HAMMOND | An immigrant saloon-keeper who had the neighborhood's only safe in his dance hall founded Peoples Bank in East Chicago in 1910, when the shining new steel mills brought in thousands of new residents, mostly from eastern and southern Europe.
Necessity was the mother of invention for one local mother. When their feeding tube-fed son AJ could not keep down eight types of formula, Chesterton parents Julie and Tony Bombacino looked to the Internet for help.
SCHERERVILLE | The fast-growing Whole Foods Market will open a Schererville store next year, and has Valparaiso on its radar for a future location.
GARY | A merchandise pickup site next to Michael Jackson's childhood home is set to open the weekend of what would have been the pop star's 56th birthday.
MUNSTER | Strack & Van Til is planning a grand reopening for its new-look supermarket in Munster, which just underwent a multimillion dollar renovation.
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HOBART | Lake County is without a large chain bookstore for the first time in years, but readers shouldn't fret – the next chapter is a relocation.
INDIANAPOLIS | A coalition of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations is heading back to court hoping to overturn a state law that gives package liquor stores the exclusive right to sell cold beer.
MERRILLVILLE | Consumer buying club DirectBuy has shrunk over the past few years from a height of more than 160 locations in the United States and Canada to about 100 today.
MERRILLVILLE | Mike Bornhorst, a seasoned corporate executive who bootstrapped his way up from selling ADT security systems door to door to becoming the de facto North American chief operating officer of Culligan International, couldn't belie…
Farm-to-table is a pretty popular concept these days, and a new restaurant takes it about as far as it can go, growing and raising almost all its food right outside.
Comcast cable subscribers in Valparaiso will soon be out of luck if they want to visit a physical store.
A locally beloved and nationally renowned chocolate shop and ice cream parlor that's been around since 1920 has filed for bankruptcy.
SCHERERVILLE | Northwest Indiana's hot new boutique was like the mythical village Brigadoon: here today, gone tomorrow.
Land-lubbers around the region can now get their hands on the latest imports without going anywhere near Northwest Indiana's international port.
A stay-at-home mom in suburban Birmingham, Ala., realized she faced a problem when her disabled daughter, Caroline, outgrew the shopping carts at the local stores where she shopped.
Eating gourmet grub from food trucks is old hat – there's even a Hollywood movie about it now.
Well, I went to my first Calumet City Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting last week. It was at the council chambers of City Hall. I was invited by Cal City’s economic development chief Brian Swanson.
SOUTH HOLLAND | There once was a time in South Holland when businesses of all types were closed on Sunday.
DYER | A regular diner popped into the Little Italy restaurant in Dyer on Friday morning – only he was clad in his firefighting gear instead of dressed up for a night on the town.
HIGHLAND | A fixture in the local business community is retiring.
Region residents will able to embark on a world pasta tour in a Schererville strip mall when Noodles & Company opens its latest location next week.
LANSING | There are still traces of the old Sam’s Club warehouse store that existed on Torrence Avenue just south of Interstate 80, yet village officials said the beginnings of the new Super Wal-Mart structure that will replace it are now in place.
An Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm has bought the Lake Park Plaza shopping center in Michigan City and is looking to lease out nearly 25,000 square feet in vacant space.
MATTESON | The village is looking for a company willing to buy the Lincoln Mall shopping center and make needed repairs to revitalize it into an economically sound retail business.
HIGHLAND | Jeff Herak pulled a zippered bag off a back wall display rack and demonstrated how it slides on the back of a bicycle.
Many Northwest Indiana residents are complaining gas prices are too high after they raced to nearly $4 a gallon.
GARY | Last season, the U.S. Steel Yard had the same basic concessions as pretty much every ballpark: hot dogs, pizza, nachos and light domestic beer.
SCHERERVILLE | A popular sit-down chain restaurant with a wood-burning grill will bring a new take on Italian food to Schererville.
MERRILLVILLE | A new Charter Fitness gym center has opened at 6055 Broadway, near West 61st Avenue.
INDIANAPOLIS | Despite increasing merchant acceptance of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, Indiana's securities regulatory agency is advising Hoosiers to be wary of the new digital forms of money.
A bank is foreclosing on two of an ex-NFL player's gyms, and customers are fuming over the closure of one of the health clubs.
MERRILLVILLE | The flagship showroom of a 43-year-old Northwest Indiana business that once had 167 locations throughout North America has closed.
MERRILLVILLE | Low-price grocery store Aldi plans to soon reopen its newly remodeled Merrillville location at 10 W. 81st Ave.
The factories might be rusting, the politicians might be facing indictments, and the pierogi might be pretty fattening, but region residents still tend to take pride in where they are from.
Horizon Bancorp's earnings shrank by 35 percent during the first quarter, as a result of a slowdown in residential mortgage lending.
From lowering sodium and cutting fat to adjusting recipes to exclude gluten, region food producers are trying to keep up with the evolving dietary demands of their customers.
A redevelopment project that would bring a Centier Bank branch to downtown Gary has gained ground.
PORTAGE | A trio of brothers from Downers Grove have bought the Sears Outlet Store in Portage. Brothers Mike, Rick and Dan Gilbert acquired the outlet store – which sells overstock and discontinued items at discounted prices – at 6169 U.S. …
U.S. construction recently hit its highest point in five years, and was up 9.3 percent in January as the sector rebounds at a faster pace.
GARY | A $2.5 million project aimed at bringing a bank back to downtown Gary faced a setback last week, but is still going forward.
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PORTAGE | Pet Supplies Plus is set to have its grand opening Saturday at 6030 Central Ave.
Two longtime Northwest Indiana community banks have officially merged.
Strack & Van Til, the largest local grocery chain, is pursuing a major multimillion-dollar renovation of its Munster supermarket.
Munster resident Linda Brady was impressed with the wide selection of clothes and home decor when she visited a Gordmans store in Valparaiso.
Consumer spending has been making a comeback, and big stores have been cropping up lately in Northwest Indiana's retail sector.
GARY | A new owner is planning a $2.5 million renovation to a century-old tower to bring a bank back to downtown Gary for the first time in six years.
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