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Voted the Best by our Readers Delta-Waverly: 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!


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PERSONALITIES DJ Personality Michael Patrick Sheils at WJIM Barber Steve at Steve’s Barber Shop Cashier Sharon Meijer Chiropractor Dr. Roost at Delta Chiropractic Dentist George Schneeberger Doctor Timothy Spedoske at Family Medicine, GL EyeDoctor Dr. Hemming at Lansing Ophthalmology Fireman Mike Fabiano at Delta Fire Dept Floral Designer at Addy’s Floral Hair Stylist Cynthia Harrington at Peer Hair Studio, InvestmentBrokerMarkQuimby at Firm Edward Jones Massage Therapist Melinda Jones at Kneeded Hands Mechanic Bob Steveson at Sundance Chevrolet, Nurse Shirley Courey at Dr. Wu Pastor Fr. John Kleinat St. Gerard Catholic Church Pet Groomer Kellie at Pampered Pooch Pharmacist John Hoppenmeyer at Meijer’s West Saginaw PhotographerCrissyatChris Ehrenberger Photography

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Jersey Giant Subs voted area favorite sub

LANSING TWP. - It all started over 30 years ago when Butch and Peg Slocum moved here from New Jersey and bought over-priced four-inch subs for $6 apiece. Figuring they could do a lot better for their customers, the Slocums opened their own shop in East Lansing inspired by the food shacks on the boardwalk back home. This year, Jersey Giant Subs won the People’s Choice Award by DeltaWaverly Community News readers for the best subs in the area, thanks to the Slocums’ son, Britt, who owns two local shops, one in Grand Ledge and one on

W. Saginaw near Waverly Road. He also owns a third in Woodhaven near Detroit. Family connections and simple, good food are his recipe for success. Homemade bread, white or wheat, is the cornerstone of each sandwich. “Each one of those glorious 16-inch beauties is made from scratch daily,” Slocum said. “What we don’t sell, we give to Food Movers, (over 6,000 pounds last year alone.)” Slocum likes to keep things simple: lettuce, tomatoes, onions and hot peppers, plus a variety of meats including lowersodium turkey and roast beef. He’s in the process of getting lower-sodium ham, too.

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He’s into local companies, too, as much as possible. So he stocks Frito-Lay chips made from Michigan potatoes and his peppers are packed in Kalamazoo. With a blue and white tiled floor and a huge mural of an oceanside scene, the W. Saginaw shop evokes memories of the Jersey boardwalk. Look closely at the mural, though, and you’ll see signs that depict family. The “Butch and Peg Pavilion” says one. “Annie’s Beach,” says another. “Luke-Ken-Mags” says a third. Anne is Britt’s wife; Luke, Ken and Maggie, his children, all of whom have worked for him. Ken, in fact, is now running his own Jersey

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Jersey Giant Subs owner Britt Slocum with several of his staff at the W. Saginaw shop. L to r: Luke Bunge, Luke Slocum, Britt Slocum, Keith Sova, Travis Harris. Britt Slocum’s parents, Butch and Peg, opened their first Jersey Giant in East Lansing 32 years ago. MARY JO WHITE | LCN

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Little Red Schoolhouse best for area antiques By MARY JO WHITE

DELTA TWP. - Little Red Schoolhouse, the 2011 People’s Choice award winner for favorite antique store by Delta-Waverly Community News readers, has a little something for everyone. Owners Penni Raffler and Ann Hackler carry primitive pottery and glassware, vintage clothing and furniture and some very unusual items in their 11,000-square-foot store, three-quarters of which is devoted to antiques, the rest to crafts. One unique item that Hackler calls an example of “prison art” is a beautiful small table from the early 1900s made entirely of matchsticks and cigar boxes by a prisoner in Ionia.

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Some antique dealers expect customers to drop a bundle with each visit. Not Raffler and Hackler. “We try to do a mix and keep it at a lower price point,” Hackler said. They carry giftware galore, too, - everything from teapots and kitchen towels to two-sided baby bibs and stained glass night lights. Both owners started as crafters. Hackler does small clay figures, needle felt and what she calls “altered vintage items” that use jewelry, lace and other decorations to create a one-of a -kind piece.

