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Fresh Open-Air Spring Peddlers Market in Zeeland

Fresh Open-Air Spring Peddlers Market in Zeeland

Zeeland will host the Second Annual Spring Peddler’s Market on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9am – 2pm. This event, an artfully curious faire, will be held downtown on Church St. between Cherry St. and Central Ave. In case of severe weather, this event will be moved to the gym at City Side Middle School, located at 320 East Main St. in Zeeland.

The market will have a number of different vendors, 35 at this time, with a wide variety of wares. There will be homemade children’s clothing, art prints, flowers, jewelry, household gifts and goods, vintage furniture and décor, architectural salvage, fresh bread, handcrafted outdoor furniture, antiques, candles, soaps and repurposed finds. Along with all these things there will be live music.

This is a fresh, open-air lifestyle market so grab a cup of coffee and stroll through all the booths.

New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

(Ada, MI)  (April, 1 2015)

 The hammering has stopped and the dust has settled for new Wausau Homes builder Michael Nosko to celebrate his new showroom  located at 6739 East Fulton Street, Suite D10 in Ada.

 

Visitors can tour the new, state-of-the art Design Studio that showcases a welcome area where homebuyers can share their life story and vision for their new home.  It also features everything from cabinets and countertops to siding and shingles while providing the latest technology to help homebuyers plan and customize their new homes.  Among the highlights is a 3D viewer that allows homebuyers to see their home plans take shape before their eyes so they will know exactly what their new home will look like before it’s ever built.    

 

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

My Town Grand Haven: New owner of Fortino's shares plans for mainstay

My Town Grand Haven: New owner of Fortino's shares plans for mainstay

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A community cornerstone that’s been in business for more than a century has a new owner.

Dave Ten Cate with Capstone Real Estate says the deal for Fortino’s closed Tuesday.  Kelly Larson is buying the store, which is a popular destination for children looking for candy.  Larson already owns a couple of candy and ice cream stores in the area, including Sweet Temptations in Grand Haven.  She tells Ten Cate she intends to keep Fortino’s as it is; even the store’s name will remain untouched. 

Three generations of Fortinos owned and operated the downtown store for more than 107 years, making it one of the oldest family businesses in Grand Haven.  Former owner Ken Michlitsch said the shop came into his family by way of his wife’s grandfather.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.