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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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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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Barnes Tax Services

If you are looking for a new tax preparer this year, you might want to check out Barnes Tax Services, LLC. Owner Wendi Barnes opened up her bookkeeping services in November 2005, and has now expanded to include tax preparation as well.
“I provide tax preparation for individuals (including those with a Schedule C) and offer bookkeeping services to small businesses that may require assistance with their accounts payable, receivables, bank reconciliations, and monthly reporting,” explained Barnes.
Barnes has experience locally as well as nationally. She has been the offsite business manager for a church in Maryland since 2005. During those six years, she has also assisted the church’s daycare center and Christian school in the same capacity, and has created and maintained websites for them also.
Barnes says she offers her services at affordable prices, and plans to add on payroll services in the future.
Barnes Tax Services is located at 7119 Cedar Highlands, west off Myers Lake Avenue. Business hours are M-Th 9:30-5:30 p.m, Friday 9-4 p.m., Saturday 9:30-noon (by appointment), Sunday-closed. Evenings (after 5:30 p.m.) by appointment only.

CN Sawdust and Feed

A local source for animal bedding and feed has moved to a new location.
CN Sawdust and Feed, owned by Joel Nyenhuis, is now located at 4700 14 Mile Road, near NorthStar Cinema. They offer equine, beef, dairy, chicken, rabbit, pet and exotic animal feeds, as well as pine shavings, pelleted animal bedding and paper shavings. They also offer bulk sawdust, kiln-dried pine and dried softweed shavings.
Drop in and see them at their new location. Store hours are Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They make deliveries Monday through Wednesday. Or visit their online store at www.cnsawdust.com.
For more info, call (616) 430-1958.

Pro Auto Works

If you’re looking to try out a new repair shop with experienced mechanics, check out Pro Auto Works, at 15670 Northland Drive, next door to J&R Auto.
Owners Carl and Rich Straub opened the shop in July 2011. They make repairs on both foreign and domestic cars, and also work on diesel vehicles. Muscle car restoration is one of their specialties.
Because they know how hard it is to sometimes get to a repair shop when you work full time, they are open seven days a week, and stay open until 8 p.m. each evening. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, give them a call at 616-696-TUNE (8863).

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MJ Dalton joins Hair Taylors

Hair Taylors, located at 4633 14 Mile Road, welcomes MJ Dalton to the select group of stylists at the salon.
Hair Taylors, owned by Dawn Roberts, is a group of professional women stylists who have closed or left a previous business and rent space in the Hair Taylors salon.
“The women here have become co-workers, friends, and team members,” said stylist Susan Reason. “As women in business, it’s imperative we come together. In this economy we have to find ways to cultivate services, to offer a relaxing atmosphere, and be affordable,” said Susan. “We are happy to have MJ Dalton in our family.”
The salon will be offering several buy one service, get one free specials throughout the holidays. Check out their specials in future issues of the Post! To make an appointment or get more info, call 696-2096.

Cyber Spot Electronics

A Greenville electronics store has a new location.
Cyber Spot Electronics, owned by David Ries and Greg Keates, is now located on M-91, one-half mile south of M-57. The shop, which specializes in computer and TV repairs, gives customers a quick turn-around  by doing their repairs immediately, when possible. The owners say what makes their business unique is that they can fix any electronic device with a battery, and can also aid in data recovery. They also carry refurbished PCs as well.
This family-oriented business said they plan to “grow-up with Greenville” and have bought the building they are now in. Stop by and check them out!  They are open Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2. Closed Sunday. For more info call (616) 232-2099.

Independent Bank

Hank Risley has taken the role of senior vice president of retail lending at Independent Bank. Risley will lead the retail lending team statewide. Risley previously worked as a senior vice president of retail banking in West Michigan. This change will provide expanded service to Independent Bank’s customers throughout Michigan.
Brian Talbot, senior vice president of retail banking at Independent Bank, has an expanded role as the leader of retail administration throughout West Michigan. Talbot previously oversaw the retail administration in Ionia and Newaygo counties.

 

Meet and greet for Linda Lehman

Linda Lehman, Finance Director for the City of Cedar Springs, has taken a job with the City of Rockford. There will be a public meet and greet to say goodbye to her on Monday, November 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Cedar Springs City Hall.  Cake and punch will be served.

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Premier to open new office/garage

Solon Township approved a request from Towing & Recovery by Premier to permit construction and use of a towing and recovery business at 13889 West Street South NE, Cedar Springs. The business, owned by Beth and Tony Rizzon, will have an office, garage, and outdoor accessory parking area for temporary storage of recovered vehicles. According to Tony, they are already working on getting the site ready, and plan to move in within a couple of weeks. He said they will have to remove a mobile home, and hope to have a 60×40 pole barn there for indoor storage within the year.

New party store opens

There is a new place in Cedar Springs to buy some of your favorite beverages. The Liquor Hut is now open for business at 77 N. Main, in the old 88-cent store, near the corner of Main and Maple Streets. The store offers a large selection of liquor, beer, and selective wines, and also offers milk and other grocery items. Stop in and see them today! Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone 696-7700 for more information.

Cedar Mobile Home Service relocates

Cedar Mobile Home Service may not currently have a public location, but they are still committed to giving customers the quality and satisfaction they’ve come to expect. Owner Trudy Roersma explained that she is currently working out of her home, but hopes top have a smaller store by next summer. “We relocated to lower our overhead and pass the savings on to our customers,” said Trudy. The business specializes in mobile home service and transportation, including tear-down and set up. They transport anywhere in Michigan. And customers will not be disappointed. “My employees care and act like it is their home they are working on,” remarked Trudy. If you need service, give her a call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 696-1580, or leave a message and she will return your call.

Great Lakes BBQ & Feed Co.

If you are looking for something delicious to serve at your next party or special occasion, check out Great Lakes BBQ and Feed Co. This new catering and vending business provides a great meal for any occasion. You can pick up the meat ready to serve, or order for a buffet table for a wedding. They serve pulled pork, chicken, ribs, beef tenderloin, pork loin, barbecue beans, and more. According to owner Ford Alison, their BBQ is competition quality, and they use their award-winning recipes for your food. They use only top quality meats, properly trimmed and spiced with award-winning rubs and spices. They have won awards in the Kansas City BBQ Society contests, and in 2000, were 8th overall at the Great American BBQ invitational, where the top cooks around the country competed. Give them a call today at (616) 696-3236 or visit their website at  http://home.netcom.com/~alisonf/glbbq/.

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