NWI Business Ins and Outs: Sophia’s House of Pancakes, Joe’s Downtown Tacos, If Walls Could Talk Home Decor, and BYOB Fitness opening | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

• BYOB Fitness, whose slogans have included “Build Your Own Body” and “Helping You Build the Best Version of Yourself,” opened in a former video store at 8231 Hohman Avenue in Munster.

The gym offers personal training, group classes, nutritional counseling, boot camps, and pop-up shops. It helps clients who want to build muscle, lose weight, change eating habits or just get coached by a trainer to reach their fitness goals.

Catering to both men and women, it offers certified instructors, full-body workouts, and live classes for all fitness levels. The fitness center offers private training and group classes such as yoga, core and cardio.

A retail section at the fitness center also sells items like tank tops, crew necks, face masks, water bottles and gym bags.

For more information, visit www.buildyourownbodybygina.com.

• Supermercado Durango just opened in Griffith.

The locally owned independent Mexican grocery store is now doing business at 507 E. Glen Park Ave. in a strip mall off 45th Street in Griffith, near the border of Gary’s Black Oak neighborhood. The new store sells fresh groceries and authentic Mexican food. It also runs a taqueria that offers tacos, tortas, sopas, gorditas, burritos and fajitas that are cooked to order.

It took over the space previously owned by Griffith Meats & Catering, a longtime institution that closed for good in 2018.

Supermercado Durango is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 219-513-9531, email [email protected] or find the business on Facebook.

• Mariner Finance, a personal loan lender, opened in the former Subway restaurant at 9515 Indianapolis Blvd. Suite 1 in the Sir James Court strip mall in Highland.

The financial services company has 450 branches in 24 states. It offers auto loans, personal loans, debt consolidation loans, home loans and other financial services products. The long-time submarine sandwich shop that previously occupied the space shuttered there last year along with Subways in Valparaiso, Michigan City, Hobart and many other Region locations.

• The Alley, the iconic rock, underground and counterculture store that’s a major regional draw from across greater Chicagoland, has closed at the Clark and Belmont intersection in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood for the second time in the last few years.

The shop with the landmark skull-and-crossbones logo that sells T-shirts, shoes and leather jackets, has relocated to 2620 W. Fletcher St. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

A destination for many Region residents over the years, The Alley sells a number of punk, rock, metal, goth, and other youth fashions, including Chicago T-shirts, chain wallets, buttons and more. It’s been a Chicago institution for more than 40 years but has lately transitioned to a more online model of doing business.

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‘It was luck’: NWI couple recall truck plowing through cornfield into their kitchen | Latest Headlines

“It was luck,” Eugene said recently.

“Usually most afternoons I’d sit there on that side of the house (outside). Because I was talking to a friend on the phone, I ended up going inside. … I could have been outside.”

The Grothaus’ daughter, Pam Davenport, said before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the Region, their family would gather on Wednesday or Thursday in the dining room for game night. 

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‘Thick-tongued, slurring words’

When officers arrived to the Grothaus’ home in West Creek Township, they saw a pickup truck with Illinois registration in the east wall of the home, according to a police report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. 

Police said only the rear tires and rear end of the truck were visible outside of the home. 

The truck traveled approximately 300 yards off the road and through a cornfield before crashing into the Grothaus’ light blue home.

The driver, whose identity was not revealed in the police report, was not able to stand on his own free will.

Officers said the man was thick-tongued, slurring words, confused, lethargic and swaying while sitting down. Police also smelled a strong odor of alcohol. 

The man stated he didn’t have a driver’s license and wasn’t carrying his wallet. Police later discovered the man’s Illinois driver’s license was revoked. 

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Junkin’ Shenanigans owner transforms junk into home decor | Latest Headlines

“I repaired a dresser that was literally in pieces. The drawer fronts were off, and I had to redo the whole thing. The customer couldn’t believe it when she picked it up. She was very happy with it.”

Her store carries gift items from across the country, all of which are made in America.

But it’s the Appalachian flavor of artwork that inspires the business owner.

Her store features handmade dulcimers made by Keith Powers of Damascus and wooden flag signs crafted by Jim Beauchamp, a retired Kingsport police officer.

Other consignment items include handmade jewelry and acrylic paintings.

“We’re not a thrift shop — we’re an artisan place. I represent a group of artisans that put their hearts and souls into the products we sell. I try to make things as fairly priced as possible,” Jacklet said.

Before she and her husband, Chad, moved to Damascus in 2018, Jacklet was a military wife whose pastime was to find furniture in disrepair and give it a second life — often transforming the pieces into something unrecognizable.

While living in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jacklet and a friend scouted for their next masterpieces.

“We’d get some junk and do some shenanigans. We always came up with something new that everyone wanted,” she said with a laugh.

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A show of support comes out for Crown Candy Kitchen | News Headlines

NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — A call for help on social media may have helped saved a St. Louis staple.

Crown Candy Kitchen took to their social media accounts this week reaching out for support.  Their business has dwindled in recent months and they said they haven’t seen a line for lunch in months.

News 4 stopped by Friday and saw a line out the door for the lunch time rush.

The owner, Andy Karandzieff, said what the show of support means to them. “It’s overwhelming. I mean, it is unbelievable the show and support and love that St. Louis has showed us. So, this will carry us for a while and it just gives me renewed faith and energy that we’re gonna get through this, it’s gonna be a little bit rough, but we’re gonna get through this. Thanks to all my awesome customers.”

Crown Candy plans to open up their online candy shop in early October and are already preparing for the holiday season. They will be able to ship your favorites all over the country.

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Suspects steal from Bevo Mill home while woman hid in the bathroom, police say | News Headlines

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three suspects are on the run after stealing from two people in Bevo Mill Tuesday night.

Police said a 52-year-old man was approached by two men and a woman while he was walking into his home in the 4200 block of Bates Street around 10:40 p.m. The two men reportedly pointed a gun at the victim and robbed him.

After the robbery, one of the male suspects and the woman went into a 34-year-old woman’s home and stole her money and a cell phone. Police said the female victim was hiding in the bathroom at the time.

Following both crimes, the suspect left the area.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Teyana Taylor gives birth in her bathroom again | News Headlines

(CNN) — Teyana Taylor and husband Iman Shumpert have welcomed a second child born in their bathroom without the assistance of a hospital.

The singer and the basketball player made headlines in 2015 when their first daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr., who is called “Junie,” made a surprise entrance into the world in the couple’s home bathroom with her proud dad delivering her.

Appropriately enough on Labor Day, Shumpert posted on his verified Instagram account that “At 3:28 am on Sept 6th 2020 Rue Rose decided that the baby shower thrown for her and mommy was too lit.”

“She didn’t make the party but she managed to make the next day her birthdate!!!,” he wrote in the caption of a video of their new addition. “Now…when we buy homes, we always find a bathroom with great energy… but not in a million years would you be able to tell me we’d deliver both of our daughters in a bathroom without the assistance of a hospital!”

Shumpert, who last year played for the Brooklyn Nets, added, “Our newest edition entered the world in the water and came out looking around and ready to explore!”

“A healthy child. A little sister. Another daughter,” he wrote. “Black love wins….again. Welcome babygirl…we love you!”

Taylor confirmed her second pregnancy in June in the music video for her single “Wake Up Love,” which featured Shumpert and their first daughter.

The couple married in 2016.

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