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'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A furniture retailer  has opened a second store in My Town Kentwood.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce recently helped owners of “One of a Find Furniture” cut the ribbon on their new facility, located at 4060 29th St. SE.  One of a Find Furniture features furniture and accents from around the world; its first store is based in Saginaw.

Last week, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings for four other businesses, including: 91.3 WCSG/88.3 & 89.9 WaYfm at 1159 East Beltine Avenue NE in My Town Ada/Cascade; “Bin There Dump That,” located at 4500 West River Dr. NE in My Town Comstock Park; and Genius Phone Repair and Zounds Hearing of West Michigan, at 2700 Kraft SE in My Town Ada Cascade.

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Closing after 16 years: Wood Source auction July 8

Closing after 16 years: Wood Source auction July 8

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Machinery from a Kentwood area furniture parts manufacturer will be auctioned off Tuesday, July 9.

Wood Source of Grand Rapids produced furniture parts and sold all-purpose wood for 16 years.  The auction will take place at the business’ location, 2701 29th Street SE, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Items up for bid include hand tools, power tools and shop supplies.  Orbitbid.com will hold an auction preview Monday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 To view all the items up for auction, click here.

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

The 31-foot Duck Tape bus will roll into West Michigan this weekend.

Visitors to the bus can take part in a variety of activities, including iPad stations with tutorials on how to make a Duck Tape wallet as well as other projects, a fan photo wall,  Duck Tape formal wear and a seven-foot timeline of Duck Tape’s 70-year history.  There’s also a video and photo kiosk where you can share your Duck Tape story or snap a photo against a Duck Tape background and life-sized sculptures for more photo opportunities.

 The Duck Tape Rolls Across America tour schedule includes:

  • July 6: Meijer, 3757 Plainfield Ave. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview
  • July 7:  Meijer, 1801 Marketplace Dr. SE, My Town Kentwood
  • July 8:  Meijer, 5500 Clyde Park Ave. SW, My Town Wyoming

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

Fahlen family member opens new business

Fahlen family member opens new business

My Town Kentwood—A member of the family that owns Arnie’s Restaurants is operating a new business.

Betsy Fahlen is breaking away from the family business to run Waxology, a studio salon that exclusively offers waxing services.  Falen spent nine years in the beauty industry and has had extensive training in “Brazilian” wax services in Chicago and Wisconsin.

“After the birth of my son, hair just seemed to appear in random places on my body.  I wanted to go to a place that solely did waxing because, quite frankly, I was embarrassed about it.  That’s when it hit me that other men and women might feel the same way,” said Fahlen.

Waxology is located at 3737 Lake Eastbrook Blvd.  For more information or to book an appointment, call (616) 309-0561 or visit http://www.ilovewaxology.com/.