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Local greenhouses set to open during pandemic with safety measures in place

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light inside of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. Schwartz’s is among several area greenhouses and growers who are planning on opening soon and have plans in place to do business during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 26, 2020

Winter is quickly fading away and that means thousands of green thumbs everywhere are ready to get dirty, and countless local growers are ready to sell their products.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced all non-essential businesses to close in March, greenhouse owners and customers alike worried about the upcoming growing season.

Last week, Gov. Whitmer eased restrictions on some businesses, including greenhouses and growers.

With the new regulations in place, local greenhouses have said they are getting ready to open with new safety measures in place for customers and employees.

Block’s Greenhouse in Romulus posted on their Facebook page some of their plans to sell plants during the pandemic.

The business did not post an opening date yet but said to stay tuned.

“Our plans to create a safe shopping environment. We will be limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time. There will be special hours for seniors and the vulnerable population. Face masks will be required per Governor Whitmer’s order. We will also be extending our selling season. We will continue planting so we have a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants,” their post said.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse in Huron Township announced recently that they would be launching online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season with a May 1 planned opening date.

“This program will start hopefully May 1st or when the Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“We have also reduced display carts and benching to encourage more space for our customers to practice social distancing for those that still want to browse and pick their own items.We will have one way aisles in order to help flow and congestion helping us practice our best social distancing as a community.Our plan is to implement handheld checkout machines which should help ease congestion at the checkout area. As of now we are planning on having dedicated shopping hours for our senior community to help our most vulnerable community members stay as safe as possible…Stay tuned for more details on that as well,” Schwartz’s said.

Kurtzhal’s Greenhouse, 27098 Sibley Road, posted on their social media that they plan to open on May 1.

Vena’s Greenhouse, 20935 Martinsville Road, also said they are opening on May 1.

Normal business hours are in full swing at Grass Roots Pond and Garden, 24765 Bell Road, according to their Facebook post.

If you own or operate a greenhouse near Huron Township and want to be added to this list, please email



Schwartz’s Greenhouse to launch online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 7, 2020

A popular local greenhouse is designing a new way to sell their products this spring and summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road, told customers in a Facebook post Thursday that the business is going to implement online ordering and curbside pickup this season.

“As of right now we are in the final stages of implementing an online ordering system through our website,” the Facebook post said. “This is an exciting thing we are going to offer to you to help practice our best social distancing as a community as possible. It’s important that we all do our part responsibly and we feel by doing this and limiting the amount of interaction between people while still providing you all your products as efficiently as possible is an exciting thing.”

Schwartz’s said they are planning to have the system ready by May 1 and they plan to open the greenhouses around the same time, but customers should check the business’s Facebook page for updates.

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Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


Dollar General: first hour open dedicated to senior customers

(Photo courtesy Dollar General)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, March 16, 2020

Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, starting March 17.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors. We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Dollar General says the company wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.

Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing. Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.

Dollar General says their stores remain committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.


Governor Whitmer signs order temporarily closing bars, theaters, casinos, gyms; limits restaurants to delivery, carry-out orders

Posted by Huron Hub staff on Monday, March 16, 2020 -- 11:40 AM EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-9 Monday which temporarily closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.

Under Executive Order 2020-9, effective Monday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m., the following places of public accommodation will be closed; restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos.

Order restrictions will remain in place until Monday, March 30 at 11:59 p.m.

This order does not restrict a place of business from offering food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. Places of public accommodation are encouraged to do so and use precautions to mitigate potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Restaurants may allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders, so long as they stay six feet apart from each other.

These restrictions do not apply to the following locations: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.

“This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” said Governor Whitmer. “Fighting it will cause significant but temporary changes to our daily lives. By practicing social distancing and taking aggressive action now, the state is working to mitigate the spread of coronavirus so we reduce the risk that our health care system becomes overwhelmed. This is about saving lives. Michiganders are tough and we are going to get through this, but it will require everyone doing their part. That means making smart choices and not putting yourself or others at risk by going out in public unless it is absolutely necessary.”

“We need to move quickly to slow the spread of the virus and protect public health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I realize these actions will present temporary changes to the way we live, but they are critical to help ensure our health care system is prepared to treat those who need the most urgent medical care.”

“This crisis will require business and labor working together to ensure that we are putting the best interests of Michiganders first in order to protect public health,” said Jeff Donofrio, Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “We understand that these decisions will impact the way we do business, but the decisions we make now will allow us to get our economy back on track sooner rather than later. We are putting measures in place to help protect the employers, employees, and individuals that will be impacted.”

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governors across the United States have begun implementing similar measures in their states, including Jay Inslee (D-WA), Charlie Baker (R-MA), and Tom Wolf (D-PA).

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Orchard Grove Tavern announces new ownership

A local hidden treasure is under new ownership. Orchard Grove Tavern announced this week that the business is updating their menu while keeping regular favorites. The restaurant is located at 19110 Middle Belt Road, adjacent to the fire station. (Photo/Yelp)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Thursday, March 12, 2020

A hidden treasure in the Huron Township area announced that it is under new ownership.

Orchard Grove Tavern has been a local staple for many years, and the new owners who took over the business recently say they will continue that tradition.

“We are very excited to announce new ownership of Orchard Grove Inn,” the business said on their Facebook page. “As the Denman Family move on to enjoy their well deserved golden years, they have passed on their legacy to our family. We look forward to serving all of you with the same passion, delicious food and outstanding service just as they have for nearly four decades. New and exciting things happening! Come on in to meet us and see while enjoying a great meal.”

