The Bunkhouse opens in Williamston

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.

Toys R Us won’t be missed in Williamston

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.

Dogs need special care during winter

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.

Fireworks Glass Studios is heating up Williamston

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.

In Williamston, Valentine’s Day is about hearts … and dollar signs

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.

Williamston Pub & Grill has all the specials, and a good time

Every day is a special at the Williamston Pub & Grill.  Each day corresponds to a different promotion as the restaurant tries to entice diners to visit.  

On Mondays, they have Happy Hour from 3- 7 p.m.;  Tuesday there is Taco and Trivia; Wednesday is Burger Night, Thursday there is Trivia Night, on Friday, they have all-you-can-eat fish fry; Saturday has live entertainment for those dining in, and finally, Sunday is Fun Day.  

Michelle Van Sledright works at Williamston Pub & Grill and says she started working here in March, and moved to Owosso in August. She chooses to make the commute because she loves it here so much.