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Positive economic signs beginning to show

Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011

Signs of positive economic times are “popping up” all over Huntington County. In the past several months the Chamber has helped to celebrate the opening of new businesses in various locations and more new businesses are preparing for grand openings.

In the past week, Sweets * Treats * Good Eats opened in the former Myers Ice Cream Parlor, 2809 Theater Avenue, and Joe Santa opened TrophyCenter Plus on Thursday, June 16 in downtown Huntington in the former Yesterday’s Antiques and Collectibles shop. Sweets * Treats * Good Eats specializes in breakfast and lunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It features breakfast items such as biscuits and gravy and quiche, gourmet salads and sandwiches for lunch, Mackinac Island Creamery ice cream, cupcakes and more.

The Malta Burger opened on South Jefferson Street in the refurbished location of the former Burger Palace. It is operated by the clients of the Malta House and features the famous “Malta” Burger, turkey legs, hamburgers, French fries and more. Peebles department store became Goody’s in the Huntington Plaza shopping center.

Expectations! A Premiere Event Center was opened in June by Jon and Tracy Goetz in the former Markle Furniture store. The event center can seat up to 300 guests and accommodate business gatherings, weddings, receptions and similar types of affairs. Right next door, Brandy Householder opened Sweet Swirls Cupcakery. The shop not only sells cupcakes, but offers cakes, sandwiches and a place to sit and share a cup of coffee with a friend. In Roanoke, Moose and Mollies, a gelato and soft serve ice cream shop, opened at 139 Main Street.

Larry Kreider became the new owner of Z-Place Pizza in early spring. The restaurant features pizza, subs and salads. The indoor seating area of the restaurant at 538 Warren Street features a salad bar. The 1776 Sporting Club, owned by Brad Roberts, opened late in 2010 and continues to operate successfully also in downtown Huntington.

In February, Roger McClellan began Perfection Wheel, LLC at 255 N. Briant Street. The business specializes in the re-manufacture of aluminum wheels for the automotive industry and is family owned and operated. The customer base includes auto body shops, dealerships, tire stores, rental car companies, and wholesale parts distribution centers. The company made an initial capital investment in December of $1.7 million with the goal of creating 53 new jobs by the end of 2012.

Anytime Fitness is preparing its new facility at 317 Hauenstein Road for physical fitness clients and Shoe Sensation will open July 28 in the Forum Shops near Wal-Mart. Helena Chemicals, Nature’s Fuels and Central School Apartments began preparations early in the year to open new facilities and employ area workers in 2011.