If you own a dog, you’ve probably heard of grooming and its benefits. But you’ve likely also heard stories from friends and others who may not have had the best experience. You may have tried at-home grooming, and it didn’t go so well; or you tried to trim your dog’s nails, and it didn’t go so well; or you tried to cut a matte out, and that didn’t go so well. We are here to help!
Nothing completes a summer night in The Mitten like a fresh, local, frozen treat sourced from the best Midwest cows and dairy farms. But moo-ove over, ice cream! In West Michigan, there’s plenty more to explore when it comes to sweet summer treats. “Weird” Al Yankovic might love rocky road — as do we — but us natives are also here to explore our share of Parisian treats, cupcakes, chocolates, danishes and more. Summer is here and with it comes more hours in the day to walk, bike or drive on down to some of our favorite go-to local dessert destinations.
For more than 25 years, Alpenrose Restaurant & Catering has been bringing culinary excellence to the community of Holland, Mich. Widely recognized for its traditional European influences and fine dining experience, Alpenrose has welcomed a new executive chef, A.J. Tenhoor, aboard with the intentions of further enhancing the Alpine-inspired menu with a focus on local, quality ingredients and culinary craft.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid once said, “there are 360 degrees, so why stick to just one?” She applied that attitude literally in the design of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad), but since we opened in 2012, we’ve sought to utilize every angle in an effort to push the boundaries of what a museum can be.
Can’t make it to Times Square for New Year’s Eve? Hop in your car and enjoy one of West Michigan’s biggest ball drops only 90 minutes from Grand Rapids instead—the Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Celebrating 10 years of lighting up the night on New Year’s Eve, Ludington packs a punch for its most famous annual event and one of its biggest annual celebrations.
Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the beach, festival goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts—all while taking in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan.
In a way, all of Best of the West is about the people. We don’t have any categories for Best Automated Factory Robot — although, even if we did, it takes a human to design that robot. But in this section, we narrow our focus to the specific people who shine bright in our community, as well as the businesses who work hard to make our lives better.
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