Children’s toys litter the floor amongst a COVID-19 mask. Photo credits: Jaiyda Tyler
BATTLE CREEK— Children frolic, color and play throughout the various learning rooms inside of Lens Learning Center, bringing joy to business owner Nita Hinton throughout her daily workweek. “It’s something I’ve been planning for many years and knew that my community needed. We have so many working parents in the community who needed access to affordable, and safe child care. That’s why I chose to create Lens Learning Center,” She said.
Beginning Nov. 7 and going through the month of December, 141 Design Company in Williamston is spreading the Christmas cheer with crafty customers from all over Michigan with the Ho Ho Ho Christmas Workshop.
The decorative piece, made of wood crafted at the in-building woodshop by co-owner Brian Deimling, interchanges seasonal colors on Santa’s greeting. With the O’s customized to look like his jolly outfit, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a snowman resembling Frosty. Though this workshop is the first Christmas-themed one of the season, 141 Design Company has been holding other workshops all year, with customers painting designs like clocks, welcome signs and magnetic boards; all made by Deimling in his woodshop.
141 Design Company’s Ho Ho Ho Christmas Workshop features this wood design crafted by owner and woodworker, Brian Deimling. Photo by Claire Heise.
By CARL STODDARD
Capital News Service
LANSING — What started as a simple rescue mission for nine Clare police officers has turned into breakout business success. The nine officers, who made up Clare’s entire police force, learned that a longtime bakery and doughnut shop in their hometown was about to close. So they joined forces and bought the business in 2009. Today it is called Cops & Doughnuts and is drawing customers from all over the world. The company also has rolled out other shops, called “precincts,” in Ludington, Gaylord, Bay City and South Bend, Indiana.