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Celebrating Cedar Springs

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By Judy Reed


Main Street in Cedar Springs was hopping last Saturday when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held their second annual Community Celebration.

They had more than double the vendors this year (60-plus) and more people strolling through downtown Cedar Springs and making purchases.

“We are very happy with the way it turned out,” said Shawn Kiphart, President of the Chamber. “Our feedback from vendors was excellent. Everyone seemed happy.”

Visitors could buy flowers, baked goods, fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, handbags, Alpaca wool, and much more. Nonprofits also took advantage of the day. The Cedar Springs Library had a used book sale, The Lions Club collected used eyeglasses, and the Red Flannel Festival sold souvenirs. The Fire Department did a car wash as a fundraiser.

Face painting and balloon animals helped to keep kids entertained.

There were two bands—Oh Brother and Steal Gray—that performed on Ash Street, and the duo True Story performed in front of Curves and Cedar Chest. New this year was the dance shows, including the Zumba demonstration.

Kiphart said they already are planning to make some additions for next year. He said the celebrity dunk tank will be back next year, and they plan to do an inflatable park for the kids with festival style activities.

Coming up next for the Chamber is the Halloween Spooktacular, planned for October 31. New this year will be a haunted  schoolhouse put on by the Cedar Springs Historical Society at Morley Park, and the Chamber also plans to bring back the scavenger hunt done in years past.

Mark your calendars now for Mingle with Kris Kringle, to take place the first Saturday in December (December 7). They are currently working on scheduling a holiday parade to go along with the tree lighting festivities.

To keep up to date on Chamber activities, visit cedarspringsareachamber.org/ or like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CedarSpringsAreaChamberOfCommercecsacoc. There are also lots of photos there from the Celebration. Go check them out, or add some of your own.


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New Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce forming


A group of business owners in the Cedar Springs area have met twice now with the intention of creating a new Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce. They most recently met Monday evening, May 14, at Perry’s Place, for a vision workshop. They are also working on the articles of incorporation. If any businesses in the area are interested in possibly joining the new Chamber and would like to be updated, please call the Post at the old Chamber number, 696-3260, and ask for Judy, or send an email to cspostjudy@hotmail.com with your name, name of your business, phone number(s) and email address. The next meeting will be June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.


The Optical Shop


Are you looking for a place to help you with your eyesight needs? There’s a new optical place in own that could do just that. The Optical Shop/U.S. Vision, is located at 3700 17 Mile, inside of Meijer. According to manager Rebecca Rodriguez, they offer optical care, eye exams, glasses and contacts, along with professional optical techniques by their optometrist. Rodriguez says that what makes their business unique, is that they offer flexible hours, great service, and phenomenal prices!

They are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10-5 p.m. For more info, give them a call at (616) 696-2965.

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Businesses look to revitalize Chamber

By Judy Reed


It’s been almost five years that Cedar Springs has been without a Chamber of Commerce, and a drive is under way to get it reestablished. A group of businesses met Tuesday evening at Perry’s Place to get the ball rolling.

“I think the visionaries are ready to move forward,” said Sonya Cronkright, owner of Reflections by Design.

Sally Howland, owner of the Cedar Chest, thinks the business owners need a common voice to speak up for their needs. “There’s not enough being done for the business owners,” said Howland. “We need a chamber. I’ll take any help I can get.”

Fourteen people attended the meeting, with 10 businesses or groups represented.

The group is looking at what other Chambers do and what their bylaws are. They also discussed staying positive, and living their dream as a business owner, despite any limitations they feel they may face. “If you dream it, you can do it,” said Michele Andres, President of the Red Flannel Festival.

The group decided to meet again on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place to work out a vision for the new Chamber. All business owners in the greater Cedar Springs area are invited to attend.

The previous Chamber of Commerce closed July 31, 2007, after membership dropped off, and they could no longer pay a director. The B2B (Business to Business) group was later formed to help fill the gap, but also has been sparsely attended. The group hopes that a new Chamber will create some excitement and community pride, and draw people to shop in Cedar Springs.


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