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9Round Fitness, a fitness business focused on kickboxing, opened at 1214 E. University Drive in the City Plaza center, Granger. The business offers a 30-minute full body workout where members complete nine different kickboxing stations, three minutes at a time.
Great Lakes Capital has filed plans for a new distribution facility on South Bend's northwest side. Media reports have speculated that it could be Amazon.
Blown Away Blowdry Bar and Lash Lounge, located at 239 W. University Drive, Mishawaka, has opened. The new business will feature six blowout chairs, and a chair for lash extensions and makeup services. In addition, there is a section for private parties.
Cambria Boutique opened at the Emporium Building, 121 S. Niles Avenue, South Bend in November of 2018. It offers women’s apparel and accessories at a fair price point, from $10 to $80.
City-Wide Liquors has reopened in downtown South Bend in the historic J.C. Lauber building at 504 E. LaSalle Avenue. Errol Rousseau purchased the business from his father in December 2018.
Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill has added barbeque as a new star to the menu, and is no longer just for those 21 years old and older. The restaurant has been reconfigured to appeal to families as well as sports fans. A new pit master created the new expanded barbeque menu, though many of the old favorites are still available.
Cultivate Culinary School & Catering bought a new building at 1403 Prairie Avenue in South Bend. The space allows the nonprofit to handle the growth of its food rescue operations serving local charities. The new building allows for the charity to build a new large kitchen, ample storage, and space to accommodate the many volunteer workers for its increasing services.
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, a Dallas-based chain, will open a new location on Mishawaka’s north side. Dickey’s offers barbecued ribs, sausage, chicken, brisket and sides. The new restaurant is set to open at 103 E. University Drive by the summer.
The six-story First Bank Building, located on the northwest corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Main Street, was recently purchased by Michigan-based property management firm Hinman Company. 1st Source Bank will continue to be a major tenant. Headquartered in Portage, Michigan, Hinman Company owns historical structures in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, and manages approximately four million square feet of space in the Midwest.
GateHouse Media has purchased the publishing division of Schurz Communications, including the South Bend Tribune. The sale includes all 20 Schurz publications. GateHouse intends to maintain the South Bend Tribune’s commitment to the local community.
Hop Station, a new craft beer lounge, will soon open at 318 Union Street in Mishawaka. The bar will feature 32 draft beer lines and “beer-inspired” cocktails.
New You Oasis, an alternative therapy business, opened in March 2019 on South Bend’s south side. The business offers services such as a halo salt room, double float tank and massage therapy. The business is located at 910 E. Ireland Road, South Bend.
Nom Nom Pho South Bend, has been purchased by Ann-Marie Conrado and Devi Sapkota and is undergoing some changes. Going to a single page menu, which includes ramen and fusion Asian food, will create a renewed Vietnamese slant to patron’s experiences. The couple plans to update the interior to better reflect the new ownership.
The Pizza Pie Hole, a new pizza spot in Granger, opened. The carryout and delivery business is located at 12980 Indiana 23 near Martin’s Super Markets. The business will offer a variety of fresh ingredients for the pizzas, a unique dough hand-made by the owner, and every pizza will be one size at 16 inches.
The Ragamuffin Bakery will remain at the Circa Arts Gallery building at 528 East Colfax Avenue in downtown South Bend after its holiday pop-up experience. The bakery is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will also have a booth at the South Bend Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
Remedy, a new bar located near Notre Dame, at 1902 South Bend Avenue, opened in March. Remedy replaces the former Rack House Tavern and Grill. The bar will offer more than 40 types of beer with a draft system focusing on local craft beers and will also feature made-from-scratch menu items such as burgers, wings (with 15 different flavor options) hand-cut fries, cocktails, and a good time.
Rock the Runway, a formalwear retail store that features prom, cocktail, and evening dresses, opened in February 2019, and is located in University Park Mall, next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The owner, Renee Fennell already has a successful business in Michigan City with Paris House of Bridal.
Sisters of the Holy Cross Center Building on the campus of Saint Mary’s College will have the roof, steeple, and clock replaced. The building was built in 1889. The new clock will be digital with wireless remote technology allowing programming for any community event, as well as keeping very accurate time.
The City of South Bend has received a $5,000 grant to fill in potholes courtesy of Domino’s Pizza and its “Paving for Pizza” Grant.
South Bend International Airport has seen a 20 percent increase in passengers during 2018. The increase represented 124,000 new passengers during 2018 out of a total of 735,000. The 20 percent increase was aided by the airport’s addition of a fourth airline, American, and two new direct flights to Dallas and Charlotte that were announced in June.
Starbucks Coffee opened a new location at 4515 Lincolnway East, near Bittersweet Road in Mishawaka. The building was once an Applebee’s restaurant and has been transformed into the coffee spot and a Verizon store.
The United Way is raising funds for a neighborhood center on a vacant lot at the corner of Fellows Street and Dubail Avenue. The United Way of St. Joseph County is planning to raise $3.5 million to build the center. It will be anchored by a child care center and feature health services and other charities
The University of Notre Dame has selected Covias in a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Married and Parenting Student Housing on campus. The 180-unit bulding will be completed by August 2020 by the East Greenwich, RI firm.
The firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects has been hired by the University of Notre Dame to design the university’s planned Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. The art museum will be built near the front of campus, northwest of the Hayes Family Sculpture Park and near Walsh Hall of Architecture. The museum will be designed as a 132,000-square-foot complex to be constructed in two phases.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced a $1 million federal grant to help with a high-speed internet project “The Fiber Loop,” to serve the industrial park, Indiana Enterprise Center, spanning a 22,000-acre area near New Carlisle. It will be a 24-mile-long, high-speed internet loop intended to support new businesses coming into the industrial park.
Visit South Bend Mishawaka awarded $500,000 in tourism grants to several St. Joseph County businesses designed to improve visitor experiences in the community. Now in its second year, the money to support the program comes from Hotel-Motel tax funded Capital Development Grants. The $500,000 investment in tourism product will result in an overall investment of $1.425 million to the South Bend area destination.
The Wholesome Café has opened at the former First National Bank located at 101 E. Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka. The new café is operated by the owners of The Wholesome Package, a health food supply company. Their mission is to make great healthy food just as convenient as the drive-thru window. Customers can also order their week’s meals in person at the cafe or online.