Lakeview Hardware, a staple Battle Creek business for 87 years, is closing

With one week to go before closing up shop for good, Kerrie Redner stayed busy Friday assisting customers inside Lakeview Hardware at 660 Capital Ave. S.W.

Redner, who co-owns the business with her brother-in-law, Craig Walters, said the daily interactions with customers made their joint decision to retire difficult, but the pair are ready to spend more time enjoying their grandchildren.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Redner said. “Both Craig and I have been here over 40 years. I’m hearing people say, ‘Congratulations, you finally get to retire. We’ll miss you and understand what is going on.’ It’s a difficult time with the pandemic and everything, it’s an unusual time for retail. We had some big supply chain issues when we opened up before. I think we’re excited, looking forward to the next chapter of what we are going to do.”

One of over 4,500 independently-owned franchises of True Value Co., Lakeview Hardware has deep roots in the Lakeview business district. Redner and Walters, owners since 1999, have long sought a buyer willing to continue operating it as a home improvement business.

Due in large part to supply chain issues created by the pandemic, the pair decided to close Lakeview Hardware for five months before reopening in April, with the continued intent of selling the business for undisclosed terms.

“We tried to sell it for the last couple of years and not really had any interest or interest where nothing that came to fruition,” Redner said. “This certainly wasn’t what we hoped would happen. We hoped somebody from the community would step forward, purchase the store and carry the history forward. We have to do something. It’s time for us to retire.”

Charles Parrott started Parrott Hardware at 639 Capital Ave. S.W. in 1933 and built the current two-story brick building several lots over in 1938. It later became Snyder-Meacham Hardware (Jay Snyder and Raymond Meacham) in 1940, and then Lakeview Hardware Supply after Harry Wagner and Frank B. Nash purchased it in 1946. Boyd Redner took over in 1977, when his daughter, Kerrie, and Walters began working there as teenagers.

“It’s been an ongoing business for a long time,” Walters said. “It’s been a real hard decision to make. We had the store for sale for quite a while, and with COVID and everything, nothing was going to change.

“It was absolutely a fabulous run. A great thing for our family — our kids all worked for us, their friends — and it’s really been a nice community to be a part of and work with.”

The last day of business for Lakeview Hardware is Friday. After that, all the remaining inventory will be sold at auction in mid-September, and the building will also be sold at auction if the minimum bid is met. The date of the auction has not yet been finalized, with updates provided on the Lakeview Hardware Facebook page.

Walters said that along with the customers, he would miss working on the hardwood floors that date back to the 1960s.

“If I had to work on concrete I wouldn’t be able to walk now,” he joked. “It was a great building and we had a great stand in that little business community in Lakeview.”

Redner added, “We’re definitely an anchor here in Lakeview. Hopefully we can sell the building and we can go forward with a business that can continue to anchor the neighborhood.”


New James Bond movie sets September world premiere

The world premiere for the new James Bond movie “No Time To Die” will take place on Sept. 28, the official Bond Twitter account said on Friday.

The announcement appeared to counter speculation in entertainment media that the movie’s release might be delayed again because of a surge in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world.

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Surprise! Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost welcome baby boy | Entertainment

Scarlett Johansson is a mom to two now. The “Black Widow” star recently gave birth to a son, Cosmo, with husband Colin Jost, the “Saturday Night Live” star wrote on Instagram Wednesday. This is the first child for the couple, who were married last October.

“Ok, OK, we had a baby. His name is Cosmo. We love him very much,” was Jost’s brief note.

People magazine first reported the birth of the baby, which came as a shock to many since news of the pregnancy came out only days earlier after Jost reportedly mentioned it in a stand-up set in Connecticut. No other details were provided.

It’s the first child for Jost, 39, who is known for hosting “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live.” Johansson, 36, also has a 6-year-old daughter, Rose, from a previous marriage to Romain Dauriac.

Jost wrote on his Instagram page that privacy would be greatly appreciated and directed “all inquires” to “our publicist @chethinks,” tagging his “Weekend Update” co-host, Michael Che.

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R&B trio After 7 takes care of ‘Business’ with new album

Since first hitting the music charts back in 1989 – then topping them with hits like “Ready Or Not” and “Can’t Stop” – Grammy-nominated vocal trio After 7 has been a constant presence at R&B radio.


But according to founding member Keith Mitchell, longevity wasn’t even the goal.


“Absolutely, positively not,” Mitchell said, laughing. “We were so green coming into this business, we were so humble to even get the opportunity because people thought we were a lot younger than we were. We really weren’t that young. We looked like we were 22, 23 years old, but actually we started out at 30. So, we were so green and so new to the business that we were just so excited to be here and to get the opportunity.”


And After 7 is still creating hits; current single “Bittersweet” is riding the charts and generating major heat on the radio. The song is taken from the group’s latest album, titled “Unfinished Business.”


“We went in there with the idea that we’ve got something to say,” says newest member Danny McClain. “We’ve got something to show everybody. Especially during the time of the pandemic, when things were going crazy…it seems like everybody was looking for something that could make them feel good.  You had a lot of people trying to find some new music, but a lot of new music was not being released.”


“Unfinished Business” also serves as a tribute to founding member Melvin Edmonds, who passed away in 2019.


“Absolutely,” says the late group member’s brother, Kevon.  “Undoubtedly Melvin has a place. So, he’s not here with us physically, [but] he’s here with us and he was there with us in the process of recording. He is a part in this whole project and I think you’ll get a sense of that once you listen to this whole record.”


“Unfinished Business” is set for release on Friday, Aug. 20; to pre-order the album and read more about After 7, click here.

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How Netflix Is Changing the Entertainment Industry

first began its worldwide expansion in 2016, the streaming service has rewritten the playbook for global entertainment — from TV to film, and soon, to video games.

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The streaming company, cofounded by tech entrepreneur Reed Hastings, promoted content chief Ted Sarandos to co-CEO in 2020, which cemented the importance of content within the organization. Meanwhile, Bela Bajaria, who had been in charge of international non-English TV, took the reins of the overall TV business, and product chief Greg Peters took on additional duties as COO, including streamlining how global teams work together.

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Still, Netflix is facing more competition than ever from an influx of rivals that are learning to play its game.

Nearly every major media company, from Disney to WarnerMedia, now runs a streaming service. Their platforms are stockpiled with tentpole movies and TV shows that used to only be found in theaters or on linear TV, and their libraries now rival Netflix’s.

The competition is pushing the streaming giant to continue to evolve.

Netflix recently expanded its efforts into podcasting and even started pedaling merchandise for series like “Lupin.”

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