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post photo by J. Reed

post photo by J. Reed

New businesses, non-profits bring revitalization and growth to Cedar Springs


The Cedar Springs area received a shot in the arm this year with several new businesses moving in, and even more growth is on the horizon, thanks to the partnership efforts of the Community Building Development Team with the Cedar Springs Library and Cedar Springs City Council.

The big success story of the year is the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, which finally opened its doors at 95 N. Main, in mid-November. It was the culmination of a 25-year-dream for David Ringler, a.k.a “Director of Happiness” at the brewery, and it’s the first time in recent history that a new building has been built on Main Street in the heart of downtown Cedar Springs.

N-Top-Story-CS-Brew2The brewery/restaurant features a variety of craft beers, focusing on German styles, along with a full food menu (which includes German dishes), wine and their homemade Cedar Creek Sodas, which are non-alcoholic beverages.

Since their opening, the brewery is jam-packed every night and it’s amazing to see so many vehicles in downtown Cedar Springs.

“We’ve had a wonderful reception from the community and been very pleased to welcome many people from outside our community who’ve come to visit, often multiple times,” remarked Ringler. “Some of this is to be expected, given that we’re new and over the holiday season, but we’re hopeful that we’ve made a positive impression and people will continue to visit.”

In the beginning it was difficult to keep up with the demand for beer, but people came anyway.

“We’ve remained very busy, which is a blessing,” said Ringler. “As we’ve progressed over the past six weeks, we’ve been able to adjust our inventories to keep up on beer production, which means we’ll be able to fill growlers soon.”

Ringler talked about some things customers can expect in the coming year. “Our beers will rotate and expand regularly, and our food menu will see the addition of daily specials and be updated at least 3-4 times over the course of the year. We will begin hosting live music regularly and we also have a number of events planned throughout the year (with details coming soon).”

He said they will also begin hosting “Community Giveback Nights,” beginning January 11, where they will be giving back 10 percent of food sales to the Cedar Springs Band Boosters on that evening. Other organizations will follow.

He said they will also begin growler sales, and canning their product for sale in the marketplace, so we will be able to find their beers in stores, bars and other restaurants.

“Our spirits line will also be launched, beginning with Wodka and White Lightning products,” added Ringler. “We will also add additional season sodas and soft drinks to our lineup.”

One of the big things will be the outdoor Biergarten, which will open in the spring, and add 70 to 80 seats.

Ringler is grateful to the community for how they’ve embraced the brewery. “Thank you. We’ve been humbled by the warm reception, encouraged by the enthusiasm, and we’re working hard to earn your continued support,” he said.

The brewery is one of several businesses to come to Cedar Springs this year. The brewery bought the Liquor Hut building, which they then leased to Cold Break Brewing, a home supply brewing company; Family Farm and Home bought the old Family Fare building; and Advance Auto built a new building on the site of the old Family Fare gas station. Since Advance Auto had bought Car Quest previously, they took in all the employees from the Car Quest shop on Main Street.

Another company coming to Cedar Springs is Display Pack, who bought the Wolverine World Wide warehouse at 660 West Street. Wolverine’s lease is up in 2017, and Display Pack is slowly taking over the building as Wolverine vacates the premises. Display Pack, employs 225 people, and up to 275 people seasonally. Since many of their employees live in Grand Rapids and those who walk won’t make the commute, they may hire as many as 60-80 people from this area.

Another group who is revitalizing Cedar Springs is the Community Building Development Team, through their partnership with the Cedar Springs Library and the City of Cedar Springs. Over two dozen organizations and businesses in Cedar Springs, along with dozens of individuals, have been working together for the past three years to develop eight acres of land, within the City limits, into “The Heart of Cedar Springs.” This place can be called our own “Town Square,” where the local citizens and visitors can enjoy a new library building, a community building, a recreation center, and an amphitheater, all placed among beautiful rain gardens and sculptures along a board walk on the banks of Cedar Creek.

