The Spring Peddlers’ Market in in downtown Zeeland is an artfully curious fare filled with apparel and accessories, household gifts and goods, antiques and repurposed finds, architectural salvage, vintage furniture and décor and other curiosities.

April Style Notes: LoveCharles, Sidewalk Ready, Mod Bettie

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 24 March 2014 14:51 |

The Grand Rapids-based Etsy shop LoveCharles has a philosophy when it comes to its hand-selected, classic vintage clothing from the 1930s to 1980s. “It’s important for people to realize vintage can be easily incorporated into a modern wardrobe and not look like a costume,” said Lily Greig, the owner, photographer and curator.

I love getting mail. I love shopping local. Put the two things together and you'll understand my appreciation for thinking inside the box. Boxed GR is a local, monthly subscription club (similar to Birchbox and BarkBox) where subscribers receive a box filled with products, samples, gift cards and other goodies from businesses in the Grand Rapids area.

As if you didn't have enough competition, now children have the ability to look more fashionable than you and it's all thanks to Sydney's Boutique (1479 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids). The Mini Mogul Group clothing line is something to love. It's clothing for kids, by kids—a project in partnership with Sydney's owner Kristian Grant and her daughter Sydney, whom the boutique is named after.

Missy Black's Style Notes: Have Company; Blacklamb; Gina's Boutique

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 27 December 2013 11:53 |

Nail art is trendy and January is boring — two facts of life, people. Have Company, a local handmade goods store and small publication shop in Grand Rapids, is offering the most darling opportunity with nail paintings by artist Hillery Sproatt.

Missy Black's Style Notes: Mercy Supply; A.K. Rikk's; Mane Event

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:35 |

File this under best kept secret: It's a little-known but luxe fact that you can get 100 percent handcrafted leather and canvas travel packs, courier messenger bags and bicycle accessories from the Mercy Supply studio located at 1111 Godfrey SW in Grandville.

Look Your Biggest Bar Night Best

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 21 October 2013 10:59 |

The biggest bar night of the year means meeting up with old school chums and revisiting some heavy awkward memories. With a stiff drink and a killer outfit you can erase braces, bad skin and botched perms.

Missy Black's Style Notes: Brindle & Blonde; a la MODE; Le Style de Vie

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 26 August 2013 13:09 |

Add Brindle & Blonde to your list of cool new places to namedrop. Customer-centric with a level of craft that sets them apart, salon manager Molly Savage spins it like this: a trip to Brindle & Blonde is like "the perfect trip to the hair salon."

Join Grand Rapids Art Museum Director Dana Friis-Hansen on Aug. 9 for a lively day trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Experience a fashionable frolic and a guided group tour of the exhibit Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, a revealing look at the role of fashion in 80 major paintings by Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Seurat.

Because two locations are better than one, jewelry maven Prudence Kauffman has opened a second Dear Prudence location in the MoDiv incubator stores on the corner of Monroe and Division in Grand Rapids. Kauffman says the best thing about the spot is "energy is crazy through the roof right now. There's a constant flow and we're in the middle of this huge awakening downtown."

Pop into the itty-bitty biz spot for custom sterling pieces, monogram necklaces, phone covers and custom fingerprint necklaces. Visit the Dear Prudence Facebook page or for more deets.

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