Coke sends London gold medalist to Family Fare

Attention Olympic and women’s soccer fans — U.S. women’s soccer gold medalist Alex Morgan will be at a Wyoming Family Fare Wednesday, Nov. 21...

Consultant sees lots more retail for downtown

A nationally known retail consultant hired by the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority last March has concluded that four areas in and around downtown...

Dunkin’ Donuts bakes 10 new shops for GR

Dunkin’ Donuts corporate headquarters in Canton, Mass., has announced the signing of a development agreement with its existing franchise group, Sack of Donuts LLC,...

Parking Commission green lights free holiday parking

The Grand Rapids Parking Commission has affirmed that it will offer its 60 minutes of free holiday parking program again this year. The coupon-based...

Most of Woodland Mall opening at midnight for Black Friday

Woodland Mall shoppers, be prepared for a sleepless Black Friday.The 28th Street shopping center is planning for the first time ever to have the...

Wolverine brand Keds’ multi-year pact with Taylor Swift a hit

American shoe and lifestyle brand Keds, owned by Wolverine Worldwide, received a facelift a couple of weeks ago from a very famous face: six-time...

Meijer commits to double donations for food pantries

For many living in West Michigan, Meijer is the go-to place for getting food in the fridge and on the table. Now, Meijer is...

Holidays are shaping up well for Michigan retailers

LANSING— Snowy weather and holiday cheer might seem far off for most shoppers, but Michigan retailers are already optimistic about a shopping season that...

Psst — Tigers Worlds Series tickets up for grabs today at Meijer Gaines Township

Get your groceries, electronics and now Tigers World Series tickets at Meijer. The Gaines Township store, and Shelby Township store in metro Detroit, will...

Kellogg Foundation invests millions into Happy Family

West Michigan buyers of organic children’s food could see a larger number of products coming their way.The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Tuesday that it...

Gymco opening second location

Popular children’s educational and exercise facility Gymco is opening its second Grand Rapids location next week.Gymco North will occupy roughly 4,200 square feet at...

Robinette’s shares concealed carry handbags for women

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Retail performance improves after two-month dip

LANSING — More Michigan retailers increased sales in August, the first time in three months the overall retail industry has improved its performance, according...

Franchises vs. independent businesses

When the two roads of franchising and independent business diverge, which path should an entrepreneur travel?Typically, individuals pick one or the other and do...

Downtown retailer reinvents the game

When a business turns 85 years old, as Reynolds & Sons Sporting Goods did this year, it can consider itself established. But to reach...

Clock ticking on charity auction for ArtPrize necklace

One lucky jewelry lover will soon be wearing a diamond-studded necklace that doubles as an ArtPrize entry.The clock is running out on the charity...

Cigar purveyors ready to light up after state tax cap clears senate

Michigan cigar smokers and sellers may want to celebrate with a nice Cuban when they read this.The Michigan Senate approved a bill last week...

Downtown restaurants to offer another hockey promotion

The Grand Rapids Griffins begin training camp this week, play two preseason games on the road this weekend, and open the regular season next...

The other shoe has dropped

After nearly 70 years downtown, Van Hoecks Shoes is closing. Greg Clarin, who has owned Van Hoecks for nearly 15 years, began his going-out-of-business sale...

The shop versus the Internet

After 10 years of learning the retail business hands-on at Urban Outfitters in Chicago, 33-year-old Jenny Van Veen said she had the “visual merchandising...

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