on display come from estate auctions, which lets Lamb spend time doing what she considers the most fun part of her job: shopping.

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Optometrist has had eye on town since college By BARB MODRACK | GRAND LEDGE — When optometrist Andrew Schmitzer purchased Grand Ledge Optometry three years ago, it had been a small, part-time practice. No more. “It’s been growing ever since,” said Schmitzer. Schmitzer had previously been working in an optometrist’s office in Dexter but had been looking for a place to open up his own practice. “It seemed like the right time to make the transition,” he said. The community has apparently welcomed Schmitzer as well. He was chosen by Grand Ledge Independent readers as the 2010 People’s Choice for eye doctors. His office at 11973 Sweetwater Drive, off Saginaw Highway, has a cheerful lobby with toys and books to occupy children, and a large selections of frames. “It’s very typical of a small-town practice,” he said. “We see a wide range of patients, and that’s what I like.” Schmitzer, a native of Frankenmuth, said he was encouraged to pursue optometry by his own optometrist. “He motivated me to get involved with eye care,” he said. And in high school he worked with a vet-

“It’s similar to what I grew up with, a small-town atmosphere, friendly and down-to-earth. It’s hard not to see a familiar face where ever you go.” – Andrew Schmitzer, optometrist erinarian and became interested in smallbusiness health care. Schmitzer got his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, graduating in 1995. It was there he became familiar with the Grand Ledge area and thought it would be a good place to live. He has since moved to town with wife, Jennifer, and children Sierra, 9, and Rylie, 5. “We love it,” he said. “It’s similar to what I grew up with, a small-town atmosphere, friendly and down-to-earth. It’s hard not to Barb Modrack see a familiar face where ever you go.” His doctor of optometry degree was ob- Optometrist Andrew Schmitzer likes the small-town atmosphere of Grand Ledge. tained at Ferris State University in 1999. He was named 2010 People’s Choice eye doctor by Grand Ledge Independent For appointments call: 517-622-2020. readers.

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GRAND LEDGE — One-stop shopping may not be a typical banking term. But it serves as an apt description of Dart Bank and Mortgage Company, which was a double winner in the 2010 People’s Choice category of bank and mortgage company be Grand Ledge Independent readers. Lavengood In addition, Jon Grocki was the

winner in the investment broker category. “Dart Bank is different in the sense that we’re more of an old style community bank,” said Devin Lavengood, manager of Dart Bank of Grand Ledge. “Decisions are made locally based on the local market. And we will serve any banking need, instead of cashing your check in one place and getting your mortgage in another.” Established in Mason by the

Dart family, the bank celebrated its 85th anniversary this spring. Rollin Dart, son of the founder, is chairman emeritus. The Grand Ledge branch at 1020 Charlevoix Drive, east of Sophia’s Restaurant on Saginaw Street, has been open for five years. “Our big saying is: Every bank talks about customer service,” Lavengood said. “We invite people to stop in and experience the Dart difference.”

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Scribbles and Giggles the favorite for day-care By CHRISTINE MEYER

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What’s more fun for a kid than scribbling and giggling? Well, those things can be even better when your child gets to do them in a great learning and playing environment such as Lansing’s Scribbles and Giggles Child Care Center. Loyal parents and readers of the Lansing City Community News voted to give the center a People’s Choice award for Best Child Care Provider. One of the reasons Scribbles and Giggles is so popular is its location, which is convenient to downtown and all of the state offices. The center occupies the former Verlinden Elementary School at 609 N. Verlinden Ave. in Lansing’s established and historic Westside neighborhood. The building has a large

gym and a spacious, fenced playground, including a separate fenced space for the younger kids. Inside, the child care center occupies 19,000 square feet on the main level of the school. Each room is about 800 square feet, compared to the average day care room which is about 400 square feet, according to Brynn Kelley, the center’s owner and director. All of the toilets and sinks in the school are kid-sized as well, Kelley adds. “With our larger rooms we can do more activities with the kids and they can explore more. It gives us more options in the classroom. And the gym is very useful on bad weather days,” she says. Kelley opened Scribbles and Giggles in 2007 with fewer than a dozen children. Before that she provided inhome day care and worked in two other child care centers.

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She has a degree in early childhood education from Baker College. Enrollment at Scribbles and Giggles now stands at 100 kids, ranging in age from 2 weeks old to 12 years old. Kelley works with a staff of 22, most of whom are fulltime employees. Each classroom, including the infant’s room, has a lead teacher and assistants. A preschool is offered for children ages 3 to 5 years old. There’s also a summer camp for school-age kids Photograph by Christine Meyer that runs the entire summer and features arts and crafts, weekly field trips and plenty Each classroom at Scribbles and Giggles is equipped with separate boys and girls restrooms, along with a sink and drinking fountain of outdoor time.


