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My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Farmers Market will welcome shoppers for a fourth week this season on Tuesday, July 1.

Approximately three dozen vendors will be showcasing their foods and wares.

The market is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 28.  Visitors can find ample parking on site at The Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  For more information, visit the Ada Farmers Market website here.

My Town: Cascade store makes the pages of Elle Magazine

My Town: Cascade store makes the pages of Elle Magazine

CASCADE, Mich.--  A Grand Rapids area store is being honored by Elle Magazine.

The publication has selected A.K. Rikk’s as its top shop for the May 2014 magazine.

A.K. Rikk’s was founded in 1986 by Richard Gaby. It offers designer clothing from Alexander Wang, Rick Owens Dark Shadow, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.  

A.K. Rikk’s moved to its 28,000 square-foot home at 6303 28th Street SE in 2012.   The store features a large patio and green space, which will be where the 2014 Runway for Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, May 31 to benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  A Miami lawyer turned  East Grand Rapids entrepreneur is launching her luxury lounge wear line in West Michigan.

Jamie Loeks Duffield came up with the idea for Duffield Lane when she and her mother couldn’t find appropriate pajamas to wear during their traditional Christmas Eve gathering with family.   

My mother and I were looking for quality, appropriate and stylish lounge wear that we would want to wear past December 25th. There just wasn’t anything out there that was fashionable and comfortable,”says Duffield.

The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Duffield’s family.  Her Jim and Barrie Loeks, founded Star Theater and her uncle, John Loeks, founded Celebration Cinema.

Duffield is currently teaming up with Michigan- based Fashion Pronto to develop a new line that will be available this summer. 

My Town: Ada Farmers Market prepares for a new extended season

My Town: Ada Farmers Market prepares for a new extended season

ADA, Mich.—The new season will be an even longer one for the Ada Farmers Market.

The farmers market will celebrate the start of its sixth season on Tuesday, June 10 in the parking lot of The Community Church, 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  Shoppers can peruse fresh produce and other local products from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   The farmers market will be open every Tuesday through October 28, a month longer than last year. Organizers are expecting the majority of vendors to return this year.

This year, organizers will be adding a new cooking class by local chefs, preparing their own dishes based on whatever is in the market that day.  The cooking class schedule will be posted on the Ada Farmers Market website and Facebook page as it becomes available.

My Town: New business brings vegan handbags, fashion benefits to Grand Rapids area

My Town: New business brings vegan handbags, fashion benefits to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Vegan handbags named after Michigan cities are just some of the items you’ll find on the shelves and racks of Grand Rapids Township’s newest business.

“We wanted to be part of a growing community and offer a boutique that carries items customers won’t find in other West Michigan stores.  With seasonal runway fashion shows, style consultations and impeccable service, Ally’s Boutique will provide men and women a fashion experience they have never had before,” says owner Ally Bakrow.

Ally’s Boutique is celebrating its grand opening with a fashion show at Louis Benton Steakhouse Thursday, March 6.  More than 60 styles will be showcased during the ticketed event, which will benefit Autism Support of Kent County.

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First awarded exemplary businesses and individuals with the LocalMotion Awards at their Annual Meeting, presented by Eastern Floral and held at the Goei Center.

The LocalMotion Awards were created to recognize businesses and individuals leading the way in building a vibrant, sustainable community.  They’re a tool to help shift the “norm” towards sustainable business practices and to educate the community on the unique ways locally owned businesses impact our region. The awards were presented by Local First board members Andy Guy and Emily Loeks.

The winners:

The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business

Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrates a strong commitment to the TBL– either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Must be in business between two and five years. Previous winners include: Brewery Vivant, Dwelltech Solutions, MadCap Coffee