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Tickets are now available for the Chesaning Candlelight Walk Raffle to win this beautiful 10x10 storage shed provided by Homes by Stoddard's! Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office for only $5 each or 3 for $10 and are also available at these locations: Community State Bank, Ed Rehmann's and Sons, Studio 124 and The Silver Thimble. The drawing will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8pm at the Festival of Trees (Peet Community Center) during this year's Candlelight Walk weekend. Delivery of the shed is available in a 30 mile radius of Chesaning for the winner!
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Happy 55th Anniversary, Main Beverage!
Main Beverage Company is a family-owned beer and wine distribution company spanning three generations of operation and celebrating 55 years in business. The company was originally purchased by Leonard and Barbara Maike in 1961 and has remained in the family since that time. Leonard passed away in the spring of 2016. Today, Keith Maike, Leonard and Barbara’s son, is the President of Main Beverage Company, having been the owner for several years and an integral part of the business for over 30 years.
The business began in a building near the corner of Main Street and Gould Street in Owosso, hence the name Main Beverage Company. There were three trucks and five employees. Not even five years after Mr. and Mrs. Maike purchased the business in 1961, the building burned to the ground in the winter of 1966. With the help of fellow distributors from Flint, Lansing and Saginaw, Main Beverage Company was able to continue operations and make the move to its current located at 202 South Lansing Street in Owosso. Ironically, Main Beverage Company again sustained a fire on Feb. 21, 2011 in the midst of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The entire operation was moved to Flint with only one full delivery day being missed, operating there for just over a year before moving back to the newly renovated Lansing Street location.
Present day, the company employs 25 local, full-time people with annual payroll benefits in excess of $1.2 million. Four regular delivery routes service all of Shiawassee County and parts of Clinton, Saginaw and Genesee counties, delivering over 7,350,000 cases of beer and 17,000 cases of wine annually to over 170 bars, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores in four-counties.
Main Beverage Company brands include Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch, Busch Light and Natural Light, as well as Guinness, Heineken, Labatt, Stella Artois and several other import beers. Additionally, several national, regional and Michigan craft beers are distributed. Notably, two Michigan favorite brands distributed are ROAK Brewing and Perrin Brewing offerings. Also included in the company’s extensive portfolio are several brands of wine from multiple suppliers, most notably E&J Gallo and St. Julian of Michigan.
Over the years, Main Beverage Company has been a strong supporter of many local charities, civic organizations and area schools. Thank you for your continued support. From all of us at Main Beverage…This Bud’s for you!
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2016 CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNERS
January 13, 2016: Bob Schulte & Linda Vitous
January 27, 2016: Dr. Abbi Schleusener
February 10, 2016 : Ruth O'Connor
February 24, 2016: Kathy Jones
March 9, 2016: Halee Williams
March 23, 2016: Sue Vogelaar
April 13, 2016: Shirley Carlton
April 27, 2016: Lisa Ziola
May 11, 2016: Metro Mortgage Group
May 25, 2016: John Reiber
June 8, 2016: Brian Adelberg
June 22, 2016: Carolyn Rehmann
July 13, 2016: Rob Angst
July 27, 2016: Phil Schmiege
August 10, 2016: Keith Valentine
August 24, 2016: Alice Hanel
September 14: Bob Schulte & Linda Vitous
Randall D. Stoddard, President
Chesaning Chamber of Commerce
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