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My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

WALKER, Mich.—A building on Alpine Avenue that’s been home to numerous restaurants will no longer be serving up meals.

Construction crews this week are gutting the former Wild Chef Restaurant at 3303 Alpine Ave.  The site was previously home to a Bennigan’s restaurant.

Walker building official Tim Musser says the building will be split into two businesses—a Mattress Firm on the south side and The Vitamin Shoppe on the north side. 

At least two other mattress stores have opened or are planned for Alpine Avenue; Art Van opened its Pure Sleep shop in the former Hallmark storefront at 3450 Alpine Ave. NW late last year and plans are in place to open a Sleep Doctor Mattress store at 4235 Alpine Ave., in Alpine Township.

Musser says developers have already obtained all the necessary permits to convert the former Wild Chef restaurant, which abruptly closed Sunday, June 1.  It’s unclear when the new businesses will open to the public.

My Town Walker: Salon opens in Green Ridge Square Shopping Center

My Town Walker: Salon opens in Green Ridge Square Shopping Center

WALKER, Mich.—Walker residents looking for a trim have a new option.

Supercuts celebrated its grand opening this past weekend.  The salon is located at 3150 Alpine Ave. NW in the Green Ridge Square Shopping Center.  In honor of its opening, Supercuts is offering $9.99 haircuts through Monday, Aug. 18.  The salon’s standard prices are $12.95 per haircut for adults and seniors and $10.95 per haircut for children ages 10 and under. Supercuts also offers styling, coloring and facial waxing.

The Walker salon is open seven days a week.  For additional information or to make an appointment, call (616) 647-0564.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

WALKER, Mich.—Three West Michigan beauty schools are joining a nationwide drive to help victims of domestic abuse.

Throughout this month, Empire Beauty Schools in My Town Grand Rapids North, My Town Walker and My Town Kalamazoo are collecting donations, including food, clothes, home cleaning and beauty supplies.  The Empire Gives Back campaign involves all 110 Empire schools in 21 states.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these local programs making a difference in the communities throughout our footprint,” says Frank Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group.  “Through the efforts of our Empire Gives Back campaign we are supporting thousands of women and children affected by domestic abuse.  We are proud to be able to help these families rebuild their lives.”

My Town Walker: Art Van opens second store along Alpine Avenue corridor

My Town Walker: Art Van opens second store along Alpine Avenue corridor

WALKER, Mich.— A store that opened along Alpine Avenue 15 years ago has been replaced.

The Hallmark store at 3450 Alpine Avenue NW closed last June.  The space, which is an anchor for the shopping center, sat vacant for approximately six months before Art Van snatched it up and transformed it into an Art Van Pure Sleep store.

Art Van already has a larger store about a half mile north of the Pure Sleep store, but realtors opted to move into the shopping center because it has been historically very successful.  They also say Alpine Avenue is a thriving corridor and the new location helps Art Van serve the greater Grand Rapids market, which is part of the company’s long term strategy.

Meijer completes expansion of food rescue program

Meijer completes expansion of food rescue program

WALKER, Mich.—Meijer has expanded its food rescue program to include all of its 204 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Participating food banks have the opportunity to pick up fresh food from their local Meijer store two to three days per week.  Last year, Meijer added eight food bank partnerships to the program.

“We are very excited about what these partnerships represent: Another way to get good food to those who are hungry,”  said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the retailer. “Not only are we helping with hunger relief, our program provides healthy choices to a greater number of people who rely on food banks for their meals.”

Meijer started its food rescue program in 2009 with 29 stores in southeast Michigan. Last year, the Walker-based company donated more than 3.2 million pounds of food, accounting for more than 2.6 million meals to local food banks. 

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
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