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My Town: Muskegon YMCA White Elephant Sale returns May 9-10

My Town: Muskegon YMCA White Elephant Sale returns May 9-10

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Thrifty shoppers can shop for deals while helping children go to camp during the Muskegon YMCA’s White Elephant Sale, starting Friday May 9.

The two-day sale will include a variety of gently used household items and clothing.  The sale will take place at Folkert Community Hub, 640 Seminole Road, Norton Shores.  For a $5 donation, early birds will be allowed in at 8 a.m. Friday; the general public can shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

Proceeds from the White Elephant Sale will go to the YMCA and Camp Pendalouan in Montague, to finance camp scholarships for children.

This is the 51st year for the White Elephant Sale in Muskegon.  For additional information, call (231) 727-9900.

My Town Muskegon: Chamber of Commerce celebrates new farmers market

My Town Muskegon: Chamber of Commerce celebrates new farmers market

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the new Muskegon Farmers Market and all the people who made it a reality during a special breakfast at the market May 23.

The market, located at Western Avenue and Terrace Street, opened to the public last weekend, with the help of more than 50 vendors. The new venue has a stage for live music and indoor stalls that will be used year-round. A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place on May 24.

“Business for Breakfast at the Farmers Market” will include a presentation by the executive director of Downtown Muskegon Now about the progress being made to revitalize and rebuild downtown Muskegon. The cost is $18 per chamber member and $30 for general admission.  The event will begin at 7 a.m. with networking, followed by a 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. program.  To register for the event, click here.

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 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.