From beautifully curated antique booths to dusty aisles filled with the ghosts of last year’s Spring Cleaning and this year’s KonMari purge, West Michigan is bursting with places to shop second-hand. Thrifting saves you money, helps our planet by keeping items out of the landfill and often supports our community through establishments run by charitable organizations.
All those college parties have culminated in this important night — your bachelorette party! It’s time to gather all your best friends and hit the town. More and more, we see brides and bridesmaids celebrating in local restaurants, bars and breweries, but West Michigan has plenty of other options. Whether you’re looking to bond with some yoga or shop for the wedding night, we’ve got something for you.
So, you want a wedding unlike everyone else — something that will stun your friends on Instagram and be labeled anything but conventional. Perhaps that’s a vintage cottage winter wedding in the middle of nowhere at a private Airbnb, or maybe it’s at a regular venue with unique food options. Chances are, you’ve spent more hours on the internet than you care to admit looking for eccentric vendors to make your special day different than the rest. Close your laptop, grab a cup of joe, and read through our recommendations to make your wedding truly unique.
Sam Vanderlist has been in the business for 15 years, cultivating a relaxed, chill vibe. So it’s no surprise that she’s “hands off — as much as I can be.” In her off-season, she “macramés all kinds of shit” and is renovating a camper van. We asked the elopement and wedding photographer to share some inside scoops on how to have the best photo session.
Your surly grandmother somehow isn’t on the seating chart. The DJ might be a few hours late. Looking back, spending all your time on Pinterest looking at floral crowns for your flower girl’s doll might not have been a great use of your time.
We all have our summer mainstays — our favorite beaches, campgrounds and festivals — but there’s nothing like trying something new to create lasting memories. And until you make new friends, it can be difficult to find that “something new.” Well don’t worry, because we’re your friends now. Our writers have hand-picked some of our favorite hidden gems and perennial favorites for you to enjoy. Make it your goal to give even one (or two, or five) a try before summer disappears.
The farmers’ market was locavore and farm-to-table before those buzz terms existed. An idea as old as civilization itself, outdoor markets full of locally harvested produce and goods have always functioned as a social glue, where families can meet the people responsible for getting food onto their tables.
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