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My Town Walker: Alpine Avenue restaurant closes

My Town Walker: Alpine Avenue restaurant closes

WALKER, Mich.—Another restaurant on the busy Alpine Avenue corridor has closed.

The sign over the former home of Happy’s Pizza has been taken down and the business is boarded up.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says the city typically doesn’t know why or when individual businesses cease operations, and that is the case with Happy’s Pizza. WZZM 13 tried contacting the business, but no one answered our calls.

Happy’s Pizza opened in front of the Alpine Avenue Meijer in May 2012.  The same man who owned the Walker franchise also owns the Happy’s Pizza at Burton and Eastern in Grand Rapids, which remains open.  He was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture.  Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors.  The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.

My Town Walker: 'Warm Hands Warm Hearts' while cleaning out your closet

My Town Walker: 'Warm Hands Warm Hearts' while cleaning out your closet

WALKER, Mich.—A business centered around teeth is focusing on warming hands and hearts this holiday season.

Fogle Orthodontics is once again hosting its Warm Hands Warm Hearts drive for families living at the YWCA West Central Michigan’s domestic violence emergency shelter.  This year, the most needed item is women’s and children’s boots.  New or gently used coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves may also be donated.

The drive runs through Dec. 18 at Fogle Orthodontics, at 933 Three Mile Road NW Suite 102.  Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The office is closed for lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Each year, the YWCA provides a safe haven for more than 500 victims of domestic violence.  

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First and Boxed GR are collaborating this fall to offer the Local Treasure Holiday Box - a holiday gift box full of full-size and sample products and gift cards,  all from West Michigan retailers and specialty service providers.

The box’s contents are valued at more than $350, but only cost $32, making this limited edition gift a smart and easy way to give local goodies to those who love all things Michigan.

Unwrap the following items in the box:

HomeGoods is adding a store on Alpine Avenue

HomeGoods is adding a store on Alpine Avenue

HomeGoods is opening a second store in the Grand Rapids metro area.  The newest store will be in the Alpine Summit Shopping Center on Alpine Avenue in Walker.  The newest store is scheduled to open in 2015 in the former Schuler Book and Music store location.  The first HomeGoods store in the area is located on 28th Street SE in the Centerpointe Mall in Kentwood, which opened in March 2013.

HomeGoods sells furniture, lighting, and home decorating accessories.