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Rowland Excavating in new location

Post photo by M. Sanderson.

Rowland Excavating, established in 1997, has recently moved to a new location. 

They are now located at 12545 Northland Drive, Cedar Springs.

The commercial and residential excavation company specializes in sand and aggregate delivery to their customers. They said that what makes their business unique is that they highly value family, community, honesty, respect and professionalism.

“Our goal is  not just a one time job but a lifetime customer relationship,” they said.

They plan to continue to provide the best service they can for their customers out of their new location.

Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more info, give them a call at (616) 696-0622.

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New pharmacy opens

Cedar Springs residents now have a new option when it comes to choosing a local pharmacy. The Cedar Springs Pharmacy, located in the White Creek plaza at 14111 White Creek Ave., opened their new business and held a ribbon cutting last month.

“This small, locally owned pharmacy will provide personalized care and service that is unmatched,” said owner Jodi Maki. “We will support you in your healthcare journey as if you were family. We will strive to keep things quick and convenient. It is only 15 steps from the parking lot to our counter—or you can stay in your car and we’ll come to you!”

One of the things that makes this store unique is that the owner is the pharmacist. Maki has resided in Cedar Springs for 15 years, and she will be the one serving patients and customers each day.

They provide prescription services, non-prescription medications, vitamins, supplements, healthcare items, special order items, immunizations (including flu shots, shingles vaccines, and tetanus boosters), curbside pickup, medication reviews, and medication synchronization. They also carry a small assortment of Michigan made candles and gifts, and 99-cent made in the USA greeting cards.

“Our future plan is to become the pharmacy of choice for the Cedar Springs community,” said Maki, especially those seeking a pharmacist who gets to know them and their specific healthcare needs.”

Stop in and see them today at 14111 White Creek Avenue. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Or call them at (616) 439-2779.

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Family Video closes

Family Video, at the corner of Muskegon and Main Streets in Cedar Springs, has closed its doors. 

Colleen White made the announcement on Facebook in August.

“It is with a saddened heart that I post this. Family Video of Cedar Springs (our location only) is permanently closing. Our last day for rentals is August 24th (receiving new releases through August 18th). Our last day open will be September 4th. Currently all items/sections with a price tag are for sale. Thank you, Cedar Springs, for all the fabulous years our company has had been allowed to serve you!”

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Hotel now open

People in Cedar Springs have waited a long time for a place that their business associates, and extended family and friends could come and stay while they visit. The good news is that the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar Springs – Grand Rapids N, located at 14190 White Creek Avenue NE, is now open.

The hotel has easy access off US-131, and corporate travelers to area businesses will benefit from their complimentary high-speed wireless, on-site fitness facility, and free parking. They also have on site business center, meeting room, and printer and copier for business needs.

There are 76 guest rooms in the hotel. All rooms include a microwave, fridge, Keurig, and 50-inch smart television, as well as an in room safe. Full or continental breakfast is included; kids eat free. There is no onsite restaurant, but plenty in the area to choose from. There is also an indoor pool. Check with management about availability during pandemic.

The hotel is also dog-friendly (max 2). Dogs must be registered at time of booking by calling the hotel directly at 1-616-696-0450.

To check availability of rooms, go to their website at https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/cedar-springs/grrcs/hoteldetail

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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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