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Raffler does cross stitch, needle punch and quilting. “We expanded when antiques got hot,” Hackler said. Stroll through the store and you’ll find items from over 100 juried sellers, including coins, stamps and military clothing. There’s a whole display of doll clothes and shelves piled high with beautiful yarn in every shade imaginable. Little Red Schoolhouse, 5002 W. Saginaw, is open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 517-321-6701.

Little Red Schoolhouse owners Penni Raffler (l) and Ann Hackler with a work of prison art from the early 1900s made of cigar boxes and matchsticks. Little Red Schoolhouse was voted the 2011 People’s Choice award for favorite antique dealer. MARY JO WHITE/LCN

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DJ Personality Monica Harris at WFMK Bank Teller Chistina Gray at Eaton Federal Savings Bank Barber Gary Ford at Ledge Clippers Cashier Michelle McWhorter at Meijer Chiropractor Dr. Ethan Childs at Ledges Chiropractic Dentist Dr. Dennis Sullivan at Dennis J. Sullivan, DDS DoctorDr Eric Smith at GL Family Medicine Eye Doctor Andrew Schmitzer at GL Optometry Fireman Cliff VanDeusen at Grand Ledge Fire Dept Floral Designer Chris Cypher at MacDowells Flower & Gift Hair Stylist Kathleen Albert at Bridge Water Salon Investment Broker Paul Lentz at Edward Jones Lawyer David Carter at Law Offices of David B. Carter Massage Therapist Sara Holland at Sara Holland Massage Therapy Mechanic Adam Keusch at Keusch Super Service Nurse Calli O’Keefe at Sparrow Hospital Pastor Pastor Olsen at Our Savior Lutheran Church

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the previous owners, Neil Holihan, in 1988. “I moved here and GRAND LEDGE — Jason never looked back,” he Barclay and Bill Atkin, said. “This is home.” directors of the HoliAs for Jason, he grew han-Atkin Funeral Home, up in town and attended follow a long-standing traschool in Grand Ledge dition of small town through middle school funeral directors. when his family moved “One of us is always on to Perry. After graduation, the premises,” said Atkin. also from Wayne State, he Making that a little easier moved back to join Bill in is the fact that he and the business. his family live across the “It was like coming street and Barclay and his back home,” he said. “It’s family live upstairs. been great.” But that’s just the way Serving a small town it is at the home at 406 community is distinct, Bill Bridge St., which was said. “It’s a lot more connamed the favorite funeral nected. You get to know home by Grand Ledge people on a lot closer level. readers in the 2011 PeoIt’s a much more rewardple’s Choice. ing experience.” The business itself Both directors are dates back to the 1940s. active in the community Bill, a native of the east groups and service clubs. side of the Detroit area and “We’re here primarily a graduate of Wayne State ministering to families, but University, joined one of we’re involved in all parts

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Bill Atkin (left) and Jason Barclay are the two directors of Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, named the favorite funeral home by Grand Ledge readers for the 2011 People’s Choice. COURTESY PHOTO of the community,” Bill said. Both have had experiences in larger towns and bigger firms, but wouldn’t trade their current circum-

stances. “Here it’s all included,” said Jason. “It’s all part of who are.” Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home can be reached at (517) 627-2531.

Want to get romantic? In Grand Ledge, that place would be the ancient ledges, according to Grand Ledge Ledge Independent readers for the 2011 People’s Choice. The ledges, which give the city its name, are made up of rocks which were formed more than 250 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth, according to Eaton County naturalist Jackie Blanc. In addition, some of the plants growing on and around the ledges do not grow anywhere else in southern Michigan due to the unique “micro climate” which results from the unique climate control caused by the ledges. Of course, if the romantic day goes bad, it could go really bad...but let’s not think about that.

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GRAND LEDGE — Given a choice, Gary Ford, chosen as Grand Ledge’s favorite barber by Grand Ledge readers in this year’s People’s Choice survey, would do it all again. “It’s a good career,” he said. The best part of the job, Ford said, is “getting to know people,” because it is such a people oriented occupation. He and his clippers can be found at Ledge Clippers, 106 East River St.. “In a lot of businesses, you have to deal with people who don’t like you,” he said. “But not here, because if someone doesn’t like you they go somewhere else.” Ford, who grew up on a farm near Grand Ledge, has been a part of the busi-

ness community for many years. After graduating from barber school in 1966, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served four years on aircraft carriers the Roosevelt and the Kennedy. After returning to Grand Ledge in 1970, he began at the Ledge Clippers and is still there five days a week.

