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Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Try pottery


ADA,Mich. (WZZM) -- Still searching for that perfect Christmas present? Something unique, one-of-a-kind and personal?

In this Weekend Adventure, the weekend morning news crew checked out The Mud Room in Ada to make a few special holiday gifts.

The Mud Room is a paint-your-own pottery studio but they also do glass fusing, potters wheel classes, hand prints and all kinds of fired and non-fired arts. They also offer a number of special events and classes.

The clay studio is not available for walk-ins during regular studio hours, so be sure to schedule a visit in advance.

Or, choose from a number of scheduled classes listed on their website.

It takes about one week for the studio to

Weekend Adventure: Meijer Gardens celebrates Christmas around the World


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holidays are here and that means the annual Christmas display is back at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. This year they've added a few new pieces to their display.

As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.

For exhibit hours and more information, visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park website.


Ada celebrates completion of new Headley Street


ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thursday's weather didn't stop people in Ada from celebrating a development underway in their community.

They packed the fire department for an evening party celebrating the new Headley Street, which now connects to Fulton Street and Ada Drive.

Local vendors provided the food, and musical group the Crane Wives provided the music.

Township supervisor George Haga said they have a way to go to finish the entire development project; Thursday's event simply acknowledged the first milestone. "It's to celebrate the grand opening of the new Headley Street, and we invited the entire community to be part of the celebration."

Next year, the community plans to connect Headley Street to Thornapple River Drive. For now, they hope to open Headley Street back to traffic in December, if not sooner.

Taste of my town: Manna Cafe


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- This week's Taste of My Town brings us to Manna Cafe near Ada. They opened just a few years ago, on Christmas Eve of 2013. Now they're attracting diners with their delicious breakfast dishes and a positive message.

"Everybody is intrinsically valuable in God's eyes and in our eyes so we just want people to come in and know that they are welcome here and we want to serve them well and leave them with a feeling of peace and a full stomach," said the owner.

They specialize in breakfast and lunch options, including a wide array of unique Eggs Benedict dishes and baked goods. Their corned beef is smoked over applewood and is featured in their bestselling Manna Hash.

Meijer expands curbside service in Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grocery shopping is about to get a little easier in West Michigan.

The Meijer in Cascade is expanding its curbside services, and you have a chance to try it out for free. Meijer announced the expansion to eight stores in Michigan and Ohio.

Meijer Curbside began six months ago at the Knapp's Corner store as a pilot program that quickly took off.

Starting this week, people can order their groceries and other items online, drive to the store and pick-up the order at the curb. The service will cost $4.95 per order, but that fee will be waived for the first month.

For a list of participating stores, visit this link.

Thieves target Cascade jeweler through neighboring shops


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating break-ins at three businesses that happened sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the thief or thieves broke into Panopoulos Salons and Kim's Cleaners in order to access Vandenberg Jewelers, which sits between those shops in the 6700 block of Cascade Rd.

Whoever broke into the businesses first cut outside phone and cable lines. They then pried open the back doors at both Panopoulos and Kim's Cleaners before going through the wall between Kim's Cleaners and Vandenberg Jewelers. They broke into one safe and stole another, taking several thousand dollars in jewelry. They also took the security video system.

Investigators said Panopoulos Salons didn't have an alarm and the alarms in the other two businesses were smashed and didn't go off. The alarm companies are investigating why the systems failed.

Breakfast on the go: Chicken & Waffles from Gastropub


ADA (WZZM)-- It's a partnership that's bridging the gap between the farm and the kitchen. Six restaurants are teaming up with more than a dozen Farmers Market Vendors to highlight foods grown right here in West Michigan, called Farm to Ada.

Christopher DeJonge, Executive Chef at Ada Pour House Gastropub, stopped by the WZZM13 studio to show off one of the delicious dishes available.