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My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

WYOMING, Mich.--  Saturday, dozens of people who enter Chubby’s Bar & Grill with a full head of hair will leave bald.

More than 35 people have volunteered to shave their heads to support children with cancer and raise money for life-saving research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Foundation donated $50,000 to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  Saturday, Dr. Giselle Sholler and Dr. James Fahner from the hospital will be on hand for the head-shaving event.  Another doctor, Dr. Peter Sholler will have his head shaved in solidarity.

“We are extremely thankful to St. Baldrick’s for their grant support of our Innovative Therapeutics Clinic in pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, helping bring new therapies to children with cancer in Grand Rapids,” says Dr. Sholler.

My Town GR: Historical storefront to welcome a Michigan first

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A historic storefront in downtown Grand Rapids is one step closer to being transformed into a franchise new to Michigan.

During this month’s regular meeting, the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors approved a grant to renovate the historic storefront at 40 Ionia Avenue SW for a new restaurant. TiJu Ventures,  LLC wants to operate a Saladworks in the space.  The Philadelphia-based restaurant chain specializes in fresh, made-to-order salads, sandwiches and soups.

The $10,000 grant will be used to install a new fire suppression system, add a second entryway, and create a barrier-free entrance and restrooms that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The entire project is expected to cost about $610,000.

The DDA also approved a signage grant of $2,000 toward the business’ new signs, which is expected to cost a total of $18,500.


My Town Holland: American Homebrewers Association holds beer rally March 23

My Town Holland: American Homebrewers Association holds beer rally March 23

HOLLAND, Mich.— Home brewers and other enthusiasts are invited to rally around beer this Sunday, March 23 at New Holland Brewing.

The rally is being organized by the American Homebrewers Association.  The event will include brewery tours, beer samples, prizes and more.  Hop farmers and local maltsters will also be offering educational sessions on the homebrewing process.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their best homebrew to share during the brewery tour. 

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The community is invited to Ally’s Boutique's first runway fashion show,  taking place on Wednesday, March 6 at Louis Benton Steakhouse, located at 35 Ionia NW.

This is a ticket only event, with all proceeds supporting an autism charity of Kent County.

The VIP Cocktail Hour will run from  6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the fashion show beginning at 7 p.m.  After the event, LB's Lounge will host an after-party with hor d’oeurves donated by Louis Benton.

General admission is $35 per person;  VIP admission is $50.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced by calling  Ally’s Boutique at (616) 717-0004 or Louis Benton Steakhouse at (616) 454-7455.  

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

HOLLAND, Mich.— Kopi Luwak coffee beans costs up to $600 pound, but is the taste worth the price?

That’s the question a panel of coffee experts attempted to answer during a blind taste test this week.  “The Great Kopi Luwak Cupping Challenge” unfolded at JPs Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland.  Owner Jack Groot ran the test, pitting Kopi Luwak against other regional Sumatran coffees prices around $16 pound.

During the test, one Kopi Luwak sample rose to the top, scoring 76 points out of 100.  However, two of the less expensive, non-cat poop coffees ranked within a half-point of Kopi Luwak and the others were very close.

“It’s a very good coffee, but not worth $600 a pound.  If you bought it in a coffee shop, it would cost you $50 a cup,” said Andy Timko with Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee.

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

Planned Parenthood marks Valentine's Eve with "condom drops"

Planned Parenthood marks Valentine's Eve with "condom drops"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  On New Year’s Eve, Americans marked the holiday with ball drops; this Valentine’s Eve, Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan is marking the occasion with “condom drops”.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, teen and young adult volunteers from PPWNM will visit at least six Grand Rapids bars to conduct “condom drops”, distributing free condoms to patrons, along with “Safe Space” door hangers. Organizers say volunteers will visit Mulligans, Billy’s, Eastown Sports Bar, Pyramid Scheme, Stella’s and the Meanwhile Bar Thursday night to pass out condoms.  

PPWNM’s eight health centers are also participating in the National Condom Week campaign, distributing more than 3,000 free condoms altogether.

The organization says nearly 20 million sexually transmitted infections are reported each year, and condoms are the only form of contraception that also helps reduce the risk of STIs, while preventing most unintended pregnancies.