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A new Kentwood retail store is hiring

A new Kentwood retail store is hiring

KENTWOOD, MI – The new Home Goods store in Kentwood is hiring.  The store is opening in March in Centerpoint Mall, which is under major renovation and expansion.  Home Goods is looking for full-time and part-time employees.  The openings include merchandise associates, merchandise coordinators, and loss prevention employees. 

Home Goods will take applications at the Courtyard Marriott at 4741 28th Street in Kentwood during the following dates and time:  February 4 – 8 and February 11 – 15 10am – 8pm.  If you are unable to attend the hire event, call 888-207-4928.

Home Goods offers a wide range of merchandise for the home from furniture and decorative accessories to bedding and kitchen essentials.  Home Goods has other stores in Michigan, but this is the first one in the Grand Rapids area.

Are you buying "local" for the holidays?

Are you buying "local" for the holidays?

Are you supporting your local economy?

Local First has a holiday gift guide with suggestions that support locally owned businesses.

You can also find gift suggestions on our WZZM 13 Made in Michigan page that lists nearly 500 companies that make their products in Michigan.

According to ABC News, if each American spent just $64 on American made goods, it would create 200,000 new jobs.  ABC also has information on Made in America goods.

G-Sync: Punk Fashion Leader Is Pure (West) Michigan

G-Sync: Punk Fashion Leader Is Pure (West) Michigan

Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

When some people think of the word "fashion," they will naturally think of it purely as a noun. For me, the word fashion as applied by A K Rikk’s General Manager Jim Murray is truly a verb. On the eve of the grand reopening of A K Rikk’s brand new location at 6303 28th St. SE, I think what Murray has done and will continue to do for our local fashion scene involves action.
 
In reviewing the documentary The September Issue,Detroit News critic Tom Long referred to Anna Wintour of Vogue as a mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity. Thinking back on the past 18 months since Murray began the latest A K Rikk’s project, the same balancing act between these competing forces is clearly at work for his store and also for our community.
 

A fireworks store opens on 28th Street

A fireworks store opens on 28th Street

The Cascade – Kentwood area has a new fireworks store. Jake’s Fireworks opened up right before Memorial Day in the former Circuit City store at the corner of 28th Street SE and Patterson Avenue. The store sells everything from sparklers to bottle rockets.

All federally legal consumer grade fireworks are now legal to use in Michigan. The new law allows Michiganders to use loud fireworks and ones that shoot into the air, such as bottle rockets and roman candles. The state has approved several hundred certificates to businesses that want to sell the more powerful fireworks.

Until January 1, 2012, only low impact fireworks, such as sparklers, snakes, and poppers were legal in the state. This meant Michigan residents had to go to neighboring states, such as Indiana and Ohio to buy their bottle rockets. Michigan lawmakers changed the law, so the state could start collecting those tax dollars.

Many communities have noise ordinances.

A.K. Rikk's: More than Retail

A.K. Rikk's: More than Retail

Adam Bird

A.K. Rikk's is creating an altar to fashion. Announced last week, a building is being rejuvenated to be filled with all manner finery and luxurious goods, well before Christmas shopping starts. There will be a 17-foot tall vertical TV screen that football will never play on. There is a bar. A room is dedicated to bespoke suits overlooking a suspended exhibition floor, above the actual floor below. There is a shoe room for women’s shoes. Only women’s shoes. This is a space designed exclusively for fashion and style, all 28,000 square feet of it.

East Metro gas prices going up again

East Metro gas prices going up again

Gas prices in the Forest Hills area are closing in on $4.00 per gallon for regular.

Forest Hills Fuel at 4668 Cascade Road SE had regular gas at $3.99, midgrade at $4.11 and premium at $4.23 per gallon on Sunday.  The BP station across the street also had regular gas at $3.99 per gallon. 

Down the street in downtown Cascade, both the Citgo and D&W Quick Stop had regular gas at $3.95 per gallon, along with the Cascade Meijer store on 28th Street SE.  Costco on 28th Street SE had regular gas selling for $3.90 per gallon.  All of these prices were noted on Sunday, March 11.