The Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed Eatin’ Vegan to town with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 2. Owned by mother-daughter duo Rosa and Angela Perkins, the restaurant has been serving up healthy, vegan alternatives since Dec. 18. “It’s going really well,” said Angela Perkins. “We’ve been very well received. A lot of people who come in aren’t even vegan. They just want to eat healthy and support local business.” The Perkinses decided to open a vegan eatery because they recognized an unserved niche in the dining market. “I’ve been vegan for the last year,” Rosa Perkins said. “(Angela) is gluten-free. It’s difficult to find places that are trustworthy if we want to eat out. I knew if we had that problem, other people were having the same problem.” Eatin’ Vegan is rolling out a new spring menu with more cold salads, a raw juice bar and possibly some cold soups. Above, Rosa Perkins wields the scissors with daughter Angela Perkins by her side, while Carolyn McQuigg and Robert Perkins hold the ribbon. Also attending the event were, back row from left, Tracey Ledford, Kristen Brisben, Jacqueline Hosler, Debra Hackett, Dawn Jamison, Kali Varner, John Knickerbocker, David Mayers and Linda Russell.