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For Steve Dean, it’s all about the lighting. “A lot of studios focus on one type of photography,” says Dean, owner of Steve Dean Photography. “I focus on understanding lighting. It’s the key to photography. If you do that, it doesn’t matter what you’re photographing.” Dean was voted Favorite Photographer in this year’s People’s Choice awards by readers of the Lansing City Community News. His studio is located at 1501 E. Grand River Ave. in Lansing.

Multi-faceted work

Dean does photograph a wide variety of products and people - everything from senior portraits to mater-

nity photos to commercial work for clients around the country. His website,, showcases his range of photographic work. “I really like having something different every day,” says Dean, who has been a professional photographer for 24 years. “It would drive me nuts to shoot the same thing every day.” Because his subjects vary so widely, Dean gets to meet all sorts of different people and he hopes, get to know them a little before he

starts shooting. “I don’t approach everyone as a formula,” he says. “I like to talk to people and look at the light on their faces and their expressions.” Dean has built a reputation as a photographer who listens to what the client wants, and who happily takes on “fun and outof-the-blue projects. That way I attract a more diverse and artistic clientele,” he says. “Whatever you bring in, you have a goal in mind, an image of what you want.

I’m trying to fulfill that and produce the highest quality image I can.” Some photographers shoot only a pre-set number of frames per assignment; but not Dean. “I keep going until I’m comfortable we have something great,” he says. Dean’s clients are scat-



tered around the country partly because of the quality of his work, and partly because of his Lansing location. He believes his midMichigan base is a plus because it gives him a lower overhead “so I can afford to spend more time with their products,” he says.

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Douglas J the best at making you look great By CHRISTINE MEYER

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It’s an institution in mid-Michigan whose reach seems to keep growing. But no matter where they go, the Douglas J Companies remain committed to excellent service that will leave you saying, “I look great!” every time you walk out of one of their salons. Readers of the Lansing City Community News must be getting that feeling because they voted the Douglas J day spa and salon Best Hair Salon in this year’s People’s Choice awards. The salon and day spa is located at 4663 Ardmore Ave. in Okemos. But there are also two Douglas J eXchange salons, one in East Lansing and one in Ann Arbor, plus five Douglas J Aveda institutes for teaching, including a new

school in Chicago. For a complete list of locations and services visit the Douglas J website at Whether your hair is short or long, or you’re looking for a new cut, a new color, or a whole new style, there’s an expert for each at Douglas J.

Best of the best

“Everyone has their niche and the main thing they’re good at, so you’re getting the best of the best when you come in,” says Christina Minnis, marketing director. Today’s hairstylists are eager to build relationships with their customers and that creates a win-win situation for everyone, Minnis says. The client gets the cut and color that makes her shine, while the stylist gets to practice his craft and try out the latest techniques,

learned through continuous education. “We hope you will leave feeling great and wanting to come back again,” Minnis says.

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Douglas J also is a no-tipping establishment, which further allows the customer to relax and enjoy the services, Minnis adds. Clients often are introduced to Douglas J through a visit to the day spa, which offers a full range of treatments from skin care, to massage to alternative body therapies. Minnis says more than 150 men and women work in the Okemos salon and spa to ensure the customer has an excellent experience. Some of the salon’s employees have been with the salon for decades, and so have many of their loyal clients.

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The environment at the Douglas J salon contributes to its goal of satisfying its customers’ demand for excellence. A full-range of treatments, from skin care to massage and alternatiave body therapies are available in addition to Douglas J’s hair care.

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Some folks are natural-born goers and doers, while others prefer to take a more cautious approach. Mary Schultz, owner of Let’s Go! Travel, definitely belongs in the first category. Schultz’s East Lansing-based travel agency centers on package tours, and once again has won Favorite Travel Agent in this year’s People’s Choice awards from the readers of the Lansing City Community Newspapers. Schultz says her proactive streak started early in her first career as an elementary school teacher in Lansing. She wanted her students to visit some of the wonderful places they were learning about in their books. Since most of the kids couldn’t afford to travel, Schultz worked tirelessly to organize fund-raisers so they could travel as a school group. “That started 33 years of every year we fund-raised the money and figured out where we’d go,” she remembers. Schultz’s students ended up visiting sites from the nation’s capital to the Grand Hotel, to Kentucky horse country and many others. Finally, after years of organizing trips for the students, her colleagues asked her to start planning trips for them, too. For about eight years Schulz continued

teaching full time while also getting her travel business up and running. “That drive to work and do things for people has always been there,” she says. Schultz’s work load became much more manageable when she teamed up with Diamond Tours of Fort Myers, Fla. Through them, she offers 15 motor coach tours each year March through December to destinations such as New York City, Cape Cod, Savannah, Ga., and Washington D.C. “I have a lot of teachers and parents and grandparents on these tours in the summer because it’s an easy way to take a child on a trip,” Schultz says. “They’re fully guided, and the ‘step-on’ guides they put on the buses (once you reach your destination) are wonderful. They take the microphone and really try to teach the people about what’s in their area.” Five years ago Schultz began a relationship with Collette Tours to offer overseas trips to Europe and Australia. She also likes to return to her roots in the business and offer her own motor coach trips to Tigers baseball games, the Detroit theaters and Chicago holiday shopping. Twice a year in the fall she plays host to her own travel show - one in Lansing and one in her native Saginaw. Let’s Go! Travel has a complete website with all of its tour information at

