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Applebee's owners to auction off memorabilia for charity

Applebee's owners to auction off memorabilia for charity

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--- Stained glass light covers, novelty mirrors, sports memorabilia and much more will be up for bid Tuesday November 19, as the owners of the Applebee’s in Comstock Park auction off the restaurant’s furnishings.

Team Schostak Family Restaurants is selling off the restaurant’s current décor to clear the way for remodeling.  The Applebee’s located at 3851 Alpine Ave. will remain open.

The auction begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to last several days. Bidding will run through 8 p.m. on www.repocast.com.  Proceeds from the auction will go to Family Promise, a non-profit organization committed to helping low income families achieve lasting independence.

Nearly 100 items are up for bid.  You can find the complete list with photos here.

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)
  • D.

Student and teacher create job hunting site for graduates

Student and teacher create job hunting site for graduates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Calvin College professor and his student are rolling out a new website for college graduates looking for jobs.

Professor Roland Hoksbergen and senior John Michael LaSalle spent this summer developing entravos.net.  The website’s Spanish name loosely translates to “come on in.”  Entravos.net lists entry-level jobs in international development, providing students a way into their industry, so they can gain experience. It is also meant to appeal to Christian organizations similar websites do not reach.

The project is part of the college’s McGregor Undergraduate Research Program, which has been around since 1999.

Street fair takes over San Chez Bistro ahead of ArtPrize

Street fair takes over San Chez Bistro ahead of ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—San Chez Bistro will be transformed this weekend for a lively street fair, just in time for ArtPrize.

The festivities run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 15.  Art vendors and musical performers will pack the restaurant and its sidewalk for the event.  Visitors can also get a sneak peek of what San Chez Bistro has in store for ArtPrize.

Proceeds from the street fair will go to supporting Avenue for the Arts.

Inside Market Hall: Tacos El Cuñado

Inside Market Hall: Tacos El Cuñado

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Food made famous on the streets of Latin America is now gracing the counters of Market Hall.

Tacos El Cuñado is one of the dozens of vendors offering up their own take on a food favorite inside the Downtown Market’s newly open indoor facility.  Tacos El Cuñado is founded by Mario Cascante and Hector Lopez.  They serve up Mexican tacos, fajitas and quesadillas made from fresh and locally-grown ingredients.

“Everyone is familiar with the taco, it is the quintessential Mexican street food, but every country has its own version of street food, and we are eager to educate and inform of the complexity of Latin American culture,” said Cascante, co-founder of Tacos El Cuñado and Costa Rican by birth.

Market Hall officially opened to the public September 2.

Inside Market Hall: Miss Maddie's

Inside Market Hall: Miss Maddie's

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A family of entrepreneurs is showcasing its culinary skills in the newly opened Market Hall.

 Lindsey Shaw and Amanda Sheehan teamed up with their mother, Gail Schoenborn, to open Miss Maddie’s.  The business is named after Sheehan’s daughter. 

“Family is critically important to us, and we wanted to create a new business that we could grow for our children,” said Shaw. “Our family has cooked together generation-to-generation and we are eager to bring the flavors of our home to the Downtown Market.”

Miss Maddie’s features gourmet pasta sauces, butters and deli salads created by the trio.  The women had cooked up their products at home for family for several years before deciding to move into Market Hall’s 5,000 square foot incubator kitchen.

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