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Baker & Rose, a new café’ located inside the Emporium Building, located at 121 S. Niles Ave., has opened its doors. It offers breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. During the summer, it even offers Frisbees to rent, along with picnic baskets.
Beacon Health System is building a new 32,800-square-foot hospital in Granger to be named Beacon Granger Hospital. The hospital will include a full emergency department, eight inpatient beds and full accompaniment of imaging and diagnostic equipment. Currently, under construction, it is located immediately off the Indiana Toll Road’s Mishawaka exit near the existing Beacon Health and Fitness off Capital Ave. The new one-story $25.8 million facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019.
A new Biggby Coffee, in the former building occupied by 1st Source Bank at 2602 Mishawaka Ave. in South Bend, plans to open by late August or early September. This Biggby Coffee will offer a drive-thru option as well as meeting or event space.
Clay International Academy, currently known as Clay Intermediate, plans to open in August and serve children from grades K-8. Clay Intermediate is currently undergoing many changes and improvements as it transitions into Clay International Academy by August. In all, about $1.5 million in changes and improvements over the summer will take place to transform this intermediate center into a school to serve K-8, and, with the goal of it becoming a primary and middle school-focused International Baccalaureate program. There will be three classrooms for each grade from K-8. Any child may apply to enroll in the International Academy and there is no entrance exam. Spanish language instruction will be available starting in first grade.
Courtyard by Marriott has opened its doors in downtown South Bend, adding an additional 140 rooms to downtown South Bend. Courtyard by Marriott opened along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. across from the Century Center. The new five-story hotel offers patio seating during warm months. During the not-so-warm months, this Courtyard by Marriott offers heated sidewalks and a covered walk to exhibitions, conferences and other special events at the Century Center. Rooms at this Courtyard are typically oversized and include nice views of downtown or the Notre Dame campus.
Crisler's Kitchen opened its doors in the former Bonnie Doon in Mishawaka. Crisler's offers comfort-style foods such as biscuits and gravy and meatloaf special. Crisler's is open Monday through Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Elevate Ventures has awarded five companies in North Central Indiana High Potential Startup Grants (HPSGs) totaling $92,500. The companies most recently awarded include: BioLine, General Ledger, Impowerus, Mindful Projects, and SIMBA Chain.
The $700 million first phase of the new natural gas-fired power facility in Northern Indiana has been completed. St. Joseph Energy Center can generate more than 700 megawatts of clean, unsubsidized energy for approximately 500,000 households. The first phase of the facility created 21 full-time positions.
Hammer & Quill, a new bar in South Bend’s East Bank neighborhood, opened in March with plans to host a grand opening this summer. Hammer & Quill is located inside the building formerly known as the Howard Park Hardware store.
The IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame, Startup South Bend - Elkhart and Elevate Ventures has announced that the IDEA Center's venture accelerator program, the Commercialization Engine, is now open to residents of the South Bend-Elkhart region to submit their business ideas free of charge. The Commercialization Engine program takes commercially viable early-stage business ideas through a comprehensive derisking process and transforms them into productive market applications. To apply to become part of the Commercialization Engine, residents of the South Bend - Elkhart region should visit startupsouthbendelkhart.com and register.
Insomnia Cookies, a late-night cookie delivery company, is coming to South Bend this summer, located near Notre Dame’s campus in the same building as Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine, 2130 South Bend Ave. Insomnia Cookies hours range from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. on weekends, with delivery services beginning an hour later at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. Not only can customers choose from nine different cookie options, Insomnia Cookies also offers brownies, ice cream, cookie cakes, cookie ice cream sandwiches and cold beverages such as flavored- milk options and water.
The former College Football Hall of Fame building will be sold to a subsidiary of JSK Development, with plans to find a tenant for the building or move its offices there. The South Bend Redevelopment Commission amended an agreement in late June that will sell the downtown building for $525,000 to JSK-related Southhold, the group that owns the new downtown Courtyard by Marriott.
L Street Kitchen, located across from the County-City building in South Bend, has opened its doors. L Street Kitchen is located at 131 S Lafayette Blvd., and offers 40 seats, including some at the diner bar. L Street Kitchen is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. serving up breakfast and lunch options, with discussions of dinner options in the future.
Lather & Fade opened their doors to a new location earlier in June located at 222 W. Cleveland Rd. in Centennial Place Center in Granger.
The city’s redevelopment commission in late June approved a development agreement committing the city to contribute $1 million in tax incremental financing property tax money toward a projected $3.7 million second phase of the Liberty Tower building’s renovation, aimed at creating new ground-floor retail space. The city to complete improvements to the building’s roof, the sidewalk on Washington Street, and exterior finishes, including paint.
