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Lake Life Farms

Lake Life Farms, a new family-owned cannabis company located at 4116 17 Mile Rd, in Cedar Springs, recently held their grand opening.

This new deli-styledispensary allows you to smell and inspect your flower before purchasing. They feel that makes for a better shopping experience for the customer because customers will know what they are getting.

Lake Lakes Farms said what makes their dispensary different is that they are involved with the product from the beginning, through their cultivation, processing, and finally retail operation. 

You can find flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, vape pens, edibles, and gear at their new location in Cedar Springs. They also have a retail store in Big Rapids.

You can shop either in the store or online at https://lakelifefarms.com/. Business hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.     

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Cedar Springs Cannabis

Members of the community celebrate the Grand Opening of CSC, downtown Cedar Springs on April 28th.

Cedar Springs Cannabis, a new adult use cannabis provisioning center here in the City of Cedar Springs, held its grand opening on April 28. The store is owned by Tom Mabie, and is located at 10 S. Main, where Framed Images used to be, just south of the big blue building, south of Cherry St.

“At Cedar Springs Cannabis, we are focused on creating a unique, welcoming environment geared towards giving back to our community and being a part of the neighborhood which we have called home for over 50 years,” said Mabie. “In our hearts and minds, neighborhoods are the places where life occurs. They shape us and create us. Neighborhoods create the background for our life stories and leave lasting impressions for generations to come.”

The business provides flower, pre-rolls, edibles, extract, vape cartridges, and more—and all locally grown.

“At Cedar Springs Cannabis, we are locally owned, and our products are locally grown and sourced. Our team is passionate about providing an exceptional experience for all those seeking assistance and are committed to educating our clients to achieve a healthier and happier life,” said Mabie.

Mabie likens his business to an “apothecary.” 

“Historically, the term ‘apothecary’ referred to both the person who manufactured and dispensed medicines (lowercase ‘a’), and the shop in which those medicines were sold (capitalized ‘A’). Apothecaries were not mystical, magical beings or peddlers of expensive oils, but highly valued and esteemed medical professionals,” he explained. “We are excited to bring our Apothecary to Main Street.”

He also said they will soon offer delivery for all products in their store.

If you’d like to check them out, shop their website at cedarspringscannabis.com, or drop in during regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 515-263-9279.

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Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy now open

Ribbon cutting at Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy. Courtesy photo.

Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy, the leading locally owned physical therapy company in West Michigan, just opened its newest location on February 7 at 14111 White Creek Ave NE, Suite J, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. The opening of the Cedar Springs clinic marks 20 convenient locations in the Greater Grand Rapids area. 

Center manager and physical therapist, Alex Macken, brings with him over seven years of experience and passion for serving his Cedar Springs community. Over the past seven years, Macken has treated individuals with musculoskeletal injuries across the age spectrum. He is passionate about using a hands-on approach to help patients achieve their full potential. His philosophy for patient care is not to fit a patient into a certain therapy approach but to customize his approach to fit the patient best. 

“I am so excited to have Hulst Jepsen be a part of the Cedar Springs community,” said Macken. “My wife has been a teacher with Cedar Springs Public Schools for over 10 years, so for me to also be a part of a community we both love couldn’t excite me more. I look forward to serving the Cedar Springs community for years to come.” 

The Cedar Springs clinic offers a variety of treatment specialties, including dry needling, concussion management, Graston Technique, headache and TMD treatment, balance training and fall prevention, sports medicine, chronic pain, cardiopulmonary and vestibular rehabilitation, kinesiotaping, and cupping. 

Are you in pain but not sure how to manage it? Call 616-256-8664 to schedule your FREE consultation today and learn how physical therapy could help you. For more information please visit any of their Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy locations or check out our website at www.hjphysicaltherapy.com.

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New marijuana dispensary opens

Michiganja, a new recreational marijuana dispensary at 40 N. Main Street, in Cedar Springs, is giving customers a new choice in where to buy all varieties of cannabis products.

Housed in the former Cedar Café, Michiganja is owned by Rick Kader and Joseph Lucas. Their first location opened in White Cloud in January 2021, and they are happy to be open here in Cedar Springs as well.

“We are loving the love from our communities,” they said. “Our business is unique because we are local. The money stays in the area. Our budtenders are very knowledgeable and make that one-on-one interaction memorable.”

Michiganja provides a large selection of deli-style flower, as well as vape, pre-rolls, dabs, and edibles. “We carry a large variety of Michigan local companies,” they explained, “and a great section of CBD products sourced from local producers.”

Check out Michiganja today! Hours are Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call them at (616) 263-9822 or visit them online at www.mymichiganja.com to see the menus for both locations.

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Matt’s Bait-n-Tackle

A storefront in Sand Lake is getting new life with the arrival of Matt’s Bait-n-Tackle, at 45 E Lake Street, the former home of Bay Leaf Books.

Owned by Mary Wagner, the store was just established this month. “It is a new store for all the fisher-people near and around Sand Lake,” said Wagner. “Before there was nothing close by. We asked around, and there was a huge need for it.”

