West Michigan News

October 01, 2009
Fennville's Salt of the Earth is more than a restaurant -- it’s also a coffee shop, bakery and bar, all in one downtown location.

“This project is all about community,” says co-owner and Fennville resident Mark Schrock. “We provide a place for people to gather, eat good food, listen to good music and see their neighbors.”
Category: Community, Food, WestMichigan

August 06, 2009
Armed with a new name and a new book, Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins think they have hit on a successful recipe for business with their unique meal creation system.

Kallio and Krastins, two Grand Haven moms with engineering degrees and a love of home entertaining, are scheduled to release their second book this week, The Stocked Kitchen. Formerly called The Stocked Host, The Stocked Kitchen details a system that speeds up grocery shopping and meal preparation. The book releases this week online and at four West Michigan retailers.
Category: Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Food, Innovation, WestMichigan

January 15, 2009
In 2006, Sally Zarafonetis heard a conference speaker say that women arranged 80 percent of all travel plans and that they used the Internet as their primary source for information. Zarafonetis, owner of Grand Rapids-based Sally Zara Public Relations and an avid traveler, never forgot that statistic.


Category: Community, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Innovation, Lakeshore, Technology, WestMichigan

November 13, 2008

Fifteen years ago, when Jack Groot founded JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar in downtown Holland, coffee shops weren’t on every corner in every town, and they didn’t have the aura of “cool” they have now. Groot had a vision to serve great coffee and baked goods, and his entrepreneurial ideas didn’t stop there.


Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Food, Holland, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

August 07, 2008
I don’t own a farm, but I own a share in a local farm’s produce.  I don’t own a goat, but most of the cheese I eat comes from goat milk — care of the Dancing Goat creamery in Byron Center.  Today I washed my hands with soap made from local goat’s milk, and then I removed my swiss chard lasagna (baked in a casserole dish made by a local potter) from the oven with my potholder made from recycled t-shirts, made locally by Pearl Beerhorst. And I ordered a chicken. Yes, a local chicken.

Notice a trend in my day?

Category: Community, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

September 06, 2007
Picture this story as a modern-day treasure map of sorts – an atlas for lovers of ales, lagers and stouts. The content will quench your thirst for knowledge, and a proverbial dotted line will direct you between key destinations in west Michigan for beer consumption and purchase – from Grand Rapids to Holland and points between.


And because September blesses Lake Michigan with warmth enough to swim, this treasure map also denotes the best beaches in which to bathe and repose – or dig for a steamer trunk of gold coins if that’s your fancy.

Category: Community, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

May 18, 2006

Eight-year-old Emily Van Dyke-Mathews isn’t sure what earthworms do for her garden soil, but she doesn’t need to worry. Emily is already a veteran gardener in Hillcrest Garden, the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association Community Garden.


Category: Community, Food, GrandRapids, Sustainability, WestMichigan
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