The restaurant’s owners said they will be keeping the current menu while updating it by adding some new items to it.

“Seafood is still a staple favorite with a great selection of choices,” the restaurant posted.

They are located at 19110 Middle Belt Road, adjacent to the fire station.

Check out the business Facebook page for their hours and to stay informed on updates at the restaurant.



Tiffany’s On The River, formerly Trudy’s Diner, to open in downtown New Boston

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Feb. 10, 2020

A favorite local spot for a bite to eat is set to open soon in downtown New Boston, and the owners aren’t new to the area.

Tiffany’s On The River, formerly Trudy’s Diner, is slated to open in the same location in the near future at 37005 Huron River Drive.

The owner of the restaurant posted on the business’s Facebook page Monday afternoon with the announcement.

“I was able to get the building back where we were before. We will be reopening, I will post the date as soon as I have an in stone date,” the post said. “There is going to be one change, the name. It has been changed over to Tiffany’s On The River. We are very excited to open our doors again and see all of our wonderful loyal customers smiling faces. I look forward to this journey.”

Here is the entire post:

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BIGGBY COFFEE offering up free cup of joe to all law enforcement officers today

Posted by The Huron Hub on Jan. 9, 2020

On Jan. 9, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up something special for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Across the nation, law enforcement officers, retired and active, will get a free 16oz beverage of their choice on us.

BIGGBY® COFFEE believes everyone deserves to build a life they love. Through community service, friendly coffee shops, and encouraging fundraising in their coffee shops, BIGGBY® COFFEE knows that building lives we love would not be possible without the sacrifices of our men and women in law enforcement.

That’s why this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up a special “thank you” for all law enforcement. As a way to say thank you for serving us, BIGGBY® COFFEE is serving all active and retired law enforcement one free 16oz beverage on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Thursday, January 9, at all participating BIGGBY® COFFEE across the nation. All you need to do is show a valid ID, and your drink is on us.

While it may be a small token of thanks, we hope that our nation’s active and retired law enforcement officers feel a little bit of love from BIGGYB® COFFEE as we strive to brew love into each cup we hand out.

Raise your lattes with BIGGBY® COFFEE on Jan. 9 as we say thank you to the unsung heroes of all of our communities.

Source: Biggby Coffee


A new opportunity for an old business: microgreens at Grass Roots Nursery

Seen here is a flat of earthy garnet amaranth surrounded by speckled peas microgreens that have a sweet taste and a nice crunch. Grass Roots Nursery in New Boston is entering their 47th year in business by launching a new gardening venture: growing microgreens. (Photos courtesy of Sam Bates)

Business profile submitted by Sam Bates of Grass Roots Nursery

Grass Roots is a name that has been in Huron Township for almost half a century. Starting off a
new decade has really put some things into perspective, and we would really like to share these
thoughts with whoever may be reading. We have survived off almost all word of mouth advertising since conception in 1973 and we are truly blessed to have such a loyal and passionate customer base and community. 2020 will be our 47th year in business and we have never been this excited and grateful. Thank you to anyone and everyone from the past, present and future who has kept this small family business alive. It quite literally means the world to us.

Starting as a tree and shrub nursery, we evolved into something else entirely over the years.
Our focus, as I am sure some of you may know, is waterfalls, koi ponds, landscaping, etc. Don’t worry, none of that is changing or going away. However, the seasonality of the current business doesn’t leave enough room for growth for our 2nd and now 3rd generation, so we are starting a new endeavor and would like to make our community and current customer base aware of this micro evolution to our company.

What’s new?

We are now growing microgreens! For those of you who may be familiar, these are different
than sprouts. As you read this, we have delicious, nutritious and beautiful microgreens growing
hydroponically. Our goal with growing these is to educate and supply as many people as we can with these tiny wonders of the world. Most are exponentially more dense in nutrition than their adult counterparts and have an insane amount of vitamins comparatively to most other foods in general.

Speckled peas microgreens seen here as they reach for sunlight. The yellow colors on the tiny foliage turn green as the plants get closer to harvest.

What kinds are there and how are they used?

Just like other veggies, there seems to be an infinite amount of microgreen varieties as well.
We are currently growing sunflower and pea shoots along with broccoli, radishes, tatsoi, kale and our own blends that we call spring mix and spicy mix. Just like each of the greens having their own nutrient and vitamin profile, they each have very distinct tastes that make them different. The versatility of microgreens is incredible, however I will share how we use them on a daily basis.

No need for hot sauce on your eggs in the morning when you have daikon or red Rambo
radish greens to add a bit of spice to kick off your morning. Broccoli and sunflower are both great additions to smoothies to add flavor and bunches of vitamins and minerals. Tatsoi has a mild taste with a bit of a peppery finish and makes for a great green crunch to sandwiches. Many people use these as garnishes to dishes for a bit of flavor, but our favorite way to use them is in higher quantities so we can obtain more benefits from the nutrition as well as their lovely flavors.

Broccoli and Radish microgreens (seen here) contain an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals, but what’s even better is their taste. These versatile greens can be added into an endless amount of dishes.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

Like we said earlier, we appreciate our community, customers and everyone in between. The
least we can do for you, is answer anything you feel is left unsaid here.

Here is a link to the Grass Roots microgreens website.

Also visit the Grass Roots Pond & Garden website here, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can also call 734-753-9200 or email us at We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you a great start to the new year.

Grass Roots Nursery is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston.

Article posted Jan. 6, 2020

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