The best time of the year 🍩 🎡

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Fourth of July is coming up 🎇

Samples of donuts Monday, June 27, 2022 at Diamond Dough and Co. in Cassopolis, Michigan.
Samples of donuts Monday, June 27, 2022 at Diamond Dough and Co. in Cassopolis, Michigan.

And that typically signals the best time of the year — fair season and lake season.

Fair food is always a point of nostalgia — elephant ears, corn dogs, steak dinners and ice cream from the local Dairy Bar. And I have so many fond memories spending long summer nights up at a family's lake house.

And in Cassopolis, there's the best of both worlds.

Diamond Dough and Co. opened Memorial Day weekend just down the street from Diamond Lake and there, customers can get mini doughnuts, specialty coffees, smoothies and acai bowls. If you don't know owners Rosemary Leonard or Wendy Grover-Ming when you go in, there's a good chance you'll be on a first name basis with them once you leave.

You can read more about the new doughnut venture, as well as their future plans to expand here. 

In local food and shopping news ...

A new Barnaby’s location, expected to open in 2022, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Mishawaka.
A new Barnaby’s location, expected to open in 2022, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Mishawaka.

🍕 Mishawaka Barnaby's is still planning to open its Twin Branch location on the east side of town, but owner Mike Lane said now they hoping to hire enough staff in time for the planned mid-July opening. Here's what Lane has planned for the new location.

🌮 A Taco Bell will be constructed at 5505 Grape Road, next to the Steak 'n Shake near Douglas Road. The approved site plans show that the 2,200-square foot building will also have a drive-thru. A construction or opening timeline was not immediately clear.

🍹 Modern taco restaurant and bar Social Cantina will soon fill the southern portion of The Mill at Ironworks Plaza, 235 Ironworks Drive, in downtown Mishawaka. Operators plan for the restaurant to open by December. Here are more details about the restaurant and its plans for Mishawaka.

🍔 The newly reopened L Street Kitchen at 131 S. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown South Bend has added a new service — delivery. In addition to dine-in and carryout options, the restaurant now will deliver meals to the downtown South Bend area. Customers are able to order online at lstreetkitchen.com.

Notice something around town you're curious about? You can contact me directly here.

Other local news this week I found interesting that you may too

A lit up marquee at the State Theater in South Bend might generate hope, but developers are yet to file any plans with the city.
A lit up marquee at the State Theater in South Bend might generate hope, but developers are yet to file any plans with the city.

► All of the lights: Is the electrified marquee at State Theater in downtown South Bend a symbol of hope?

► What Indiana laws go into effect July 1: Permitless carry gun bill, vaping tax and more

► It's fair season: Here's the schedule for the area's fairs

► Roe V. Wade in Indiana: Indiana poised to limit abortion access after Supreme Court ruling

A bit of housekeeping news 🍀

I am going to be off next week as I volunteer as a leader at the St. Joseph County 4-H fair horse and pony club.

As a previous 10-year horse and pony club member myself, I attribute a lot of who I am and how I grew up to my experience of caring for, owning and showing horses, and the fair was the main event to showcase my hard work. So it's time to give back and help the kids growing now.

I'll have some columns for you while I'm gone, but if anything urgent happens and it can't wait, you can email my editor Andrew S. Hughes at ahughes@sbtinfo.com. 

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Have a happy and safe holiday week!

Cheers🎠
Mary

Contact Mary Shown at 574-235-6244 and mshown@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @maryshownSBT and @marketbasketSBT.

This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Market Basket newsletter June 30 2022