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My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A Grand Haven mainstay that’s been in business for more than a century is about to change hands.

Fortino's is for sale.  Three generations of the Fortinos have owned and operated the downtown business for more than 107 years.  However, with the latest owners preparing to retire and the fourth generation already involved in other careers and endeavors, there is no one left in the family to take over the shop.

Dave Ten Cate with Capstone Real Estate says the business is constantly growing and a cornerstone in the community, with many children making a Saturday pilgrimage to the store for candy.  Ten Cate says there have been some inquiries since the business went on the market, but no contracts have been signed.  For additional information, contact Capstone at (616) 847-1031.

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

My Town: Grand Haven Art Festival returns for 53rd year

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—You don’t have to wait until ArtPrize to enjoy a celebration centered around art.

The Grand Haven Art Festival returns to Washington Avenue weekend.  This is the 53rd year for the event, which will feature art and artists from across the country.  Pieces for sale will include pottery, jewelry, painting, glasswork and photography.   Visitors are encouraged to check out the artwork and pick out a unique decorative piece for their home or office.

The Grand Haven Art Festival will run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit the Grand Haven Art Festival Facebook page or event website.

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town Grand Haven: Business complex to be rebuilt after roof collapse

My Town Grand Haven: Business complex to be rebuilt after roof collapse

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Repairs are coming to a business damaged by the harsh West Michigan winter.

In April, heavy snow caused a portion of the roof to collapse at 725 Taylor Ave.   The 80,000 square foot facility is home to multiple businesses.  CD Barnes Construction was called in to demolish a 7,000 square foot portion of the building that was deemed unsafe by engineers.  Now the Grand Haven business is teaming up with NPI Holdings to rebuild the facility.  Construction is expected to begin later this month and wrap up early this fall.

The building at 725 Taylor Ave. once served as a temporary home to D. Baker and Son Lumber, which was forced to relocate after heavy snow crushed its roof in 2011.  The 143-year-old business has since moved into a new warehouse located on the same site.

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Pump House is celebrating the opening of its second frozen yogurt bar in downtown Grand Haven.

The new shop celebrated its soft (and tasty) opening June 6 inside the facility that formally housed Wirick Office Products, at 20 North Harbor Drive.  Construction crews spent several months renovating the 3,300 square foot space, creating a vintage beach shack atmosphere that complements the community.  The new yogurt bar features reclaimed wood, a toppings bar resembling a boat and Adirondack chairs and swings lining the facility’s windows.  The menu includes more than 100 toppings and 14 yogurt pumping stations.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has begun the formal process of collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow river barge traffic on the east side of Lake Michigan as far north as the Port of Muskegon. The proposal, which is being championed by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), has wide support from businesses, agriculture and local elected officials and is expected to bring more opportunities for economic development and growth to Michigan.