A new downtown restaurant, cozying up with a book in a coffee shop and more business news from the Jackson area

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. – A new coffee shop chain is coming to Jackson, a new restaurant has opened downtown and other Jackson-area businesses are making news.

Here are some recent business stories you may have missed.

Cozy up with a good book and a cup of coffee at Stirling Books & Brew

If you want to meet a friend, browse a collection of books or just grab a cup of joe, there’s a place for it in downtown Albion.

Stirling Books & Brew, owned by Jim and Stacey Stewart, is half cafe and half bookstore. The space was previously home to Books & More before the couple took over in 2017 and gave it a new name.

On the cafe side of the store, customers find a range of lattes, frappes, smoothies, bubble tea and hot chocolate, with coffee coming from Jackson Coffee Co.

People can also browse the huge book collection which offers used and new books. ranging from young adult, science fiction, fantasy and children’s picture books.

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What is this? A coffee chain is preparing a new location in Jackson

Residents looking for a new coffee option in the Jackson area are in luck as a new development is taking shape.

Tim Hortons is opening a new location in Jackson County at 2550 Airport Road in Blackman Township. Residents driving by may have seen work underway at the chain’s third Jackson location, and officials said they hope to open the new store in the summer of 2024.

The site housed the former Hot ‘n Now restaurant before it closed and was replaced by Jackson Coffee Co. until it also closed in approximately 2021, according to property records.

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‘Shared community memory’: Historic Michigan theater will use winter to complete renovations

Jackson’s historic Michigan Theater is gearing up for its next set of renovations.

A $6.2 million capital campaign was launched at the downtown Jackson theater at 124 N. Mechanic St. in December 2022 to preserve its historical significance while bringing the facility into the 21st century.

So far, just over $5 million has been raised and the first phase of the project was recently completed after construction began in July. A new air exchanger was installed and damaged plaster was replaced under the balcony and along the top of the 56-foot walls.

The theater is now preparing for the second phase of the renovation and is expected to close from Tuesday, January 2. It is scheduled to reopen with a new look on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

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Big sandwiches, soups make new Murphy’s Bistro a lunch spot in downtown Jackson

Murphy’s Bistro had a soft opening Tuesday, Dec. 5, at its location in the former Economy Art & Framing building at 145 W. Michigan Ave. The restaurant is offering a limited menu to diners right now in the early days, but business has been good so far, general manager Emma Stark said earlier.

The restaurant is owned by Jessica Tobin and was created by her and Stark as a way to offer more quick-service meals than other downtown restaurants.

For now, the restaurant is operating at 95% capacity, pending the addition of a chiller to accommodate additional kitchen equipment. However, most of the menu, including an array of sandwiches, soups and salads, are available now.

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