Wagner said the family-oriented business is unique because they are in the business of offering something for everyone. “We provide bait and tackle, munchies, and candy for kids,” she explained.

She noted that their edge over competition is service, service, service—with a smile. “We will go above and beyond to service our customers. We welcome their input and are always willing to satisfy their fishing needs.”

They hope to grow in the future, but not too much. “We enjoy the small-town atmosphere and want to make our customers feel like family,” said Wagner. She also noted that they will decorate in red, white, and blue because they love our veterans.

Thinking about going fishing? Check them out for all your fishing needs! Stop in and see them from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or give them a call at 616-477-3133.

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Save A Lot is now Price Cutter

Some of you have been wondering about the changes going on at Save A Lot. We received this information from them this week:

Save A Lot, located at 14301 White Creek, in Cedar Springs, was established in the year 2000 and has been proud to serve its customers in the greater Cedar Springs market since its opening. The store closed for remodeling and to change its product supplier on Monday, October 11th and reopened Saturday, October 16th as a Price Cutter grocery store. For the next several weeks we will continue to evolve adding another aisle of product to the store, greatly enhancing your selection of products.  We ask for our customer’s patience during our continued conversion to Price Cutter.

Price Cutter is part of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. a Kansas corporation founded in 1924 and is a member owned cooperative. They service well over 3,800 stores in 36 states with over $10 billion dollars in sales. 

The Price Cutter grocery model is designed to offer more than a limited assortment grocery store. Price Cutter is unparalleled in the greater Grand Rapids market thus providing our customers with the value of the nation’s leading limited assortment grocery store combined with a larger product assortment! We will continue to provide a wide assortment of value priced fresh produce and superior savings on our fresh butcher cut meats prepared daily at the store. Look for the Price Cutter phone app information inside the store that will present our weekly ad along with high value digital coupons on products in the store. 

We invite everyone to stop in and see for yourself the great new values on the high quality grocery products available everyday that Price Cutter brings to the greater Cedar Springs market area.  Hours of operation are Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Kent County Credit Union has changed its name to Intandem Credit Union

Kent County Credit Union has announced that is has changed its name to Intandem Credit Union. As part of a plan for growth and neighborhood commitment, the new name represents where the credit union is headed as an active and supportive partner in strengthening families and community. 

Kent County Credit Union was established in 1956, originally as a credit union for employees of the county. In 2004, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include all those who live, work, worship, or attend post-high school institutions in Kent County. 

“Over the years, our name has presented a challenge to growth,” said Barbara Page, President/CEO. “It really hit home when we attended a community event at City High/Middle School, right across the street from our main location. Several neighbors told us they thought we were part of Kent County government and didn’t think they were eligible to join. This wasn’t the first time we heard something like that, and it really made us think critically about who we are and where we are going.” 

The credit union offers a comprehensive range of financial services including credit cards, mortgages, and personal loans. Members need not worry about their accounts during this transition. Member account numbers, and the credit union routing number will stay the same. Direct deposits, payroll deduction, automatic drafts, and other ACH services will continue to function as they have in the past. Online banking, debit and credit cards, and the mobile app will still be available and function the same as before, but with a new name and design. The MyKCCU.com website will automatically redirect to the new website, IntandemCU.com.

“We believe that we are stronger together,” Page said. “When we focus on strengthening the financial lives of our neighbors, the credit union also becomes stronger, and as a team, we help our neighborhoods flourish”.

For more information, visit: Intandemcu.com.

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Workbox Staffing holds grand opening

Front row (L to R):  Workbox Staffing employees Eric Shadley, John Demarest, Jessica Bazzett, Terilynn Riley, and Kristen Schreiber 
Back row (L to R): Rose Powell (CS City Council), Christina Fasae (Workbox), Alexis Shadley (Workbox), and CS Area Chamber of Commerce members Tyler Luevano, Dawn Reyburn, and Jonathan Huizenga.

Workbox Staffing recently moved into a suite at 151 S. Main Street, next to Hungry Howie’s Pizza, and held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 14. 

According to President John Demarest, the move to this location is more on brand for them. “We love being part of the community and will continue to grow,” he said.

Jessica Bazzett is the regional manager in charge of the Cedar Springs store, and she is also in charge of the Reed City and Newaygo locations. 

Workbox Staffing is an industrial staffing firm specializing in jobs in the manufacturing and warehousing sector. They are based in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  and have branches in the Midwest, Midatlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S. market. They have 30 branches.

To see their job board, visit their website at www.workboxstaffing.com or call the Cedar Springs location at 616.326.2550. Their hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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New Standard opens cannabis provisioning center in Sand Lake

 A new recreational-only cannabis provisionary is open in Sand Lake. 

New Standard Sand Lake opened on January 23, making it the second New Standard cannabis dispensary in Michigan. The other is in Hazel Park.

“Our team is dedicated to the communities where our cannabis businesses are located, and you’ll find New Standard Sand Lake to be no exception. I’m a firm believer that people should be able to buy cannabis close to where they live,” said Greg Maki, a Co-Founder of New Standard Sand Lake. 

