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The Times Herald article – Michael Grimm

Grimm shows his Talent

Michael Grimm will be showing why he was the America’s Got Talent’s fifth season winner Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.

Grimm will perform some of the songs that put him in front of judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, as well as a song he released online as a download called “Starting Over.” Concert-goers might even get a sneak peek from the new album he is working on, he said.

Being on the show, he said, “was a life-changing experience. I got to meet some wonderful people along the way.”

A native of Waveland, Mississippi, Grimm, 35, said he thought he would be passed over for the show as its producers were slow to reach him initially, but he got the call to go to Hollywood while on the road touring with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

“They called me up and there I was in Hollywood,” he said. “I really didn’t know that I was going to be in front of the judges so suddenly. I thought I was going to do the whole cattle call again.”

After his two shows in Lexington, Grimm said he plans on leaving for Switzerland to celebrate his wife, Lucie’s, birthday. Grimm said he proposed to his wife on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

“I only did that because she said to me, ‘I don’t care if you marry me in a courtroom, but when you propose make sure it’s good’,” he said.

Lexington Village Theater event coordinator Becky Hortop described Grimm as a soulful singer.

“He has kind of that Southern blues sound,” she said. This will be Grimm’s first appearance at the recently re-opened theater, she said. “We are expecting a really good turn out.”

Show times for the Saturday performance are 5 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $19, $25 and $39

The theater is in its first year of business under new owners Mike and Lanae Kettlewell. It was vacant for more than two years. The owners have added a new sound system and upgraded the lighting.

“What we’re trying to do is bring top talent from the area and also nationally. Michael Grimm certainly fits that,” Mike Kettlewell said.

Further plans for the theater include introducing reserved seating, adding season tickets for people who would like to attend multiple events with one purchase, and to publish a list of upcoming events so people can plan ahead, he said.

“This year was more sporadic. We had to catch (performers) on the route as they came through Michigan,” Kettlewell said. “Next year we’re going to have a much more planned approach.”

Tickets are available through the Lexington Village Theatre website, or call the theater box office at (810) 359-5108. Tickets are also at the door.

Contact Syeda Ferguson at (810) 989-6276 or email her at syeda@thetimesherald.com

IF YOU GO

MICHAEL GRIMM

• When: 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Lexington Village Theatre

• Cost: $19, $25 and $39 at www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or by calling (810) 359-5108

More Information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.michaelgrimmmusic.com

 

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Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, Michigan

Reopening brings Lexington block back to life

Reopening brings Lexington block back to life

By Margaret Whitmer, Sanilac County News.
Photo by Margaret Whitmer
Re-printed by permission of the Sanilac County News.

 

Harborview Plaza is expected to reopen by early to mid-May in downtown Lexington.

Summer visitors, disappointed the last two summers by the closure of the live theater, restaurants and other shops located along Huron Avenue between Washington and Dallas streets, need be disappointed no more.

Two new businesses fill the vacant shop fronts: the Celtic Ray Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Sweetwater Gourmet Deli & Bakery.

Celtic Ray is open now and features an authentic Irish pub menu and live music on weekends. It occupies the space where The Vintage Restaurant and Brewmaster’s Pub used to be.

Sweetwater Deli is in the location of the former Smackwater Jack’s Bistro and Deli and is expected to be open by early to mid-May. The space has been expanded by 40-50 percent to include even more tables for patrons.

And it is hoped that the Lexington Village Theatre will open with performances by local talent Memorial Day weekend, said Mike Kettlewell who, with wife Lanae, is the new owner of the block-long complex formerly known as the Smackwater Block.

The Kettlewells say they are currently updating the popular theater’s sound system and plan to showcase all types of music there.

“We’re open to ideas from the community,” said Lanae.

Adds Mike: “We want it to be community friendly. The community has been very positive. They want to support us.”

The theater and two new businesses, along with Studio Hair Design, which has been located on the block for some time, will fill all the ground floor shops and complete Phase I of the Kettlewell’s plan to bring the block back to life.

“Now we’re working on Phase Two – figuring out what to do with the upstairs,” Mike said.

The Kettlewells are natives to the area and both graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School. Mike is a partner of a Lansing area construction company; Lanae is the retired owner of Water’s Edge Salon & Spa on Main Street.

They own a summer cottage within viewing distance of the picturesque mall of shops that previously drew so many Lexington visitors.

The mall went into receivership and was bought by Eastern Michigan Bank in a foreclosure sale in 2012.

“We sat on our front porch for a year and a half saying, ‘Someone should buy that building,'” Mike said.

In June 2013, they bought the building and set up Lanmik, LLC as the umbrella company for the theater and businesses on the block, with the exception of the beauty parlor.

Ever since, they have been busy painting, installing new windows and upgrading the plumbing and electrical systems.

“It was a shame it was sitting there empty,” Mike said. “It was such an iconic part of the town.”