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East Hills Made in Michigan Day is Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The "Made In Michigan" movement has helped support state and local businesses for many years now.

Saturday, the East Hills Community will hold its 3rd annual "Made in Michigan" Day to help showcase some of the best businesses here in West Michigan.

There will be two opportunities to win an amazing gift bag filled with local goodies, There will also be a Made in Michigan Scavenger Hunt going from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Made in Michigan Day kicks off in East Hills on Cherry Street at 10:00am Saturday.

G.R. planners table LINC apartment plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A plan to construct multiple low-rise affordable apartment buildings on Eastern Ave. needs to go back to the drawing board, city planners said Thursday.

The proposal was from LINC Community Revitalization, a nonprofit group that has developed housing and retail in the Madison Square area.

At a hearing Thursday, neighbors agreed that affordable housing was a good idea, but said the LINC plan falls short when it comes to density, design, and safety. Planners agreed, and urged LINC to better communicate its plans in the future.

Grand Rapids planners, in other action, approved plans for a small microbrewery in Alger Heights. It would operate in the basement of a new restaurant, the Old Goat, at 2434 Eastern Avenue. The brewer would brew small batches to allow area restaurants to put their own labels on the beer and root beer.

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

For the 25th year, the West Michigan Potters Guild invite the public to check out handmade pottery & sculpture created by 40 of Southwest Michigan’s most recognized ceramic artists. The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of GR will also be exhibiting for the fourth year with hand-made fiber works alongside the pottery booths.

Bokay flower shop opens in Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The latest addition in Grand Rapids' Downtown Market has set up shop.

Wednesday, Mayor George Heartwell helped cut the ribbon on Bokay Flower Market. The owners describe Bokay as an urban concept store. They specialize in modern, hand-tied flower bouquets, according to Eastern Floral president Jason Goei.

"We were approached by the Downtown Market because they wanted to have a flower shop that is more modeled on the European-style flower shop, with a lot of different types of fresh flowers that people can take with them, that we can wrap up for them, that we can design for them on site."

Bokay is Eastern Floral's sixth retail location, and second concept store.

New community garden takes roots in SE neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – A new community garden took root this month along Madison Ave, near Garfield Park, on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

The Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association and several other community partners secured an empty plot of land at 1712 Madison Ave. The garden is divided up into 42 individual plots that can be rented annually for $35, with a $10 refund returned at the end of each growing season. There are also plans to offer seeds and gardening tools to the community in the future.

Officials told WZZM 13 News that they hope the garden will promote investment and revitalization within the neighborhood. The area is qualified as food insecure, meaning there are little healthy, affordable food options available. Lead volunteer Leslie Konyndyke said the garden will offer growers an eco-friendly and affordable way to feed their families.

Woman to serve 3-7 years for bacon-less burger shooting

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids woman will serve three to seven years in prison for firing a handgun at a McDonald's drive-through after her cheeseburger was delivered without bacon.

In late March, jurors convicted Shaneka Monique Torres, 30, of carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm into a building, and felony use of a firearm.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. Feb. 10, 2014 at the McDonald's on 28th Street near Madison Avenue SE, although seeds of discord were planted several hours earlier. That's when Torres and a friend stopped by the drive through for bacon cheeseburgers, but restaurant workers messed up the order. They spoke with the manager, who offered a complimentary bacon burger on their next visit.

Torres was arrested about 30 minutes later at her home about a mile from the restaurant.

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

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ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.