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Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport may soon get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The airport will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 18 to celebrate two new restaurants: Bell’s Brewery Bar and Greens.  The businesses will be operated by HMSHost.  Both are located before the security screening portion of the airport.

The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m.  The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders are expected to attend.

New retailer moving into empty Jenison and Kalamazoo storefronts

New retailer moving into empty Jenison and Kalamazoo storefronts

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new business is moving into two empty storefronts in Jenison and Kalamazoo.

Garden Ridge is in the process of remodeling the former Target store located at 334 Chicago Drive in Jenison. The store has remained empty since October 2012 when Target decided to move to a larger location off 44th Street and Ivanrest Avenue in Grandville.

Garden Ridge store manager Christopher Scholle says workers have ripped out the old tile, carpeting, café and pharmacy to make way for the store’s extensive inventory, which includes everything from pots to hand-painted artwork.  Scholle says crews are about 75 to 80 percent finished with repainting the space.  He expects to hold a soft opening in mid-January 2014.  

Blighted lot gets new life in just 24 hours

Blighted lot gets new life in just 24 hours

KALAMAZOO, Mich. –  A once blighted lot in Kalamazoo is now home to a new energy efficient house.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers and employees will dedicate the new house at 924 Fairbanks Ave. on Sunday, Dec. 15.   Earlier this year, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank demolished a foreclosed home on the site and sold the lot to Habitat for Humanity for $300.  More than 250 volunteers with the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build a new Energy Star-rated home in less than 24 hours on September 19.  The Home Builders Association also created this YouTube video of the Fast Build project.

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

WYOMING, Mich.--- Wyoming is home to this year’s winner of Celebration! Cinema’s Celebrated Service Award.

Wyoming Animal Hospital won the public vote, which took place Nov. 12- Nov. 26.  The Celebrated Service Award was created by Celebration! Cinema to spark conversation about service in the community. Cinema employees nominated more than 300 businesses for this year’s honor.

“Celebrated service is the magic that happens when people take their work personally,” said Emily Loeks, Director of Community Affairs for Celebration!

Alamo Drafthouse opens in time for holiday films

Alamo Drafthouse opens in time for holiday films

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Annie J. Kelley, Battle Creek Enquirer)-- When Kathleen Strang was a little girl, movies were a special event.

“My movie experience started in the really grand, small-town theaters that looked really beautiful and ornate. And it was a real treat,” she said. “You dressed up — you dressed up for the movies. All those years that I was going to the movies as a kid, as a teenager — you didn’t wear jeans or sweatshirts to the movies. Noooo.”

Strang grew up on a farm outside Jimmy Stewart’s hometown in Indiana, Pa. — she remembers getting candy from his father at the family hardware store.

It was also the place where the nearest theaters were.

“I have always loved them,” she said.

She remembers being 13 years old and mercilessly begging her father to take her to a movie with actor Pat Boone. Or, going to see “Spirit of St. Louis” with her brother, and the two of them talking about it for days and days.

Public voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Public voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

PORTAGE, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with their service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema.

General Mills opening in West Michigan

General Mills opening in West Michigan

Comstock Township, Mich. (WZZM) - Cereal maker General Mills is opening a distribution center about 20 miles away from its competitor's offices in Battle Creek.

The center the company will lease will focus primarily on its yogurt business. It has not been built yet. In fact, ground breaking is scheduled for this week within the Midlink Business Park.

The developer will build a 155,000 square foot center that should be ready by July of 2014.