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Author: Travis Silvas

Rush resigns from post as CharlotteRising executive director

CharlotteRising executive director Dillon Rush submitted his resignation to the Charlotte Main Street organization’s board of directors Tuesday, Oct. 16. In an email to the board, Rush stated he has accepted a new position with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), where he will serve as Tri-County Development & Placemaking Manager. Rush’s last day as CharlotteRising executive director is Oct. 26. “I must admit that my head and my heart clashed together strongly during this decision process, as I have cherished and appreciated working with all of you in building something truly remarkable here in Charlotte,” Rush stated in his...

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Orioles take down rival Eaton Rapids, keep playoff hopes alive

The Charlotte High School varsity football team was not ready to relinquish the “Little Brown Jug.” Keeping it out of the hands of their rivals from Eaton Rapids feels too good. Charlotte used a punishing ground attack Friday, Oct. 5 to ensure the jug would remain in Charlotte for at least one more year. Charlotte dropped the Greyounds 45-31 behind quarterback Dominic Ghiardi’s 263-rushing yards. “It is always nice to keep the Jug where it belongs,” CHS varsity head coach Jeff Finney said this week. “This is a game that both schools look forward to every year and a game...

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Dream becomes reality for new Eaton Theatre owner

Growing up in Leelenau County, the movies always served as an escape for Leann Owen. Heading into Traverse City to see a movie at the State Theatre, or into Honor to catch a flick at the drive in, is some of her most cherished childhood memories. Her love affair for movies has only grown in the past 18 years as she has worked her way from part-time employee at the Eaton Theatre in downtown Charlotte, to manager, and now owner. Owen and her partner Tim Conley closed on the purchase of the Eaton Theatre on Friday, Oct. 5, setting...

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Carl Reck celebrates 45 years in downtown Charlotte

Downtown Charlotte is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts as new shops open and facades undergo needed improvements. There are, however, a few staple retail businesses that have served as downtown’s anchor, providing stability during the uncertain economic times of the recent past. One retail business, Carl Reck Jewelers, has managed to not only weather the storm, but come out of it stronger than ever. In fact, this month, Carl Reck is celebrating 45 years as the area’s premier jeweler. The business has adapted over the years from its beginnings selling fine silverware to its current offerings of trendy fashion watches. The family owned business has kept its finger on the pulse of the jewelry industry and more importantly, on the pulse of what its customers want. Matt DeLeeuw, who purchased the business from his father, Dan in 2011 said the family business has always focused on bringing the best value and newest styles to the community, at a competitive price. The consistency in quality products and service, Matt said, is a reason customers keep coming back. “It’s always been about the customer first,” added longtime employee Carrie Burch. The customer experience at Carl Reck extends from complimentary jewelry cleaning to custom jewelry design consultations. Offering a large number of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charms, and watches on display, meeting customer’s needs also includes an extensive catalog...

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Successful Beach Market Series means expanded collaborations

Yoga on Tap. Piyo and a Pint. Barre and Brews. Regardless of the name, or the specified workout, the uniqueness of the new Beach Market Series drew crowds to downtown Charlotte this past summer. The brainchild of Christina Campbell, Marketing and Operations Manager at AL!VE, the Beach Market Series paired AL!VE fitness instructors and Charlotte Brewing Company craft beer to offer participants the opportunity to experience downtown Charlotte in an exciting new way. A different class was offered on three separate Saturdays in August and September — Piyo (a combination of pilates and yoga), Yoga, and Barre. Participants could...

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