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Monday, 25 August 2014 15:06

September Free Market: Saugatuck Landings; Rootdown Yoga and Juice Bar; Boba Bliss

Written by  Steven Depolo
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If you're planning to spend a sunny weekend on the Lakeshore, try Saugatuck Landings Luxury Suites and Marina (726 Water St.). The property is located on the quiet side of town on the Kalamazoo River, far from Butler Street's glitz. The former fishery is part of a historic district, so the modest-yet-sturdy building was given new life by owners Jim and Sharon Dewey, who had not planned to become hoteliers. They created two upscale suites that will be sure to please the most discriminating. Sleek and stylish, like the saucy Miss Carolita, the suites will guarantee your family’s comfort while taking care of all their needs. The property is managed on a daily basis by daughter Kerry, who ensures the suites have fully stocked kitchens, flat-screen TVs, a premium satellite package and a washer/dryer. You can also moor your yacht, my petal flowers. From the outdoor decks, you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening wine and cheese while watching the boats float by.

You will soon be able to take a short drive up US-31 to continue the pampering at Rootdown Yoga and Juice Bar (333 W Western Ave.) in Muskegon. Yes, yoga and freshly squeezed juices in Skee-town. You can thank the healthful vision of former Eastsider Kelly Seyferth. “I met my husband at CMU and we moved to Colorado where I studied yoga,” Kelly said. “We moved to Muskegon in 2011 where I have been teaching yoga at the farmers market and elsewhere. I thought it was time to bring something new to the city.” Rootdown will be the first yoga studio and juice bar in the downtown area. Set to open in mid-October, she will offer power vinyasa yoga that is energetic, accessible and fun. The high-energy classes will incorporate light weights, providing a good workout. After, rehydrate with smoothie and juice drinks inspired by Beach Boy songs. Rejuvenate with “Catch a Wave” with blended apple, celery, cucumbers and parsley. Or energize with “I Get Around” with carrots, beets, apples, ginger and cayenne. Kelly is also happy to help support the 1 in 21 Movement in Muskegon to make the county the healthiest in the state by 2021. (Opening date TBA)

Boba Bliss (950 Wealthy St.) is a new project for the owner of the beloved Erb Thai of the East Hills section of Grand Rapids. Owner Lisa Her took over the empty space next to her Thai restaurant to offer a modern take on lite Asian cuisine where everything is prepared with fresh, flavorful ingredients. The tiny shop offers delicious blended bubble tea drinks paired with healthy fresh rolls or steamy wraps made to order. Wait, BUBBA what? Listen. Boba tea drinks originated in the late 1980s in Taiwan as a childhood treat. The boba, or bubbles, come from the foam at the top of the drink and the tapioca pearls on the bottom. The pearls have a chewy, squishy texture like your momma. Boba drinks are served with coffee, juice or a variety of teas and flavors and are complemented with various combinations of flavored milk, jelly or tapioca. Thus far the Taro Smoothie Boba Tea has been popular, but the Mango Slushy Boba Tea has its adherents. Pair it with a handmade Mint Roll made with romaine lettuce, carrots, green onions, cucumbers, rice noodles, cilantro and mint leaves wrapped in a soft rice paper.

Serenity is at hand across the street at Urban Massage (951 Wealthy St.). Owner Brianna Forbes is a certified massage therapist who has been practicing since 2009. Brianna opened Urban Massage in 2010 on the fourth floor of an office tower in downtown Grand Rapids. This summer, she was excited to move to a street-level space on Wealthy Street in a redbrick building next to Bazzani Associates. “We are excited to be in the neighborhood and more accessible to our clients with plenty of parking,” she said. Available by appointment only, Urban Massage features a range of services including Swedish, medical, deep tissue and sports massage. The three certified massage therapists offer sessions from 30 to 120 minutes, as well as a mobile massage service for events that can last up to a full day. Free Market needs to book a month of Sundays.

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