NWI Business Ins and Outs NWI Business Ins and Outs: Griffith lands new seafood restaurant, boutique, and an events space in the old downtown bank building

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By Joseph S. Pete; May 13th, 2018 One boutique departed downtown Griffith, and another moved right in. Bee & Me has taken over the former Renovar space at 100 S. Broad St. on the corner of Main and Broad streets in downtown Griffith. The five-year-old boutique had been tucked away in an industrial park on […]

FHFA: Current Run of Rising Home Prices Likely to Continue

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Both the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller reported on February home prices on Tuesday and both showed little moderation in the rate of appreciation.  Case-Shiller’s reported gains, in fact, appear to be growing larger. Case-Shiller’s National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, was up 6.3 percent […]

Culver’s Restaurant Hosting Fundraisers This Month For Humane Indiana

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Region News Team – January 9, 2018 | 3:39 pm Several Lake County Culver’s locations will be holding fundraisers for Humane Indiana on select days this month. Lisa Carpenter, Chief Development Officer for Humane Indiana, told the Region News Team the public can participate every Wednesday this month, starting tomorrow at Culver’s Merrillville location, by […]

Reversing the Illinois exodus

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Monday brings a new year but not a clean slate for Illinois. The problems that bedevil this state persist and worsen. None is more troubling than this: People are fleeing Illinois in record numbers. For four years running, this state has bled population. In 2017, Illinois lost a net 33,703 residents, dropping the state to […]

Toys for Tots makes Christmas merry for Region families

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VALPARAISO — As a single mom of five children, Lois Smith finds it difficult to make ends meet, especially at Christmas. Unfortunately, 2017 brought Smith her share of disappointments and setbacks. “Right now I’m going through a divorce,” Smith said. “Because of that, my vehicle got repossessed and I had to find a new one. […]

Have a condo? Pay attention to percentage ownership

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If you own a condominium, or plan to, read closely. You might not own exactly what you think. When his association levied a special assessment, a reader of this column was unhappy to learn he was charged 20 percent more than his upstairs neighbors. How could this be? It turned out his unit came with […]

Northwest Indiana: 'Right-to-work zone'

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Photo by Thinkstock   Northwest Indiana: ‘Right-to-work zone’ Illinois’ leaders need to accept that right-to-work laws won’t go away and that Illinois is surrounded by right-to-work states—a losing prospect for large new manufacturing plants. Illinois won’t become a right-to-work state, and I’m not arguing it should. There is, however, opportunity for manufacturing plants that demand […]

Northwest Indiana making a Regionwide bid for Amazon's Second Headquarters

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Like a Powerball jackpot of hundreds of millions of dollars, the tantalizing prospect of landing the Amazon second headquarters could mean 50,000 six-figure corporate jobs and $5 billion in investment has made communities across the country undeterred by long odds. Gary took out an advertisement in Monday’s New York Times appealing directly to Amazon CEO […]

New Crown Point Eatery Nears Finish Line

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CROWN POINT — Work continues in the downtown square on a new upscale casual restaurant that is Latin American in concept. Provecho is scheduled to open in November at the former site of Tequila Restaurante, 110 S. Main St. Chef/owner Chris Pappas has been overseeing major renovations occurring at the space that include a new […]

NWI Fall Festival Season is Underway!

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Written by: Philip Potempa August 31st, 2017   Jean-Ann Morton and her daughter Jaimie of Westville consider the fall their favorite time of year for strolling festivals in Northwest Indiana. “When the weather is cooler, and with the changing of the seasons, it’s an entirely different experience,” said Jean-Ann, who rates her own community’s festival […]