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makes the sandwich. Anyone can put ingredients inside, but the bread is important.” Cunningham uses that same philosophy with his Italian food offerings. “We have a variety of pasta dishes, including lasagna and manicotti,” said Cunningham. “Again, we use fresh ingredients to make our dishes just like homemade. But I am really pleased with the sauce that we use. I have a great recipe for the sauce and it is one that I kept experimenting with until I found the perfect sauce.” Along with oven-baked subs pasta dishes, The Red Tomato also offers pizza. The restaurant has also recently added chili dogs to its menu. “That is something that I noticed was not being offered in this area,” said Cunningham. “I developed 50 different recipes for the chili dog sauce until I came up with what I felt was the perfect sauce. The few customers that I have tasted the chili dogs so far say it is the best tasting sauce that they have ever had.” Chili dogs is not the only new item that

will be appearing on the menu of The Red Tomato. Cunningham plans to offer pizza by the slice as well as barbecued pork sandwiches. “With these new products I am trying to offer customers an option for a five-minute stop,” said Cunningham. “People are on the run more and these items will allow our customers to come in, order their food, and walk out in less time.” Cunningham has been in the food service business for 20 years, but considers the last six years as owner of The Red Tomato to be his best. “This has been my most enjoyable business that I have been a part of,” said Cunningham. “Portland is a great community and this is a good location. The customers have been great and we have had a consistent rise in business. Every year seems to get better than the previous year. It has just been really enjoyable to be here.” The Red Tomato is located at 149 BrisPhoto by Tom Thelen tie St. in Portland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon Denny Cunningham, owner of The Red Tomato, continues to expand the to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant’s tele- restaurant’s offerings for customers. The restauarant recently added pizza by the phone number is (517) 647-4139. slice and coney dogs to go with its popular sub sandwiches and Italian food.

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PORTLAND — Dr. Roger Miller D.D.S. has been offering general dentistry services to Portland-area residents for 32 years. Miller’s dedication was recently rewarded as he was selected as the favorite dentist by Portland-area residents in the 2010 People’s Choice Awards through Lansing Community Newspapers. “Getting this honor is exciting,” said Miller. “It’s nice to know that your patients appreciate you. There are a lot of good dentists here in Portland so this is truly an honor.” Miller said that the honor is not his alone. “To me, this honor is also a reflection on the staff,” said Miller. “I have two great assistants in Kelsey Schafer and Kelly Carter. Our hygienists, Jenny Frewen and Betsy Speicher, both do a great job. And Helen Smith and Connie Brown do an outstanding job managing the front desk.” Dentistry was not Miller’s first course of study in college. “I had been accepted into medical school. But after I Photo by Tom Thelen had worked in an emergency room, I decided that it was Dr. Roger Miller DDS was selected as the favorite not what I wanted to do,” said Miller. “My best friend’s dentist in the Portland-area for 2010. Miller has been father was a dentist and I always liked what he did and in practice in Portland for 32 years. he seemed to enjoy it so I went to become a dentist.”





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Miller studied dentistry at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he began looking for a place to start his practice. “I wanted to find a small town that was not far away from a bigger city,” said Miller. “I came to Portland because of its location between Lansing and Grand Rapids.” Miller also received valuable assistance from Dr. Barry Hilligan D.D.S. when he was just starting his practice. “Dr. Hilligan had the office right next to mine and when he got busy he would send patients to me,” said Miller. “Plus he offered some valuable advice. He really helped me get started here.” One area of the field that has changed in Miller’s 32 years has been the technology. “The technology changes all of the time,” said Miller. “It has been a gradual change. But when you look back to the way were doing things when I started 32 years ago it is amazing how far we have come. The treatment options are so much better now.” One area that has not changed in those 32 years is Miller’s best aspect of the job. “My favorite thing is just meeting people and helping the people,” said Miller. “Just being with the patients is my favorite part of the job. And I want to thank them for the past 32 years and allowing us to do what we do. “Portland has been really good to me and my family,” added Miller. “This is a very nice place to raise a family.” Miller’s office is located at 811 W. Grand River Ave. in Portland. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Friday. Miller’s office is accepting new patients. For more information, call the office at (517) 647-7878.

