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Digital agency and business development firm celebrates one year

In October 2018, Cedar Springs entrepreneur Sarah Smith launched a business development firm and digital agency from a home office. One year later, her business has grown in size where she employs a team of four and has clients across the United States including in Georgia, Texas, Ohio and Florida.  

Sarah’s Consulting, LLC is a full-service business development firm and digital agency with passion and expertise in all areas of business development as well as creative and functional design, public relations, digital marketing, content marketing, social media, and responsive website design covering a broad range of industries. “Most of our clients are looking to improve efficiencies and increase sales within their target market and that’s where we help,” said Sarah Smith, owner. “We are a dynamic team with a diverse skillset.”

The Sarah’s Consulting team includes Chief Operating Officer, Ken Wilson who specializes in business development, budgets, marketing, mergers and acquisitions; Creative Director, Frank Krywicki who is native to Cedar Springs and is the creative mastermind behind all branding, marketing and creative design; and the Special Project Nurse Team includes Sarah Smith, RN, BSN, Miriam Flannigan, RN, BSN and Angie O’Dowd, RN who work directly with the agency’s health care clients. 

Business owner Sarah Smith and her husband live in Cedar Springs and have four children attending Cedar Springs Public Schools.  Sarah and her team are currently looking for the perfect office space in Cedar Springs, with a conducive space for client meetings along with offices for the creative team.  “I am thrilled to be expanding our business here in Cedar Springs and very much look forward to getting more involved with the community and working with more local businesses,” said Smith. “We would love to have you consider us if you are looking for business development and/or a digital agency to help your business grow.” 

You can learn more at www.sarahsconsulting.com and you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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New business opens in time for holiday shopping

O’Flynn’s Art Gallery & Craft Shoppe will open their gallery and shop to shoppers on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Located at 60 N. Main Street in Cedar Springs, O’Flynn’s can best be described as a small-town marketplace and will be open every Thursday and Friday 3-7 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. –7 p.m. It will feature numerous unique and different artists, vendors and crafters each week. 

The business is owned by Amanda Litz and Jane Stewart. Litz, who is passionate about art and creative expression, envisions this new downtown shoppe as “a place for the community to come together to support and inspire each other, and to be supported and inspired themselves.” 

“I hope it will grow into a thriving small-town marketplace for local people to sell the art and crafts they are so passionate about creating and hopefully inspire others in some small way to follow their purpose and passion in life,” continued Litz.

Litz selected Cedar Springs as the hometown for this shopping venue and said, “I am very fond of the town of Cedar Springs.  Since I moved here in 2009, I have watched and personally experienced the community coming together to support their schools, their businesses, and their people in times of need. I don’t know that there is a better town than Cedar Springs for a small-town marketplace meant to bring local people together to support and inspire each other.”

Shopping at O’Flynn’s is free to the public. Parking is available along the street in front of the shoppe and at several city parking lots within walking distance. Opening weekend will feature a variety of artists, vendors and crafters. “We hope to create a unique shopping experience for the people of Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas, and it’s just in time for holiday shopping where everyone is looking for that special, unique, gift for their family and friends,” said Litz.

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Dzingle Family Dentistry


Are you looking for a new dentist? If so, you might want to check out Dzingle Family Dentistry, located at 4655 14 Mile, Rockford. 

Owner Jeremy Dzingle DMD opened his practice earlier this year after a complete renovation of the building that used to be Cedar Rock Dental. “We had the privilege revamping everything from top to bottom and installed a beautiful new sign in the front,” explained Dzingle.

Dzingle Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care with personalized attention. “We offer same day treatment and help patients of all ages and look forward to making your experience a positive memory,” he said. “Services include denture and denture repair, extractions, root canal therapy, crown and bridge, cleanings, teeth whitening, fillings, dental emergencies and invisalign at affordable prices.   

So what makes Dzingle Family Dentistry unique? “I’m a compassionate dentist with love for dentistry that runs deep throughout my family,” explained Dzingle. “My father is a general dentist while my brothers are dental specialists and sisters are dental hygienists.  I believe dentistry is more than a healthy smile, it’s also a community connection that builds lifelong friendships.  Our patient driven model will focus on your dental needs while providing comprehensive education of your mouth. Our location off 14 Mile road and close proximity to 131 and Northland drive also makes dental visits very convenient to many people.”   

Dzingle said their future vision is to build strong roots within the community. “My wife Allison and I are very excited to be involved in local events and to enjoy this beautiful area of Michigan,” he said. “Dzingle Family Dentistry wants to reach out to the Cedar Springs, Sand Lake/Pierson, Trufant, Sparta, Rockford and Greenville areas. Give us a call at 616-263-9549 and have the best dental experience of your life!”

Hours are Monday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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Nonno’s Homestyle Italian & Pizzeria


If you are yearning to try a new Italian restaurant, check out Nonno’s Homestyle Italian & Pizzeria, located at 4025 17 Mile Rd, in the strip mall next to Tractor Supply. Owners Roberto and Courtney LaFranca opened the restaurant earlier this summer, in the spaces formerly occupied by Riccardi’s and a hair salon.

Nonno’s is family-owned and operated, and all of their recipes have been passed down through the generations. They serve homestyle Sicilian/Italian food and pizza. All of their sauces, dough, meatballs, and a variety of entrees are house-made from scratch using old family recipes.

Roberto’s family came here from Sicily, and many of their recipes came from his parents and grandparents. Roberto and Courtney said they have been in the restaurant business over 20 years. 

“We and our children live in the community and all work to make our restaurant a family-friendly place to enjoy delicious meals from our family to yours,” they said. 

In the future, they may apply to purchase a tavern license to serve beer and wine with their delicious pizza and pasta.

