JACKSON COUNTY, MI — From abrupt closures to owner retirements, here’s what Jackson County businesses closed in 2022.
Spring Arbor Cafe
Spring Arbor has lost a longtime favorite restaurant, but a new restaurant has taken its place.
The Spring Arbor Café, 7975 Spring Arbor Road, closed at the end of 2021, after serving the community for 16 years. In a letter to its door, staff and management thanked every customer who has passed through its doors since 2005.
Vito’s Espresso opened its second location there to expand its current business.
Read more: The Spring Arbor Café has closed, but another restaurant is moving in
Bed bath and beyond
Jackson’s Bed Bath & Beyond store was among those the company closed nationwide this year.
The New Jersey-based home goods retailer closed 37 stores in 19 states, including Jackson’s location at 1132 Jackson Crossing. The company has been closed since the beginning of 2022.
Read more: Jackson’s Bed Bath & Beyond among those closing in 2022
Northwest of Coney Island
Northwest Coney Island has permanently closed, according to a sign on the door and posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page and website.
Northwest Coney Island, 6070 Clinton Road, officially closed Friday, July 22, according to the Facebook post, which also said the restaurant had been sold.
Read more: The sign on the gate signals the permanent closure of Northwest Coney Island
Playford Music and Sound
Playford Music & Sound, 1718 W. Morrell St., officially closed after 40 years as its owner, Craig Playford, retired from the retail business.
Since its opening, the store has been known as a place where local musicians can meet and where children can find their passion for music, Playford said.
Read more: It was home to Jackson’s music scene for 40 years, but Playford Music & Sound is closing
Anna’s Gifts and Decor
Anna Kusterer spent 38 years building her business to where she is today, but she decided it was time to spend more time with herself and her loved ones.
Kusterer recently announced on the store’s Facebook page that she was retiring and planned to close the store in early 2023 and begin clearance sales after the holidays.
Read more: Anna’s Gifts & Décor says goodbye to Jackson after 38 years
House of Taco, 2400 Page Ave., wasn’t just a job for Chuck Minix. It’s a place where he met friends, spent time with family, and developed a legacy of great food in the Jackson area.
He spent 43 years building the restaurant into a successful business, but now Chuck said it was time to hang up his hat. He officially closed the restaurant and retired on Saturday, October 29.
Read more: Jackson’s House of Taco closes after 43 years as owner plans to retire
Book the cottage
In November, the Book Cottage, 531 20th St., announced that it would close its Facebook page at the end of the year. However, the community wasn’t ready to let their favorite bookstore go, so a GoFundMe was launched to keep it afloat.
However, while community funds have helped them catch up on some bills, they are unable to continue to keep the business open. The Book Cottage will close on Sunday, January 1 and move to Michigan Center, owner Nancy Oakley said.
This new location won’t be the Book Cottage though, it will be a business for vendor space, as well as a small section for books. It will be called Treasure Chest.
Read more: Community comes together to try to stop Jackson bookstore from closing
Steaks Eatery closed abruptly in August, with a message saying “Closed” on its sign outside the restaurant, 4243 Oak Lane Road. The current owners could not be reached for comment at this time after multiple attempts.
Later on Facebook, the Davis family announced that they once again owned the Steaks Eatery building, but it was once again being sold to new owners.
Lucero’s Bar & Grill then announced that it would be moving into the old building for its second location.
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