Wander up the stairs of the Williamston True Value Hardware store, and it has its own storage room. There are remnants from the past, including a run-down kitchen and bathroom from decades ago. But the real treasure lies in the basement. Both the second floor and basement are hidden from the public eye, much like the nested relationship between businesses in the area. It’s there, just unseen.
It’s been busy inside the bright teal building at 118 W. Grand River Ave. in downtown Williamston. The building now occupies The Bunkhouse, which opened on Feb. 16 and was founded by 141 Design Company owners Chantelle and Brian Deimling. “The Bunkhouse is where paint classes are held and it’s also a fun little store,” co-owner Chantelle Deimling said.
The toy wonderland Toys R Us has declared bankruptcy. Its 735 stores around the U.S. will be liquidated and the once kid shopping paradise will plan on closing all stores permanently in April according to Business Insider. The chain has said that poor holiday sales was the final straw that led to the collapse, but online shopping and other national stores like Target also played a huge role in their decision to file for bankruptcy according to a press release from Toys R Us. With online shopping like Amazon becoming more and more popular every day sales at Toys R Us had been declining according to CNBC.
“It is easier for me to buy toys like Legos online than to go to buy them at the store,” said Kathy Mcauliffe, a Williamston Alpaca employee. “Especially when you are trying to buy something for someone in another state.
The running for city manager at Williamston is coming to a close as the city council has narrowed the candidates to three. Larry Collins, Susan Montenegro and Corey Schmidt were all called for a second interview in front of the city council last week. The council’s decision on the next city manager will be made Thursday at Williamston City Hall. The new manager will replace Alan Dolley, who retired last month after a 20-year tenure. Collins was the first candidate interviewed. When asked about what he can bring to the job, Collins said: “A number of years of experience in the government, high-level education, the understanding of business and government, working together and being successful moving forward.
Some dogs are made for the winter. Huskies have heavy fur and tough paws which allow them to handle these harsh conditions with no problem. But some dogs do not have the same luxuries, which makes winter tough. “We take him on walks which sucks in the winter time,” said Joey’s Pet Outfitters employee Krystal Witt. Dogs routinely need to go outside for multiple reasons from walking to using the restroom.
During the Colonial Era, a pineapple was a sign of wealth and welcoming. People would display a pineapple on their dinner table to impress their friends while sea captains would display a pineapple in their front yard when they returned home from sea. This was a subtle way to inform their family and friends that they have returned home safely and are ready for visitors. John McAuliffe and his wife were inspired by the sign of the pineapple during the Colonial Era that they named their business after it. Although Sign of the Pineapple in Williamston doesn’t have a pineapple on display outside its store, it welcomes visitors seven days a week. John McAuliffe said he enjoys managing Sign of the Pineapple because he enjoys talking to people.
It’s official: Daniel Rhines is the final member of the Williamston City Council, as determined Feb. 26 by the council. He was sworn in after the council meeting, and now, the Williamston City Council has all seven of its members. “Feels good,” Rhines said. “I hope that I can do well for the city and be worth the confidence the board placed in me by picking me.”
As Mayor Tammy Gilroy and the city council moved to its action items on the agenda, the decision to appoint the new council member came swiftly.
With the frigid temperatures and snow-covered streets, one might step inside Williamston’s Fireworks Glass Studios out of curiosity, or to warm up. When they first walk inside, they will still feel the cold wind outside because the studio leaves the front door propped open. When they walk deeper into the studio, the temperature increases and they might even break a sweat. Lining the counter are dozens of hand-crafted glass art. Behind the counter are the people and machines that make them.
Megan Merriman watches people grab cards every day as she sits behind the pharmacy counter. She says getting a card is “tradition” but in today’s age a lot more is needed for this special day. As children, getting a card and a piece of candy on this day was all that was needed, and that concept remains the same but at a much higher price. When couples think of this day, they do not think about chocolate and flowers, they think about the dollar signs. Giving your loved one only a card and some candy doesn’t cut it anymore.