Observer Features Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness

The Garden City Observer did a profile on Kelly and Shelby Perkins  for the September 8 edition of the newspaper. It provided a rundown on Guardian, detailed their philosophy and described somme of the classes available at the studio.

“I have the greatest respect for my Tae Kwan Do training, but there is more to self-defense than kicks and punches,” Kelly said. “American Kenpo brings realistic self-defense to situations you may truly find yourself in.”

Read the article.


GCBA Membership Application is now Available to Download

Prospective GCBA members can now download, print, and complete a membership application. They are urged to bring the application to the next regular business meeting.

GCBA Membership Application



As the summer winds down, it won’t be long before October and the Garden City Chili Cook Off are here. Like last year, the GCBA will be hosting the Afterburn to let event goers relax with some music and brews before they head home. The Afterburn is set for October 8, 2016 and runs from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. (Immediately after the Chili Cook Off.) Music will be provided by Bonnie and the Working Girls.

Check out the Afterburn Flyer | Visit the Afterburn Facebook page.

B9323215084Z.1_20160803084003_000_G9GF6TBB6.1-0GCBA’s Terry Crouson Featured in Observer

Terry Crouson is featured in the Garden City Observer with an article titled “Building better businesses builds a better community.” Says Terry; “Small businesses have always been an important part of the American landscape and a critical component to the growth and stabilization of the communities in which they operate.” Terry is the owner of The Growth Coach of West metro detroit.

Read the Observer article.



Garden City Rocks at Music in the Park

The first-ever Music in the Park event attracted hundreds to the main pavilion in Garden City Park on July 28. Bonnie and the Working Girls mixed oldies and rock standards to an appreciative audience. The area around the pavilion was packed with families on blankets and in folding chairs.

The event, sponsored by Gordon Chevrolet, featured the winners drawing for the Garden City Scavenger Hunt, and for a pair of tickets to a Tiger’s game (also provided by Gordon Chevrolet). The Garden City DDA and Garden City Business Alliance hosted the event. See the photos.

Scavenger Hunt Winners Picked

Winners of the 2016 Garden City Scavenger were drawn at the Music in the Park for a first, second, and third place. The first place prize was $500, second place was $300, and third place was $200.


GCBA Urges Residents and Businesses to Become Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum

GCBA President Kerry Partin said the Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum are seeking new members and he suggested that area businesses and city residents should think of joining.

“The Friends are a private organization and receive no city, state, or federal financial support,” said Partin. “They support a unique resource in the community and I think we ought to support them.” The Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the community and serving as an educational center for its patrons.

 Partin said there were a number of membership options from a student plan to a corporate gold support plan. Learn more about becoming a member.



GCBA President Kerry Partin has announced that Office Max/Office Depot has partnered with the GCBA and has issued the attached discount card for members to use. Please follow the directions on the card. Members can print it out on card stock, then taking it along with the FREE lamination coupon to either one and have them laminate it for you. Or you can download it to your smart phone and use it that way.


The 2016 GCBA Events Calendar

Garden City Taste Fest – May 17, 2016

Scavenger Hunt – July 8-22, 2016

Music in the Park – July 28, 2016

Afterburn – October 8th

Trunk or Treat – October 27, 2016

Holiday Expo – November 26th

We Believe in Garden City

Garden City is the community in which we have decided to invest our time, money, and hard work. We’ve put down roots and have made a commitment to the people who live here.

The work we do is measured in more than just dollars and cents; we are an important part of the fabric that makes up Garden City, Michigan.

The Garden City Business Alliance is proud to be part of the American Dream. We believe that if you work hard and persevere, you can be successful. Like anything else that is worthwhile, it is not easy, but we welcome the challenge. And like millions of Americans before us, we realize that if we work together we can accomplish so much more than if we all work separately.

This is the inspiration for the Garden City Business Alliance.

We believe that small businesses working together can help each one of us be better merchants, offer more to our customers, and be a good neighbor to our community.

If you’re a Garden City business owner, citizen, or community advocate, you’re welcome to join us. We meet once each month and we announce the meeting locations and times well in advance on this website and on our Facebook page.

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We’d also appreciate your input. If you know of events taking place in or around Garden City, please let us know. If you’ve heard about some good news we can share here, please tell us about it. And, of course, if you own a business in Garden City, whether home-based or with a storefront, you’re welcome to join the GCBA.



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