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Construction at Menards, a burger with a bacon-infused bun and more Jackson County business news

Construction at Menards, a burger with a bacon-infused bun and more Jackson County business news

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – From Menards building storage units, to restaurants that Jackson wishes never closed, many businesses are making news in the area.

Here’s some Jackson-area business news you might have missed.

What’s that Jackson? Lots of building going on near Menards

Menards in Jackson is looking to expand to offer something different than home-improvement goods.

The Wisconsin-based company is using empty space at the back of its building at 3588 Page Ave. to develop storage units that people can rent for their private use. Roughly 381 units are being added in various sizes. About 172 of the units will be 10 feet by 15 feet, 173 units will be 10 feet by 20 feet and 36 units will be 12 feet by 25 feet.

These can be used to store a range of items, including vehicles, household items or large equipment. The facility will be fenced in, lighted and have security cameras and drive-up access.

A bacon-infused bun tops this decadent burger at Duck Lake Tavern

Driving through the area near Springport, motorists will typically see nothing but farmland.

But if they look a little closer, they can find a surprise hole-in-the-wall tavern known for its great eats. The Duck Lake Tavern is owned by Martha Smeyers and Frank Rock, who bought the building from Darb’s Country Tavern in 2021.

Through the years, the tavern has had several different owners and names, but Smeyers and Rock are trying to make their own mark with a revamped menu, Rock said.

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Jackson loves its restaurants, and here are 10 we wish were still here today

It’s no secret Jacksonians love their restaurants.

However, from the casual drive-in of The Dome to the more upscale Gilbert’s Steak House, Jackson residents have had to say goodbye through the years to many restaurants they loved for their food and atmosphere.

Some still think fondly of the memories they shared at these eateries, and they still crave their favorite dishes. Here are 10 of those beloved restaurants Jacksonians wish were still around today.

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150-year-old Clark Lake church will see new life with new owner

Clarklake Community Church served its community for 152 years before it closed three years ago. Its new owner is hoping to put the building back into service in a different way.

The former church at 9224 Hyde Road was bought on May 9 by Diane Smith, owner and director of Countryside Montessori School in Hillsdale County. She said she plans to turn it into a Montessori school for the Clark Lake area.

Smith’s plan is to turn the almost 8,000-square-foot building into four classrooms and a room for after-school activities. Plumbing, heating, installing additional windows and other elements are needed to update the inside of the building, she said.

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What’s that Jackson? This store is like having Black Friday everyday

A new Jackson business features rows of bins filled with discounted items just waiting for customers to browse through.

You’ll see many items available in big-box stores, but Jackson Liquidation Center offers them at a discounted price. The store, which opened June 16, features retail merchandise, electronics, appliances, clothes, toys and home décor.

The items inside the store come from overstock items or customer returns from big-box retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Home Depot.

Items are placed in bins, which are set at different prices depending on the day of the week. Prices are $10 Friday, $8 Saturday, $6 Sunday, $4 Monday $2 Tuesday and $1 Wednesday. The store is closed Thursday to restock.

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Step away from the fast food. Healthy options await at a new Jackson eatery

The many fast-food options available in Jackson made Janet Parker want to bring something healthy to the Jackson-area’s hungry residents.

Parker, along with Hayley Edwards-Bollinger, opened Elements Juice Bar at the beginning of June, just two doors down from Parker’s other business Sweet Scoops. When the juice bar Qwench closed in December 2022, the pair decided to fill the gap for healthier options, Parker said.

The juice bar offers a range of smoothies, juices, acai bowls and grain bowls.

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A ‘salad extravaganza’ awaits at KeniKakes & More

KeniKakes & More strives to make its kitchen like the one in your home, so its daily menu is always changing.

The restaurant, owned by Shakanna Blake, moved into a brick-and-mortar location in February. Since then, Blake has been busy getting to know the Vandercook Lake community and putting together some new items for people to try.

She mixes that up with different daily specials, including a handful of salad options she calls a “Salad Extravaganza.” One of the newest items is a chicken and shrimp salad that comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, peppers, cucumbers, eggs, carrots, tortilla strips and is served with ranch dressing.

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