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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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Gordon Water Systems

 

If you are looking for a place that can test your water, or even to supply water to your home or business, you might want to check out Gordon Water Systems, which recently opened at 4680 14 Mile Rd.

Owners Tom and Steve Duisterhof own several locations across Michigan, and opened this location to better serve its northern Kent County customers. They provide free basic water testing, bottled water, salt, filters, and additives. They also provide nationally recognized PFAS testing, water softeners, iron removal, and reverse osmosis. They will also soon have a you-fill station to offer greater savings to their customers. 

Gordon Water Systems has been helping people in West Michigan have clean, safe water since 1973, and the only authorized dealer of the non-electric kinetico water treatment solutions. They offer a large selection equipment for all budgets. The company is second generation owned and serves 13 counties.

They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:30 and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 866-3416 for more info.

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U-Haul rentals land at National Storage Centers in Cedar Springs

 

U-Haul Company of Michigan is pleased to announce that National Storage Centers in Cedar Springs has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Cedar Springs community.

National Storage Centers at 12505 Northland Drive will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour—day or night. There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account.

Normal business hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (616) 696-9637 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Cedar-Springs-MI-49319/049743/ today.

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Coming soon: Flo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria

 

If you’d like to try an authentic Sicilian wood fired pizza, you shouldn’t have long to wait. Flo’s Wood Fired Pizza will be opening in late August at 4425 14 Mile Rd (formerly the site of the old Crazy Horse saloon).

This will be a brand new location and concept for Dan and Davide Uccello, who own several restaurants in northern Kent and Montcalm County. “This will be the first wood fired pizzeria in our restaurant group,” they said.

The pizzeria will offer authentic wood fired pizzas, traditional appetizers, salads, and flat bread sandwiches. What is unique is that patrons will see them do it. 

“We will provide an open kitchen concept so you can watch us make your food, and we also imported a meat slicer to slice all meat per order,” they explained.

For those who would like a glass of wine with their pizza, St. Julian’s Winery will have a tasting room right next door.

The brothers said they plan to grow this concept into 10-plus locations over the course of 10-12 years.

Visit their website at floswoodfired.com, or their Facebook page to get updates on when they will open.

Business hours will be Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Angel Nails

Are you feeling like a nice relaxing pedicure? Do you need to get your nails done? Angel Nails at Cedar Springs Meijer is under new ownership and owner Jennie Nguyen is excited to show you what they can do.

Nguyen said one thing customers will like is that they have more nail techs than the previous owners. They do full set manicures, pedicures, waxes, and more. And new customers get $10.00 off. Just mention you saw it in the Post that they get $10 off.

Nguyen said what makes her business different from other nail salons is that Angel Nails has a nice, friendly atmosphere. “The customer is our first priority. We always take time with our customers; there is no rush. And we offer good services at a decent price,” she said.

Their hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info call 616-696-2988. You can also follow them on Facebook at Angel Nails at Cedar Springs Meijer.

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Culver’s opens for business

Tom Goldsmith cuts the ribbon. Photo courtesy of video supplied by Gary Kuhlmann.

Residents in Cedar Springs will have another option to choose from now when dining out.

Culver’s, a fast food restaurant specializing in butter burgers and frozen custard, had their grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday morning, July 16, at 9 a.m. Owner Tom Goldsmith gave a short speech before cutting the ribbon, and then the workers gave out free custard to the many people on hand for the event.

Culver’s is located on White Creek Avenue, just south of 17 Mile.

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Larry’s Tire, Inc. to invest in new facility 

A regional tire reseller is consolidating its area locations into a new 68,000 SF facility in Howard City.

The Right Place, Inc.<https://www.rightplace.org/> and the Montcalm Economic Alliance<https://www.rightplace.org/for-local-business/montcalm-county> (MEA) announced that the organization recently completed an economic development project with locally-owned Larry’s Tire, Inc.  Larry’s Tire, Inc. recently purchased the former Universal Products, Inc. building on 19342 Lake Montcalm Road in Howard City. The company intends to consolidate its three operations in the surrounding area into one location. The 68,500 square foot building had remained vacant for several years. Larry’s Tire plans to make significant investments in building upgrades. The consolidation will retain 30 jobs, with a potential of 30 possible new in the future as the business continues to grow and diversify.  “We were close to making an offer on a location outside Montcalm County,” said Larry Cole, Owner, Larry’s Tire, Inc. “But, representatives from The Right Place intervened after receiving a call from Isabella Bank. This location fits perfectly into our model, offers us plenty of room to consolidate all three businesses, and provides room to grow.”  

Larry’s Tire resells and recycles tires from major consumer retail stores throughout Michigan. Tires that can’t be resold are shredded and taken to the Pierson Landfill as filler. Additional tire shredding for landscaping, playgrounds and other uses may provide future growth areas for the business. “While the new business attraction projects get a lot of press, the retention and organic growth of local businesses provides great satisfaction,” said Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Business Development for The Right Place in Montcalm County. “Filling this large building in Howard City with such a business is the icing on the cake!”  

For more information, visit: http://www.rightplace.org/for-local-business/montcalm-county  

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New cider taproom coming to town

 

According to an article published this week at MiBiz.com, Ada-based Sietsema Cider LLC,  will be opening a second tasting room at 70 N. Main Street, in the old Car Quest building, across the street from Cedar Springs Brewing Company.

They have reportedly leased 1,350 square feet of space in the building, and will apply for a microbrewery and distillery license so they can offer an array of alcoholic beverages. The tasting room will offer 12 taps to start, and seating for 25-35 people. They will also have a small kitchen for appetizers.

They hope to open before the start of summer after securing all permits. 

The article reported that David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, has encouraged owner Andy Sietsema to open the new business here.

The company started five years ago as a production-only alcoholic cider producer with the tasting room during the harvest season. No changes are planned for the current tasting room in Ada.

To read the entire article, go to https://mibiz.com/item/25819-sietsema-cider-to-open-satellite-tasting-room-in-cedar-springs.

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Sam Adams Motors

 

If you are looking to purchase a used vehicle, you might want to check out a new auto dealership in Solon Township. Sam Adams Motors, located at 2365 17 Mile Rd., south of Algoma Avenue, provides quality, pre-owned vehicles that are reliable, according to owner Sam Dabaja. “We also stand behind the vehicles we sell,” he added.

Dabaja said that they are a family-owned business with deep ties in the area, and have been a part of the business community for over 20 years. 

He feels that their edge over the competition is that they are in it for the long haul, not just a one-time deal. “We look at each deal as a beginning of a partnership,” explained Dabaja, “where we can continue to serve that family for many years to come. We do all of our car deals at the kitchen table.”

Dabaja said they are planning to grow their inventory in the coming months, and as their business grows, hire local employees as well.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and check out Sam Adams Motors today! They are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For more info call (616) 439-4750.

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GamePoint

 

There’s a new family fun center in Howard City, and it has a little something for everyone. Matrisha and Jeff Brown opened GamePoint, located at 201 E. Edgerton, Howard City, in September. They have fun activities such as air hockey, skeeball, pool, wall writing, basketball shootout, PS3 games, Wii games, VR, karaoke, and more. They also provide drinks and snacks, and have a room you can rent especially for birthday parties. 

They charge a one-time fee at the door, then all activities are free. “We are always adding new things to our business at the suggestion of our customers,” said the Browns. In the future they hope to organize special events, holiday activities, sell used gaming merchandise, and give prizes out to those who win a game. 

GamePoint is open every other Thursday and Friday noon to 8 p.m. and every other Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

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