Luxe Wagon has launched an updated e-commerce site. Luxe Wagon started in 2014 as a mobile boutique inside a truck, which is currently back on the road again, and now, a brick-and-mortar location at 121 S. Niles Ave. in South Bend, inside the Emporium building. Luxe Wagon’s new site is solely about Luxe Wagon, selling everything from tops to jewelry to clutches.
More than $400,000 in cash and in-kind prizes were awarded to 17 regional teams at the 2018 McCloskey New Venture Competition on April 27, as part of the first-ever IDEA Week innovation festival celebration. The $50,000 grand prize, which is given to teams founded by University of Notre Dame students or alumni, was split between Enlighten Mobility and Sec?rSpace.
Mega Blast South Bend, a new arcade and laser tag facility, opened its doors in April. Mega Blast South Bend is located in the former Martin’s Super Markets store on Western Ave. on the West side of town. Mega Blast offers a little something for everybody. Modern and vintage arcade games, Skee-Ball, Pop-a-Shot, racing games, pool table, concessions area and more. Bubble soccer is offered in a separate room with field turf. The main attraction, however, is the laser tag arena which takes up about 10,000 square feet.
Grape Road’s Meijer is currently undergoing renovations to revamp their pharmacy department to include both a drive-thru option and consultation room.
Construction of a new Mishawaka Rehab Hospital to possibly begin this summer in Mishawaka on a new, 40-bed hospital for patients who are going through rehabilitation from stroke, brain injury, amputation and a range of medical conditions. The two-story, 56,568-square-foot structure could be ready by the end of 2019 and create about 120 jobs.
Natural Refine, a new flotation therapy business located at 14500 IN-23, Suite 1, in Granger has opened its doors. Natural Refine offers flotation therapy as a new way to de-stress and address pain and behavioral diagnosis, like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Natural Refine is the first in the area to offer this service. Candles, CBD oil, essential oils and vitamins are also available for purchase.
In April, Salsa’s Mexican Grill opened a second location, at 12634 Indiana 23 in the same plaza as Pat’s Irish Pub in Granger.
SF Motors, a global intelligent electric vehicle (EV) company that aims to accelerate the growth of the EV industry at large, has announced plans to establish manufacturing operations in Mishawaka, acquiring AM General’s commercial plant in Mishawaka with plans to create up to 467 new jobs by 2020. SF Motors plans to begin trial production before the end of the year.
On Thursday, June 7, the South Bend International Airport (SBN) celebrated the arrival of American Airlines’ nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). The flights will be operated by American Eagle using CRJ-700 regional jet aircraft with dual-class cabins and 65 seats.
South Bend’s School Field has received board approval for a $1.2 million improvement project at the athletic facility on S. Eddy Street. School Field will have artificial turf and new state-of-the-art field lighting installed by the start of football season in August.
South Blend Cafe’, inside the LaSalle Hotel, 237 N. Michigan St., next to the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend, has opened its doors. The café can seat 40 customers comfortably and offers free downtown parking spots next to the building. In addition to specialty coffee drinks, South Blend Cafe’ offers menu items including make-your-own breakfast sandwiches, salad, paninis and pizza.
TayCo Brace, LLC, a South Bend-based startup business was crowned winner of the 2018 1st Source Commercialization Award at a ceremony April 24 in South Bend. The company makes an external ankle brace that was produced initially to stabilize ankle injuries sustained on the football field. The TayCo Brace is a rigid brace that fits outside of the shoe, providing stability, comfort and performance for those battling ankle injuries.
The Dome Bar & Grill located at 901 W. Fourth St. in Mishawaka opened its doors in early June, currently serving items like pizza, prime rib dinners and rib-eye steaks, and all-you-can-eat fish Fridays. Although the restaurant is currently 21 and older, ownership is working on the restaurant becoming family-friendly.
Ulta Beauty has moved from the University Park Mall to a new located at Wilshire Plaza off Grape Road in Mishawaka. Ulta Beauty is located between Burlington and DSW.
University of Notre Dame will construct a new 180-unit Graduate Student family housing complex on Cripe Street, to replace the soon-to-be- demolished University Village and Cripe Street apartments. Completion plans for this complex is August 2019, and will be the new home for the University’s married and parenting graduate students.
Woochi Japanese Fusion and Bar will be relocating half a block away from their current location into the former Club Noma space at 119 N. Michigan St. in downtown South Bend at the end of August. The main level will offer family dining with a U-shaped sushi bar and drinking bar, while the downstairs, will only be for those 21 and older, offering another lounge and eventual party area.