Donations of land and cash, as well as pledges, as of November 2015, total over $2,555,000. The overall project is expected to cost approximately $10,000,000.  The plan is to raise funds for each individual project and to break ground for each facility when funds are adequate. Donations may be designated.

The Cedar Springs Library building is scheduled to be built first, breaking ground early next spring. A Capital Campaign Committee was appointed by the CBDT and they are in the process of writing grant proposals to large corporations and foundations to raise the funds needed to complete these projects.

Checks can be written to the Cedar Springs Public Library and either sent to Box 280 or dropped off at the Library. They can also be written to the Community Building Development Team and sent to the treasurer of the CBDT, Betty Truesdale, 141 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Family Fare property sold

N-Family-fareFamily Farm and Home coming to Cedar Springs

By Judy Reed

The former Family Fare Store at 4175 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs will soon be home to another “Family” store—Family Farm and Home.

Owner Al Fansler confirmed to the Post this week that they had recently purchased the property at 4175 17 Mile Road. “We are very excited about coming to Cedar Springs,” he said.

Family Farm and Home logoFamily Farm and Home, a family-owned company out of Muskegon, was established in 2002. Fansler said they now have 32 stores—30 in Michigan, and two in Indiana. Nearby stores include Sparta, Newaygo, and one on Plainfield in Grand Rapids. Family Farm and Home supplies a wide variety of products in departments such as tools, hardware, automotive, pet, work and casual clothing, footwear, farm supplies, horse and livestock feed, bird food, lawn and garden, and alternative heating.

Fansler explained that they have a lot of work to do with the heating and cooling systems before the store opens. “We plan to be open no later than May 1,” he said.

They plan to hire locally, and will start out with about 15 employees, he said. They will hire more depending on the volume of sales.

Fansler promised to keep the Post updated as the time gets closer for the store to open.

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Pedestrian dies in accident

A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man was killed on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs about 6 p.m. Friday evening, October 17, while crossing the street.

Police identified the man as Bruce Hickman, 53, of the City of Cedar Springs.

Chief Chad Potts said the man had just left a store and was trying to cross the road.

A witness at the scene told the Post that while he was waiting to pull out of the Family Fare driveway, he saw the victim on the south side of the road, near the mailbox at 4186 17 Mile (just east of the Cedar Christian Academy sign), enter the roadway heading north. The witness looked away to the west, and when he looked back east, he saw the man get hit by a westbound vehicle.

The vehicle skidded to a stop in front of Choice One Bank.

Chief Potts said that according to another witness, the victim looked west before he crossed the road, but not east.

First responders gave the man CPR, but he did not survive his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol was not a factor on the part of the driver. A toxicology report on the victim is not yet available.

Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

A memorial service for Mr. Hickman, reportedly a longtime resident of an adult foster care home here in Cedar Springs, is set for Thursday, October 23, at the Pentecostal Church of Kentwood, 2627 44th St. SE, Kentwood, from 6-8 p.m.


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Santa visits Cedar Springs and Sand Lake

Santa heard lots of wishes from boys and girls last  weekend when he visited at both Family Fare in Cedar Springs and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.  If you missed him, you can see him at Classic Kelly’s Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, December 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Scout food drive triples donations


The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 from Cedar Springs held their annual food drive on Saturday, March 16 at Family Fare. Eleven Scouts collected 570 nonperishable items, including food, hygiene products and laundry supplies. Patrons of Family Fare donated individual items, carts filled with groceries and cash. The scouts learned the value of community service and the value of clipping coupons! The cash that was collected was used to purchase additional needed items with coupons and the “Ten for $10” sale. The generous support from the local community was outstanding and donations were almost tripled from last year’s 200 items. All items were donated to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.  Community members in need or wanting to contribute additional donations can contact the pantry at (616) 696-1140. Thanks to Family Fare, community members and all that continue to support Scouting.


