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Eaton Rapids

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‘Taco Truck’ to settle down on Main Street

Las Flores, more commonly known as “The Taco Truck” to area Mexican food fans, is moving into a permanent, brick and mortar building on the main corner in downtown Eaton Rapids. The restaurant will go into the space formerly occupied by Madres and the Evelyn Bay coffee shop on the corner of Hamlin and Main Street.

Ady Pintor, who owns and operates the food truck along with her husband Miguel, said they expect to move into the new spot by the end of the month.

“We wanted to move for our customers,” Pintor said. “We wanted them to have a place to sit while they waited (for carry outs) and a place to sit down while they eat. We didn’t want them to have to wait in the rain and snow.”

Having a permanent building, rather than a truck, will also allow them to stay open year-round.

Pintor said both she and Miguel are very fond of their customers.

“Most of them feel like family,” she said. “We know a lot about each other – they care about us and we care about them.

“We really love this community and our customers. It’s what keeps us going. We are grateful for everyone’s support over the years.”

The Las Flores food truck has been serving up delicious Mexican food in Eaton Rapids for the past three years. For the first two years, they were on Main Street. Then they moved to their current spot in the parking lot next to the canoe livery, behind the old fire station.

The Pintors excel at traditional Mexican staples – including tacos, burritos and tamales. Ady Pintor said customer favorites include the tamales and their “taco special.” The special includes three tacos, rice and beans.

The new location will offer both carry out and sit-down dining.

“We are planning on adding some dishes and having a little bigger menu,” she said. “But we are going to continue to keep things simple.”

Las Flores, which means “the flowers” in Spanish, will continue to be open Monday through Saturday. They are always closed on Sunday. Once they move into the new location at 203 S. Main Street, winter business hours are tentatively set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number is (517) 803-1799.

Mason

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Mason DDA hosts Chocolate Walk through downtown

Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. residents and visitors are invited to Mason for a Chocolate Walk through downtown. The Mason Downtown Development Authority is putting on the event to bring attention to the unique businesses and opportunities that exist all within a short walking distance in the downtown area.

Walkers will start at Mason City Hall, receive a map and a chocolate-collecting bag, and start the trek through downtown. With 37 stops along the way, walkers will consume and take home a variety of chocolate treats, as well as special gifts and offers from the participating businesses.

“(This may) give them a reason to come back to Mason,” said Jamie Robinson, chair of the Mason DDA.

As owner of a couple Mason favorites, Bestsellers Books and Coffee Co. and the Vault Delicatessen, Robinson knows the great potential the downtown has for attracting newcomers. A chocolate walk through some of Mason’s finest businesses combined with a special gift or discount for products is a sure to bring visiting walkers back to the historic town, according to Robinson.

The idea of the chocolate walk came from one such event held in Old Town Lansing. Robinson and others saw the kind of crowds and enthusiasm the Old Town chocolate walk brought to one historic district, and brought the idea back to Mason.

“Chocolate is appealing to a vast majority of people,” said Robinson.

Walkers will be fortunate to have a variety of finely made chocolates from Hanover’s Michigan Mints, Fabiano’s Candies, and more. Although chocolate will be the primary treat for the event, walkers can look forward to a number of other delicious delights as well.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view new spaces in the Mason downtown. One stop along the chocolate trail will be the new Dart Bank building, in which walkers will get a tour of the lobby area. Another highly anticipated stop will be the Michigan Barn Salvage, where walkers will get a sneak peak at the new business.

Tickets to the Mason Chocolate Walk are $25 with advance order and $30 on the day of the event. Readers can buy tickets online at the Mason DDA website, or buy tickets at Bestsellers Books and Coffee Co, or purchase tickets at Mason City Hall the day of the event.

For more event information readers can visit masondda.com.

DIMONDALE

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Beloved Dimondale restaurant to reopen

With a sigh of relief and a round of applause, residents of Dimondale, and the surrounding areas, celebrated at Mike’s Village Restaurant Wednesday, June 27 as Lori Conarton announced she’d be reopening the Dimondale favorite....

Dimondale

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Beloved Dimondale restaurant to reopen

With a sigh of relief and a round of applause, residents of Dimondale, and the surrounding areas, celebrated at Mike’s Village Restaurant Wednesday, June 27 as Lori Conarton announced she’d be reopening the Dimondale favorite. For 50 years Mike’s was a staple of the village of Dimondale, serving baked goods and homestyle fare. Dimondalians knew owner Mike Chappell and his staff and took comfort in the food, friendliness, and simplicity. Many, far and wide, were saddened when Mike announced he’d be closing the restaurant, and Conarton was one of the many.

