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My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A stitching savant from Rockford is using her talent to feed West Michigan’s hungry.

Seamstress Kay Hawn is behind “Sew Hungry.”  The sewing and alterations business donates all of its income to Feeding America West Michigan.

Hawn can take on any project, from creating pillows and repairing quilts to fixing zippers and altering pants.  To contact Hawn, call (616) 560-3547 or email hahnk57@gmail.com

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town Rockford: Art in the Park returns Sept. 6

My Town Rockford: Art in the Park returns Sept. 6

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan artists will showcase their talents once again this year during Rockford Art in the Park.

The exhibition is Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Garden Club Park between the Rogue River Dam and White Pine Trail.  Art will be on display, as well as for sale.  This year, 25 vendors will be offering up a variety of art, from pottery to jewelry and photography.  A panel of judges will award six “Best of Category” awards.

For more information, visit the Rockford Chamber website.

My Town Rockford: Sidewalk Sales return July 17-19

My Town Rockford: Sidewalk Sales return July 17-19

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The merchants on Squire Street Square are clearing out their shelves and clothing racks as the Rockford Sidewalk Sales return July 17.

Shoppers can expect bargains galore as merchants clear out their summer merchandise. 

Rockford Sidewalk Sales runs through Saturday, July 19.  The event is sponsored by the Heart of Rockford Business Association.