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Financial advisor quickly earns trust of clients By TOM THELEN

PORTLAND — Kory Blastic has only been offering financial advice to Portland-area residents for the last two years. However, the Edward Jones financial advisor has quickly earned the trust of his clients. Blastic was selected as the Portland area’s favorite financial advisor in the 2010 People’s Choice voting offered by Lansing Community Newspapers. Blastic has been serving the area for Edward Jones for two years and opened his downtown Portland office four months ago. “It is a great honor to be selected,” said Blastic. “It says a lot of about the trust that our clients have in our services as well as our ability to help them meet their financial goals.” Blastic began serving the Portland area as an Edward Jones financial advisor two years ago. At that time, he was based in an office in Grand Ledge. Earleir this year, Blastic moved his offices to the Kramer Building at the intersection of Kent and Bridge streets in downtown Portland. The

move proved to be a popular one. “We had a great response right out of the gate,” said Blastic. “We had a number of people who came in seeking assistance. That number has slowed down lately, but this is the time of year when that happens.” Blastic said the local office has made it easier for local clients to get answers to their questions. “It has really helped because people can just walk in the door and get the answers that they are looking for,” said Blastic. “Plus, having this local office allows for more face-to-face interaction with our clients. I can look up with investments they are in but also remember the conversation the last time that I met with that client. If you do the same thing over the telephone you may not get the same person every time and the customer service representative has to spend some time looking up that client’s history.” Blastic said his goal in advising a client is to help them meet their financial goals, which may include planning a com-

Kory Blastic of Edward Jones recently opened an office in downtown Portland at the intersection of Kent and Bridge streets. Blastic is prepared to assist See Blastic/page 29 Portland-area residents with all of their investment needs.

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fortable retirement, saving for a college education, saving money on taxes, or enjoying retirement years. Blastic said clients can meet their goals through a variety of options offered through Edward Jones, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies and annuities. “The state has also developed a new program to save for college tuition that is available to us,” said Blastic. “The program is tax deferred and the funds can be used to pay for tuition and other education-related purchases at qualifying schools. And if the child that you took out the program for does not use those funds, that can be used for another child or by a parent. I think this will be a great benefit to many people.” Blastic said that he and his new office administrator, Amy Kahn, are available for any new clients who have questions or want advice about investing, especially in light of the current economy and recent downturns in the market.

“What has happened is that more people are seeking help and advice,” said Blastic. “When the markets are going well, people are willing to let things be. But with the current economy, we are seeing more and more people, some of them have never sat down with a financial advisor. But we take the time to discuss all of the options available to them. We have even had some clients who have done well with their investments when the market was down.” Blastic has also assisted clients who are just starting retirement. “Some companies offer access to financial advisors while the employee is still working at the company,” said Blastic. “But once they retire, they no longer have that access. Some of our clients are in that position and we have offered advice and options for them.” Blastic’s Edward Jones office is located in the Kramer Building at 212 Kent St. in downtown Portland. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at (517) 647-2787.

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time,” said Serba. “I had worked in consignment for 12 years at that point and figured I would give it a shot here.” The idea proved to be a good one as the store grew in popularity. However, a recent change forced Serba to sell the store on June 1 of this year. “I had a child in January and also operated another store in Okemos and it all just got to be too much,” said Serba. “I am going to miss my customers here. I have always enjoyed the smalltown feel and how everyone knows everyone. I am not from Portland originally so that was a nice feeling to be part of.” The New To You store will remain open under the ownership of Dawn Becker. See

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“I co-own The Pizza Shop with the owner of this building,” said Becker. “He told me that this store was available and I thought it would be good to try. I knew that this has been a good store.” New To You offers clothing for sale and also allows customers a way to sell their unwanted, but good quality, clothing. “The clothing has to be ready to wear, seasonal and in style,” said Becker. “From

the time that the customer brings the clothing in, they have 60 days for it to be sold. If it is sold, they get half of the sale price. If it does not sell after 60 days, they can either 250 Kent St. Downtown Portland pick it up or donate it to the store.” (517) 647-6070 Customers looking for new items for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, their wardrobe will find a wide variety of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday clothing and accessories. “Most of the items are women’s or children’s clothing items,” said Becker. “But we niture, shoes, sunglasses, purses and handdo have some men’s clothing as well as baby bags. We take just about anything.” Customers wishing to drop off clothes clothes. We also have items like cribs, fur-

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for sale can do so any time the store is open. However, Becker said earlier in the week is the best time. New To You Consignment is located at 250 Kent St. in downtown Portland, across from Portland City Hall. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday. For questions or more information about the store, call (517) 647-6070 during the store’s business hours.

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