As Tim Heeren prepares to move and expand his east-side Great Harvest Bread , he's closing his 3-year-old west-side store.
The Great Harvest near 21st and Maize Road will close today.
"We're taking on an awesome project," Heeren says of his east-side store. "I really need to give 100 percent of my efforts there."
Heeren is moving his east-side Great Harvest from 6509 E. Central to 533 N. Woodlawn to part of the former Home Gallery by Cohlmia space.
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He's expanding his product line by adding new kinds of bread, such as hard-crusted bread, and bagels. He's even jumping on the current craze and adding frozen yogurt.
Heeren also is expanding his lunch offerings and adding breakfast as well.
The new place will open in September.
"At this time we're going to concentrate all of our efforts on this location and see how that goes," Heeren says.
He may be able to offer a similar concept on the west side one day.
"If we could duplicate something like this, then we'd take a look at it. Absolutely."
In the meantime, he hopes west-siders will make the trip.
"We just appreciate the patronage and all of the business over the years," Heeren says. "We truly hope that everybody comes and sees us at the east store."
Designs on new space
The less than 6-month-old Consign and Design Interiors , which currently is in the Andover Paint Center , is moving out on its own.
"It's just grown, and it's time for me to be able to focus totally on this consignment business," says owner Denise Gorney .
Gorney has been doing color consulting and other design work at Andover Paint Center.
She opened the consignment shop within the store in March.
Her new space, which will be ready Aug. 1, is at 403A W. Central in Andover.
"It's still pretty small," Gorney says of the 700-square-foot space.
"With the economy the way it is right now, I want to start small and pack it tight," she says. "I would rather move again than bite off more than I can chew right now."
She'll accept a range of upscale home decor items and accessories, such as lamps and pictures.
"Just all the stuff you have to dust," Gorney says, laughing.
She'll also take rugs and some furniture.
(Consignors can e-mail pictures of larger items at email@example.com.)
Gorney, who previously was an accessory buyer for a furniture store, has a design background.
"This has always been my passion."
If the lure of a loan doesn't do the trick, perhaps something savory will draw customers to the new Mid American Credit Union branch at 29th North and Webb Road when it opens in fall 2012.
Shawn Blattner, who helped create the Dolci & Joes concept in College Hill, is opening Savories Tasty Shop & Coffee House in 925 square feet of the branch's 4,500-square-foot space.
Savories will seat 20 and have a drive-through.
It will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offer a range of treats, such as cheesecake, ice cream, brownies and scones.
Blattner is in sales for bread and condiments, but he's interested in more restaurants.
"I'm actually working on a couple of other places," he says.
"I just love the restaurant business."