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Dollar N' More is no more

Dollar N' More is no more

SPARTA, Mich.—Dollar N’ More is no more.

Instead, the business is now operating under a new name: Sparta Variety.  The name change comes as the retailer wraps up renovations to its shop, located at 112 E. Division.  Sparta Variety’s owners say the makeover embraces the building’s history.

To celebrate the holiday season, Sparta Variety will offer free Christmas ornament making activities for children this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Holiday display battle begins in Sparta

Holiday display battle begins in Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.--  The battle of holiday displays is about to begin in downtown Sparta.

Starting November 22, community members are invited to vote for their favorite Christmas light display from a list of  22 businesses and organizations.  The Sparta Chamber of Commerce will tally the votes December 24; the winner will receive a trophy.

For the complete list of places up for vote, visit the chamber of commerce website here.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

New discovery made during Dollar N' More restoration

New discovery made during Dollar N' More restoration

SPARTA, Mich.—A downtown business renovating its way through history is gaining ground.

One  of the owners of Dollar N’ More says workers have finished painting the back of the building, removed the front west windows, and plan to install windows to the east of the front door on Monday.  Crews are also repairing the exterior brick wall.

The owner says crews have also uncovered a thick glass block wall at the top of the building while taking off the siding.  Workers plan to strip the interior dry wall so the glass block will be visible, allowing natural light to shine into the store.

The owners of Dollar N’ More are expecting even more significant changes next week.

Dollar N’ More will remain open for business through the renovation process, which is expected to wrap up by Thanksgiving.

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

New store takes over old Pamida space

New store takes over old Pamida space

SPARTA, Mich.—A former Pamida store is now buzzing with business.

Family Farm and Home moved into the former Pamida building, located at 53 Applewood Drive, about two months ago.  The owners of the store remodeled the space and repaved the entire parking lot.

Sparta’s Pamida was one of six stores that closed after the company merged with Shopko Stores last year.  The remaining Pamida stores were revamped and renamed Shopko Hometown late last year.

Longtime business moving to its own space

Longtime business moving to its own space

SPARTA, Mich.—A business that’s been in downtown Sparta for more than 50 years is moving.

Construction crews are in the process of building a new home for Momber Hometown Pharmacy.  The new facility is located at the corner of Division and South State Street, about a block down from the business’ current location, at 133 E. Division St.

Pharmacist Manager Steven DenBesten says the owners of Momber Pharmacy decided to move the business because the market conditions are right to own a facility, rather than rent.