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Cedar Springs Dental to build new office

This is the rendition of what the new Cedar Springs Dental building will look like.

Dental practice incorporates cutting edge technology to prioritize patient health and safety

Business has been good for a local dentist here—so much so that they are building a new office to accommodate their patients.

Cedar Springs Dental broke ground on a new building last week. Photo by L. Allen.

Cedar Springs Dental broke ground on Monday, May 11, on its new 3,000 square foot office to replace the current 1,000 square foot facility located at 20 East Church Street NE in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The new facility will utilize negative pressure isolation technology for staff and patient safety and is being built adjacent to the current practice. It is expected to open after the turn of the new year.

Through the leadership of Dr. Andy Setaputri, Cedar Springs Dental is implementing cutting-edge technology to ensure patient health and safety. Each operatory will include Grade-A, water filtration systems as well as a single point of entry by way of a limited-touch door. Additionally, each operatory will function as a negative pressure isolation room and will include air purification systems that offer surgical-quality air and limit patient exposure to harmful aerosols. Through these means, Dr. Setaputri will be able to treat his patients in a safer, cleaner environment. The office will also include nine operatories, a surgical suite, and a waiting area.

The project has been in the works since the day Dr. Setaputri purchased the practice from Dr. Danette Martin in 2018. Tripling the size of his current facility will allow Dr. Setaputri to see more patients, as well as bring on his business partner and brother, Zane Setaputri, DDS, without compromising the level of care and service each patient receives.

“We have experienced incredible growth over the past 2 years and are seeing over 60 new patients a month!” commented Dr. Andy Setaputri. “Our current facility is simply too small and outdated to meet our current needs. Building from the ground-up allows us to create the perfect space that prioritizes patient health and safety, as well as prepares us well for future growth. The design and layout of the new office supports the culture we’ve worked hard to establish and allows us to add three full-time positions to the team.” 

“This project would not be possible without the overwhelming support of our patients who continue to trust us for their dental care,” he added. “We are very proud to be a part of the Cedar Springs Community and are confident this new space will allow us to continue to provide the best in dental care for many years to come.”

An Open House for all current patients and the Cedar Springs community will be held at the beginning of the new year. The date has not yet been set.

Grand Rapids-based First Companies will manage construction. Grand Rapids-based Dixon Architecture is the architect. 

Dr. Setaputri studied at the University of Michigan and has been practicing dentistry since 2014. In 2018, Dr. Andy Setaputri purchased the practice from Dr. Danette Martin and rebranded it to Cedar Springs Dental. Dr. Setaputri is devoted to staying up to date with the latest dental technologies and techniques through continuing education courses. He is well-trained in providing quality dental care in all aspects of dentistry, ranging from cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery to crown and bridge work. 

For more information, call the office at 616.696.9420.

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Busy Moms Bakery opens

Rep. Mark Huizenga (center) of Walker attended the grand opening of Busy Moms Bakery in Cedar Springs on Saturday, March 7. Pictured with Huizenga are Busy Moms Bakery owners Tom and Sharon Wilkes. Huizenga represents parts of Kent County, which includes the cities of Cedar Springs, Grandville, Rockford, and Walker and the villages of Kent City and Sparta.

Having trouble finding bread or other baked goods? Pop into Busy Moms Bakery, 43 N. Main Street, and get what you need, including some delicious cinnamon rolls!

The bakery, owned by Sharon and Tom Wilkes, opened earlier this month. They provide stone ground wheat, breads, sweets, pastries, cakes, gluten-friendly and keto items. 

“We make our products from scratch using freshly ground wheat that is ground in a handcrafted grain mill imported from Austria,” they explained. 

They also offer baked goods made to order and try to fill special dietary needs when requested.

The couple said that their 3-5 year goal is to build an offsite kitchen so they have the ability to supply fresh baked goods to local businesses and restaurants. 

Stop in and see them Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are closed on Monday. Follow their Facebook page or give them a call at 616-826-6116 with questions.


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Changes to Curves/Jenny Craig


You may have noticed that Curves/Jenny Craig is no longer located at 55 N. Main Street in Cedar Springs.

According to owner Christine Holman, they have moved their location to 5359 Plainfield Ave NE, in Grand Rapids, and the business is now only affiliated with Jenny Craig. The new location officially opened on January 2, 2020.

“We moved our location to better serve our clients and to provide a more centralized location to the West Michigan area,” explained Holman. “Jenny Craig provides individuals with over 100 Chef Crafted Organic Meals and nutrition counseling to meet their weight loss goals.” 

For more information, you can contact them at 616-323-3139.

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Howard City Dental


Howard City Dental, established in 1985 by Dr. Wemmer, has a new owner: Dr. Adam Hoard. Dr. Hoard took over in June 2019 when Dr. Wemmer retired. The staff all remains the same except for an assistant that also retired in June.

