There's new activity near the busy Chums Corner intersection of US-31 and US-37.
Traverse City family medical practice Creekside Clinic is expanding again, this time opening a new clinic inside the old Medicap Pharmacy building next to Wuerfel Park on U.S. 31 South in Traverse City. Signage is down and construction has begun.
“I think there’s a great need there,” says Creekside's founding partner and family physician Dr. Michael Carroll, who’ll practice at the building with a staff. “It never made sense that there wasn’t something in Chums Corner – it’s one of the busiest corners.”
Creekside purchased the building and has applied for a re-occupancy permit. Blair Township has yet to do an administrative review, which includes inspections by the water and fire departments, says Zoning Administrator Amy Summers.
The clinic will operate in the front part of the 6,700 square-foot building and Munson will run an on-site lab. Other businesses will be considered for the back of the building if they’re a good fit, Carroll said, adding current tenant Sleeping Bear Mattress Co. will relocate while Crusted Creations might be staying.
The office will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Carroll believes the building is ideal for a medical clinic because it is freestanding, has a medical history and provides ample parking.
By Dec. 1, Carroll says, Creekside Clinic will operate five locations: Northport (yet to open), Williamsburg (which opened last year), as well as offices on West Front Street and in Lake Leelanau.
Also in near Chums Corner:
Answering the call for more pet grooming options in the area, Brenda Armbruster opened a new pet grooming and supplies salon near Chums Corner last month. Brenda’s Pet Parlor Dog Grooming, Supplies and Fresh Baked Dog Treats is located at 849 U.S. 31 S. in the Blair Plaza. “Business is great!" says office manager Debra West. “Being next to Tractor Supply is a good thing – lots of animal-lover traffic.” The salon also carries pet supplies (beds, food, toys, leashes, etc.), as well as fresh-baked dog treats and gluten-free treats baked onsite.
Just down the road at 853 U.S. 31 S., Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan has leased adjoining space and expanded its Chums Corner Donation Express operation to include a ladies boutique store. “When the storefront next to us became available, it presented the perfect opportunity for us to develop a smaller, replicateable business model we hope will prove viable to expand our mission to smaller markets throughout northern Michigan, create jobs and revenues for programs,” says Goodwill Marketing Director Ruth Blick. The store carries women’s casual, career and sportswear, as well as household and decorative items. The retail store and donation center is open daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Beggars Brewery, a family-owned production microbrewery and taproom, is still slated to open a taproom in a warehouse next to Wuerfel Park baseball stadium this winter. For now, though, owner Michael Rizik III is “focusing solely on production for wholesale distribution." He plans to specialize in hand-crafted ales inspired by local ingredients and northern Michigan. “We’re happy these new businesses located in Blair Township and would like to welcome them,” says Township Supervisor Patrick Pahl. “We prepared during the economic downturn to be ready when things finally turned around. The township expanded its water system to be able to handle the new growth for both residential and commercial … and the Chums Corner area has lots of open spaces for both large and small businesses to locate in.”