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My Town Muskegon: Century Club Shops on Western welcomes new boutiques

My Town Muskegon: Century Club Shops on Western welcomes new boutiques

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Four new boutiques are now open in the historic Century Club Shops on Western: LeFleur Flower Shoppe, Apple Valley Yarn West, Maggie’s Gourmet Food& Gifts and Glo’s Repurpose on Purpose.

LeFleur Flower Shoppe is located down the main aisle of the Century Club.  The boutique offers a variety of gifts, greeting cards and floral arrangements.  Deb Moon has owned LeFleur Flower Shoppe since 1999, managing a team of dedicated professional florists.

Apple Valley Yarn West is the store for knitters and crocheters.   The boutique offer knitting classes and wide range of yarns.  Owner Chantella Bentsen stocks the brand of wool used for the sweaters worn by Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—As home and business owners continue to clean up from last weekend’s storms, the City of Muskegon is offering some help.

City workers will be picking up tree limbs and brush left behind by the storm until 4 p.m. on April 25.  All brush and limbs must be placed curbside and cannot block sidewalks or encroach on streets. 

For more information, call (231) 724-6705.

My Town Muskegon: New upscale resale store now open

My Town Muskegon: New upscale resale store now open

MUSKEGON, Mich.— A family-owned business billed to be the only exclusively plus-size resale store in West Michigan is now open in Muskegon.

JiJi B’s is mother-daughter owned store located in West Village Plaza, at the corner of Henry and Sherman.  The store offers upscale resale clothing and accessories for ladies sizes 14 and up.  The store also specializes in fitting Essential BodyWear bras.  Co-owner Jinger Michael says she and her mother have specialized in resale for many years and thought it would be a good idea to offer a place to shop for ladies in or around their same size.

JiJi B’s store hours are Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.  until 4 p.m. JiJi B’s also buys clothes on Saturday, until 3 p.m..  For more information, call the store (231) 955-7512.

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The Downtown Development Corporation is in the final stretch of fundraising for Muskegon’s new Farmer’s Market.

Project managers say slightly more than $300,000 is needed to meet their goal.  The final donations will complete a community kitchen, landscaping and a picnic area at the farmer’s market, which will be located downtown.  Developers hope to finish and open the $3.8 million venue on May 1, 2014.

"We are excited to see this project take shape and are confident it will be a catalyst for additional development downtown," says Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron.

To donate to the Farmer’s Market project, visit  http://www.cffmc.org/give or send a check to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 49440.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with their 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.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.