Howard City Dental provides comprehensive family dentistry for all ages. They see patients from all around the area, including from Rockford, Big Rapids, Lakeview, Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Newaygo, Pierson, and more.

Dr. Hoard said that what makes their business unique is that they emphasize comfort for their patients. “We take the time to form relationships with our patients and ensure all questions concerns are addressed,” he explained. “We truly care about our community and strive to improve overall health. We care for our patients like they are our own family.”

If you have questions about the services they provide, give them a call at 231-937-5725. They are located at 205 E. Edgerton St, Howard City. They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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C Jay’s Crochet Nook


Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet? Or maybe you are looking to buy a hand-crocheted item for a gift? You can do both of those things with C Jay’s Crochet Nook, a new business owned by Cheryl Babcock, located at 234 West Beech Street in Cedar Springs.

Babcock offers private crochet lessons, as well as a crochet boutique featuring all hand-produced items with much attention to detail. “You can’t buy my items elsewhere,” she said. “The items are all hand produced, one stitch at a time. I do special orders also to your specifications.”

Babcock said she has 62 years of crochet experience and has taught all over the world, including Japan, Hawaii, and many other places.

Her goal is to share her love of crochet with others and produce high quality crochet items for use and gift-giving. 

For more info call (616) 263-9385, and visit the business from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Check out her ad on page 6.

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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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Dzingle Family Dentistry


Are you looking for a new dentist? If so, you might want to check out Dzingle Family Dentistry, located at 4655 14 Mile, Rockford. 

Owner Jeremy Dzingle DMD opened his practice earlier this year after a complete renovation of the building that used to be Cedar Rock Dental. “We had the privilege revamping everything from top to bottom and installed a beautiful new sign in the front,” explained Dzingle.

Dzingle Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care with personalized attention. “We offer same day treatment and help patients of all ages and look forward to making your experience a positive memory,” he said. “Services include denture and denture repair, extractions, root canal therapy, crown and bridge, cleanings, teeth whitening, fillings, dental emergencies and invisalign at affordable prices.   

So what makes Dzingle Family Dentistry unique? “I’m a compassionate dentist with love for dentistry that runs deep throughout my family,” explained Dzingle. “My father is a general dentist while my brothers are dental specialists and sisters are dental hygienists.  I believe dentistry is more than a healthy smile, it’s also a community connection that builds lifelong friendships.  Our patient driven model will focus on your dental needs while providing comprehensive education of your mouth. Our location off 14 Mile road and close proximity to 131 and Northland drive also makes dental visits very convenient to many people.”   

Dzingle said their future vision is to build strong roots within the community. “My wife Allison and I are very excited to be involved in local events and to enjoy this beautiful area of Michigan,” he said. “Dzingle Family Dentistry wants to reach out to the Cedar Springs, Sand Lake/Pierson, Trufant, Sparta, Rockford and Greenville areas. Give us a call at 616-263-9549 and have the best dental experience of your life!”

Hours are Monday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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Nonno’s Homestyle Italian & Pizzeria


If you are yearning to try a new Italian restaurant, check out Nonno’s Homestyle Italian & Pizzeria, located at 4025 17 Mile Rd, in the strip mall next to Tractor Supply. Owners Roberto and Courtney LaFranca opened the restaurant earlier this summer, in the spaces formerly occupied by Riccardi’s and a hair salon.

Nonno’s is family-owned and operated, and all of their recipes have been passed down through the generations. They serve homestyle Sicilian/Italian food and pizza. All of their sauces, dough, meatballs, and a variety of entrees are house-made from scratch using old family recipes.

Roberto’s family came here from Sicily, and many of their recipes came from his parents and grandparents. Roberto and Courtney said they have been in the restaurant business over 20 years. 

“We and our children live in the community and all work to make our restaurant a family-friendly place to enjoy delicious meals from our family to yours,” they said. 

In the future, they may apply to purchase a tavern license to serve beer and wine with their delicious pizza and pasta.

Nonno’s is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for inside dining, and until 10 p.m. for take out. They are open Friday/Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for inside dining, and until 11 p.m. for take out. On Sunday they are open from 11 a.m. to 8 .m. for inside dining, and until 9 p.m. for take out. They are closed on Monday. 

You can find their menu on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NonnosHomestyleItalian/. Call them at 696-0999 for more information.

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CS Brewing Company beer gets gold


The accolades keep rolling in. 

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company took home another medal earlier this month when its Küsterer Original Weissbier earned gold in the German Wheat Ale category at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.

Breweries from Russia to Rhode Island sent in more than 7,000 beers representing over 130 different styles for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship in Oxford, Ohio. The competition is the only one to include beers from professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers, with judges from England, Canada and the United States.

Earlier this summer, the Küsterer Original Weissbier earned a silver medal, and the Küsterer Dunklweizen earned a gold medal at the International Beer Awards in Idaho.

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