Ford has been highly visible in his church and in the community. He is former president of the Lions Club, and an active member of the Oneida Gospel Church, where he is part of the music program. Last year, he retired from the Singers on the Grand after 12 years in the bass section.

In addition to Ford, who has been there 41 years, Rick Merrifield has been at Ledge Clippers for 34 years, and Shelly Walsh for 19 years. The best thing about being a barber? “Every 20 minutes or so, you get a different personality in the chair.” Ford can be reached at (517) 627-2250.

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Favorite photographer is no flash in the pan processing. Floeter has been an active member in the Grand Ledge community since he arrived. He can be seen at many local festivals playing his harmonica. And during Yankee Doodle Days, he will be the guy in red, white and blue, dressed as Uncle Sam.

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GRAND LEDGE - He may own the oldest photo studio in the area. He may be 85. But don’t let that give you the impression that Ernst Floeter is retired. He’s still on the job, taking pictures. “As long as I am able, why not?” he said. He was named the favorite photographer and his studio, Floeter Photography, is the favorite photo studio for Grand Ledge readers in the 2011 People’s Choice. Photo technology has changed a bit since Floeter started out as a photographer’s apprentice in 1947 in Berlin, Germany. But in general, it remains the same, he said. “It’s still a black box with a hole in the front,” he said during an interview in his home, built in

Floeter also shares his World War II stories with veterans groups or other gatherings. A former German soldier, he was grateful when he was captured by American troops. His first trip to the U.S. was as a prisoner of war. “I didn’t want to fight for those Germans,”

Ernst Floeter of Grand Ledge is the favorite photographer for Grand Ledge readers in the 2011 People’s Choice. BARB MODRACK | LCN

1871 at 513 S. Bridge St., which has also served as his studio since 1960. “The parlor is my studio,” he said. The living area, where he and his late wife, Barbara, raised their three children, begins in the next room and extends to the kitchen and a cozy

family room filled with all kinds of collectibles and plants. “It’s ideal,” he said. Floeter, who unlike some photographers today, still uses film, and still maintains a black and white darkroom. He sends his color photos to a lab for

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he said. Several years after the war ended he and his family were eventually able to come back to the states to live, stopping first in Lansing and then moving to Grand Ledge. “Everything worked out fantastic,” he said. Floeter can be reached at 517-627-7058.

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Groesbeck Golf Course is Lansing’s choice as the favorite golf course. The 5,950-yard, par 71, 18-hole course, has been named one of the top 10 municipal courses in all of Michigan. Tucked in the heart of Lansing, the course offers challenging shots and fun for just about every skill level. Local residents love the course. Dominic Olivett, 85, hits a tee shot on the back nine at Groesbeck Golf Course as he plays his regular round with friend Jack Perrone, 80, in Lansing .. The two friends have played the golf course for about 65 years and 70 years respectively, they said. Dominic has five holes in one on the course, and Jack has two. ROD SANFORD|LSJ MEDIA

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Whether you’re an experienced skier looking for new bindings, or a nervous parent buying your child’s first skateboard, Modern Skate & Surf is the place to go. Since the first East Lansing store opened in 1980, Modern has grown its business while keeping its small and local feel . It is a popular local store — being voted the favorite sports store in Lansing in the 201l People’s Choice balloting. These days there are stores in Royal Oak and Grand Rapids, and the Lansing location anchors a corner spot at the Frandor Shopping Center. Located near a popular

“The environment isn’t about selling, we have conversations with the customers.” STEPHEN DARLING Store manager public skate park, Modern boasts a staff ready to replace bearings, replace grip tape and talk about everything from cool new products to boarding technique. The store sells equipment, clothing, shoes and instructional materials for snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, inline skating, and roller skating, and serves as a hub for both experienced and novice athletes. According to Manager Stephen Darling, the staff

has product knowledge firsthand experience with skating, surfing, skiing and boarding. “The environment isn’t about selling,” he explains, “we have conversations with the customers. If they don’t need top of the line, we don’t try to sell them top of the line.” This philosophy works - Darling says customers who have shopped at Modern for thirty years are now bringing their kids to buy accessories for the active life.

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t all started with a picture frame. When Kathy Holcomb decided to learn how to mat and frame a picture instead of paying someone else to do it, she discovered a lifelong passion. Today, she is in the eighth year of owning Absolute Gallery where she sells a wide variety of art and offers matting and framing service. The gallery was the winner of the the People’s Choice for an art gallery in Lansing. The gallery is based on the philosophy that every customer should be able to afford to own art, even if they don’t have a lot of money. Holcomb curates a constantly evolving collection of sculpture, jewelry, prints, textiles, greeting cards, and even toys.

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“My nieces are ten and four, and they know they’ll inherit the store,” says Holcomb, “so I like to have toys and games and kids’ stuff. Plus, it’s fun!“ The items sold at the gallery are made by artists from all over the world, and at least 100 of the artists she represents are local. One of the most popular artists is John Balks, a 95-year-old Latvian immigrant who lives in Kalamazoo. In addition to selling art and framing, Holcomb branches out into music, offering chamber concerts at the Gallery on Friday nights during the winter months. The concerts feature world-class musicians and food from local restaurants.. Her pet project is an annual show of art by students with autism, to which she devotes her time and space every February and March.

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More than “just” a store, Elderly Instruments is a community of musicians sharing its passion with the people of Lansing for nearly 40 years. It’s also a national treasure located right here in mid-Michigan. Founded in 1972 by Stan Warbin, the music mecca has expanded from a small space in East Lansing to the present store and warehouse on North Washington. Despite its international clientele, the store is still owned by Warbin, who is on site nearly every day.



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Musicians and collectors from all over the world call, visit and look online to locate unique and vintage guitars, banjos, dulcimers, fiddles, ukeleles, and man- Elderly Instruments has been a mecca for local musicians over four decades. ANN NICHOLS dolins. According to Manager Keith Billick, you can they sell. Even though tomer’s individual needs. shop Elderly for everyit’s famous among profes“You don’t have to be thing from “Antique Road sional musicians, Elderly intimidated,” says Billick. Show” quality instruments is still devoted to sharing “We have a reputation for to basic, starter models. their passion with local selling high-end The store also offers beginners, and even brows- instruments but we have instrument repair, expert ers. a patient, knowledgeable appraisal, and lessons at Billick explains that staff that will help you get the fully staffed School of the store’s staff is dedistarted with no high presMusic for any instrument cated to meeting each cus- sure sales.”


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The M.S.U. Dairy Store is known for generous scoops of fresh, rich, ice cream made daily at the Dairy Plant next door. “I’m a big ice cream guy, and it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever had” says the store’s supervisor, John Holderbaum. He may be a little biased, but the small store nestled in the lower level of Anthony Hall attracts customers from across campus, the Lansing area, and the state. There is often a line out the door on hot, summer days. It is the People’s Choice for best ice cream in Lansing and East Lansing. According to Holderbaum, the Dairy Store is a popular destination for stu-

MSU Dairy Store employee Tim Whelan scoops up some ice cream. ANN NICHOLS dents and faculty during the school year, and often hosts field trips where students can watch ice cream production in the Dairy Plant.

In the summer, the store serves more families; it’s not uncommon to see grandparents, parents and children discussing their selections over the glass cases. The most popular flavor, by the way, is something called Sesquicentennial Swirl. Created to celebrate M.S.U.’s 150th birthday, it features cake batter ice cream, cake pieces and a green frosting swirl. If you want a little lunch with your dessert, the Dairy Store also serves a legendary grilled cheese sandwich, hot and cold drinks and a variety of cheese made in the Dairy Plant, including bags of cheese curds and the intriguing Chocolate Cheese Confection.

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A wide variety of vegetables, baked goods and tasty treasts makes the Lansing City Market a favorite among City of Lansing residents. A large number of vendors selling a rich variety of wares can be found at 325 City Market Drive, off Cedard Street, between Shiawassee Street and Michigan Avenue. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Samantha Griggs and son Jack, 4, shop for fruits and vegetables at the Hickory Corners Greenhouse and Gardens area at the Lansing City Market. ROD SANFORD|LSJ MEDIA

