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My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

Kent

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town Muskegon: Young professionals honored with Future 15 awards June 19

My Town Muskegon: Young professionals honored with Future 15 awards June 19

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will honor young business professionals making a positive impact on the Muskegon community this Thursday, June 19.

This is the second year for the MLCC's Future 15 awards.   Finalists will be recognized during a Business After Hours event, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff Street.  Admission to the event is a $5 donation to the MLCC Foundation.  To register, click here.

WZZM 13 is a proud partner of The Future 15.  

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has begun the formal process of collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow river barge traffic on the east side of Lake Michigan as far north as the Port of Muskegon. The proposal, which is being championed by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), has wide support from businesses, agriculture and local elected officials and is expected to bring more opportunities for economic development and growth to Michigan.

 

My Town: Free business support now available at library

My Town: Free business support now available at library

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- A free resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs is now available at the White Lake Community Library.

SCORE Muskegon offers support for small businesses.  The mentor program is offered through the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

SCORE Muskegon counselors will be available to answer questions every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library.  No appointment is necessary.

The White Lake Community Library is located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall.