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Popcorn, always a favorite treat

Popcorn, always a favorite treat

In searching the web today, I found the Grand Rapids Popcorn Company and a few interesting facts.

Did you know that popcorn itself only has 35 calories per cup? Of course, that does not include the butter, caramel, chocolate, nuts, etc. Just popcorn!

This company has a Kids Club Page on the web where the young at heart can get details about contests. They also give a free 16oz Flush Puppie drink for bringing back your colored picture. More about that on their web:

http://www.grpopcorn.com/flavors_month.asp

Grand Rapids Popcorn has a Flavor of the Week also. For the week of July 8-14: Americana, 4oz bag-$2.10; Americana 1# bag, $4.75. This is a combination of Cherry, Blue Raspberry and Vanilla popcorn. Sounds delicious.

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A bookstore in the East Hills neighborhood is closing after five years in business. Literary Life Bookstore & More is discounting its inventory as it prepares to close.

Below is a release from the bookstore regarding its sale and hours of operation:

For five years, Literary Life Bookstore & More, located at 758 Wealthy Street SE (the southwest corner of Wealthy and Eastern) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has provided the Wealthy Street neighborhood with a place to celebrate all aspects of the literary life. Sadly, the time has come to close our doors for good.

A New Farmers Market

A New Farmers Market

J. Bennett Rylah

The Fulton Street Farmers Market was one of the first markets established in Grand Rapids in the early 1900s, but the only one that would sell directly to consumers versus to wholesalers. While new technology was enabling food to travel longer distances, food prices were increasing. A group of housewives decided to utilize the farmland that surrounded them to establish the market. It was a grassroots effort made possible with community volunteers. And as the Market celebrates its 90th birthday this year, it's still a community project. On Saturday, May 5, the Market will experience a rebirth as its renovation is revealed to the public at 7:45 a.m., right before opening to shoppers for the year.

"I used to avoid coming here on Saturdays," admits Christine Helms-Maletic, Fulton Street Farmers Market's Project Development Manager. "It was always so crowded."

Grand Openings for Two Goodwill blue Boutiques

Grand Openings for Two Goodwill blue Boutiques

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. will have a double grand opening this Saturday, April 21st for its newest retail concept – blue, a Goodwill boutique. Two blue boutiques will open as follows: blue at 974 Cherry Street in East Hills at 10:00am and blue located in MoDiv at 40 Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids at 11:00am.

“The blue boutiques will offer trendy merchandise in a hip eclectic setting,” says Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jill Wallace. “Shoppers will enjoy a different Goodwill retail experience when finding unique items at the boutique locations.”

Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

by Emma Higgins

"Spinfully good" new bike shop offers maintenance and rentals as well as ordinary and custom build bikes to downtown cyclists.

Goodwill Announces 2nd Grand Opening Location of blue Boutique

Goodwill Announces 2nd Grand Opening Location of blue Boutique

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. announces a second location opening for its newest retail concept – blue, a Goodwill boutique. Goodwill plans to open both blue boutiques in mid-April. The boutiques will be located at 974 Cherry in East Hills and in MoDiv at 40 Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

“The blue boutiques will offer new and upcycled merchandise in a hip eclectic setting,” says Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jill Wallace. “Shoppers will enjoy a different Goodwill retail experience when finding unique items at the boutique locations.”

Fashion: Not Just for Women

Fashion: Not Just for Women

Written by Missy Black

A fashionable men's club is forming in Grand Rapids, and if you follow the finger pointing, key players include Jim Murray, general manager of A.K. Rikk's and Stylist Kev Couture, along with a slew of other personalities.

"Fashion is everything to me. I love being able to make someone feel good about themselves through fashion. That's my high," Couture said.

And it's not just Couture who's feeling good as a result of fashion. Many men about town are picking up on an oft-overlooked trend.

"Men are starting to take notice. They think, I need a crisp haircut and cologne. It's all in the details — from the watches to the socks," says Ryan Slusarzyk, corporate business travel manager for Amway Hotel Corporation.