5 Most Popular Articles on Lowell’s First Look for January 2022

Lowell seems to be undergoing a business boom with new stores being built up and down Main Street. Of course, it’s not only along Main Street. Elsewhere in the area, businesses are making plans to expand and offer new services, as you’ll see below.

Last month, business news seemed to be the most popular topic on Lowell’s First Look, and the following were the most-read articles, based on website views, during January 2022.

5. Keeping Lowell Safe: Police Beat for December 2021

Lowell Police Department Hybrid vehicle

The December Police Beat was the only top article from last month that was not directly business-related. Instead, it provided an overview of Lowell Police Department activity from the end of last year. The department has new software so readers may have noticed the statistics looked a little different in this edition.

4. Local Government 101: How a Business Comes to Town

We hear a lot of questions from readers about why one business is opening in Lowell but not another business. This article was born from those questions and outlines how businesses come to town. At the end of the day, cities don’t get to pick and choose which businesses set up shop, and they can only use zoning to control or encourage business growth in certain areas.

3. Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Recipients

A press release from the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce was the third-most read article on Lowell’s First Look in January 2022. It announced the winners of the chamber’s annual awards, including Person of the Year. Bruce Doll takes that honor for 2022, and all awards will be presented at the chamber’s Winter Gathering later this month.

2. Vergennes Twp Board Recap: Arrowhead Golf Expansion

Residents packed the meeting room at Vergennes Township Hall in support of Arrowhead Golf Course, which would like to add sheltered hitting bays and golf simulators to its property. Unfortunately, the local zoning ordinance seems to be making that difficult, but board members promised to talk to the township attorney to see what options might be available.

1. Larkin’s Restaurant Under New Ownership

Taking the No. 1 spot by a wide margin was this article about the sale of Larkin’s Restaurant. After 44 years in the business, Mike Larkin was ready to retire and sold the property to the company that also owns Big Boiler Brewing and Superior Lofts. The new owner is hoping it will be business as usual for now but could change up the menu in the future.

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