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Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Lakeshore Business Expo returns May 9

Lakeshore Business Expo returns May 9

MUSKEGON, Mich.—More than 70 Muskegon and Grand Haven businesses will showcase their products and services at the Lakeshore Business Expo May 9.

The expo will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Trillium Events, located at 17264 VanWagoner Road.

This is the 13th year for the Lakeshore Business Expo, which is free to visitors.  For a full list of vendors, visit the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Business start-up workshop at Spring Lake District Library April 27

Business start-up workshop at Spring Lake District Library April 27

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--When jobs are difficult to find, people often consider starting their own business.

But many don't know how to get started. The first step is to plan on attending the workshop “Fundamentals for Starting a Business: Six Week Start-Up” on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Spring Lake District Library.  This free workshop will include an overview of what it takes to start your own business. Local SCORE business counselor John Brocci will present the steps you'll need to take to successfully launch a new business in today's economy.

While there is no cost to attend the workshop pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Register online at www.sllib.org or call 616.846.5770.

SCORE is a nonprofit organization that offers free and confidential business counseling, mentoring, and training to entrepreneurs and small businesses nationwide.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to register now for “Haiti Ride 2013”.

The annual bike ride raises funds to support villagers and residents in the island nation of Haiti, as it continues its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the 2010 quake, three recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic.  United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will serve again as the host site for the bike tour.

Haiti Ride 2013 will be held from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15.

Ashley Miller hired to direct youth ministry program at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

Ashley Miller hired to direct youth ministry program at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dan Duncan, senior pastor with United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD) in Grand Haven announced Tuesday that Ashley Miller has been hired as youth director for the church.

A graduate of Mona Shores High School, Miller went on to graduate from Baker College.  She holds a part-time position as a sterile processing technician at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon and also works part-time for UMCD in her new role as youth director.

“I want to help the youth continue on their faith journeys.  I want to have fun with the kids at UMCD, share Christianity with them and shape kids into disciples so they can go out into the world and help people around them,” said Miller.

Miller has an extensive background and experience in the field of religion.  She has led elementary Sunday school classes and volunteered as a junior high youth director with Lake Harbor United Methodist Church.  Miller also lived in Ohio.

Researcher digs deeper into women's impact on the lakeshore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum)-- At the 7 p.m., April 7, 2011 meeting, Wally Ewing, a well-known history researcher and author from Grand Haven, will give a presentation on some of the women who were prominent in the area's development.

He begins with Lasette Constant who lived from 1812-1907. Her father, Pierre Constant was a fur trader. Lasette then was also involved in the fur business.

The presentation highlights other eras and ends with the contributions of Marjorie Boon, a recent mayor of Grand Haven. Marjorie served during a very pivotal time of new development.

Wally's program deals with women's history but the lives of his interesting subjects had impact upon the course of area history as a whole.

 

Odd Side Ales celebrates three years of business

Odd Side Ales celebrates three years of business

In 2010, Grand Haven’s first and only brewery, Odd Side Ales, opened in the old downtown piano factory complex. This past St. Patrick’s Day weekend marked their three year anniversary, and quite an eventful past year it has been. In recent months, the brewery has seen the selection of brews grow from 16 taps to 22; the days of struggling to keep up with pub demand are now in the past. This has been achieved by moving the production offsite to new facility which also allows for increased distribution outside the pub.