Saddened by the news as she was, Conarton decided to let the announcement be the catalyst for fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams — to own her own local diner, especially one she was familiar with. Conarton and her mother were regulars at Mike’s, and she couldn’t stand the thought of losing another gem of Dimondale’s main street, especially one that had lasted in the village through many storms and changing times.

“The day he (Mike) made the announcement, I started thinking about it,” said Conarton.

It wasn’t long before she and Chappell had made arrangements. Pieces are currently in motion to have the same, familiar restaurant reopened in August. Many familiar faces and dishes will return to Mike’s, but a few things will be different. Mike’s will have a facelift, with new paint and flooring. The hours will also change, with restaurant no longer offering dinner. Still, the menu will have many of its essential favorites, as well as the small town charm any diner needs.

The reopening of Mike’s, however, is less about the food and walls, to Conarton, and more about the people. Conarton not only was a regular customer at the village restaurant, she also worked at Mike’s during her high school and college years. To her, and to so many patrons, Mike’s was a place for community togetherness, early employment, and fond memories.

“In every community there’s a restaurant people go to regularly. There’s a sense of community and friendliness,” said Conarton. “It’s a friendly atmosphere, everybody knows your name, you feel at home there… That’s so important to us.”

The concept of the community restaurant isn’t just important to Conarton and Chappell, it’s important to many Dimondale residents. Conarton has received dozens of encouraging and grateful emails, messages, and phone calls regarding her announcement. Mike’s absence may have been short, but it left an impact on the community. Residents are eager to have their beloved restaurant reopened, and hopefully ready for another 50 years of service.

Eaton County

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Generosity Celebration returns to Charlotte March 21

Generosity is measured in many ways in the Charlotte community. So many in the community give of their time and talents to ensure those in need receive shelter, receive food, or any other number of basic needs. People and organizations are also generous financially, making sure our local non-profits have the funding to serve the people in the community that count on their services.

Organizers are once again counting on generosity in all its forms to rise to the surface Thursday, March 21 for the annual Generosity Celebration. The event, which has raised more than $70,000 in its seven years of existence, serves as the main fundraising mechanism for the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowment fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation.

The fund’s sole purpose is to provide funds for non-profit organizations that work collaboratively with other organizations in an effort to positively affect one of the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community — Arts & Culture; Basic Needs; Health & Wellness; Education; Economy; Neighborhoods & Communities; and Environment.

Grant money is awarded annually — up to three per year — from interest generated by the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowed fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation. 

The eighth annual event takes place once again at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Guests will enjoy hot hors d’ oeuvres, live music from Windwalker Underground Gallery musicians.

Collaboration and generosity are a common theme of the event itself. Several local businesses and organizations also donate to the event, meaning nearly 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the generosity fund. Local non-profits will have the opportunity to participate in a game in an effort to win a gift basket.

The 4th annual Living a Generous Life award will be presented at the event as well.

The eighth annual Generosity Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center, located at 804 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte. Tickets are available at The County Journal, the Eaton Area Senior Center and Windwalker Underground Gallery.

For more information, call (517) 588-1244.

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Charlotte

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Generosity Celebration returns to Charlotte March 21

Generosity is measured in many ways in the Charlotte community. So many in the community give of their time and talents to ensure those in need receive shelter, receive food, or any other number of basic needs. People and organizations are also generous financially, making sure our local non-profits have the funding to serve the people in the community that count on their services.

Organizers are once again counting on generosity in all its forms to rise to the surface Thursday, March 21 for the annual Generosity Celebration. The event, which has raised more than $70,000 in its seven years of existence, serves as the main fundraising mechanism for the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowment fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation.

The fund’s sole purpose is to provide funds for non-profit organizations that work collaboratively with other organizations in an effort to positively affect one of the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community — Arts & Culture; Basic Needs; Health & Wellness; Education; Economy; Neighborhoods & Communities; and Environment.

Grant money is awarded annually — up to three per year — from interest generated by the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowed fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation. 

The eighth annual event takes place once again at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Guests will enjoy hot hors d’ oeuvres, live music from Windwalker Underground Gallery musicians.

Collaboration and generosity are a common theme of the event itself. Several local businesses and organizations also donate to the event, meaning nearly 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the generosity fund. Local non-profits will have the opportunity to participate in a game in an effort to win a gift basket.

The 4th annual Living a Generous Life award will be presented at the event as well.

The eighth annual Generosity Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center, located at 804 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte. Tickets are available at The County Journal, the Eaton Area Senior Center and Windwalker Underground Gallery.

For more information, call (517) 588-1244.

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