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Spartan stores promote healthy heart screenings

This Valentine’s Day, give your loved ones a gift that’s really from the heart by taking part in a heart health screening at Family Fare in Cedar Springs on February 13. Early detection of heart disease is vital to the prevention of serious long-term heart complications, and a potentially fatal outcome. The number one method of early detection is a heart health screening. During the month of February, Spartan Store pharmacies will offer heart health screenings as well as Hypertension and pulse rate, and blood pressure checks. Healthy heart product samples are also available for consumers along with our Nutrition Guide.

“As part of Healthy Heart Month, Spartan Stores is pleased to be promoting heart health screenings at our D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Glen’s Markets and VG’s pharmacies,” said Alan Hartline, Executive Vice President Merchandising and Marketing for Spartan Stores. “Our pharmacies are dedicated to enhancing the health of their patients and do much more than fill prescriptions and offer consultation. Value-added health care services such as these heart health screenings provide valuable wellness information and can actually save lives. What better gift to give to the loved ones in your life than a healthy heart and years of being together.”

CEDAR SPRINGS: Monday, Feb. 13, at Family Fare on 17 Mile Rd. Pharmacies will conduct the screenings from 10 am to 1 pm at each location. Check or cash only. Tests are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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Family Fare donates to library programs


Pictured (L to R) is Family Fare assistant store manager Howie Fischer, Librarian Donna Clark, and store manager Don Fetrow.

Family Fare in Cedar Springs recently made a donation to the Cedar Springs Public Library of $478, which will support much of the children, tween and teen programming this next year at the library. The store was also the major sponsor for the library’s summer fun carnival ($350). The money came from the Spartan Foundation, which enables local Spartan stores to support programs in their local community.

Library Director Donna Clark was excited about the donation. “It’s so generous,” she said. “This money will go a LONG way for supplies and miscellaneous costs and may even cover the entire school year! That’s value…that’s Spartan!”

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Pie in the face for a good cause

Family Fare employee Barb Gross gives store director Don Fetrow a pie-in-the face.

What does a pie in the face and building a house have in common? The employees at the Family Fare in Cedar Springs have the answer to that: $1,671.

That’s how much money they raised recently while selling medallions for Habitat for Humanity. And it was a high enough amount for Store Director Don Fetrow to get a whipped cream pie in the face.

The employees were split into two teams, and the team who raised the most money would get to do the pie in the face. They were challenged to surpass last year’s total, and sell at least $1,000. “They did that the first week,” said Fetrow, who good-naturedly wiped off the whipped cream. “It went well.”

Barb Gross was the team-leader for the winning team, and got to do the honors. She also received $25 for her winning effort.

The money raised will stay in the Kent County area.

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New store managers at Family Fare

There are some new faces at Family Fare that may seem strangely familiar.

Don Fetrow is the new store director at Family Fare on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs.

Don Fetrow is the new store director at Family Fare on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs.

New store director Don Fetrow has been with Family Fare/Spartan Stores for close to 20 years. He said he worked at the Cedar Springs store as assistant director previously when it was Great Day. “I’m happy to be back in Cedar Springs,” remarked Fetrow. “I love the community, and it’s great to see some familiar faces.”

Fetrow lives in Allendale, but doesn’t mind the commute. “I worked on the other side of Grand Rapids and it took longer to get there than here,” he said. Plus, he said his parents live in Howard City, which is an added bonus. “I can run up there and visit them,” he said.

Fetrow was director at the Breton Meadow store on Breton and 44th in Grand Rapids for three or four years, has been an assistant store director, store merchandiser, and worked on special projects for Spartan stores.

He replaces Anne Petty, who moved to a different store.

Another familiar face is Howie Fischer, the store’s new assistant manager. Fischer worked for the store when it was Great Day in the 1990s, and recently came here from the Lake Michigan Drive store.

Stop in and tell them both hello!

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