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Hopstock Beer Festival this Friday

Hopstock Beer Festival this Friday

The Beer City Brewers Guild invites beer enthusiast, 21 years and older to experience many West Michigan distilleries, brewpubs, cideries, and breweries under large tents during this festival.

Drive down to Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 13 for 6:30pm to check out samples of West Michigan beverages and much more through 10:30pm.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment, Food trucks, vendors & Artisans, along with sampling a variety of West Michigan beer & ciders.

Visit www.beercityguild.com for a list of participating Companies & ticket information.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Eggtoberfest on October 24

Eggtoberfest on October 24

Rylee’s ACE Hardware welcomes the public to experience a day of cooking with the outdoor grill, Big Green Egg.

Grilling Eggsperts, 6 cooking demo stations, food samples and more will be taking place during this free event. Visit Rylee’s Ace Hardware located at 1234 Michigan NE on Saturday, October 24 between 11am – 2pm.

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

A popular metro Detroit Restaurant known for its’ Coney dogs and Greek specialties is expanding to West Michigan. Get ready for some of the best Hot Dogs around; Leo’s Coney Island is coming to Cascade, MI. The news store is to be located at 6080  28th St. SE, formerly the Family Video storefront.

This is a great opportunity for a job in a fun atmosphere. Leo’s is looking for managers, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, servers and cashiers. These positions offer flexible schedules, no late nights, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Resumes may be sent to LeosConeyIslandGR@gmail.com

“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner/operator of Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Wins Bryant Medal of Excellence Award

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Wins Bryant Medal of Excellence Award

News Release:

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling, Inc., was recently honored at the annual Bryant Dealer meeting with a Tier 2 Medal of Excellence (MOE) Award. Schaafsma will also go on to compete as one of the top 15 dealers in the nation.

The MOE award is a business enrichment program specifically designed to recognize Bryant dealers like Schaafsma Heating & Cooling (www.schaafsma.com) that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business.  The decision to award a Bryant dealer with the MOE distinction is based on their customer satisfaction, sales growth, and product mix.  Additional criteria such as dealer program utilization and the company’s self-assessment are also taken into consideration.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.