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Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A furniture retailer  has opened a second store in My Town Kentwood.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce recently helped owners of “One of a Find Furniture” cut the ribbon on their new facility, located at 4060 29th St. SE.  One of a Find Furniture features furniture and accents from around the world; its first store is based in Saginaw.

Last week, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings for four other businesses, including: 91.3 WCSG/88.3 & 89.9 WaYfm at 1159 East Beltine Avenue NE in My Town Ada/Cascade; “Bin There Dump That,” located at 4500 West River Dr. NE in My Town Comstock Park; and Genius Phone Repair and Zounds Hearing of West Michigan, at 2700 Kraft SE in My Town Ada Cascade.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Grand Rapids Spring Auction June 6

Grand Rapids Spring Auction June 6

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its 2013 Spring Auction June 6.

M&W Incorporated will auction off the city’s used vehicles and construction equipment starting at 9 a.m.  M&W Incorporated is located at 979 West River Center Dr. NE in Comstock Park.Only cash or check will be accepted. 

For pictures and descriptions of the vehicles and equipment up for auction, click here.

 

Sheriff's office to auction off stolen property May 30

Sheriff's office to auction off stolen property May 30

If you had property stolen in Ionia County, now is your last chance to claim it.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office will auction off recovered property that was never claimed on May 30 at M&W Inc., located in Comstock Park.

The sheriff’s department has compiled a list of property that will be up for bid, which you can find by clicking here.  If you recognize your property, contact the sheriff’s office at (616) 527-5737 to claim it.

The auction begins at 9 a.m. Thursday.  M&W Inc. is located at 979 West River Center Dr. NE.

Fireworks retailer expands, bringing more jobs to West Michigan

Fireworks retailer expands, bringing more jobs to West Michigan

The owner of a fireworks store in Comstock Park  is expanding in West Michigan.

Pro Fireworks is opening a store at 2450 28th Street SE.  The company invested more than $30,000  in renovating the facility, which once housed  Frank’s Nursery & Crafts.  Pro Fireworks also plans to invest another $100,000 in future renovations and improvements.

The new business will employ nearly 15 full and part-time employees year round.

 This is Pro Fireworks’ ninth Michigan store to sell ground and airborne fireworks, which were legalized last year. The company also has a store at 4255 Alpine NW in Comstock Park, as well as Traverse City, Wayne, Taylor, Roseville, Allen Park, Jackson and Sterling Heights.

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.