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When Fabiano’s Candies calls itself a “family business, they aren’t kidding. The store has been operation since 1924, when present owner Madeline Fabiano Blair’s father convinced his own father to buy a candy shop in Holland, Mich.. Since then, the business has been run by Blair’s father, then by Blair and her sister; and is now in the capable hands of Blair and her son Steven. The sweet shop moved to Lansing in 1935, and it’s been a local fixture ever since. The store was named the best candy shop in Lansing and East Lansing. Candy is made in the kitchen behind the Michigan Avenue storefront, and there are a dizzying number of options including creams, nuts, truffles, cordial cherries, sea foam, Peanut Butter Melt-A-Ways and caramels. Many flavors are available in a sugar-free version, and the almond toffee, Pecan Turtles and

Trays of delicious sweets greet customers at Fabiano’s. FILE PHOTO peanut clusters are customer favorites. When asked who shops at the store, Blair says “everyone! Men buy as much chocolate as women do, and moms come in to buy our candy for their children because it doesn’t have preservatives in it.”

Fabiano’s Candies is known throughout the state, ships across the country, and once made a chocolate Oldsmobile for Willard Scott. At the end of the day, though, Blair says people love it because it’s “really just an old-fashioned candy store.”

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Kositchek’s , a men’s clothier on North Washington Square, was voted the People’s Choice for best men’s store. The retailer celebrated its 145th birthday last November and has been providing top of the line service and clothes for four generations. It takes the old-word approach to service and providing quality at a range of prices. Talk about longevity among staff; the newest member of the store’s 15-member staff has been with retailer for 15 years. Former governors still come back to the store for clothes. The community-minded store puts on the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders 2nd Annual Dapper Dads Benefit Fashion Show. FILE PHOTO | LSJ

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PERSONALITIES DJPersonality Randy Carlson, Jim Carlyle at WION BankTeller Mary Willemin at Portland Federal CU Barber Misty Gonzales at Mysteek Salon Cashier Lindsay Barker at Portland Party Store Chiropractor Dr. Russ Willemin at Willemin Chiro Dentist Dr. Hutnick at Super Smiles Dental Doctor Dr. Gerald Brown at Portland Family Care EyeDoctor Dr. Randall Riemer at Riemer Eyecare Fireman Dave Brown at Portland Fire Dept FloralDesigner Wanda Urie at Distinctive Occasions HairStylist Kerri Simon at Styles on the Grand InvestmentBroker Tony Mazzoli at The Capital Group Lawyer S. Tutt Gorman at Duff, Chadwick, and Associates MassageTherapist Rebecca Jandernoa at Portland Clinical Therapeutic Massage Mechanic Steve Ward at Ward’s Garage Nurse Lynda Russman at Sparrow Ionia Hospital Pastor Ed Filter

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PORTLAND — When Ed and Linda Trenn opened the doors to the Looking Grand Cafe & Bakery in 2008 they planned to provide customers with homestyle food made from scratch. That attention to quality has been noticed by their customers as the Looking Grand Cafe earned four awards from Portland voters in the 2011 People’s Choice awards through Lansing Community Newspapers.

Looking Grand Cafe & Bakery was voted as having the Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Lunch and Best Hamburger by Portland voters. “I think the customers are happy with what we have to offer,” said Linda Trenn. “And we are glad that the customers want to come back.” The Trenns purchased the cafe in April of 2008 and opened to the public that September after renovating the interior. They also brought a wealth of cooking experience. Linda had taught at a culinary

school in Rhode Island for six years and spent the 2007 teaching in Grand Rapids. Meanwhile, Ed had served as a chef at the Fidelity Investments corporate headquarters in Boston. Both are pleased with their decision to come to Portland. “We see a lot of new customers each week,” said Ed Trenn. “We try to make a visit here a good experience for the customers and we also try to make this a fun experience for our employees and that helps. “Being able to offer homemade food

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has been key to our success,” added Ed Trenn. “Everything is made from scratch and that is important to both of us.” The Looking Grand Cafe was offering breakfast and lunch when the Trenns first opened in September of 2008. They added dinner hours later that December. “Our customers asked us is we could be open for dinner,” said Ed Trenn. “Linda and I also saw the potential for staying open later. And we are glad we

