A new steakhouse in rural Saginaw County, drive-up Buffalo Wild Wings and more business news

A new steakhouse in rural Saginaw County, drive-up Buffalo Wild Wings and more business news

SAGINAW, MI — From a new steakhouse opening in rural Saginaw County to a whimsical new bookstore in downtown Midland, here’s some recent business news you might have missed:

Michigan’s first drive-up Buffalo Wild Wings now open

Michigan’s first Buffalo Wild Wings GO is now open in Saginaw Township.

The new Buffalo Wild Wings GO is the first in the Saginaw area and in the state. Diners can go inside to place an order or order online or over the phone and pick up their order from a drive-up window.

The smaller-format Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant is located between Tim Hortons, 4870 State St., and Burger King, 4930 State St., just east of Center Road. The site was formerly home to Sebald’s Bakery.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Buffalo Wild Wings GO brand in Saginaw – it will be the first Buffalo Wild Wings GO location in Michigan,” Brian Carmody, franchisee and president of Patton Wings, previously said in a statement.

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As Buena Vista’s only bank prepares to close, officials hope another will move in

PNC Bank is closing its Buena Vista Township branch, the community’s only bank.

The branch, located at 1140 S. Outer Dr. and next door to Buena Vista Township Hall, will permanently close at 3 p.m. Friday, May 19, according to a sign posted on the front door. PNC’s two other Saginaw County locations can be found at 2322 Tittabawassee Road and 5270 Gratiot Road.

In a statement, PNC officials said, “PNC recognizes that branches continue to play an important role for many customers when it comes to conducting certain transactions and holding important in-person financial conversations with our banking experts, which is why we routinely evaluate our branch network, together with our other available methods of banking, to determine if we are most effectively meeting our customers’ needs.

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New Bay City fitness center focuses on both the body and soul

There’s a new fitness center in downtown Bay City that aims to focus on both the body and soul.

Anna Bebow, owner and instructor at Soul Fit, 916 Washington Ave., wants the people who visit her studio to get a good workout in and leave with their “soul filled.” In that way, Bebow, a longtime group fitness lover, hopes Soul Fit will fill a need in the community.

“We need to make a studio that’s not just about losing weight, but maybe you’re leaving with your soul filled; you’re making a new friend,” she said.

Soul Fit offers yoga, pilates, Barre and mindful movement classes, with more offerings coming soon.

“We have all low-impact options but high intensity,” Bebow said. “You’re not going to see big heavy weights like you see at a typical gym.”

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Cozy new bookstore with magical Narnia and thousands of titles invites you to ‘fall in love with books’

There’s a cozy new bookstore opening soon in downtown Midland where readers of all ages are invited to browse more than 2,000 titles, curl up in a chair with a new read, and even step through a wardrobe into a wintry Narnia-like scene.

“One thing with this bookstore that I do hope to do is not only share my love of books but share the books that I love,” said Tricia Crivac, owner of Bookmarks, 126 Townsend St. “As a book lover, we love to share the books that we love.”

When Crivac, who also owns Crivac Bookkeeping & Accounting Service, began making plans for the space, she knew she wanted her store to look like “an old-fashioned bookshop” with a Narnia-inspired children’s area. She credits her husband, Jeremiah Crivac, for bringing her vision to life.

Wooden bookcases filled with new and used books of all genres line the walls. There’s a sitting area with chairs and an electric fireplace where book lovers can read and discuss their favorite books. And a large stuffed lion sits atop a backless wooden wardrobe, which serves as a doorway to a whimsical Narnia-inspired children’s section complete with a snowy mural and strands of lights positioned overhead to look like stars.

Read the full story and see photos of the shop here.

Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Sweet ‘Berry Cheesecrêpe’ from Crêpes Et Amis

There’s a crêperie in mid-Michigan offering sweet and savory crêpes and “a little bit of Paris” in downtown Midland.

One of the most popular dishes at Crêpes Et Amis, located at 130 Townsend St. near the new Bookmarks bookstorecan be found on its sweet menu. The best-selling “Berry Cheesecrêpe” is a crêpe served with strawberries, Nutella and cheesecake filling. Another popular sweet offering is the “Violets” crêpe, which features blueberry compote, lemon cream and almond crumble.

“Hands down, our biggest seller is the ‘Berry Cheesecrêpe,’” said Brandon Morey, owner of Crêpes Et Amis.