Howard Luckoff, CEO and a Co-Founder of New Standard added, “From day one, we set out to create a retail experience unlike any other for cannabis consumers. We are looking forward to setting this new standard for the Sand Lake and all of our Michigan communities where we have stores planned.”

In addition to renovating the vacant West Michigan Snowmobile Museum building, the store will employ 15 people and bring tax revenue to the village of Sand Lake.  The store carries a wide variety of cannabis products, from flower to concentrates, edibles, and tinctures. “We work with growers and processors across Michigan and New Standard Sand Lake will be stocked with the top brands people are looking for,” Maki said. 

“Our team brings cannabis and community together to create a thoughtful, curated, and comfortable environment where the cannabis connoisseur, the cannabis curious, and everyone in between is able to come into our store and feel like we’re here for them,” Luckoff said.

 All New Standard stores provide safe and tested cannabis for adults 21+ with a government-issued photo ID. The store offers inside shopping as well as curbside online ordering from its website: www.anewstandard.com/sand-lake/.  The store is highly regulated and very secure. New Standard Sand Lake is located at 29 E. Lake Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343. For more information, call 616-327-0420 or visit www.anewstandard.com/sand-lake

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Diner gets new life

C & B Diner, located at 4615 14 Mile Rd, is an adorable, newly remodeled diner serving breakfast and lunch to the Rockford, Cedar Springs, and surrounding communities.

Owners Chris Elliott and Bobby Beurkens opened the new restaurant in December 2020, in the space that was formerly the home of the Cedar Rock Café and Kismet Café, which both closed in 2020.

Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. They serve friendly smiles, large meal portions and the ability to order lunch for breakfast or breakfast for lunch! You can find their full menu on their Facebook page @CBDiner.

They will also be holding all you can eat fish on Fridays during lent from 4-8 p.m. Fried perch will come with French fries and a side salad and homemade tartar sauce.

C & B Diner is big on community and community involvement. They are partnering with local non-profits each Sunday. Ten percent of all Sunday sales will be donated to a local nonprofit each week. Watch their Facebook page for daily specials and which nonprofit will be supported when.

“Our C & B Diner team looks forward to getting to know our customers,” said Elliott. “We are extremely grateful to be able to serve customers inside the diner and cannot wait until we are allowed full capacity again. We would love to host special events, special menus, live music, etc. on a regular basis.”

They also offer catering for all your event needs. “Wanting something different catered than what the menu has? Do not hesitate to ask! We just may be able to accommodate,” said Elliott. For all catering please contact Chris at: chistopher49319@gmail.com or (616)302-1211.

The diner is easy to find. They are located on 14 Mile Road, just West of Northland Drive, across from Ed Kohen’s dealership. Questions? Give them a call at (616)439-3025.

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Mr. E’s Pizza

Are you craving pizza? You might want to check out the new pizza place in the Village of Sand Lake—Mr. E’s Pizza, located at 46 Lake Street.

Owner Chris Elliott established the new pizzeria in October 2020. The restaurant serves pizza, subs, pasta, breadsticks, cheese sticks, salads and more. You can find their full menu on their website at www.mrespizza.com and their Facebook page at facebook.com/mresdelivers. They also offer regular weekly specials, which you can find on their Facebook page.

Dine in is open and they are ready to serve you. But if you’d rather not go out, Mr. E’s also delivers. Just call (616)557-3060. They reach a 10-mile radius from Sand Lake. Give them a call, you just may be in their delivery area. Only $5 delivery fee with a $15 minimum order.

Do you have a special event coming up? Mr. E’s offers catering for all your entertaining needs. For catering, please contact Chris: chistopher49319@gmail.com (616)302-1211.

“We are very excited to continue working for the Sand Lake community and appreciate everyone that has come out to support us,” said Elliott. “Some people thought starting a business in a pandemic was insane, but we made it! We are incredibly thankful for all that work for Mr. E’s and order from us. Without our team and customers, we would not be here. Mr. E’s looks forward to many more years in business.” 

Mr. E’s Pizza is open Tuesday-Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (catering available all days and times).

Their number for takeout and delivery is (616)557-3060.

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Mission Point of Cedar Springs

The rehabilitation and nursing home facility in Cedar Springs formerly known as Metron, at 400 Jeffrey St, was purchased by Mission Point Healthcare in June 2020. They currently have 20 skilled nursing facilities and 1700 beds servicing the Grand Rapids, northern Michigan, Jackson and Detroit areas.

Mission Point offers short-term physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, extensive wound treatment, hospice care, and transitional rehabilitation services. The Cedar Springs facility has a total of 77 beds.

What makes them unique? “We provide a resident-focused experience. Our philosophy combines medical excellence with caring, customized patient focus. The result is high quality improvement in functional independence,” they said.

Mission Point feels they have an edge over competition with their case management services, wound treatment, Smarterheart Cardiac Rehabilitation, post-tracheotomy care, and private beds.

The health care organization hopes to grow from 20 fully licensed skilled nursing facilities to 28, with 2800 beds.

For more information, give them a call at 696-0170, or visit missionhealthcare.com.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union

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