New and exciting things happening in the businesses and nonprofits in West Michigan.
Time to doll up the domicile, my pets. Head over to Impressions on Location (439 Butler St.) in Saugatuck. Open year round, the charming shop is full of new, re-purposed and shabby chic furniture, home furnishings, jewelry, gifts, handbags, clocks, wall hangings as well as miscellaneous odds and ends. Think vintage meets modern. Owner Laurie Koster is the girl with a paintbrush and a dream, her mother is the detail-oriented brains behind the operation and dad is the guy with the tools and the talent. The shop's name is dedicated to her fiancé's mother who passed away after starting a business with the name Impressions on Location. Awww. "My father builds some amazing, one-of-a-kind, unique furniture pieces that I refer to as functional art," Laurie said. She and a group of local artists do the rest of the painting and re-purposing of each unique piece. "I have always had a love for things unique, different and colorful," she said. Laurie opened Impressions on Location in Saugatuck because the lakeside village has been close to home for her and home is where the heart is.
Ladies, dump the Zumba and do something that won't make your man (or life partner) vomit. Pole dancing is the latest exercise sensation. Flirt Fitness Studio (5366 Plainfield Ave. NE at Northland Dr.) is the only place to hit the pole in Grand Rapids. "You will be amazed how quickly you will lose weight, tone your body, shrink your waistline, feel great and just have fun," says Owner Amy Oostveen. The studio offers a safe haven for women to get their "sexy-back." Amy is a certified pole fitness instructor with a background in dance, sports and competitive cheerleading. When she discovered pole dancing as exercise, she hesitated to give it a try. "After learning my first trick, I was hooked. It was so much fun," she said. All classes are for regular women, of all sizes, shapes, ages and backgrounds. Students sign up for eight-week sessions, which adds up to 12 hours of feeling like a goddess. Each level includes 20 or more pole tricks taught along with a routine and several transitional moves. Growing by word of mouth, Flirt Fitness now offers Cardio Pole, Open Pole, Burlesque and Strength and Conditioning classes. Keep practicing and you can progress from a Level 1 Pole Kitten to Boss Level 8 with Poppa Steve.
Holland is hopping with exciting new lodging options. The Teerman Lofts (20 East 8th St.) is a boutique long-term stay hotel located on the second and third floors of Teerman's, one of the oldest businesses in Holland and one of the last remaining single-location family owned department stores in the country. "We wanted to offer something a little nicer in downtown Holland for sales reps flying in from China and professors speaking at Hope College," Jeff Teerman said. Each of the six luxury suites blend early 1900s architecture with modern amenities like fully outfitted kitchens with granite countertops, modern appliances and deep-soaking tubs. The fully furnished units range from 570 square feet to one at more than 1,000 square feet with two separate bedrooms. Teerman Lofts is perfect for business travelers associated with local manufacturers, parents and grandparents of Hope College students, and families on vacation who want to stay and play in comfort.
Longtime fashion fave Pomp & Artistry (1451 Front St. NW, Grand Rapids) recently opened to the public as an appointment-only studio salon. Co-owner Sarah Mattone is the stylist and design artist, while Davina Bryan is the cosmetology educator and makeup artist. They spent years in the bridal industry, creating flawless looks for brides throughout West Michigan. And they can tame your saucy mane, my tulip flower. Pomp & Artistry offers a full menu of salon services, conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids. From bangs to blondes, lashes to lips, Sarah and Davina are ready to help you design your own beauty experience.
Atomic Object is excited to offer BitCamp for future computer programmers. This free, day-long camp teaches junior high girls what it's like to be a software developer. AO offered BitCamp in Detroit in March and plans a Grand Rapids camp before the end of the year.
The McKay Tower (146 Monroe Center NW) has graced downtown Grand Rapids' skyline since 1915. The historic high rise got its swagger back when the former second-story bank lobby reopened as the McKay Ballroom. The marble-lined space offers 10,9000 square feet of rental space to accommodate 200 guests as well as a commercial kitchen. Book your Bieber-themed Bat Mitzvah now!
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