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PORTLAND — The Kiebler Insurance Agency in downtown Portland has a long history of providing area residents with their insurance needs. Their clients rewarded the dedication of the staff as the Kiebler Agency was voted as the Favorite Insurance Agency by Portland-area readers. Lydia McCauley, account executive, credits the level of customer service that the agency staff provides for earning the honor. “We provide friendly, hometown customer service,” said McCauley. “We want to treat people in the way that they want to be treated.” “We also like to do our job,” added agent Alice Fedewa. “We enjoy coming

here and helping our customers. A lot of our clients have been with us for many years, some 25 years or even 50 years.” The Kiebler Agency staff also credits their experience. Fedewa has been with the agency since 1960 and agent Mary Lue Brown has been with the agency since 1965. “We also had another agent, Jane Pohl, who had been working here for 20 years until she retired two years ago,” said Brown. The agency itself can trace its roots back to 1914. During the 1950s, the agency was purchased by Carl Derby and Hilton Kiebler. Kiebler became the sole owner in the early 1960s. The agency would later be passed to Kiebler’s son Daryl. In 2007, Daryl Kiebler retired and sold the agency to Chris Fisher and the Keyser Insurance Group of Kalamazoo. The Kiebler Agency is an independent insurance agency and offers insurance from a variety of companies, including The Kiebler Insurance Agency in downtown Portland has been serving are resident for over 60 years. Staff members include (left to right) Mary Lue Brown, Lydia McCauley and See KIEBLER, Page 31 Alice Fedewa. TOM THELEN/LCN


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Medical Massage Therapist

...6 Years in a Row!


Portland Clinical & Therapeutic Massage “Thank You Portland for 8 Great Years, You’re the Best!”

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Serving Portland and the Lansing Area for over 30 years.

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“I am surprised and excited to be selected,” said owner Valerie Jensen. “It has been a lot of work but I have enjoyed it immensely.” Jensen offers full service grooming services for dogs as well as cats. The services include washing and cutting the fur as well as cleaning the ears and trimming the nails. When it came time to choose a career, Jensen looked for one


PORTLAND — Pooches Parlor

pet grooming salon has been open for just over one year, but has made a positive impression on its clients. The salon, located at 1128 E. Grand River Ave. in Portland, was chosen as the Best Pet Groomer in the 2011 People’s Choice Awards as voted by Portland-area readers.

that still allowed her to be around animals. “I had thought about being a veterinarian or even a veterinarian technician, but there was a lot of school and classes that were involved and was very expensive,” said Jensen. “A friend of mine suggested that I look at mobile pet grooming because I enjoyed driving to various places and I


Where: 1128 Grand River Ave., Portland Phone: (517) 512-4614 Hours: Monday - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

enjoyed animals.” Jensen would later heed that advice and enrolled at the Canine School of Cosmetology in Lansing. The program included up to 3,000 hours on hands-on experience as well as classroom

sessions. “I knew on the second day in grooming school that this was my niche,” said Jensen. “I knew I could work with the

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Pooches Parlor is popular with Portland pet owners

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did because we have received a good response. It was difficult at the beginning. But as word of the extended hours got out we had more people come in.” Among the cafe’s popular items are omelettes, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumpling stew, goulash and rhubarb pie. The Trenns said that the most enjoyable part of owning the cafe has been the customers.

“We just enjoy meeting with our customers,” said Linda Trenn. “We have enjoyed talking with them and getting to know more about them. They make this a fun place and have been very supportive of us.” The Trenns said they are working on more additions to the menu, such as more Mexican food items. “Down the road we would like to have an actual bakery,” said Linda Trenn. “That is my real forte.” The Looking Grand Cafe and Bakery is located at 117 E. Grand River Ave. in Portland. The hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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The Looking Grand Cafe in Portland received four awards in the 2011 People’s Choice awards, being selected for having the best breakfast, best brunch, best lunch and best burger. Ed and Linda Trenn have owned the cafe for nearly three years. TOM THELEN/LCN


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animals in a job that would support myself. And you never really have a bad day.” Jensen gained experience quickly thanks to a part-time position that she accepted. “While I was going to school I was working full time at Shell,” said Jensen.

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opportunity. Jensen also works with a dog rescue group and is offering an incentive for area owners. “I am offering $10 off on grooming services for customers who have proof that the pet was spayed or neutered within the previous 30 days prior to the appointment,” said Jensen. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Pooches Parlor at (517) 512-4614.

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“I also began working part time at Andy’s Grooming Barn near Ionia. I worked with Andy Kohl for two years and that was a great experience. It really allowed me to fine tune my skills and Andy gave me some good tips as well.” Jensen would then get a full-time job as a pet groomer at Lakeside Pet Kennels. When the opportunity became available for her to have her own store, Jensen took advantage of the

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