But Morey’s personal favorite can be found on the savory menu. The “Edmond Dantes” is described as a crêpe with smoked ham, roasted turkey, melted Swiss, raspberry preserves and honey mustard.

“It’s like a Monte Cristo sandwich,” he said.

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Sold! Midland Mall auction ends with bid totaling nearly half 2018 sales price

An online auction to purchase the Midland Mall ended with an investor bidding more than $5 million for the shopping center.

That amounts to nearly half the amount paid five years ago to purchase the mall, located in Larkin Township near the Midland border.

Representatives of the Thursday, March 30, auction said the winning offer would not be considered a final sale until additional paperwork is completed within 30 days. Officials said they would keep the investor’s identity under wraps until then.

Bidding on the indoor shopping center, located at 6800 Eastman Ave., began at noon on Tuesday, March 28, and ended at 1:45 p.m. Thursday on rimarketplace.com.

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Hemlock Semiconductor joins program to save working parents thousands of dollars

Hemlock Semiconductor, a leading provider of high-purity polysilicon products for the electronic and solar power industries and one of Saginaw County’s top employers, has joined the state of Michigan’s child care cost-sharing program, which offers working parents access to child care at a third of the cost.

HSC is now among 139 businesses across Michigan participating in the MI Tri-Share program, which saves parents an average of $464 a month, or $5,568 a year, on child care costs, according to a news release issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office. Proponents say the program helps participating employers recruit and retain workers and encourages parents to join or reenter the workforce.

“At HSC, we put a high premium on work-life balance. We recognize that child care costs can be a burden for many of our valued employees and we want to help,” Barbara Metcalf, chief human resources officer at HSC, said in a statement.

“The Tri-Share program is a tremendous way to overcome this major barrier to employment for many families across the Great Lakes Bay region and it will help attract and retain the talented workforce we need to continue growing.”

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The Rustic in St. Charles reopening as Cam’s Brick Oven this spring

The village of St. Charles will soon have a new restaurant open to customers where The Rustic Steakhouse & Saloon was located for more than 20 years.

Billie and Shane Thurston purchased the shuttered restaurant at 133 N. Saginaw St. and plan to reopen it as Cam’s Brick Oven this spring. The Rustic closed in 2021.

The new restaurant will be a steakhouse with a brick oven as its focal point, Billie Thurston said. The menu will feature high-end steaks, seafood, pizza, fondue, appetizers, wine and cocktails.

“We want to bring in local food and drinks where we can and create jobs for the community,” she said.

The Thurstons, who also recently acquired Thurston Outdoors, formerly Bare’s Sports Shop, 104 E. Water St., plan to hire 20 to 25 people to staff the restaurant, which will also serve breakfast and cater to customers looking for a place to gather or grab a coffee to go.

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U.S. Paralympian bringing Club Pilates to Midland, Traverse City

Brian Sheridan, a Bay City native, occupational therapist and athlete who competed with the U.S. Paralympics Cycling teamis bringing Club Pilates to mid- and northern Michigan.

Sheridan and his wife, Ana Sheridan, a physical therapist and Pilates instructor, are planning to open Club Pilates studios in Midland and Traverse City this year. The couple previously owned and operated Level Eleven Physical Therapyand sold the centers to BrightSpring Health Services in 2019.

“My wife and I started thinking, ‘What do we want to do next?’” Brian Sheridan said. “While we loved the world of rehab, we loved the idea of lifelong health and wellness even more.”

After working with people who were going through disease processes or recovering from catastrophic injuries, now with Pilates, “we have the opportunity to help prevent injuries, to create healthy lifestyle habits and to help them maintain their health throughout their life span,” he said.

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Michigan’s Best Local Eats: ‘Bloody Mary grilled cheese’ from Valerie’s Downtown

Valerie’s Downtown serves Mexican cuisine and sandwiches in downtown Saginaw, including a “bloody Mary grilled cheese” that’s like a grilled cheese and a BLT in one.

“That is my mom’s creation,” said restaurant owner Juliana Stricker. “It’s very popular.”

This savory sandwich dreamed up by Juanita Stricker is made with Texas toast, pepper jack, sharp cheddar and Swiss cheeses, apple wood smoked bacon and tomato.

“We use actually bloody Mary sauce, dip it in there with the egg, and then get that all crisped up on the grill,” Juliana Stricker said.

The hot sandwich is then garnished with green olives.

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