JACKSON COUNTY, MI – This 12 months has been a troublesome 12 months for a lot of companies because the coronavirus pandemic pressured momentary closures, enterprise technique pivots and highs and lows in gross sales.
However for some, this notable 12 months marked the start of a brand new chapter with doorways opening.
From marijuana retailers to eating places to clothes shops and condominium buildings, right here’s a take a look at the Jackson County enterprise scene’s new additions in 2020.
200 N. Jackson St., Jackson
A multi-million greenback condominium advanced within the coronary heart of downtown Jackson opened to residents in December.
The 200 boasts its power effectivity for the 86-unit, four-floor constructing. The residences are a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom items.
Facilities embody a health middle, neighborhood lounge area, granite counter tops, in-unit washer and dryers, sound discount strategies between residences and allowances for pets. Power effectivity measures embody photo voltaic panels on the constructing’s roof, an electrical battery system and good thermostats.
20 Previous 4
3590 Ann Arbor Highway in Leoni Township
One in all Jackson County’s first leisure marijuana shops opened in Leoni Township in January. 20 Previous 4 gutted the previous Shelby Shoe Outlet on Ann Arbor Highway and invested practically $1 million into the mission, together with the transform, licensing charges and the product itself.
Merchandise embody flower, edibles, CBD, concentrates, cartridges and extra. Costs vary from $5 to $60, earlier than tax.
Anna’s Home of Pancakes
133 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson
A brand new diner in downtown Jackson provides residents extra than simply pancakes, regardless of the title.
Anna’s Home of Pancakes opened in August, 5 months after its unique plans due to delays from the coronavirus pandemic.
The restaurant serves breakfast and savory diner staples like burgers, patty melts and Monte Cristos.
180 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson
Girls’s clothes boutique with a penchant for private type moved its retail area from the Westwood Mall to downtown Jackson in early November.
Apricot Lane took over the identical location as A Body Above, which closed in August after 18 years in enterprise.
Boutique proprietor Jenny Murphy mentioned the store highlights neighborhood type and expertise.
“Lots of instances individuals name us their favourite place to buy as a result of we provide greater than only a purchasing expertise,” she mentioned. “You’re coming in, and we’re styling you, we’re having enjoyable with you. We’re internet hosting numerous completely different occasions all year long.”
Callaghan’s Espresso Café
109 S. Primary St., Brooklyn
For many years, Callaghan’s in downtown Brooklyn served residents their favourite beers and combined drinks. Chad and Desiree Fires serve drinks too – however sans alcohol.
Callaghan’s Espresso Café opened in August, greater than a 12 months after the Fires purchased the previous bar.
“We nonetheless pour photographs, solely they’re photographs of espresso, and we nonetheless have faucets however it’s chilly brew and Nitro brew espresso on faucet,” Chad Fires mentioned.
3331 Web page Ave. in Leoni Township
As the primary leisure marijuana retailer in Jackson County, clients had been practically pulling down the doorways to get within the retailer in mid-January.
“I’m not overexaggerating, we most likely get 60 telephone calls a day (asking) if we’re leisure but, as a result of they’ll’t wait,” Receptionist Sarah Clark mentioned on the time. “We get walk-ins (asking) day-after-day. The opposite day I actually had somebody from Ann Arbor trip their bike right here as a result of they thought we had been (open for) leisure.”
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
970 N. West Ave., Jackson
Years of hinting plans to the Jackson neighborhood to open a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen lastly got here to fruition.
The long-awaited fast-food rooster chain opened for drive-thru service in November.
“I understand how excited persons are about it,” Performing Supervisor Eric Bristow mentioned. “My circle of relatives has been bugging me for the final two years about it.”
Doll n’ Burgers
323 S. Cooper St., Jackson, and 411 E. Chicago Boulevard, Tecumseh.
Popeyes wasn’t the one quick meals restaurant to open in 2020 – native restauranteurs behind Grand River Brewery unveiled Doll n’ Burgers in the identical place the prepare station warehouse-turned-Wendy’s closed in 2019.
Doll n’ Burgers prides itself on high-quality, domestically sourced meat and produce for its American and midwestern classics: burgers, cheese curds and even a Michigan cherry salad.
229 S. Mechanic St., Jackson
A enterprise centered on handmade, pure pores and skin and hair care opened a storefront and manufacturing area in downtown Jackson in November.
FarmSudz makes merchandise from pure supplies like goat milk, herbs and uncooked beeswax. The soaps, lotions, balms and serums are made on-site in each Jackson and its unique location in Chelsea.
Francis Senior Lofts
123 E. Wesley St., Jackson
A $9.5-million grownup dwelling neighborhood started welcoming tenants in August, greater than a 12 months after first breaking floor on the event and greater than two years of discussions.
Francis Senior Lofts has 45 items: some one-bedroom, some two-bedroom. Tenants 55 years-old or older can “age in place,” Pete Schwiegeraht, a vice chairman at MVAH Companions, the group working the lofts, mentioned.
Solely individuals who meet the age standards and make 80% of the realm median earnings or much less can dwell on the lofts, in line with MVAH Companions. Hire is predicated on earnings.
Ixcanul Guatemalan and Mexican Delicacies
7851 Spring Arbor Highway, Spring Arbor
Opened in mid-November, this Spring Arbor restaurant options the cuisines house owners Nilsa and Mariano Caal are deeply skilled in: the Guatemalan meals of their background and the Mexican meals of their earlier restaurant, El Ranchito.
Kinship Hashish Co.
2199 N. Harmony Highway, Parma Township
Western Jackson County’s first leisure marijuana retailer — and the third retailer in Jackson County — opened to adult-use clients in February with a memorable promotion: a bouquet of joints, as a play on the flower bouquet.
Kinship provides flower, cartridges, CBD, edibles, topicals and extra, for medical and leisure marijuana.
Lume Hashish Co.
1512 N. West Ave., Jackson
Town of Jackson’s first marijuana retailer opened after Thanksgiving this 12 months, practically a 12 months after town codified its plans for the brand new trade.
Lume’s store sells each medical and adult-use marijuana. The corporate operates 12 different retailers within the state and grows its marijuana flower in Evart in Osceola County.
Martini Spa and Lounge
100 S. Cooper St., Jackson
Typically you want a spa day. And generally, you want a drink. A Jackson enterprise can present each on the similar time.
Martini Spa and Lounge provides spa providers in a single half of its area and a craft cocktail bar on the opposite. Prospects could make reservations for providers like hair coloring, therapeutic massage, facials and nail care, or simply drop in on the bar and watch for a gap – although walk-ins are on maintain due to coronavirus-related restrictions from the state.
Metropolitan Ice Cream Firm
135 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson
Downtown Jackson’s development lately was nice, however missed one thing: An ice cream retailer.
At the least, that’s how Randy LeMaster, proprietor of Metropolitan Ice Cream Co., noticed it. His downtown ice creamery opened in late July after two years of planning.
It options 24 hand-dipped flavors of ice cream, malts, shakes and sundaes. Burgers and fries are additionally out there.