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My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture.  Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors.  The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

JENISON, Mich.—A popular Jenison restaurant is changing hands.

According to the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, Mavis Byers will be handing over the keys to Culver’s on Dec. 30.  Byers opened the restaurant just over a decade ago.  In that time, she has also become a pillar in the community, creating the Jenison Street Dance, organizing the Memorial Day Parade, and serving as a board member for the Grandville Jenison Chamber and Kenowa AMBUCS.

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

My Town Grandville: RiverTown Crossings Mall opening even earlier for Gray Thursday deals

My Town Grandville: RiverTown Crossings Mall opening even earlier for Gray Thursday deals

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  RiverTown Crossings Mall is opening even earlier for Gray Thursday/Black Friday shopping.

Stores inside the mall will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to accommodate retailers who are beginning their holiday deals even earlier.  The mall will open its doors to shoppers round 5:30 p.m. so they do not have to wait outside in the cold.

You can find a list of the individual store hours inside RiverTown Crossings Mall here.

RiverTown's senior general manager, Randy Zimmerman, says stores will not be obligated to open on Thanksgiving.  He says the only requirement is that stores are open by 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

ADA, Mich.—Six small businesses that have won over patrons will soon be honored on the big screen.

Celebration Cinema recently announced the winners of its 2015 Celebrated Service Award.  The latest winners include Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Sweet Spot Disc Golf in Muskegon and Crow’s Nest restaurant in Portage.  Other honorees include Hair Innovations & Day Spa in Benton Harbor, Golden Harvest in Lansing and Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration Cinema says the public cast 36,400 votes for this year’s finalists.