Nonno’s is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for inside dining, and until 10 p.m. for take out. They are open Friday/Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for inside dining, and until 11 p.m. for take out. On Sunday they are open from 11 a.m. to 8 .m. for inside dining, and until 9 p.m. for take out. They are closed on Monday. 

You can find their menu on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NonnosHomestyleItalian/. Call them at 696-0999 for more information.

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CS Brewing Company beer gets gold


The accolades keep rolling in. 

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company took home another medal earlier this month when its Küsterer Original Weissbier earned gold in the German Wheat Ale category at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.

Breweries from Russia to Rhode Island sent in more than 7,000 beers representing over 130 different styles for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship in Oxford, Ohio. The competition is the only one to include beers from professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers, with judges from England, Canada and the United States.

Earlier this summer, the Küsterer Original Weissbier earned a silver medal, and the Küsterer Dunklweizen earned a gold medal at the International Beer Awards in Idaho.

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Gallery by Ives


If you are looking to buy an item made by a local crafter, or looking for a special home décor or gift item, you might want to check out a new store located at 60 N. Main called Gallery by Ives.

Owner Sheila Ives opened the store on June 15, after working over 20 years in real estate. “I wanted to see downtown Cedar Springs have a unique store for people to purchase from,” she said.

Ives said the store offers unique, trendy home décor and furnishings, gifts, and a ladies clothing boutique. They have locally sourced artists, crafters, and vendors offering a wide variety of items. “We attend shows to stay current and offer the very latest and trendy products, especially the unique and hard to find,” she said.

In the future, Ives plans to add more inventory and fill the store with items not found at the big box stores. She said the store would have an aesthetic inside facelift this month. “I’m welcoming new employees and new vendors,” she added.

Hours are 11-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Saturday 11-7 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday by appointment. Call 616-263-9545 for more information.

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Epic Neon Sign Company


Are you looking for a customized neon sign or piece of artwork to showcase your business or highlight a special room? You might want to check out Epic Neon Sign Company, 17325 White Creek Avenue, in Sand Lake.

Owner George Hanson established the business in April 2018. He said they create neon signs/art from concept to the finished product. “We create heirlooms,” he said. They also repair and restore neon signs and clocks.

“Neon shops are slowly closing and not many new ones open,” noted Hanson. “We focus on creating one-of-a-kind neon signs/art with a connection to the customer. It’s great for man-caves, she-sheds, garages and barns. We also create signs for businesses. Each sign is a handmade unique work.”
He said that neon will outlast other ways of illumination since it lasts for decades. 

They do business mainly by appointment. Call 616-292-5637 to make an appointment. He is generally in the shop Monday through Friday. 

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If you are in the market for a musical instrument, lessons, repairs, or musical merchandise, you might want to check out Scott’s Music Co., located at 55 #2 N. Main Street in Cedar Springs. 

The store, owned by Scott Berridge, just recently opened and is here to serve the northern end of Kent County. They offer sales and service for electric, acoustic and bass guitars; ukeleles; amplifiers; drum kits; and all related accessories. They also offer music lessons for guitar, bass, and ukeleles.

“We carry top brands and offer a nice variety of merchandise and service to our customers, as well as personalized service and custom leather straps. We will also special order instruments and orchestra and band accessories as needed,” explained Berridge.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday noon-4 p.m.; and closed Sunday. Call 616-439-5111 or visit them online at www.scottsmusicco.com.

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Infallible Home Care


Are you looking for someone to help with home care for a family member? You might want to check out a new business located at 4759-1/2 14 Mile Road—Infallibe Home Care, LLC. Owners Florence Parker-Tunnell and Jamie Gray are offering home care services for those who need it.

“We are broadening availability of help to those who need it and those that want to provide it,” they said.

They offer help with bathing/grooming; medication reminders; errands; meal preparation; respite care for families; positive companionship; mobility assistance; homemaker services; incontinence care; etc. “We help to keep people home and improve quality of life,” they explained.

The business is family-owned, and they have had experience with having caregivers in their own home. “We have felt and know what making a difference means and being a delightful help to someone’s day,” they remarked.

They eventually hope to expand to rural areas where there may not be help that is accessible or too challenging for caregivers to be dependable.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Give them a call at 616-263-9656 for more info. Visit them at www.infallible-homecare.com and like their facebook page.

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Watson Rockford celebrates grand opening

The Watson Family of Auto Dealerships, also known as “Watson Country,” has added Rockford as another destination for car and truck buyers to shop. Watson Country is already well known for excellent customer and community service on the west side of Michigan with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat dealerships in Benzie, Manistee, Ludington and Nature and Me RV in Traverse City. 

With several metropolitan auto dealerships expanding to Northern Michigan, Watson’s expansion to the south in Rockford may be a first for a Northern Michigan auto dealer. Watson Country’s expansion outside of Northern Michigan to Rockford is a logical step for the family friendly dealership.    

“I think we may be the first to go south! We’re excited to bring the Watson Country way of doing business to Rockford and the greater Grand Rapids market,” said general manager Cody Watson. “We are very enthused to offer car and truck buyers from Traverse City to Grand Rapids a large selection of products and of course a great price and incredible customer service.”

Watson Rockford started with a temporary location at 4700 14 Mile Rd NE in Rockford. The all-new 23,800-square foot Watson Rockford location celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location at 4395 14 Mile Rd on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29.

The business will employ over 20 people, and they have a large selection of new and previously owned cars and trucks. 

Watson’s operates under one basic premise, “We put your family into a vehicle that we would put our own family in.” Watson believes that Watson Country’s expansion to Rockford also means good things for the local community because the dealerships are heavily involved in the communities that they serve. “It’s all about giving back,” said Cody Watson. “We’re excited about Rockford because this store will be state of the art. We were able to design it from the ground up with the focus on our customers.”

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