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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

Walmart hiring for newly expanded store

Walmart hiring for newly expanded store

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Walmart is looking to hire 80 more employees to work at its newly expanded Walmart in the Grand Rapids area.

The company is expected to unveil the store changes this spring.  Store manager Pat Geiger says the company will be hiring both fill and part-time associates, with benefits included.

Job hunters can complete applications at the hiring kiosk in the store at 5859 28th St. SE.  Applications are also available online on Walmart’s careers page.

The majority of newly hired employees will begin work in February to help prepare the newly renovated store for its grand opening.

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, recently announced the launch of its new personalized travel planning website, www.GRCityTwist.com.

The new interactive website targets 18 different interests, from “art lovers” to “thrill seekers”, allowing the visitor to customize their trip.  For example, craft beer enthusiasts can find breweries to explore, activities and nightlife related to craft beer, and accommodations for the weekend.

EXGR launched the new, mobile-friendly website on Dec. 17 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the hospitality community, business and political leaders, and its Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

Final weekend for Ada Historical Holiday Wreath Sale

Final weekend for Ada Historical Holiday Wreath Sale

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Historical Society’s annual Holiday Wreath Sale is underway.

Shoppers have two more chances to purchase a wreath: Friday, Dec. 13, starting at 1 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 10 a.m.  Wreaths will be available until 6 p.m., while supplies last.  Prices range from $20 for a 22”-24” Douglas Fir wreath to $56 for a 48”-50” Douglas Fir wreath with a red bow. 

You can find an order form here.   The wreath sale will take place at the Ada Historical Society, located at 7144 Headley St. in Ada.  For more information, email adahistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call (616) 676-9346. 

Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Nance Sonke was an ardent supporter of Humane Society of West Michigan; her love for the organization became clear in January 2013, when she passed away and left her estate to the animals of HSWM.

Now a team of volunteers is getting ready to sell her possessions to help HSWM.  The Nancy Sonke Estate Sale will run Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 19 at 3094 Windcrest Way NE in Grand Rapids.  The sale hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show returns October 12

Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show returns October 12

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Sunshine Community Church will host its annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show  Saturday, October 12 to benefit the church's boys and girls clubs, GEMS and Cadets.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, located  at 3300 East Beltline Ave. NE.  Admission is free and all are welcome to visit more than 80 booths of one-of-a-kind quality arts and crafts, purchase food and more.

For more information, call (616) 364-4242 or visit www.sunshinechurch.org/craftshows.