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All Paws grooming cashes in with move downtown

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  DOWNTOWN — While their stories differ, all small businesses have a beginning. Fresh out of high school, Angie Johnson headed for the coast to try her hand at whatever came along while she pursued a degree…

Timing everything for Taco Betty’s

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  DOWNTOWN — The space at 212 E. State St. lends itself nicely to a quaint eatery for those living, working or playing in downtown Rockford. That’s what investors thought when they were planning a multi-use…

Local businesses keep Rockford circulating

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  When Gorman & Company begins turning dirt on the downtown Embassy Suites hotel this summer, 372 local trades people are slated for immediate work, just in time for the summer building season. The…

Family key to brewing success at Wired Cafe

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  Before Wired Cafe opened nearly seven years ago, Crystal Douglas was sure of a couple things. First, her desire to remain in the corporate world had long waned. She also possessed a penchant for downtown…

What’s Local: Klehm a Rockford treasure

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  Magnolia trees, a butterfly garden, countless evergreens and winding trails through vast foliage marks just a portion of what Klehm Arboretum and Botanical Garden has to offer on its tucked-away campus on…