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My Town Kentwood: Arnie's auctions off equipment ahead of restaurant move

My Town Kentwood: Arnie's auctions off equipment ahead of restaurant move

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  Arnie’s is auctioning off its equipment Tuesday, as it prepares to move from its site in front of Centerpointe Mall  into the former home of Newk’s Express Café, just north of 28th Street off East Beltline.

The online auction will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 on Orbitbid.com.  Interested shoppers can also visit the former Menard’s building in Centerpoint Mall to post their online bid.  To see the entire list of items up for auction, click here.

My Town Kentwood: YMCA White Elephant Sale this weekend

My Town Kentwood: YMCA White Elephant Sale this weekend

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  A former Family Fare Store is once again packed with sale items as the Grand Rapids Y Service Club prepares for its YMCA White Elephant Sale.

This is the 76th year for the event, which will take place Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the former Family Fare store at 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue. Volunteers have been stocking the store for the past 10 weeks.  Sale items include the largest collection of books volunteers have ever assembled- 8,000 books starting at $1.  Shoppers can also sift through new ceramic floor tile, fabric and carpet rolls and kitchen appliances.

Some volunteers have been working the sale for more than 50 years.  They hope to raise about $80,000 for scholarships and improvements to Camp Manitou-Lin.  Organizers say so far they’ve raised well over $3 million to support the camp.

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Todd Wenzel Automotive announces the acquisition of their third Michigan dealership, Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison.

This purchase represents the second Buick GMC franchise for Todd Wenzel. The first, located in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001 followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Davison and Greater Flint communities," said Wenzel, "We look forward to maintaining the excellent reputation the Waldrons have built."

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

By Victoria Mullen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Old Navy and the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) have a fabulous message for teens: It’s chic to say ‘no’ to doing drugs and alcohol. Yes, kids, it’s fashionable to stand up to negative pressures, and to live ‘Above the Influence.’

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

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials: