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FeAtUreS 42 / West Michigan’s Best Doctors Here are 189 top physicians in 50 specialties and subspecialties, selected by their peers, in this excerpt from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database. 56 / Saving face Americans spend billions of dollars on anti-aging products that experts say are generally a waste of money — but doctors do have advice to offer. BY MArtY PrIMeAU

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contents June 2013 / Vol. 50 / No. 06

departments back & forth 10 / From the Editor

70 / Chef Profile: Matt Green at Reserve

10 / Letters, social media and more

74 / Nosh & Sip: Sipping sauvignon blanc

12 / Contributors

80 / Top Shelf: GR beers

Life & style 14 / Noteworthy items include The Coffee House & Café, RunGR, New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour and Marie Catrib’s

86 / HeFedSheFed: Neighborhood joints

15 / Head Over Heels shoe boutique 16 / Local blogger Mindy Nienhouse


“My style of cooking is about paying attention to the ingredients and to the techniques, because each ingredient is different from the last time you cooked it.” — Matt Green

18 / Living Local: 10th Annual Local First Street Party 20 / Reading Room: Roni Devlin’s literary venture 21 / “The Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Near & far 88 / Belknap Lookout neighborhood Out & about 92 / June highlights

22 / Tony Jolliffi, 24/7 Dad Art & Design 26 / Gallery Profile: Water Street Gallery


93 / Calendar 96 / Nightclub & comedy venue listings and highlights

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28 / Art gallery listings and highlights

102 / Museums & attractions listings and highlights

30 / Mercy Supply

104 / Snapshots

32 / At Home: Ken Snellink’s 2013 Parade Home

112 / After thoughts: Bill Holsinger-Robinson

34 / Art Talk: “Lying Man” 36 / Justagirl: Chalkboard updated 38 / Frame Works: Gothic Revival

On the cover: Dr. Darryl A. Elmouchi is a Grand Rapids physician specializing in cardiovascular disease. He is one of six doctors at West Michigan Heart included in the The Best Doctors in America 2013 database.

Food & Drink 66 / Dining Review: Bostwick Lake Inn 68 / Restaurant listings for West Michigan


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Join Managing Editor Marty Primeau at 9:45 a.m. Thursdays as she presents City Beat with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio FM 88.5 and 95.3.


FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, weather woes have posed unprecedented impact on the Grand Valley region. Last year, unusually high temperatures in March followed by April freezes destroyed the fruits of orchards and were followed by a summer drought. One of the now-usual June activities is the anticipated pairings of artists and venues for September’s ArtPrize, but the pairings may be more limited based on April’s historic flooding. Each artist must secure a connection with a venue by June 20. Venues needed to register by April 11, a week before the Grand and all other rivers in the region overflowed, setting the stage for states of emergencies in at least two counties and cities, including Grand Rapids.


What’s your favorite thing to grill? “Hobo pies. Throw a bunch of yums (meats, potatoes and veggies) in some foil with a little butter and some spices!! So good!! A whole personalized meal for each individual!!” — Tracy Herbig

“Zucchini and summer squash marinated with garlic, oil and spices.” — George Collins

“Half peaches with brown sugar and goat cheese!” — Karen Winquist Forester

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Residents throughout the region volunteered to help fill sandbags as the water crested, and later helped clean the river banks. That’s the kind of community West Michigan residents cite with pride, refer to as the reason to stay and return to if they leave. And that is the community Christian Gaines now joins as the new executive director of ArtPrize. Gaines, a Vassar graduate, comes here from Sherman Oaks, Calif., where he was in charge of business development for IMDb. com, an entertainment business database site. Gaines built his expertise with Sundance Film Festival, the American Film Institute and the Hawaii International Film Festival. Gaines’ skills are wholly needed in these pre-ArtPrize months, but Grand Rapids Magazine also notes in this issue the Waterfront Film Festival, which has garnered the talent and energy of many in the area. The film festival is moving this year from Saugatuck to South Haven, the result of continued expansion. A combination of skill sets — and incredible community volunteerism — also is evident as Festival of the Arts unrolls the tents for its 44th year. It seems to me that ArtPrize has helped the community focus on the extraordinary art and photography entered into competition — not just the “food fest” of nonprofit vendors feeding the Festival crowds. Can’t let this month go by without a salute to the thousands of athletes of every age and ability who are heading here from throughout Michigan to participate in the Meijer State Games of Michigan June 21-23.


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Righteous cuisine Matt Varley, who launched Gnarly Varley’s Righteous Cuisine food truck in 2011, is the new head chef at The Coffee House & Café, 255 Seminole Road in Muskegon. Weekdays, the renovated café is a gourmet deli, but on Street Food Saturdays the kitchen dishes up a different international cuisine each week. Varley also will be taking his truck on the road this summer. Visit or find it on Facebook.

Marie Catrib’s new deli expansion means shoppers can take home a whole host of extra goodies, including a selection of more than 30 cheeses. Try the delectable Valencay from France for a smooth and bright goat cheese experience, or the Capriole O’Banon, goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves that have been soaked in bourbon. The deli also has a variety of take-out entrees and desserts. (10011003 Lake Drive SE, 4544020, or

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The New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour, a traveling show benefiting nonprofits, is making its Grand Rapids debut June 21 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Try out craft beers and local foods and then settle in at 10 p.m. for a showing of short films, including a GR submission. Buy a ticket for a chance to win either a custom New Belgium Cruiser or a fat bike custom built by Freewheeler Bike Shop on a 616 Fabrication frame, shown above. Raffle tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase online at The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition to help the organization implement its advocacy and education priorities.




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The perfect fit

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Photography by johnny Quirin (top left); emma higgns (top right); michael buck (center); courtesy thinkstock (bottom)

At Head Over Heels, 40 Monroe Center, footwear fans can find everything from flip flops to fancy 4-inch heels. Craving new shoes? Gina VanGessel and Rosa Piccione can feed your obsession. The two friends and business partners have opened Head Over Heels Shoe Boutique in downtown Grand Rapids. The new venture at 40 Monroe Center replaces Lia Rose, a clothing store the fashionistas opened in 2009 to cater to older women. “Women want fashionable shoes,” said VanGessel, who also owns Gina’s Boutique next door. “There’s a huge demand for shoes, and that’s something that has been lacking in downtown for a while.” Piccione, who owns Rosa’s Closet, a consignment boutique in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village, agreed. “Women are always asking where they can get trendy, affordable shoes,” she said. “And I think this store will be a perfect fit with Gina’s.” Head Over Heels will have a variety of footwear, from casual to dressy. “We have some flip flops and wedge tennis shoes,” VanGessel said. “And we’re also carrying pumps with 4-inch heels. Next fall, we’ll have boots.” Owning a clothing boutique helps, she said. “I look at some of the clothing trends I’m buying for Gina’s and I find shoes that coordinate.” Between them, the two best friends have plenty of retail experience. VanGessel opened Gina’s nine years ago and is now remodeling the boutique to offer more square footage and bring in new clothing lines and accessories. “We’re taking some of the lines that did well at Lia Rose and transferring them to Gina’s,” she said. Rosa’s Closet, which offers a mix of resale and new apparel for women, has been open for five years. Piccione also owns two Sweet Yo frozen yogurt shops — one downtown and one in Gaslight Village — with her brother and sister-in-law. “We’re really excited because this will be our first full summer selling frozen yogurt,” she said. “We’ll be doing lots of fun things with different organizations.” Find Head Over Heels on Facebook or call 458— Marty Primeau 6908.

“Women want fashionable shoes. There’s a huge demand for shoes, and that’s something that has been lacking in downtown for a while.” — Gina VanGessel

Longtime friends Rosa Piccione and Gina VanGessel have opened a trendy shoe boutique in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Just a One Girl Revolution A few years ago, Mindy Nienhouse had a snarky outlook on running. “I used to be the girl with the attitude of ‘I’ll run if I’m

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being chased,’” she said. Now she’s completed three 25Ks and plans to run more. How did she get here? Her journey — including how she lost almost 75 pounds — is documented on her blog, Just a One Girl Revolution (justaonegirl “The biggest drive to sharing my training progress online has been the accountability,” she said. “Knowing people are reading and being inspired keeps me writing.” Beyond her fitness goals, Just a One Girl Revolution serves as a resource for motivation, wholesome snacking and healthy living. “I run, but I know not everyone will be a runner. If I can inspire them through also talking about my love of yoga or healthy recipe ideas to live a healthier life, I think it’s worth it,” Nienhouse said. If running for weight loss hasn’t been reason enough, it’s also provided valuable brainstorming time for her blog. “I get a lot of ideas for posts during my long runs,” she said. “When you’re out there for two or more hours, you have a lot of time to think about anything and everything.” Some of her favorite content has taken shape while hovering over the yoga mat. “I wrote a post in early March called ‘Just Me and My Mat,’ about stepping out of my comfort zone during a yoga class. While it made me feel uncomfortable, it also made me feel strong.” After work and a workout have been completed for the day, you can find Mindy relaxing while watching TV — and blogging, of course. “It generally takes 30 to 45 minutes to write a post,” she says. “I usually write while watching TV in the evenings. Although it can sometimes be a bit of a distraction, it’s an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.”

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Celebrate on the street in 2003, the downtown Grand Rapids event scene looked a lot different than it does today. ArtPrize did not exist. Nor did Irish on Ionia, Founders Fest, Holiday Shop Hop or the New Year’s Ball Drop. Rob Bliss had yet to launch the Zombie Walk or create a giant water slide. And while Festival of the Arts and Celebration on the Grand brought thousands of people downtown each year, there was a lot of room for improvement. That’s why a group of local business owners and downtown enthusiasts came together to form the Local First Street Party. The annual party is a celebration of local food, local beer and local music — things that make West Michigan fun. The first year, the street party took place in a small parking lot adjacent to Bistro Bella Vita. The restaurant offered food and beverages to the 100-plus people who came to listen to live music and mingle with vendors. Momentum picked up rapidly and within a few years, the party expanded its footprint — then expanded again. More and more local businesses began to participate. Last year, the one-day event

featured 10 food vendors, two beer tents, seven bands and more than 10,000 attendees. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Local First and we plan to celebrate big time at the 10th Annual Local First Street Party. Proceeds from the event will support Local First’s ongoing education efforts. Kicking off the summer June 1, the party goes from 3 p.m. to midnight and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. An exciting array of popular Michigan musicians will play on the Celebration Cinema stage. Founders Brewing will have four delicious brews on tap. Ten iconic local restaurants will serve tastes of West Michigan — pizza, burgers, you name it. Early in the evening, street performers will show off their unique talents. New this year will be the opportunity for families to participate in a professional chalk art drawing and to draw their favorite parts about our community. This activity will engage young and old minds in reflecting upon the local businesses that contribute to the vibrancy and culture of this place. Don’t miss this chance to begin the summer in style. Join us June 1 as we toast the multitude of ways that 10 years of thinking “local first” has positively shaped our community and our cul— eLiSSa HiLLary ture.

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The annual party is a celebration of local food, local beer and local music — things that make West Michigan fun.

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“Independent bookstores will always have the first opportunity for author events and signings. They will also be offered the chance to sell books at our events if an author chooses not to bring their own.” — Roni Devlin

What’s Dr. roni Devlin reading? “COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION” by Michael Pollan

A place for readers and writers Even though she made the decision to close her Literary Life & More bookstore last June, Dr. Roni Devlin still wanted to support lovers of literature. Her new nonprofit, Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, organizes author events and book signings in the building at 758 Wealthy St. SE that used to house LitLife and is now Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. “The idea came to me while LitLife was still in business,” said Devlin, an infectious disease physician who reads a book a week. “There were moments when I thought of a great literary project or a fantastic author event, only to realize that LitLife was too limited with regard to manpower and cash flow to make it happen.” Teaming up with Devlin are bookseller Josh Weston, and bookseller and poet Zachary Tomaszewski. GLCL works in conjunction with local bookstores, taking on the bigger tasks they might not feel equipped to handle. “Independent bookstores will always have the first opportunity for author events and signings,” Devlin said.

“They will also be offered the chance to sell books at our events if an author chooses not to bring their own.” An online calendar includes information about literary events at indie bookstores and local libraries. “We want to expand the entire literary culture of the Great Lakes region,” Devlin said. In the coming months, plans include writing contests and workshops, daily writing tips and online prompts, monthly literary salons, a literary festival and writers retreat — and perhaps a literary journal. “Ideally, if GLCL can become the go-to literary organization for readers and writers in West Michigan over the next five years — and if we can find funding for our ever-expanding list of goals — there is no limit to what we might become,” Devlin said. Visit for a calendar of events and find out how you can get involved. — eMMa HiGGiNS

“Pollan, author of ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ and ‘In Defense of Food,’ is adept at presenting the perfect mix of evidence, research, personal anecdotes and recommendations to his readers.” “WOOL” by Hugh Howey “Howey started the ‘Wool’ series as a short story, but online fans encouraged more installments. Simon & Schuster is now releasing “Wool’ in trade paper and hardcover. Who doesn’t love a great post-apocalyptic novel?” “SELECTED LETTERS OF WILLIAM STYRON” edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin “Styron is my favorite American author. I want to read this collection when I have time to absorb it fully, perhaps in the warm outdoor air with a cocktail in hand.”

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Preaching the gospel of beer fred BueLTMann has had “beervangelist” on his New Holland Brewing Co. business card for nearly a decade. For a long time, people laughed at the title. But with his new book, “The Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the managing partner at New Holland makes clear he is serious about the designation. Bueltmann joined New Holland Brewing in 2004 as a partner. He came up with the “beervangelist” term because he thought “salesman and director of marketing” didn’t really explain his role at the brewery. He likes to think of his job as “bringing knowledge of beer to people.” His book takes a seasonal approach to pairing beer with food and demonstrates that pairing begins with understanding when and where food comes from. His philosophy is told through personal narratives. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and beer and food pairing,” he said. In the mid-1990s, Bueltmann became the first sales manager for Bell’s Brewery. In that role, he realized most beer dinners weren’t very effective. He believes food and beer pairings are done for consumers who are unfamiliar with the vast array of beer flavors and are too technical. Sometimes the pairings don’t mesh the flavors of food and beer appropriately. “Try explaining hops to someone who’s never had hops,” he said. His “Beervangelist’s Guide,” which offers tips on entertaining with beer and food, is aimed at folks who host parties at home. It focuses on sourcing, preserving and preparing food in a way that “authentically connects us to our ingredients. Why do we eat what we eat?” He partnered with local publishing house Black Lake Press for face-to-face interactions during the writing and editing of the book. Getting the book published also included a successful online Kickstarter campaign. “When you promise a couple hundred people a book will be out, you have to write it,” he said. “The Beervangelist’s Guide” will be released June 6-7 during Hatter Days, New Holland’s anniversary party. He plans to take the book on the road to various beer

events across the country. “We have high hopes for the book,” he said. “It could have a national and international presence.” Besides being a beer and food aficionado, Bueltmann is also a musician and horseman. He and his wife, Ulla, are

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A free program for Dads attending. The free program offers dinner and child care, as well as transportation to and from class. The group meets once a week and classes focus on everything from co-parenting to men’s health to breastfeeding. Outings have included trips to the auto show and Craig’s Cruisers. Jolliffi says the outings help to create hope. “When I was a young man, when someone put me in a new car, it allowed me to dream. It’s the hope that we put in the fathers and let them know there is a chance to improve. You don’t have to stay where you are.” The program encourages the men to work at their own pace. “You can’t let anyone give you a timeline,” Jolliffi said. “You have to go at your own time. It’s OK to ask for help.” His goal is to expand 24/7 Dad throughout West Michigan. He is working with 20 area churches, asking each to have 20 fathers pledge to be better parents. “The more and more people that get involved, the stronger we can get,” he said. To enroll, contact Jolliffi at tonyj@graa — HeatHer rOWaN

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Tony Jolliffi, coordinator of the 24/7 Dad program, plays football with his children: Jacob, Faithe, Jazmine and Tony. He plans to expand the free program for fathers throughout West Michigan.

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Tony Jolliffi is a crusader for hope. As coordinator of the 24/7 Dad program in Grand Rapids, Jolliffi wants to empower men to become better fathers by being engaged at all times. “I want to enhance the skills they already have,” he said. The six-week curriculum, designed by the National Fatherhood Initiative, was introduced last November by the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute in partnership with the community collaborative Strong Beginnings and is aimed at men of all races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. “People are hungry for something for fathers,” Jolliffi said, “especially in the Latino and African-American communities.” A young father himself who moved with his wife and children from Detroit three years ago, Jolliffi can relate to the lack of information for dads. “I was a teenage father. I had a good family around me, but there were still a lot of things I was lacking at. This program allows fathers to ask for the help that they need, rather than bombarding them with help and information.” Jolliffi says there’s no excuse for not

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details make the difference


tacey and Rich Rendon, owners of Infiniti Custom Homes, continue to bring “The Heartsworth” home fully to life in our ongoing Design Home 2013 adventure. We vicariously share in its construction as this fabulous design from Wayne Visbeen of Visbeen Architects evolves into a remarkable family-ready home. Taking shape on its two-acre wooded lot in Ada’s gated Skyevale community, the 7,500-square-foot home offers scenic views, comfortable common spaces, a

luxurious master suite and private retreats for everybody in the family. It is filled with exciting design twists, from the in-home gymnasium with its own basketball halfcourt and the fantastic library, to the wellappointed wet bar, spacious entertainment area, and self-contained guest suite. Every exquisite element is carefully planned when Infiniti Custom Homes takes on a project. The Rendons are known for their attention to quality details. That philosophy extends to the high-caliber team of experts they part-

ner with to put every detail in place. They turned to locally owned distributors of nationally renowned products, Overhead Door Company of Grand Rapids, for The Heartsworth’s garage doors. Serving contractors and homeowners alike for over 60 years, the company is integrated with Calumet Building Group Ltd. Among their diverse talents is one-stop convenience for sales, installation and service of a full line of garage doors and openers. They have chosen coachman-style doors by Clopay for The Heartsworth. “These styl-

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ish doors are unique because they look like painted wood carriage doors, but are low-maintenance steel with PVC overlay,” described company representative, Keith Keen. “They also offer the value of insulation against the elements without the upkeep required on typical wood doors. And their lighter weight ensures many years of trouble-free service.” It’s that kind of thoughtful focus on long-term quality that distinguishes a home built by Infiniti Custom Homes. Known for ensuring a “WOW” factor that starts at the front entryway, this home is no exception. The Rendon’s quest for superb workmanship led them to select Phillip Elenbaas Fine Millwork to supply distinctive trimwork throughout the house, including exterior and interior doors and doorways. With an expertise for highly detailed jobs, this service-oriented hardwood shop is headquartered on the northwest side with a second facility in Harbor Springs. They specialize in creat-

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ing a variety of custom wood components that not only complete a home’s interior, but also add definitive design flair. Carrying on a generations-long legacy of fine millwork, Ben Elenbaas notes that interior doors help define a home’s spaces while meticulous trimwork and crown molding add their own special aesthetic. “We take a lot of pride in our work,” he explained. “As a full custom shop, quality and service are very important to us.” Those same requisites are integral to every aspect of an Infiniti Custom home. That’s why the Rendons chose Grand Rapids-based EPS Security — the national award-winning leader in security and life safety services — to protect The

Heartsworth. Beyond safeguarding against burglary and intrusion, EPS Security offers a wide gamut of home services. Homeowners can take advantage of the EPS Total Connect solution to monitor and control various aspects of home operation and its environmental conditions through a cellular or internet signal. Services include smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detection, furnace and sump pump failure, emergency medical alert, video surveillance and remote access control. As West Michigan’s largest security company, they offer integrated or stand-alone systems monitored locally from their UL-listed/FMapproved, Five Diamond-certified Central Station. Furthermore, to maintain exceptional services, EPS employs the area’s largest fleet of on-road service vehicles supported by a large dedicated cadre of around-the-clock operations staff and security professionals. It won’t be long until this gracious family home, which is available for purchase throughout the process, is unveiled at a charity gala to benefit Bethany Christian Services on August 22.


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> Water street Gallery Location: 98 Center St., Douglas Summer hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Contact: (269) 857-8485;

Upcoming events to check out at Water Street Gallery FooD For thouGht June 8-July 2 • ARTini opening reception 6-8 p.m. June 8 Features a variety of “thoughtprovoking” images.

taste oF art tours 5-8 p.m., June 29, July 20, Aug. 10 Five area galleries open their doors for attendees to view current exhibitions while partaking in food and drink offerings at each location. Transportation is provided by the Duck Boat, a land-water vehicle like nothing you’ve seen before.

Approachable art Like many galleries in Saugatuck-Douglas, Water Street Gallery combines quality artwork with a non-stuffy attitude.


he resort towns of Saugatuck and Douglas have become known as the state’s “Art Coast” — and not only because the views of Lake Michigan have served as inspiration for many an artist. The area is also home to a variety of galleries that showcase a wide range of work from artists near and far. Water Street Gallery has been in operation for more than two decades, and director Maryjo Lemanski said that, over time,

the two neighboring towns have developed two distinct identities. “Douglas has really evolved into a lowkey resort town, whereas Saugatuck is now more dense and lively,” she explained. The contemporary fine art gallery was originally located in Saugatuck and moved to its current Douglas location off Blue Star Highway in 2007, a year before Lemanski took over ownership. Lemanski said she aims to duplicate the relaxed energy of the

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Watch your steP July 6-July 31 • ARTini opening reception 6-8 p.m. July 6 Work that focuses on motion and movement.

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Water Street Gallery staffer Stephen Mottram, left, checks out a painting by local artist Brian Smith.

community within the walls of the gallery. “It’s very laid back and approachable,” she said. “In larger cities, there can be that feeling that galleries are intimidating, so here we try and make having an experience with art more user-friendly.” Evidence of this approach are the jars of candy for children and “bone”-filled bowls for dogs — as well as Lemanski’s helpful demeanor. A former art educator whose previous experiences include stints at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Lemanski said she tries to find opportunities to discuss work and offer insights instead of pushing sales. “The teaching aspect is a big deal to me. It helps people have access to the art,” she said. Lemanski often encourages conversations and said she enjoys discovering what various pieces mean to the people who view them. Her educational background also informs how she selects what work to show. “I try to come to work from a museum standpoint and not solely based on personal taste.” On average, the gallery represents around 60 artists, all of whom undergo an annual review, and Lemanski said at least 10 new artists are shown each year. Once a month, the staff re-hangs the artwork in the gallery, which Lemanski said “gives people the opportunity to see

the work in a different way. We may move a piece, and someone will see it who never noticed it before.” Though the gallery displays a wide variety of mediums, Lemanski said it has become known for its fine collection of hand-blown glass. “It’s a contemporary gallery, but much of the work has a traditional feel.” There are numerous tributes to the surrounding resort environment, from coastal renderings to whimsical statues of beachgoers. “Many artists come here to paint the landscape,” Lemanski said. The dense cluster of galleries in the area creates the perfect opportunity for vacationers and art patrons alike to experience a variety of work. “Downtown Douglas is extremely walkable, and there’s always something going on,” Lemanski said. That’s especially true in the warm weather months. Whimsical elements, like the Duck Boat that transports attendees of the summer’s Taste of Art tours, help the galleries avoid that big-city stuffiness, while the quality of work is on par with anything you’d find in larger metropolitan areas. In fact, Lemanski said the area receives a lot of traffic from places like Chicago and Detroit. “We’re definitely a Midwest art destination.” — ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL

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Local art galleries COMPILED BY EMMA HIGGINS

1/ aVenue For the arts: Noon-8 p.m. June 8, The Market, an annual outdoor art market between Oakes and Cherry on South Division Avenue, will feature all manner of arts and crafts, live music and food. “From vintage threads and typewriter key rings to collage kitsch and knickknacks galore, shoppers are sure to find an instant favorite,” say organizers. Also July 13. 2/ con artist creW: 7:30 p.m.-midnight June 15, a documentary and exhibit about a creative trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. “We will be documenting the whole journey so we can come back and show Grand Rapids our process and the fruits of our labor, as well as pieces from the Mexican artists,” explains artist Magdalene Law. 1111 Godfrey SW, North Building, No. 198,

Art Gallery 318: Fine art by Kathleen Mooney. 318 E. Main St., Lowell, 890-1879, 318FineArt. Betsy Ratzsch Pottery: Ceramics, artwork and gifts from American artisans. 584 Ada Drive, 682-0266, Calvin College Center Art Gallery: Permanent collection, student and staff work, visiting exhibitions. Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle, 526-6271, calvin. edu/centerartgallery. Cascade Art Gallery: Multi-media art, print collection, framing, gifts. 2840 Thornapple River Drive SE, 9494056, C.O.D.A. Gallery: Teaching gallery in Heartside. 44 S. Division Ave., 401-

7382, Craft House: Collaborative art and discussion space. 40 S. Division Ave., and Facebook. DAAC: Artist-run space hosts art, discussions and music. 115 S. Division Ave., Design Gallery at Design Quest: Thru June 16, ReTech by Asher, oneoff functional art pieces made from reclaimed materials. 4181 28th St. SE, 940-0131, Flat River Gallery and Framing: Co-op of local and national artists, featuring new work every month. 219 W. Main St. Lowell, 987-6737, flatriver Forest Hills Fine Arts Center: June 20-July 21, artwork by Molly Pettengill. 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. 493-8966, Gallery 154: Local and national multi-media art, gifts, jewelry. 1456 Lake Drive SE, 454-2154, gallery154. com.

Gallery at ICCF: Work from local artists and craftspeople. 920 Cherry St. SE, Gaspard Gallery: Artist-operated gallery. 235 S. Division Ave., spiritual Grand Gallery: Fine art, reproductions, restoration, gifts, framing. 596 Ada Drive, Ada, 676-4604, grandgall Grand Rapids Art Museum: See Museums & Attractions. Heartside Gallery: Folk, outsider and intuitive art by self-taught Heartside residents. 48 S. Division Ave., 235-7211, ext. 103, Ice Cream Gallery and Toys: Artwork and toys. 117 S. Division Ave., 901-4582, Facebook. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: See Museums & Attractions. Kendall College of Art and Design: Work by students, faculty and national artists in four gallery spaces: three at 17 Fountain St. NW and one in the Federal Building. LaFontsee Galleries: “Wide View,” new works from a mix of long-term gallery artists and fresh faces, at Douglas location. 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, and 150 Center St., Douglas, 451-9820, LowellArts King Gallery: Community gallery with seven rotating exhibits throughout year. 149 S. Hudson, Lowell, 897-8545, MercuryHead Gallery: Work by local artists plus gifts and framing. 962 E. Fulton St. 456-6022, Facebook.

2/ Reuben Garcia and Magdalene Law of Con Artist Crew traveled to Mexico to collaborate with artists.

Miscellany: Boutique store and gallery space. 136 S. Division Ave., (810) 923-7158, Facebook. Muskegon Museum of Art: See Museums & Attractions. Nice Gallery: Artist-run gallery features contemporary artwork. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, No. 4C, 284-1771,

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1/ Crafters Taylor Greenfield and Erica Eddy of Three. Bunnies will be selling handmade jewelry and gifts at The Market. Open Concept Gallery: Open platform for innovation. Local and international art. mARTini: Art Talks on issues in the art world, last Tue. of month. 50 Louis St. NW, opencon Perception Gallery: Fine art gallery also offers home décor, art restoration and appraisal services. 210 E. Fulton St., 451-2393. Richard App Gallery: Fine art from local and U.S. artists. 910 Cherry St. SE, 458-4226, therichardapp Sanctuary Folk Art: Salon-style gallery displays and sells local folk art. 140 S. Division Ave., 454-0401, Facebook. The Shallows Art Gallery: Upand-coming local artists. 1054 W. Fulton St., (906) 748-0941, shallowsart. com. Tanglefoot Artists: Studio/gallery of Michael Pfleghaar and Tommy Allen. 314 Straight Ave. SW (entrance on north, dock 8), Terryberry Gallery: Work from Rivertown Artists Guild. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE (lower level), 459-2224, scmc-online. org/building/terryberry-gallery. UICA: Thru Aug. 18, Festival 2013 Regional Art Exhibition, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, three-dimensional and multimedia works. 2 W. Fulton St., 4547000,

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Local artisan Rusty Zylstra and his wife, Kait, create leather bags and other goods that are built to last.

Have Mercy! By Emma Higgins Photography by Michael Buck


usty Zylstra has had a knack for textiles since childhood, when the Grand Rapids artisan says he began making his own clothes. Now he creates and sells leather and waxedcanvas backpacks, tote bags, messenger bags and bicycle accessories. Since starting Mercy Supply in 2009, he has built up an inventory of handcrafted goods, including aprons and lunch bags, and even hand-forged bottled openers. Mercy is a small operation. Zylstra, his wife, Kait, and one employee spend their days in the workshop diligently creating products that are built to last. “It took me a couple of years of trial and error to really make a bag that I knew was great,” Zylstra explained. “For me, that is the best way to learn. If you almost finish a bag and then mess it up in the final stages, you aren’t likely to repeat that mistake.” He doesn’t consider his products unique. “Everything has been done before,” he mused, but added, “Much like with music, you can strum the same chord over and over again, but you can also make it yours — make it original.” Zylstra sources much of his leather from West Michigan furniture manufacturers, taking advantage of their discarded materials. “Furniture makers can’t use the leather I can, as they have to stretch it over a very large furniture piece,” he said, explaining that

his projects are small enough that any defects in the leather can be avoided. “I usually look for Italian and German leather, but I’m open to U.S. tanneries, as well.” Using limited materials means that many items are one-ofa-kind. For custom pieces, the customer can choose colors and hardware. Zylstra relies on patterns he has formulated for parts of the bag-making process. Other aspects are a tribute to his instinctive handiwork. “Speed is not my objective,” he said. A bag can take anywhere from three to 20 hours to make. “The most difficult part is handcutting and wrapping the leather trim. It takes a lot of time and hand-eye coordination to make it look good.” Some things — such as stitching, trim cutting and folding — are all done by eye, he said. Mercy has orders coming from as far away as Australia, as well as a featured spot and 4,000 admirers on, a website that sells handmade and vintage items. Zylstra admits the financial side of running a business has been a burden and he prefers the action of his craft to the profit it turns. “Some days you might have to spend your last $50 on a hand punch,” he said. “But orders are steady and I am working out how best to be in business.” Find out more on Facebook or at GR

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By Susan J. Smith Photography by Michael Buck

Ken Snellink’s 2013 Parade Home in Cannonsburg is a dramatic change in tradition.

All the modern conveniences


e positively beams when he talks

about the home he has built for this year’s Spring Parage of Homes. “I love building homes — just love it,” Ken Snellink said. “Working on this one is a real blast. I get excited every time I get out of my truck and walk up the driveway.” The happy news for him is that he’s back building homes after a time-out doing remodeling and other smaller projects during the economic downturn. He and a business partner parted ways in 2007, and then the 2008 downturn hit, making it difficult for him to keep his business going. He was not alone. Many builders and subcontractors had to call it quits. Recently, a good friend offered to finance a spec house in the Parade of Homes, making it possible for Snellink to get back into the house-building business. “He’s not doing it to make money,” said Snellink, “although that would be nice. He’s doing it to help me. What a great friend.” While this has been a learning experience for Snellink personally and profes-

sionally, now that he has a new house to build he’s having a lot of fun. “Because it is a spec home, I’ve been able to build this house making my own choices about the design and materials,” he said. “As a result, it is more like a custom home than a typical spec house.” It’s also a dramatic change in style for him. “I used to always do very traditional homes with lots of trim and ornamentation, but this one is much more modern,” Snellink said. “During the downturn I had to sell my traditional-style house. My wife and I bought a modern one, and I found I really liked the simplicity, the clean lines and even the flat roof.” While this house doesn’t have a flat roof,

it has many features associated with modern design. Located at 7433 Kreuter Road, it is a little different from the traditional homes in the area, although not so much that it sticks out. A dramatic floating staircase is the first thing you notice when you enter the structure. The combination of glass and steel and steps that seem to rest on air is a focal point for the main floor. The living room features a cement fireplace mantel — a modern approach to hearth design — with a linear gas flame. The cement is combined with the same dark gray stacked stone used on the exterior. The large rectangular tiles in the bathroom, open shelving in the kitchen and interesting light fixtures all are associated with contemporary design. With its roof overhangs and horizontal lines, the exterior has an unmistakable Frank Lloyd Wright feel, even though it is a two-story house. Adding to the modern design are the many windows looking out

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onto a wooded area. The window frames are dark gray, which cost an extra $4,000, according to Snellink. “I think they make a huge difference in the appearance of the house.” At the top of the stairs, overlooking the double-height living room, rectangular windows let in lots of natural light while providing marvelous views of the tree tops and creating an ever-changing natural artwork.

“I used to always do very traditional homes with lots of trim and ornamentation, but this one is much more modern.” — Ken Snellink A main floor office or den invites quiet work, yet the interior windows surrounding the door help to keep the occupant from feeling closed off. They mimic the windows around the front door, adding an aesthetically pleasing symmetry. The master bedroom is enhanced with a covered balcony — a perfect spot to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee before the day gets going. A substantial master bathroom and closet create a luxurious spot for the homeowners. The oversized rectangular ceramic tiles give this room an up-to-the minute look. The house has two bedrooms upstairs and space for another one on the lower level. A lower-level family room area and space for a game table makes this home ideal for a family, as does the generous drop zone by the door to the attached garage, perfect for lockers and storage. “We are making sure that there’s lots of storage,” he said. Behind the garage is another carefully thought-out space that could be used for a workshop, bike storage or whatever. Since the house backs up on the Cannonsburg bike trail, it could be especially appealing for folks who enjoy an active lifestyle. The kitchen was designed by TruKitchens owner Todd Wiley, who incorporated many up-to-date approaches in the design. For example, instead of following the traditional triangle layout, Wiley used the newer workstation approach. “There’s a cleaning station, a cooking station, an area for homework, along with a walk-in pantry,” Wiley says. A desk area is counter height so some-

one can stand to look up a recipe on an iPad, check emails or charge mobile devices. The countertops are quartz — a newer approach than the standard granite in many custom homes. One whole wall in the kitchen is clad with 12-by-24-inch horizontal tiles, also an up-to-the-minute selection. Don’t expect to see many upper cabinets, another trend in kitchen design. Instead, open shelving can be used for dishes or decorative display, making it flexible

for the needs and interests of the homeowners. The material of the Grabill cabinetry and the slab-front doors are in sync with the modern design. For the Parade of Homes, the house is being furnished by Stone’s Throw, 1428 Plainfield Ave. NE. Stephanie Tripp, the designer who worked on the project, says it was fun choosing pieces with pops of color to complement the grays and sleek neutrals GR of the house.

Floating on air: Snellink’s stairway is supported by a steel structure hidden in the wall. When finished, the oak treads will be painted black. Attached to the treads will be powder-coated steel posts with brackets that connect to tempered glass panels that continue from the basement to the upper level. The oak handrail will be painted black to match the stair treads. June 2013 / 33

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art talk

Joseph A. Becherer is curator of sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and a professor at Aquinas College.

> Imagine this figure seated or upright. In what ways would the artist’s attention to detail and use of scale affect you differently? Would the figure be equally welcoming to observe?

> In what ways does the figure seem to be about an individual? About humanity in general? How might terms such as realistic, idealistic and generalized apply to your evaluation of the sculpture? > Have some fun: Imagine what thoughts and ideas “Lying Man” might possess.

Frozen in respose “lyinG man,” a monumental painted bronze figure, has become an icon for the outdoor sculpture collection at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park — especially for those who enjoy summer concerts in the Amphitheater Gardens. This major figurative endeavor is by British sculptor Sean Henry who lives and works in London and in the rural Wiltshire countryside. Over the course of the last decade, Henry — who’s in his late 40s, has developed an international reputation for his exploration of the human figure. His concern is not just for the physical; he also studies and attempts to illuminate the psychology and circumstance of his subjects. Measuring more than 12 feet in length, this colossus is stretched out on his back, knees up and staring at the sky. Frozen in repose, the figure is displayed in such a way that the viewer approaches it at eye level and can walk around it. The vivacity of the subject, highlighted through careful attention to detail and painted surfaces, is noticeable from every angle. Although a commitment to natural appearance is a constant across Henry’s repertoire, the artist manipulates scale so that the vast majority of his figures are either quite large or rather diminutive. In both instances, such breaks with reality are but one avenue that allows the viewer to move beyond exacting realism so that the aesthetic and metaphorical terms of a sculpture become more apparent. An accomplished ceramist and draftsman,

Henry first realizes his sculptures in clay and then translates many into bronze. His subjects may be people he knows or has happened across — or, as in this case, may be the artist himself. Each work is not intended as a portrait of an individual but rather a profound statement about humanity. The realism and scale of the works welcome examination, but soon the possibilities of the thoughts and ideas of the figures begin to enter the viewer’s imagination. In this way, the sculptures, like all meaningful and lasting examples of artistic expression, illuminate and also transport.

The vivacity of the subject, highlighted through careful attention to detail and painted surfaces, is noticeable from every angle. Since “Lying Man” was first shown in London, it has become a significant work for the artist but also for the new directions of figurative art in the 21st century. Although the figure has been central to the history of art for millennia, abstracted forms dominated much of the 20th century. Henry and an array of talented international artists have helped revive the figurative tradition and made it relevant to audiences everywhere. — JOSEPH A. BECHERER

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What to looK For: > Take time to assess the sculpture from a distance and then up close. What are your immediate impressions at each? How does the scale impact you?

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Looking to spruce up a space or add functionality to your home? Chalkboard is the latest trend. The best part — if you don’t like it, simply paint over it.

Bold chalkboard walls can be used by the whole family for everything from grocery lists to creative artwork.

A popular trend that has made its way into many households is the use of chalkboard paint. These certainly aren’t the chalkboards of the past. They’re creative, bold and dramatic, and the best part is they can used by kids and adults. From grocery lists to family messages — or even trying to express your inner Picasso — chalkboard walls are the new “thing” for your home. In a few simple steps, anyone can transform a space into something functional and creative. So how do you do it? It’s a little more complex than putting paint on a wall, but not much. Purchase a quart (or more if needed) of chalkboard paint. It runs less than $10, but you can have the color customized for more. If required, tape off the section to be painted. Apply two to three coats — the more, the better — and let it dry for a few days. It needs to

fully cure in order to work well. Once the paint is completely set, take some chalk and rub it all over the surface of the wall. I find it works best to use the side of a piece for better coverage. Employing some eager children works well. It’s a mess and they love it. Finally, wipe the excess chalk from the wall, and it’s completely prepped for artwork. There are a few options when it comes to chalk. There is the traditional (and least expensive) option of chalk sticks. A box of them costs less than $1 and gets the job done. However, for bolder color and better coverage, chalk markers work best. They can be found at most craft stores or online and are available in several colors. — Chris Carey is a Rockford wife, mom, school teacher and avid do-ityourselfer who shares her home projects and decorating tips on her justa

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This house at 32 Union Ave. SE is a residential example of Gothic Revivial, part of the mid-19th century Romantic Movement in architecture. The elaborate style was often applied to churches.

Architect Mark F. Miller is an urban designer at Nederveld, and has led the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

DeFinitions: > Castellated: a flat roof with a decorative cornice that resembles the turrets of a castle.

> Vergeboard: the decorative wood edging along the gable end of a roof.

Gingerbread and arches eVoKinG imaGes oF castle-like towers, tracery windows and pointed archways, the Gothic Revival style is typically associated with churches. In Grand Rapids the style dominates our skyline with sturdy brick and stone structures such as First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of St. Andrew and First (Park) Congregational Church. A fact that is often overlooked, especially in larger cities, is that the style also influenced the design of houses. Similar to their church cousins, these homes — typically rendered in wood rather than masonry — accentuated verticality through steep cross-gables and pointed windows. Their decorative moldings built of elaborate lacy woodwork, known as “gingerbread” or “wedding cake trim,” have become emblematic identifiers of the style. Part of the mid-19th century Romantic Movement in architecture, Gothic Revival reflected America’s taste for buildings inspired by medieval design. The style was advanced by residential architects Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing, authors of influential houseplan books “Rural Residences” in 1837, “Cottage Residences” in 1842, and “The Architecture of Country Houses” in 1850. These designers and their books promoted

the Gothic Revival style for houses in rural settings and small towns because the complexity and irregularity of its shapes and forms meshed so well with the natural landscape. Indeed, these writings described Gothic Revival as “rural style” and stressed the high, multiple gables and wide porches that made it difficult to fit on narrow urban lots. As a result, the style was seldom applied to urban houses, which somewhat explains its association with churches — at least, in the city proper. The finest residential example of Gothic Revival in our city is the elaborate house at 32 Union Ave. SE. It displays many of the style’s most noteworthy features including steep roofs, tall narrow windows, lavishly embellished gingerbread vergeboards, finial accents at the gable ends, and a delicate and vertical presence at the street. The single-story bay on the home’s north side is reminiscent of the castellated towers of churches and medieval castles. The front elevation has three steep and narrow gables that frame the second-story windows, making them resemble dormers and giving the house a rural cottage feel — exactly as envisioned by Davis and Downing. — MARK F. MILLER

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GranD raPiDs Gothic reViVal: The home at 32 Union was built in 1885 by furniture manufacturer Clyde McNamara and is known as the Kellogg House after it fifth owner, Robert Kellogg, who lived in the house from 1907 to 1944. Of significant interest is the fact that the house has not been externally altered from the original design and today stands as a pristine residential example of Gothic Revival style.

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WRONG and what you can do about it

A Q&A with Best Doctors’ Vice-Chairman, Evan Falchuk Q: If someone asked you to explain in 20 seconds what Best Doctors does, how would you answer? A: We are turning traditional notions of health care on their head. In today’s confusing maze of a health care system, we get people the right answers to their medical questions. We do this in lots of different ways, but all of it involves figuring out what is actually wrong, asking the right questions, and getting the right answers from the world’s best expert physicians. Today, we serve 30 million members around the world, and we believe that through our work we are on our way to changing health care forever. Q: Can you give us an example of a case where Best Doctors corrected a diagnosis? A: My favorite example is close to home — my own brother, Brad. He’s the co-creator of the TV show “Glee,” and before coming to Best Doctors, he was incorrectly diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his spinal cord. His doctors had scheduled him for radiation and surgery to get rid of the tumor, which is actually the right thing to do for that kind of condition. The trouble is, that wasn’t the condition he had. So we reviewed all of his medical information and family medical history, and our doctors found a clue that ended up being lifesaving for him. It turned out we have a family history of a condition that could easily be confused for a malignant tumor. Best Doctors recommended some additional tests, which confirmed that he didn’t have a tumor at all. The treatment that was originally planned was in fact very dangerous, given his actual condition. Today, having received both the right diagnosis and right treatment from Best Doctors, he is doing great. What’s amazing about my brother’s case is that stories like his are more common than most of us think.

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Our U.S. data from 2011 showed 29% of people had been misdiagnosed, while 60% required a change in treatment.

Q: The public is starting to hear more about how often people are misdiagnosed, and about getting second opinions. In this day and age, why is misdiagnosis happening so often in the first place? A: Doctors today are the best educated and best trained than at any time in history. They have the best technology out there, and every year more and more treatments are available. So how can misdiagnoses still happen? The problem, we believe, is in how our health care system works. Doctors sometimes have to see 30 or more patients a day, and often can spend only 15 minutes or less with each one. What’s happening is that doctors and patients just don’t have the time together that they need to ask all the right questions, and make the best decisions. It’s why we believe that misdiagnosis is a public health problem that doesn’t get the attention it absolutely deserves. Q: How long has Best Doctors been around? What was the genesis of the company? A: Best Doctors has been doing this work for almost 25 years. My father is one of the founders. He is an internist and professor of medicine and saw the problem of quality in medicine from his work as a doctor. He knew that as a doctor and a teacher he could only reach so many people. His vision in creating Best Doctors was to reach millions more. It’s inspiring to be part of a team that is making this vision a reality.

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MISDIAGNOSED? 1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should never be a spectator in your own care. It’s your health, and your life. 2. Always get a second opinion and focus on sharing your symptoms, rather than the diagnosis you received from your initial treating doctor. 3. Take the time to get to know your family medical history – and make sure your doctor knows about it. 4. Take someone with you to your doctor’s visits to help listen, take notes, and ask questions. 5. If you’ve been diagnosed with a type of cancer, always have your pathology re-checked. Q: What makes doctors the “Best?” How does Best Doctors choose its physicians?

causing your problems. Don’t be afraid to ask — it’s your health, and your life.

A: We think the very best doctors are the ones who make good, thoughtful decisions. Now, one way to do this would be to watch every doctor practice, but obviously that’s not practical. So what we set out to do over two decades ago was ambitious and game-changing. We wanted to ask doctors all across the country, and across all of the many specialty areas of medicine who, in their experience, they thought were the best at what they do. It’s a little bit like what doctors do themselves when they look for doctors — they ask their peers for their honest perspective.

If you’re going to get surgery or you have a serious illness, always get a second opinion. Making sure you are comfortable that you understand what is happening and what is being planned for you is a really important way to avoid problems. Focus on telling your second-opinion doctor all of your symptoms, rather than influencing her thinking right off the bat by repeating what your first doctor said you have.

Today, we have assembled a respected database of nearly 50,000 doctors that represent the top 5% of doctors across 45 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. It’s an incredibly powerful tool. And it’s completely independent. Doctors can never pay to get on our Best Doctors in America list, nor are they (or we) ever paid if they’re voted on to the list. The only way to be on the list is for their peers, the best in their fields, to name them to it. It is, in fact, a singular honor to be a Best Doctor.

It’s hard to listen to difficult medical news and pay close attention to details at the same time, so take someone with you to doctor’s visits to help listen, take notes, and ask questions.

Q: What would you give as the #1 reason why Best Doctors continues its efforts to improve health care? A: The biggest reason why we come to work each day at Best Doctors is because we believe everyone should get the right care. While most people get the right care, far, far too many people still do not. There isn’t an easy way to fix the health care system, but we know we don’t need to wait for that — we can help people through our approach and physicians’ expertise today, and so we do. Q: What can people do to avoid being misdiagnosed? A: The best thing you can do is to ask questions. You should never be a spectator in your own care. Ask why your doctor thinks your diagnosis is right. Find out what else could be

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Take the time to get to know your family medical history — and make sure your doctor knows about it.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a type of cancer, always have your pathology re-checked. If you had a biopsy and your diagnosis is based on your original pathology report, be sure to get it reviewed again. We all have the power to make a real difference in our own care or that of a loved one.

Best Doctors, Inc. ( is a global health company founded by Harvard Medical School professors in 1989. Around the world, Best Doctors provides people access to the expertise of the best five percent of physicians for the right care and right treatment. For further information, call (800) 223-5003. Unsure if you have access to Best Doctors as an employee benefit? Take this article to your Human Resources Department.

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West Michigan’s Best Doctors Here are 189 top physicians in 50 specialties and subspecialties, selected by their peers, in this excerpt from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database.

database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America List as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. Best Doctors does not pay physicians to be included in the database, nor can physicians pay to be on the list. The following list of physicians in West Michigan is excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database. According to Best Doctors Inc., the company has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person or other party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. For more information, visit, by telephone at (800) 675-1199 or by e-mail at Lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website. GR

Best Doctors, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person or other party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2013, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved. This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. BEST DOCTORS, THE BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA, and the Star-in-Cross Logo are trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license. These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database, which includes more than 45,000 U.S. doctors in over 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors Web site.

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inding the right doctor to treat a specific illness is always a challenge, especially with the vast array of specialties and subspecialties available. For most people, the solution is to ask friends and family for a recommendation. That word-of-mouth method is how Best Doctors Inc. has compiled a database of more than 45,000 U.S. doctors in 40-plus medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. Best Doctors’ team of researchers conducts a biennial poll using methodology that mimics the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to identify the right specialists for their patients. Using an accredited polling method and balloting software, they gather the insight and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, while confirming their credentials and specific areas of expertise. This type of evaluation is based on the belief that doctors have “inside” perspective about who’s at the top of their profession and who’s up on the latest advances in their field. On non-polling years, Best Doctors — founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians — re-verifies The Best Doctors in America List to ensure all the information remains up-to-date and accurate. Gallup has audited and certified Best Doctors Inc.’s

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Allergy and Immunology Richard R. Townley Allergy Associates of Western Michigan 3185 Macatawa Drive SW, Suite B Grandville 616-531-6900 Cardiovascular Disease Robert C. Davidson West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 Michael George Dickinson West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 Darryl A. Elmouchi West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 Andre J. Gauri West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 David E. Langholz West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 Michael A. Lojek West Michigan Heart 2900 Bradford St. NE 616-885-5000 Mark E. Meengs West Shore Cardiology 1212 E. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon 231-739-9427 Ronald L. VanderLaan Grand Rapids Cardiology 1900 Wealthy St. SE, Suite 380 616-717-5141

Glenn M. Van Otteren Spectrum Health Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 616-949-8244 Dermatology Marek A. Stawiski 426 Michigan St NE, Suite 201 616-459-8209 Evelyn E. Vanderveen Dermatology Center of Grand Rapids 750 East Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 301 616-942-9343 John R. Vydareny Blodgett Professional Bldg., Suite 395 1900 Wealthy St. SE 616-459-1144 Mary A. Yurko 426 Michigan St. NE, Suite 201 616-459-1440 Endocrinology and Metabolism Ruggero Battan Diabetes and Endocrine Center Thyroid Specialists of Michigan 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 2045 616-685-3098 Emilie Collins Diabetes and Endocrine Center Thyroid Specialists of Michigan 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 2045 616-685-3098

Eric C. Bouwens Spectrum Medical Group - Kentwood 4600 Breton Road SE, Suite 102 616-391-9700 George S. Bruins Spectrum Medical Group - Kentwood 4600 Breton Road SE, Suite 102 616-391-9700 Brian V. Phillips Spectrum Health Gaslight Family Medicine 2249 Wealthy St. SE, Suite 110 616-391-4600 Ernest V. Quiroz Advantage Health Physician Network 245 Cherry St. SE, Suite 100 616-685-3200 Timothy Tobolic 7740 Byron Center Ave., Suite 202 Byron Center 616-217-5100 Gastroenterology Paul O. Farr Grand River Gastroenterology 310 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 400 616-752-6525 James A. Fuson Spectrum Health Medical Group 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 205 616-267-7414 Gregory Osborne Spectrum Health Medical Group 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 205 616-267-7414 Michael R. Puff Spectrum Health Medical Group 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 205 616-267-7414

Douglas D. Notman Diabetes and Endocrine Center Thyroid Specialists of Michigan 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 2045 616-685-3098

Thomas H. Rupp Spectrum Health Medical Group 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 205 616-267-7414

Family Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

Bruce M. Baker Kentwood Family Physicians 5070 Cascade Road SE, Suite 250 616-281-9066

Wayne M. Couwenhoven Spectrum Health Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 616-949-8244

Iris Boettcher Spectrum Health Medical Group 7751 Byron Center Ave., Suite C Byron Center 616-267-7668

Susan Baker Kentwood Family Physicians 5070 Cascade Road SE, Suite 250 616-281-9066

Colon and Rectal Surgery Martin A. Luchtefeld Spectrum Health Medical Group Colon and Rectal Surgery 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 205 616-267-7100

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Donald J. Scholten Spectrum Health Medical Group General Surgery 4069 Lake Drive SE, Suite 117 616-267-7601

Timothy E. Daum Spectrum Health Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 616-267-8244 Michael J. Harrison Spectrum Health Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 616-949-8244

Michael Banka Westshore Family Medicine 1223 Mercy Drive, Muskegon 231-672-3177 Lee P. Begrow Spectrum Medical Group - Kentwood 4600 Breton Road SE, Suite 102 616-391-9700

Kevin Thomas Foley Saint Mary’s Health Care Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 220 Cherry St. SE 616-685-5050 Hand Surgery Donald P. Condit 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 115 616-954-1442 Ronald D. Ford Elite Plastic Surgery 245 Cherry St. SE, Suite 302 616-459-1907 June 2013 / 43

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Peter J.L. Jebson 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 115 616-954-1442

Richard Alan Van Dyken Spectrum Health Medical Group 1300 Michigan St. NE, Suite 103 616-459-8338

Infectious Disease David J. Dobbie Spectrum Health Medical Group 515 Michigan St. NE, Suite 202 616-774-2822 Mimi Emig Spectrum Health Medical Group 515 Michigan St. NE, Suite 202 616-774-2822 Internal Medicine Richard D. Feenstra Spectrum Health Medical Group 1300 Michigan St. NE, Suite 103 616-459-8338 Kevin Thomas Foley Saint Mary’s Health Care Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 220 Cherry St. SE 616-685-5050 Sam Giovannucci Spectrum Health Medical Group 4069 Lake Drive SE, Suite 117 616-267-7700 Brian S. Haskin Spectrum Health Medical Group 517 E. Division St., Rockford 616-267-7884 John E. Heslip Spectrum Health Medical Group 3271 Clear Vista Court NE 616-391-7800 Gary N. Humphries Grand Valley Medical Specialists Blodgett Professional Bldg., Suite 150 1900 Wealthy St. SE 616-459-3158 Melonie S. Ice Grand Valley Medical Specialists Blodgett Professional Bldg., Suite 150 1900 Wealthy St. SE 616-459-3158 John R. Maurer Grand Valley Medical Specialists Blodgett Professional Bldg., Suite 150 1900 Wealthy St. SE 616-459-3158 Carole Montgomery Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-3139 Marian Oleszkowicz Spectrum Health Medical Group 4069 Lake Drive SE, Suite 117 616-267-7700 Robert S. Rood Diabetes and Endocrine Center Thyroid Specialists of Michigan 300 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 2045 616-685-3098

A. Robert Van Tuinen Spectrum Health Medical Group Blodgett Professional Bldg., Suite 200 1900 Wealthy St. SE 616-267-7292 David Joseph Young Lakeshore Health Partners Internal Medicine Bldg. A, Suite 120B 3235 N. Wellness Drive, Holland 616-399-9522 Medical Oncology and Hematology Brett T. Brinker Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan 145 Michigan St. NE, Suite 3100 616-954-9800

Neurology Christopher C. Glisson Saint Mary’s Health Care Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 220 Cherry St. SE 616-685-5050 Philip B. Gorelick Saint Mary’s Health Care Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 220 Cherry St. SE 616-685-5050 Leslie A. Neuman Saint Mary’s Health Care Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 220 Cherry St. SE 616-685-5050 Brien John Smith Spectrum Health Medical Group Department of Neuroscience 25 Michigan St. NE, Suite 6100 616-957-4090 Nuclear Medicine

Stephanie F. Williams Spectrum Health Medical Group Blood and Marrow Transplant 221 Michigan St. NE, Suite 406 616-486-5933

Paul Shreve Advanced Radiology Services 3264 Evergreen Drive NE 616-363-7272

Kathleen Jo Yost Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan 145 Michigan St. NE, Suite 3100 616-954-9800

Diana L. Bitner Spectrum Health Medical Group 3800 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Suite A 616-267-8225

Michael Zakem Cancer Center at Metro Health Village Medical Oncology and Hematology 5950 Metro Way SW, Wyoming 616-252-8100 Nephrology Mark Boelkins Saint Mary’s Renal Transplant Office 310 Lafayette Ave. SE, Suite 315 616-752-6235 Jeanne M. Gratiot-Deans Renal Associates of West Michigan 330 East Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 100 616-752-6235 James Visser Renal Associates of West Michigan 330 East Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 100 616-752-6235 Neurological Surgery Konstantin Elisevich Spectrum Health Medical Group 25 Michigan St. NE, Suite 6100 616-267-7900 Bryan Figueroa Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates 414 Plymouth Ave. NE 616-454-3465 Todd W. Vitaz Spectrum Health Medical Group 25 Michigan St. NE, Suite 6100 616-267-7900

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adam Blickley Grand Rapids Women’s Health 555 Mid Towne St. NE, Suite 400 616-588-1200 William G. Dodds III The Fertility Center 3230 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 100 616-988-2229 Jeff Dood West Michigan Obstetricians and Gynecologists 221 Michigan St. NE, Suite 600 616-774-7035 Gordon O. Downey Gynecologic Oncology of West Michigan 1000 East Paris Road SE, Suite 242 616-957-3398 Domenic R. Federico Spectrum Health Medical Group 3800 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Suite A 616-453-8225 Mary Gootjes ObGyn Associates of Holland 664 Michigan Ave., Holland 616-392-5973 Charles R. Harrison Gynecologic Oncology of West Michigan 1000 East Paris Road SE, Suite 242 616-957-3398

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Robyn Hubbard Grand Rapids Women’s Health 555 Mid Towne St. NE, Suite 400 616-588-1200 Russel D. Jelsema West Michigan Obstetricians and Gynecologists 221 Michigan St. NE, Suite 600 616-774-7035 Richard Edmund Leach The Fertility Center 3230 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 100 616-988-2229 Elizabeth Leary Spectrum Health Medical Group 4829 East Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 301 616-267-7069 Dorsey Ligon Area Wide ObGyn 515 Michigan St. NE, Suite 302 616-458-7591 David Menapace Spectrum Health Medical Group 3800 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Suite A 616-267-8225 Darla M. Olson Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-1774

Adam Hassan Eye Plastic and Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2757 Leonard St. NE, Suite 300 616-942-6687 Melissa Lynn Meldrum Eye Plastic and Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2757 Leonard St. NE, Suite 300 616-942-6687 David M. Reifler 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 221 616-942-7377 Robert J. Roosenberg Grand Rapids Ophthalmology 750 East Beltline Ave. NE 616-949-2600 Karl J. Siebert Verdier Eye Center 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 130 616-949-2001 David D. Verdier Verdier Eye Center 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 130 616-949-2001 Jeffrey D. Zheutlin Vitreo-Retinal Associates 2505 East Paris Ave., Suite 100 616-285-1200 Orthopaedic Surgery

Stephen F. Rechner West Michigan Obstetricians and Gynecologists 221 Michigan St. NE, Suite 600 616-774-7035 Douglas M. Van Drie Grand Rapids Women’s Health 555 Mid Towne St. NE, Suite 450 616-588-1800 Andrew J. Van Slooten West Michigan Obstetricians and Gynecologists 221 Michigan St. NE, Suite 600 616-774-7035 James Edward Young The Fertility Center 3230 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 100 616-988-2229 Laura J. Zuidema Spectrum Health Medical Group Maternal and Fetal Medicine 25 Michigan St. NE, Suite 5200 616-391-3681 Ophthalmology Thomas Marshall Aaberg Jr. Retina Specialists of Michigan 2757 Leonard St. NE, Suite 200 616-954-2020 Frank Garber Vitreo-Retinal Associates 2505 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 100 616-285-1200

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Richard R. Townley Allergy Associates of Western Michigan 3185 Macatawa Drive SW, Suite B Grandville 616-531-6900 Pediatric Cardiology Donald D. Malcolm Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-267-9150 Pediatric Critical Care Scott E. Curtis Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-3626 Robert K. Fitzgerald Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-3626 Richard Michael Hackbarth Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-267-0118 Nabil E. Hassan Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE, Room 8011 616-391-9115

Peter J. L. Jebson 1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 115 616-954-1442

John S. Kopec Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-3626

Clifford B. Jones Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan 230 Michigan St. NE, Suite 300 616-459-7101

Surender M. Rajasekaran Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-391-3626

James R. Ringler Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan 230 Michigan St. NE, Suite 300 616-459-7101 Scott S. Russo Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan 1111 Leffingwell St. NE 616-459-7101 Pathology Sandra L. Cottingham Michigan Pathology Specialists 35 Michigan St. NE 616-267-2660 Barbara Doss Michigan Pathology Specialists 35 Michigan St. NE 616-267-2660 Pamela G. Kidd Michigan Pathology Specialists 35 Michigan St. NE 616-267-2660

Dominic J. Sanfilippo II Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-267-0118 John W. Winters Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 100 Michigan St. NE 616-267-0118 Pediatric Dermatology Mary A. Yurko 426 Michigan St. NE, Suite 201 616-459-1440 Pediatric Endocrinology Ayse Pinar Cemeroglu Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 230 Michigan St. NE, Suite 101 616-391-3933 Michael A. Wood Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 230 Michigan St. NE, Suite 101 616-391-3933

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By Marty Primeau Photography by Michael Buck

Americans spend billions of dollars on anti-aging products that experts say are generally a waste of money — but doctors do have advice to offer.

Saving face Yikes. worship, long before most folks really understood how deadly those lovely rays could be, I shouldn’t be surprised that the image looks ravaged. Of course, it’s not just the sun that causes the dark spots, sagging, wrinkles and overall aging. But physicians say cumulative sun exposure certainly speeds up the process. The good news? With the right treatments, some of those negatives can disappear. But consumers beware. Americans spend billions of dollars on anti-aging creams, lotions, serums and more. Flip through any lifestyle magazine and there are oodles of ads for products with fancy ingredients promising dramatic results. Skin doctors say most are a waste of money.

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The photo on the computer screen took my breath away. “Frightening, isn’t it?” noted the young woman standing next to me. We both gazed for a few seconds with little to say. Sadly, it’s a picture of my face. I had submitted to an imaging complexion analysis while visiting the offices of Dr. Bradley Bengtson, a plastic surgeon in downtown Grand Rapids. The state-of-the-art machine is designed to take multi-spectral photos of the face to measure the skin’s health and appearance. There are photos indicating wrinkles, pores and texture, but as the aesthetician pointed out, it’s the sun damage view that most people dread. Given my decades of sun

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Dr. Bradley Bengtson, at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, discusses the results of a VISIA complexion analysis with Macy Durry. The machine identifies skin conditions topically and subsurface.

Is sunless tanning safe? Nothing beats a summer tan to make you look healthy and glowing. Too bad it’s one of the major causes of skin cancer and aging skin. Luckily, there are ways to get a sun-kissed look without soaking in damaging UV rays. Spray tans have become a popular method of getting a temporary tan. “It’s much safer than baking in the sun,” said Dr. Evelyn Vanderveen. When applied to the skin, the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone reacts with amino acids on the skin’s surface, darkening the outermost layer. The coloring doesn’t wash off, but it gradually fades as the dead skin cells slough off. While spray tans are considered safe, people should take care to protect lips, eyes, nose, mouth and genital area. “That means wearing protective eyewear, applying petroleum jelly on lips and putting cotton balls in the nostrils,” Vanderveen said. And keep your mouth shut. Sunless tanning lotions also are safe. “The skin provides a barrier, so most things we apply act locally and are not absorbed,” said Dr. Bradley Bengtson. But since sprays and lotions don’t have a sun block, it’s important to apply one before going out. What’s not safe? “Never take tanning pills,” Vanderveen said. “They’re very toxic.” The pills containing large amounts of color additive canthaxanthin can damage the liver and turn skin orange. And all physicians warn that tanning beds, using intense UVA rays, are dangerous. “Tanning beds are a kiss of death,” Dr. Robert Lamberts said. “At one time it was believed to be safe, but it’s the UVA rays that are harmful and will wrinkle you like a prune.”

“There’s a lot of information out there that can lead people astray,” said Dr. Evelyn Vanderveen, who has been practicing dermatology in Grand Rapids since 1985. “Back when I was finishing my residency at the University of Michigan, I went to a makeup counter in a department store to see what they would suggest for around my eyes, a very delicate area.” She purchased a pricey cream and applied it religiously. Later she was describing the product to a research chemist at the university. “He told me, ‘Evelyn, it won’t do a thing for you.’ That experience instilled in me a goal to help my patients be savvy consumers.”

Protection While dermatologists and plastic surgeons have an arsenal of treatments — from peels and microdermabrasion to lasers and facelifts — most say there’s one thing everyone should do on a daily basis: apply sunscreen. It’s the No. 1 defense against ultraviolet sun rays that can cause everything from skin cancer to premature aging. What’s more, it’s easy and inexpensive. Yet most people either don’t apply it at all or don’t apply enough. “People in Michigan tend to think they only get damage when the sun is out,” said Bengtson, who heads up the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. “That’s simply not the case. The UV rays that damage skin can penetrate clouds, so it’s important to wear sunscreen every day all year round.” Physicians say it’s the chronic and repetitive exposure to UV rays that adds up

over time — with most damage occurring before the age of 18. “It just doesn’t show up until later in life,” said Dr. Robert Lamberts at Dermatology Associates of West Michigan. “Just walking to your car every day adds up. It’s all cumulative.” An excuse he often hears from patients — especially men — is that they always wear a shirt and hat at the beach so they don’t need sunscreen. “Unless it’s a very tight weave, a shirt doesn’t block the UV rays,” Lamberts said. “Wearing a hat doesn’t help because you’re still getting reflection from the sand and water, and that’s just as bad.” Parents need to be diligent about applying sun block to their children and making it a daily routine, like brushing teeth. “Back in the ’80s when I started researching sun damage, sunscreens weren’t very elegant,” Vanderveen said. “They were heavy and fragrant.” Today the choices are numerous, from tinted moisturizers and oil-free options to heavy-duty waterproof lotions. Look for a product labeled as broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays. UVB are the ones that cause sunburn and reddening and once were thought to be the most dangerous. Researchers now believe UVA — the dominant tanning rays — penetrate skin more deeply and are the ones that cause aging, wrinkling and lead to the development of skin cancers. Also key is using a sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF, preferably 30, the experts say. “Since most people don’t reapply sun-

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Sunblocks, tinted moisturizers with sunscreen, vitamins A and C in topical lotions and gels are all part of a daily regimen to protect the skin and reverse signs of aging.

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Clarisonic, the original sonic tool for cleansing, is recommended by local skin doctors for gentle exfoliation.

screen, the higher number offers more protection,” Vanderveen said. For those folks who spend a lot of time in the sun, whether working in the garden or playing on the beach, it’s essential to keep applying sun block every few hours. “Another misconception I hear is that if you wear a sun block, you can’t tan at all,” Bengtson said. “Not true. Sunscreen simply blocks the harmful UV rays.” Dermatologists say they also hear concerns about getting enough vitamin D. Since the body only makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to UVB rays and few foods supply enough, patients worry that wearing sun block will leave them deficient. “It’s an understandable concern, especially in Michigan,” Vanderveen said. “The best thing to do is have your doctor test your blood levels to determine if you have enough vitamin D. If you’re low, oral supplements are safe.”

Fighting back So what can you do to keep skin looking good and stave off the inevitable wrinkling, brown spots and more? Local physicians were unanimous in recommending RetinA or other brands of tretinoin, the acid form of vitamin A, also known as retinoic acid. Applying it nightly helps increase cell turnover, meaning it does some serious exfoliation and allows new cells to come to the surface. This prevents clogged pores and fine lines, and it even fades dark spots. At less than $50 for a tube, it sounds like a miracle. Alas, there’s a catch. Many people experience redness, irritation and dryness when they start using topical vitamin A. Some can’t tolerate it at all. “In many cases, the problem is that it’s not used correctly,” Lamberts said. “You only need a pea-size portion to spread on the entire face. And people with sensitive skin should only apply it every other night.” Those who survive the first two to three weeks of adjustment will often see a turnaround in the skin’s appearance. “The payoff is a soft, glowing complexion,” Vanderveen said. “When Retin-A

first came out in 1972, it was used for acne. Researchers soon discovered it also resulted in a wonderful, softening appearance to the skin.” Later, it was approved for anti-aging. Retin-A and similar tretinoin products come in cream and gel forms in a variety of strengths but they are only available with a prescription. Many over-the-counter products contain retinol, a weaker form. “For the best results, you really want medical grade products,” Bengtson said. “Those sold over the counter can’t have the high concentration of ingredients because of the risk of improper use.” Physicians also suggest antioxidants, such as vitamin C in a serum form, to even out dark areas and improve the skin’s texture. Dr. John Renucci of Plastic Surgery Associates touts products with green tea extracts to help prevent the damaging effects of free radicals. Vanderveen, who says she tests all products on her own skin before recommending to patients, is a fan of the Revaléskin line, made with coffee berry. “It’s important to have your skin analyzed by a trained aesthetician who can tell you what’s appropriate for your skin type before using anything,” Renucci said. Also important: exfoliation. While grainy scrubs and chemicals once dominated the market, the gizmo most skin care experts prefer is Clarisonic, a handheld device that uses oscillating brushes to cleanse and invigorate the skin. There are similar products on the market but Clarisonic is the original and the brand Renucci uses in his office. “At night, after you’ve applied sun blocks and moisturizers all day, the Clarisonic, used in conjunction with a mild cleaner, removes all that dry waxy residue, and that allows Retin-A and antioxidants to penetrate the skin.”

The Big Guns Twenty years ago, plastic surgeons typically saw women in their upper 50s and older looking for a face lift. “Now we’re doing more mini-lifts for men and women in their 40s,” Bengtson said. “We also have more clients who’d rather invest in multiple smaller procedures. We’ve shifted away from surgery to preserving youth.”

Botox, the popular treatment for softening grooves between brows, is now requested by younger clients, doctors say. “There’s interesting research that shows if people in their 20s and 30s use Botox, it helps prevent wrinkles from forming,” Bengtson said. Lamberts sees several women in their 30s who are forgoing regular pampering facials or mild peels and instead getting pricey fractional laser treatments once a year. While the laser treatments require three to four days of down time, he said, they also stimulate collagen growth — and that’s an investment clients are willing to make. Before signing up for anything, the experts say patients should talk to a trained, certified physician to determine what’s best for skin type, lifestyle and budget. And avoid anything that sounds too good to be true. “My father once told me if someone is trying to sell you a diamond ring for 10 cents, it’s probably worth a dime,” Bengtson said with a chuckle. “When it comes to antiaging procedures, for the more dramatic results, you have to expect more down time and more expense.” There are numerous types of procedures, including lasers, ultrasounds and fillers, designed to tighten skin, improve pigmentation, reduce wrinkles, plump sagging areas and more. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Vanderveen warns that many popular procedures are temporary at best. “If you’re inducing changes, what are the long-term effects? We do have lasers that do wonderful things for broken blood vessels. But lasers for improving pigmentation aren’t always effective because dark patches often return unless the person is diligent about using sunscreen and Retin-A.” For those seeking the fountain of youth, the face lift is still considered the gold standard. But the goals have changed through the years. “The best cosmetic surgery is when you can’t tell if a patient has had anything done,” Bengtson said. “No one wants to look over-tightened.” As for me? After that imaging nightmare, sun blocks and retinoids have become my GR new best friends.

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Signs of aging Women — and men — are opting for a variety of treatments to postpone wrinkling, sagging and dark spots. “A lot of people in their mid-to-late 40s start to feel as though they’ve aged a lot because that’s when chronic damage is suddenly coming to a head,” said Dr. John Renucci of Plastic Surgery Associates. Local skin docs say many younger clients are choosing minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox injections, chemical peels, fractional lasers, and fillers — both

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During a remodel, it can mean thinking ahead and including wall blocking behind the shower tiles so a fold-up seat can be easily installed later. Rockford resident Jenny Shangraw, 63, had polio as an infant and foresaw the benefits of universal design when post-polio syndrome began to alter her mobility. Now wearing braces and sometimes using a wheelchair, Shangraw lives in a home that she and her husband built in 2000, and where she plans on living forever. Her builder was so inspired by the then-innovative features of universal design that he built three more universal design houses in the subdivision, including one for himself. In addition to universal design, aging in place can also be facilitated with residential medical equipment, monitoring equipment, and comprehensive community services such as home healthcare providers and meal delivery. The idea of aging in place is not surprising to Holland Home’s Executive VP of Marketing, Chris Nicely. For the first time since it was founded in 1892, last year Holland Home served more senior citizens per day who were living out in the community (1800) than were living at their residential campuses (1700). People who come to live at one of the three Holland Home campuses these days are much more frail, he said. In fact, the census of people using the independent living option at care community campuses nationally is down from 96 percent to 88 percent, a figure he attributes to the recession and people trying to hang on longer at home. For whatever reason they wait, though,

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able at community retirement facilities can range from meals and housekeeping to recreational programs and emergency care. Many people find the prospect of moving somewhere that they can remain even as their needs change especially appealing because the contemporary design of many retirement communities allows movement up and down the continuum. It is reassuring to know that loved ones as well as new friends will always be nearby. For couples, this can be an especially ideal solution should one partner need a different level of care than the other.

No matter where a senior citizen chooses to live — aging in place at a familiar longtime home or in a service-enriched community geared to their needs — universal design can always be added or, in the case of retirement communities, will already exist. Such facilities are typically built with the need for such amenities as wider corridors, good lighting, and chair-friendly tables in mind. Either way, with good use of both universal design and the various community services and residential choices, getting old need not be dreadful anymore.

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“senior citizens want to stay independent,” he said, “and Baby Boomers are much more independently-minded than their parents were.” Over time, this means adjusting the business model to accommodate the burgeoning trend of aging in place, he said. Of course, aging in place is only one answer to retirement, and many seniors are finding that the chance to “re-tool” their golden years means looking for a good fit at one of a multitude of residential options and services. The landscape of retirement housing has shifted considerably in recent years. Seniors who are ready to leave their homes will discover that there are many serviceenriched housing options, including comprehensive campuses that include a spectrum of on-campus independent living, assisted living programs, and skilled nursing facilities. There are assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, and modern skilled-care nursing homes. The services avail-

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dining review Address: 8521 Belding Road NE City: Rockford Phone: (616) 874-7290 Website: thegilmorecollection. com/bostwick.php Dining ratings: Category: Classic American Food: *** Service: *** Beverages: *** Atmosphere: **** (lakeside venue) Price: $-$$

> Must try: Applewood Smoked Trout Dip as an appetizer. And don’t miss the Crispy Brussels Sprouts. > not so much: The extra $4 for the small baby greens salad — too much for too little.

Guide to ratings: **** *** ** *

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Old favorites — revived BOSTWiCK LAKe inn fairly begs for a visit in the summertime. Its lodge-like open atmosphere offers good views of the waterfront from almost every seat. The sizeable deck practically doubles the restaurant’s capacity and clearly is the place to unwind for those living in the vicinity. On the night of our visit, the restaurant was close to capacity by 6:30 p.m. Originally a 1910 beach house and pavilion, it has been an eatery and/or tavern since the late ’20s and became known as Bostwick Lake Inn after Prohibition in 1934. There were a lot of sad diners when its doors closed a while back, followed by rejoicing when the Gilmore Collection brought it back to life in 2012. Gilmore has maintained the restaurant’s

integrity and lakeside charm with few changes to its interior design. Executive Chef Wes Davis now brings his culinary talents to the newly reestablished Bostwick Lake Inn. The reasonably priced menu (most entrees are less than $20 except for the Angus New York Strip at $24.95) offers something for everyone, including vegetarians and the gluten intolerant. Family friendly, the restaurant offers a $4-$6 kids menu. Menu options range from pizzas — including the interesting barbecue pork with pulled pork, banana peppers, applewood-smoked bacon, pineapple, red onions, chipotle-citrus BBQ sauce and Colby-Jack and herb-blended cheeses — an imaginative selection of half-pound burgers, as well as soups and sandwiches. There are also thoughtfully created entrees of beef, seafood, fish, pasta, pork and chicken, along with three daily specials: all-you-can-eat lake perch on Monday, surf & turf on Tuesday and Wine Down Wednesdays with half off wine selections until the end of happy hour. We chose the smoked trout dip as one of our starters. Comprised of applewood-smoked trout in baked herbed cheese, the tasty dip is served with house-made garlic oat crackers ($9.25). The warm dip was fully flavored with large chunks of smoked trout that we broke up and stirred into the warm herbed cheese. The thick-cut cracker strips were lightly garlicky and made a crunchy companion to the creamy dip. Our server recommended the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with ginger blood-orange sauce. It was a delightful Asianinspired treat. The crunchy, slightly charred outer leaves were highly flavorful, made all the more so by the slightly sweet yet tangy sauce ($8.75). Both appetizers were given thumbs-up ratings. Maple Planked Bay Of Fundy We enjoyed a glass of CasilSalmon; Michigan Apple Salad lero Sauvignon Blanc ($8) and

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a house pour vodka and tonic ($4.25). We asked for water, and it was brought in a neat glass bottle so we could tend to our own thirst throughout the meal: a nice touch. Historically, the lake perch has been a go-to option here, so we had to give it a try. Priced at $17.50, the generous portion of Great Lakes yellow perch was lightly battered, flash fried and served innovatively in a cone with two side attachments — one filled with lemon wedges and the other with a tasty house remoulade sauce. The accompanying bowl of crinkle-cut fries, though generously portioned, were no more special than the frozen food-service kind. With thoughts of sharing our dishes to create our own version of surf and turf, we also ordered the 6 oz. beef tenderloin ($19.75). Not to be confused with a filet mignon cut, the medium-rare beef filled the bill nicely. It was served with a generous pile of mashed redskin potatoes (which could have benefited from some extra butter) and a red pepper purée. The red pepper flavor was so dominant, it seemed to overwhelm the flavor of the steak. We asked for steak sauce instead. The menu notes that main dishes are served with monkey bread, and for an additional $4, a “small baby greens salad.” When they say small, they mean it. Both of us chose the upgrade, but the salad was a miniscule pile of greens topped with a few cherry tomato chunks, a couple slices of cucumbers, radish slices, and a sprinkling of petite croutons. The house-made Thousand Island and buttermilk ranch dressings were thick, rich and tasty.

Though the monkey bread seemed like a cool idea, the execution wasn’t all that special. The six dense balls of bread were painted with a tasty garlicinfused butter, but the bread was too dense to soak up much of the flavor. We were unimpressed. Pastry Chef Andrea DeGraaf’s desserts are well executed. The Key lime pie is a perfect blend of sweet and tart. Its rich graham cracker crust offers just the right amount of crunch and sweetness against the creamy Key lime filling. Topped with whipped cream, it was complemented with a tart raspberry sauce and served with a cashew-brittle wafer. The chocolate cheesecake was equally impressive, achieving just the right balance of chocolate flavor and dense creaminess. Rich without being overly sweet, it was topped with white chocolate shavings and whipped cream. Both desserts were generously portioned and earned raves all around.

Originally a 1910 beach house and pavilion, it has been an eatery and/or tavern since the late ’20s and became known as Bostwick Lake Inn after Prohibition in 1934.


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dining listings

A guide to restaurants in Grand Rapids and beyond

The recommendations and reviews in the listings are the opinions of the editors. Restaurants are included by virtue of overall quality. We have created symbols to area restaurant amenities, which are defined in a legend at the end of this listing.

New American Upscale, contemporary cooking including ethnic twists on familiar standbys. Bar Divani — Wine flights, large array of spirits; classy surroundings. European-inspired food with plates meant for sharing, flatbreads, sushi and a variety of entrees. Closed Sun. 15 Ionia Ave SW, 774-9463. L, D $-$$ Bistro Bella Vita — Big-city casual; fresh French and Italian cuisine, locally sourced and prepared over a wood fire. Mammoth martini bar, nice wine selection. 44 Grandville Ave SW, 222-4600. L, D $-$$ Bistro Chloe Élan — Diverse menu features American cuisine with French, Asian and southwestern influences, as well as soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily, Sat dinner only; Sunday brunch and dinner. 445 Ada Dr, Ada, 432-3345. L, D $-$$ Blue Water Grill — Wood-burning rotisserie and wood-fired pizza oven allow for inspired dishes from fresh seafood to beef. Nice wine selection and The B.O.B.’s microbrews. Lakeside views, outdoor patio with fireplace, fullservice bar. 5180 Northland Dr NE, 363-5900. L, D $-$$ Brewery Vivant — House-made beer and food in the style of traditional French and Belgian country dishes. The East Hills pub/ brewery is housed in a renovated funeral chapel. Most dishes are made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors. Open daily. 925 Cherry St SE, 719-1604. brew L, D $-$$ _ Citysen Lounge — Limited but tantalizing selection of soup, salads, sandwiches and sharable small-plate creations. Happy Hour daily 4-7 pm. CityFlats Hotel, 83 Monroe Center, (866) 609-CITY. L, D ¢-$

Cobblestone Bistro — Eclectic, globally inspired menu executed with pizzazz in attractive surroundings, complete with fireplace, waterfalls and koi pond. 9818 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 588-3223. mycobble B (weekends), L, D $ Cygnus 27 — Stylized décor reflects a celestial theme that matches the views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza. Seasonally driven menu encourages sharing. Open Tue-Sat eves; Sun brunch Labor Day to Mother’s Day. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 776-6425. D $$ Electric Cheetah — Eclectic menu changes weekly with an emphasis on locally grown fare and creative combinations in urban setting. Unique Sunday brunch. 1015 Wealthy St SE, 451-4779. L, D ¢-$ Gilly’s At The B.O.B. — Hand-crafted microbrews are paired with seasonal, cutting-edge fare. Tavern small plates, oysters, seafood and more. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob. com. L (Sat), D $-$$ Graydon’s Crossing — English pub serves Indian food with a British influence. Full bar features impressive array of specialty beers. 1223 Plainfield Ave NE, 726-8260. graydons $ L, D Green Well Gastro Pub — Daily menu features comfort fare with a flare, emphasizing local ingredients. Full bar; more than 20 rotating draught beers, many from area microbreweries. Open daily. 924 Cherry St SE, 808$-$$ 3566. L, D Grill One Eleven — American-with-a-twist menu, full-service bar and lounge. Sunday Brunch buffet 10 am-2 pm, otherwise opens at 11 am. 111 Courtland Dr, Rockford 863-3300. B (Sun), L, D $-$$ OGrove — Earth-to-table concept focuses on three- and four-course meals with a tilt toward sustainable seafood. Closed Mon. 919 Cherry St SE, 454-1000. D $$

The Heritage — GRCC culinary arts students prepare gourmet dishes from steaks to vegan fare at a reasonable cost. Menu changes weekly. Wine available with dinner. Open Tue-Fri during academic year. Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE, 234-3700. L, D $-$$ Marco New American Bistro — Frenchcountry-casual offers creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu. Full bar. Closed Sun. 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, 9429100. L, D $-$$ Olives — Seasonally inspired menu of creative fare and comfort foods featuring local produce and meats. Full bar. Alfresco balcony. Closed Sun. 2162 Wealthy St SE, 451-8611. ¢-$ L, D One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom — Eclectic menu with samplings of vegetarian, Mexican and European cuisines. Dine alfresco on street-front patio. Occasional live music. Closed Sun. 136 E Fulton St, 235-7669. onetri L, D ¢-$ FReserve — Wine bar with extensive bythe-glass selections and culinary options to match. Opens at 4, closed Sun. 201 Monroe Ave NW, 855-9463. L, D $-$$

Rockwell Republic — Diverse menu emphasizes locally sourced ingredients from sushi to creative comfort food. Upper-level outdoor seating. 45 S Division Ave, 608-6465 or 5513563. L, D $-$$ Rose’s — Dockside dining on EGR’s Reeds Lake with a varied menu and a three-season porch. 550 Lakeside Dr SE, 458-1122. Takeout at Rose’s Express, 2224 Wealthy St SE, 4584646. B (weekends), L, D $ San Chez, A Tapas Bistro — Spanish fare focusing on tapas-style appetizers, side dishes and entrées. Extensive wine and beer list includes Spanish varieties and sherry. 38 W Fulton St, 774-8272. L, $-$$ D Schnitz Ada Grill — Deli by day, casual fine dining by night. 97 Ada Dr, Ada, 682-4660. L, D ¢-$$ continued on page 72

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great steak enjoy a


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Grand Rapids | 616.776.6426 | Inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel |

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Matt Green’s inspiration in the kitchen includes the utility and simplicity of the Shakers and Paul Bertolli’s “Cooking by Hand.”

Paying attention to detail


ince Reserve opened in downtown Grand Rapids in fall 2010, Chef Matt Green has served a dual role as sous chef and pastry chef. That made it a seamless transition when he recently stepped up to the stove as executive chef. It was important to him that guests not feel a difference in the kitchen. Long associated with departing Chef Matthew Millar who left to pursue a new venture in Douglas, Green worked alongside Millar at his Fennville endeavor, Journeyman Café, and has been actively involved in developing Reserve’s everevolving, family-farm and craft producerfocused menu since its inception. “Matt and I have so much in common because I learned so much from him,” noted the French Culinary Institute-trained Green, who hails from Kalamazoo. Originally a theater major studying set design at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University,

his love for food and joy of eating changed his career aspirations. “One of my favorite things about the theater is the collaboration it takes to make this great thing for the audience,” he explained. “We do the same thing here. I’m not doing everything by myself: We have a team of very talented, passionate people who collaborate to create an incredible dining experience for our guests.” Their work has redoubled with the introduction of Reserve’s lunch menu. “We try to cover the whole spectrum of familiar to unfamiliar with the menu — in both food and wine,” he said. “We’ve got something for those who want the classics, as well as someone who

wants a little more adventure with something they haven’t tried before. It’s all made with the same care and attention to detail.” Green’s “made with care” sensibilities took root while working at Kalamazoo’s Food Dance, a local-focused foodie favorite. It opened his mind to establishing rela-

Chef Matt Green’s Bangs Island Mussels 3 pounds of mussels, scrubbed clean 1 bottle of sparkling wine Butter 1 loaf of crusty bread, sliced and grilled or toasted

1 ounce sea vegetables, chopped roughly (preferably from the coast of Maine where your mussels came from; we use a combination of alaria and dulse)

Pour half the bottle of sparkling wine into a pot and bring to a boil.

bowl to share or in individual bowls. Add some butter to the cooking liquid and stir until it is melted. How much butter depends on how much you like — I like to use a lot. Use a slotted spoon to remove the sea vegetables from the pot and put them in with the mussels. Slowly pour the cooking liquid over the mussels, being careful to leave the last little bit that may contain grit from the mussels. Serve with the toast and remaining sparkling wine.

Add sea vegetables, cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add mussels to pot and cover. Wait a couple of minutes. When all the mussels have opened, remove pot from heat. Discard any that failed to open and put the rest in a large

“I love this dish because it is so simple. It entirely depends on the quality of what you put into it. We buy blue mussels from Bangs Island Mussels in Maine because they hand-cultivate their mussels to have plump, sweet meats that really fill their shells. You can buy them on the Internet (bangsisland; You can, of course, substitute a different mussel from a different place; just make sure they are fresh and clean.”

Photography by Johnny Quirin

Prep time: 20 minutes Serves: several

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tionships with, and sourcing from, local farmers who put their hearts and souls into their products. “That’s the same kind of attention to detail that we want to put into our products,” he said. For him, it’s all about the craft of cooking: “I like that you’re given ingredients and have to honor them and make something new out of them. I love the whole process — making stock and cooking from scratch, beginning with the raw ingredients and ending up with something really great.” Green finds inspiration for cooking in some unusual places, including the ideas of Shaker furniture makers. “They believed in utility and simplic-

ity, and from that they created elegant and innovative designs for furniture,” he said. “They took the time to finish every part of a piece, including the back sides of the drawers, even though no one would ever see it. They felt that God would see it, so they didn’t take shortcuts or add extra pieces just for decoration. I want to cook the way the Shakers made furniture — simple, elegant, and to finish every side.” He also cites Chef Paul Bertolli and his book “Cooking by Hand” as a huge influence. “It’s about paying attention and constantly thinking about what you’re doing. My style of cooking is about paying attention to the ingredients and to the tech-

niques, because each ingredient is different from the last time you cooked it. You never cook the same potato twice.” One of Green’s favorite pastimes is cooking with his wife of eight years, Christine. It’s an activity they have been sharing since they first started dating and also worked together at the People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor. Now as parents of three young children — Emerson, 4, Noah, 2, and 6-month-old daughter Harper — their oldest is already elbowing his way into the process.

— Julie Burch

> Matt Green Title: Executive Chef, Reserve

Photography by Johnny Quirin

Photography by Johnny Quirin

Location: 201 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

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continued from page 68 Six.One.Six — Contemporary American fare. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, 242-1500. B, L, D $-$$

ads. Open daily for dinner, lunch on weekends. 8521 Belding Road, Rockford, 874-7290. L (weekends), D $-$$

SpeakEZ Lounge — Casual and friendly pub setting with eclectic menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. Creative starters, soups, salads, entrees (available after 4). Open daily. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 458-3125. L, D $

Boulder Creek Restaurant — Boulder Creek Golf Club restaurant serves a varied menu with golf-course views from inside or on the deck. 5750 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, (616) 363-1330, ext 2. L, D ¢-$

Tavern On The Square — Tapas-style fare plus house specialties. Patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. 
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Brandywine — Café atmosphere, with extensive breakfasts, lunches with vegetarian choices, dinner selections from Mexican to beef Wellington. 1345 Lake Dr SE, 774-8641; 2844 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-1723. brandy ¢-$ B, L, D

FTrillium Haven — Owned by Jenison farmers Anja Mast and Michael Vanderbrug, this Eastown eatery features fresh from the farm fare, including organic veggies and humanely raised meats. Beer and wine. Closed Mon. Sat and Sun brunch. 1429 Lake Dr SE. trillium B, L, D $-$$

Winchester — Locally sourced menu aims to reinvent bar food in reclaimed centuryold space with shuffleboard court-patio. 648 Wealthy St SE, 451-4969. L, D ¢-$

Classic American Restaurants and diners serving traditional dishes popular across the country. Acorn Grille At Thousand Oaks — Blend of traditional and innovative cuisine, artfully presented in handsome dining room with golf course views. Open daily in season. 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, 447-7750. thousandoaks L, D $$ Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant — Breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts; dinner menu too. No alcohol. Open daily. 3561 28th St, 956-7901; 710 Leonard St NW, 4543098; 777 54th St SW, 532-5662; 34 Squires St, Rockford, 866-4306. arniesrestaurants. $ com. B, L, D Aryana Restaurant & Bar — Comfortable dining room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers breakfast buffet, lunch and fine dining selections from an extensive seasonal menu. Open daily. 5700 28th St SE, 957-1770. mainstreet L, D $-$$ Bonefish Grill — Casual, white-linen dining. Seafood selections augmented by innovative sauces and toppings; also chicken, beef 
and pasta dishes. 1100 East Paris Ave SE, 9497861. D $-$$ -Bostwick Lake Inn — Gilmore restaurant offers steaks, pork, fish, chicken, mac and cheese, pizzas, sandwiches, soups and sal-

Brann’s Sizzling Steaks And Sports Grille — Famous sizzler steaks with grill items and salads, baskets, Mexican entrées and bar munchies. See website for list of eight locations in Greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Portage and Caledonia. L, D $ Bull’s Head Tavern — A dozen appetizers from brie to pot stickers. Dinners include warm bread and chef-selected sides. 188 Monroe Ave NW, 454-3580. thebullsheadtav L, D $ Cascade Roadhouse — Relaxed atmosphere with a diverse menu of traditional fare. Closed Sun. 6817 Cascade Rd SE (at Old 28th St), 949-1540. Facebook. L, D $-$$ Charley’s Crab — Fresh seafood from a menu that changes nightly. Located on the Grand River. Early menu (4:30-6 pm daily), Sun brunch. GR Steamer Bar has its own menu. 63 Market Ave SW, 459-2500. L, D, C $-$$ The Chop House — In the tradition of the best American chophouses with aged prime beef and more. Downstairs is La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar bar. Closed Sun. 190 Monroe Ave NW, 451-6184. D $$ Dugan’s Pub & Grille — Casual dining with steaks, seafood, pasta and more at The Elks at the Highlands Golf Club. Adjacent Glendevon offers banquet facilities. 2715 Leonard St NW, 453-2451. L, D $-$$ Fall Creek — Appetizers, gourmet pizzas and creative entrées. Closed Sun-Mon. 201 Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-0100. fallcreek L, D ¢-$ FireRock Grille — Country club dining plus option to cook your own filet, shrimp or ahi tuna on a 500-degree stone. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Stonewater Country

Club, 7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9898. L, D $

Flat River Grill — Casual atmosphere in turnof-century building on the river. Al fresco dining on patio. Menu ranges from comfort food to wood-fired pizzas. Full bar plus The BOB’s House of Brews beers on tap. 201 E Main St, Lowell, 897-8523. thegilmore
collection. com/flatriver.php. L, D $-$$ Fleetwood Diner — Extensive diner-style menu with Greek influences. Open 6:30 am for breakfast (8 am-4 pm Sun), serving dinner until 8 pm Mon-Thu, 9 pm Fri-Sat. Outdoor patio. 2222 44th St SE, 281-2300. B, L, ¢-$ D Forest Hills Inn — A casual neighborhood favorite with a broad menu, excellent pizza. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 4609 Cascade Rd SE, 949-4771. B, L, D $ Fry Daddy’s Fresh Fish — Fried fish, wingdings, walleye, orange roughy, catfish, blue gill, perch, smelt and shrimp, by the pound or in baskets with fries. Also to go. Closed Mon. Trinity Plaza, 1720 44th St SE, Kentwood, 455FISH. L, D ¢-$ Grand Villa — Longtime favorite serving prime rib, seafood, complete salad bar, full service bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 538-1360. L, D $ Great Lakes Shipping Co. — Everything from beef, seafood and beyond in comfortable dockside motif. Patio open in summer. No lunch, but open Sun afternoons. 2455 Burton St SE, 949-9440. greatlakesshippingcom D $-$$ Green Restaurant — Sandwiches, salads, burgers and seafood. Menu includes ostrich and elk burgers. 2289 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-8294. $ L, D Grille 29 — Menu includes specialty panini and a variety of entrées. Full-service bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Holiday Inn Select, 3063 Lake Eastbrook SE, 285-7600. holi B, D $ Grille At Watermark — Innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 5500 Cascade Rd SE, 949-0570. L, D $-$$ Grill House & Rock Bottom Bar — Grill-yourown steakhouse with grillmasters on call. Bottomless salad bowl and potato bar. 1071 32nd St (M-40), Allegan, (269) 686-9192. grill L (downstairs), D $-$$ Honey Creek Inn — Daily specials are the

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Judson’s At The B.O.B. — Award-winning steak house offers steaks, seafood and chops. Casual atmosphere and award-winning wine list. Closed Sun. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 3562000. D $$ Kitchen 67 — Fast-casual restaurant with high-tech design serving Brann’s sizzling steaks and burgers, small plates, pasta, fish, chicken, sandwiches, salads and more. Michigan wines and craft beers. Kids menu. Open daily. 1977 East Beltline Ave. NE. kitch and Facebook. L, D ¢-$ The Landing — Nautical décor with windows overlooking the Grand River. Menu features American favorites and German specials. 270 Ann St NW (Radisson Riverfront Hotel at US 131), 363-7748. $ hotels/mi
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FLeo’s — Combines fine dining (fresh seafood is the specialty) and casual comfort. Street level in parking ramp at Ottawa and Louis. Closed Sun. 60 Ottawa Ave NW, 4546700. L, D $-$$


Louis Benton Steakhouse — Premium Buckhead beef, wet- and dry-aged steaks and more. Closed Sun. Free valet parking at Ionia entrance. 77 Monroe Center Ave NW, 4547455. L, D $-$$ Marn E. Walkers — Everything from nachos to chicken Marsala, burgers, steaks. Weekend breakfast buffet, pizza and pasta lunch buffet Mon-Fri. Open daily; Sun breakfast only. 4322 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 453-3740. B (Sat, Sun), L, D ¢-$ Meadows Restaurant — GVSU’s professional and student-staffed restaurant; patio and dining room overlook golf course. Full menu offers everything from burgers to NY strip steak. Seasonal hours; closed Sun. 1 W Campus Dr, Allendale, 895-1000. $-$$ meadows/. L, D Middle Villa Inn — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands. Banquet rooms available. Closed Mon and Wed. 4611 N Middleville Rd, Middleville, (269) 795-3640. L, D $ Pal’s Diner — A real diner offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options all day. Closed Sun. 6503 28th St SE, 942-7257. B, L, D ¢

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Amy Ruis has traveled many of the wine countries and has passed the first step in becoming a Master Sommelier. She owns Art of the Table, a specialty food, beverage and tabletop store.

RACy, FReSH WHiTe Wine FOR SuMMeR: > Depending on where a sauvignon blanc is from (soil, climate and region) and the winemaking strategies used in production, each can taste immensely different. For example, most winemakers use only stainless tanks to age, but sometimes will sneak in some oak to give it breadth.

> With sauvignon blanc,

WHen THe FiRST PeeK of warm weather rounds the corner and I start dreaming of summer nights on the porch, my wine thoughts turn to sauvignon blanc. This racy, fresh white wine can start off an evening just right. Sauvignon blanc is such a friendly, easygoing wine because of its vivacious acidity. It’s that “pucker” from good acidity that will leave you wanting more. I looked to our friends at Grove restaurant for some food-pairing ideas. Much of the menu at Grove, 919 Cherry St. SE, begs for delicious white wine. One of my favorite dishes, Shrimp and Grits, has just enough creaminess to call out for the bright acidity of sauvignon blanc. Here are a few to try: Arona Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, new Zealand (around $15). Pleasant and distinct, it’s New Zealand’s main squeeze. With plenty of sun, cool nights and long ripening, it means vivacious citrus and an herbaceous zing. Dancing on the tongue, Arona lends appeal with guava, pineapple and peach undertones. Besides pairing with sushi or other fish, it pairs well with friends and the pool. Joseph Mellot Destinea Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de Pays, Loire Valley, France (around $11); Joseph Mellot Sancerre, Sancerre, France (around $30).

In the Loire Valley, there’s a region called Sancerre. Always sauvignon blanc, the wine carries a certain pedigree and therefore a higher price tag. Sancerre’s neighbor — the Vin de Pays, or country wine — is not held in as high regard as Sancerre but is certainly stellar. These wines also have great acidity and remind me of the smell of wet rocks after a rain. These slightly softer versions reign with floral notes and a chalky minerality that sets them apart from the other regions. Great with shellfish, try it with traditional garlic-and-wine-steeped mussels or add the slightly sweeter MaePloy Thai sauce for Asian flair. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Bordeaux’s beautiful wines. When asked if you desire a white Bordeaux, rest assured it’s highly sauvignon blanc. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, napa, California (around $30). Hailing from the great state of California, this style of sauvignon blanc is often less poignant. Much more round and food-friendly because the grapes are grown in high-heat regions, the Duckhorn has been aged in oak for a little time, something California winemakers are known to do. I enjoyed it at Grove with both Skuna Bay Salmon — AMy RuIS Tartare and Thai Beef Salad.

you can often be confronted (or affronted) with such citrus fruits as grapefruit, tropical fruits, stone fruits, grass, herbs or gooseberry.

> Whether from traditional

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regions or from Chile, South Africa or Italy, sauvignon blanc pairs well with light fare for summer dining or lounging. Make a simple tomato and goat cheese tart, order some sushi, have some grilled Greek-style lamb kabobs. No matter what, I think your tongue might beg for more.

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Pearl Street Grill — Bright, airy restaurant in downtown Holiday Inn. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 235-7611. B, L, D $ Rainbow Grill — Breakfasts, homemade soup, chili, steak sandwiches, daily lunch specials, chicken, fish and other dinner staples. Closed Sun. 4225 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 896-0033; 4158 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, 534-8645. B, L, D ¢-$ Ramona’s Table — EGR deli with madefrom-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads, baked items and meals. Takeout and catering. Closed Sun. 2232 Wealthy St SE, 4598500. B, L, D ¢-$ Red Jet Café — Gilmore restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar and menu ranging from omelets to specialty pizzas. Full bar; opens 8 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. jet.php. B, L, D (Mon-Sat) ¢-$ Reds On The River — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. L, D $-$$ Rio Grand Steak House & Saloon — Texasstyle barbecue ribs, steaks and more. 5501 Northland Dr NE, 364-6266; 1820 44th St SW, 534-0704. L, D $-$$ Rush Creek Bistro — Diverse menu in clublike surroundings. Weeknight and happy hour specials. Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon Rd, Grandville, 457-1100. sunny L, D $ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — The classic American steakhouse now in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s fully renovated former 1913 Room. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 774-2000. L, D $$

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Saburba — Specializes in take-out. Everchanging, diverse menu of entrees, sandwiches, soups, baked goods and coffee. Doughnuts served Sat. mornings. Catering service. Closed Sun. 7277 Thornapple River Dr., Ada, 682-5290. and Facebook. B, L, D ¢-$ Sam’s Joint — Award-winning ribs and unique décor of antiques and memorabilia. Extensive menu includes Mexican selections; full bar. Half a dozen locations, plus a couple of banquet facilities. L, D $ Spinnaker — Menu features seafood and landlubber entrees. Sunday brunch. 4747 28th St SE (Hilton Grand Rapids Airport), 957-1111. B, L, D $-$$

Sundance Grill — Breakfast-and-lunch spot also offers dinner menu in the California/ Southwestern tradition with a margarita bar. 5755 28th St SE (Esplanade Plaza), 9565644; 40 Pearl St NW (breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue-Sat), 776-1616. 4gr8food. com. B, L, D $


Swan Inn Restaurant — Home-cooked meals such as pot roast, Salisbury steak and meatloaf. Huge breakfasts. Cygnet Lounge offers cocktails and nibbles, dinner menu. 5182 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1245. swaninn B, L, D ¢-$ Terrace Grille At Bay Pointe Inn — Casual gourmet dining, martini bar and lakeside terrace. Seasonally changing menu emphasizes regional fare. Sunday brunch. 11456 Marsh Rd, Shelbyville, (269) 672-5202. bay $-$$ pointe L, D Tillman’s — Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. tillmansrestaur L, D $-$$ Timbers Inn — Menu ranges from appetizers to wild game offerings and meat ’n’ potatoes fare in lodge-like surroundings. Sunday omelet bar til 2 pm. 6555 Belding Rd NE, 8745553. L, D ¢-$ Twisted Rooster — Classic dishes with unexpected twists. Full bar featuring 18 beers on tap, local beers/wines. 1600 East Beltline Ave NE, 301-8171. L, D ¢-$$ Walker Roadhouse — Diverse menu with interesting twists on classic fare in a casual but handsome setting. Lunch served weekdays, dinner Mon-Sat; closed Sun. 3272 Remembrance Rd NW, 453-3740. thewalkerroadhou L, D $

Vegetarian Bartertown Diner — Vegetarian/vegan/raw offerings in worker-owned and -operated diner. Promotes use of fresh, local ingredients. Open daily (hours change seasonally, check website). 6 Jefferson Ave SE, 233-3219. L, D $ Gaia Café — Totally vegetarian fare served in a cozy atmosphere. Closed Mon. No alcohol. 209 Diamond Ave SE, 454-6233. Facebook. B, L ¢

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Bar Louie — Urban décor at Woodland Mall, with sandwiches, appetizers, burgers and hearty entrées. More than 20 beers, along with a nice wine selection and specialty cocktails. Outdoor seating. 3191 28th St SE, 885-9050. L, D $-$$ Bobarino’s At The B.O.B. — Grill on 2nd floor of The B.O.B. offers everything from woodfired pizza to upscale entrées. New lunch menu offers custom-made deli sandwiches, salads, burgers and a pizza buffet ($6.50). Full-service bar. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 3562000. thegilmore php. L, D ¢-$

B.O.B.’s Brewery At The B.O.B. — Microbrews ranging from unique to standard with a variety of small plates that go beyond standard pub fare. Open Thu (Mug Club)-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. brewery. D ¢-$ Bud & Stanley’s — Extensive menu includes Mexican specialties, pasta, burgers and more. Takeout available. 1701 4 Mile Rd NE, 3619782. L, D ¢-$ Cascade Sports Grill — Varied menu and sizable bar with 10 brew taps and extensive martini menu. Cascade Centre, 6240 28th St SE, 974-3338. Facebook. L, D $ Charlie’s Bar & Grill — Well-rounded menu features dinners ranging from ribs, steaks and seafood to kielbasa and kraut. Also 
Mexican fare, sandwiches and more. Full-service bar. 3519 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-0567. L, D ¢-$ Cheero’s Sports & Sushi Grill — Japanese fare along with pizza, burger and microbrews. Outdoor patio next to Michigan Athletic Club. Open daily. 2510 Burton St SE, 608-3062. L, D ¢-$ Cheers — Popular neighborhood spot with large menu offering something for everyone in a log-cabin environment. 3994 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1188. B, L, D ¢ Corner Bar — Rockford’s spot famous for brews and chili dogs, but with extensive menu. 31 N Main St, Rockford, 866-9866. L, D ¢ Cottage Bar — Longtime favorite since 1927. Famous Cottage burgers and fries, signature chili and more. Closed Sun. 8 LaGrave Ave SE, 454-9088. L, D ¢ Crooked Goose — Meritage Hospitality Group restaurant offers full menu of “old-school tavern favorites.” Open daily. 355 Wilson Ave NW, Walker. L, D ¢-$

Derby Station — Sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 Wealthy St SE, 301-3236. derby $ L, D Flanagan’s — Popular Irish pub. Imported beers, 20 on tap. Entrees with an Irish influence. Frequent live music. Closed Sun. 139 Pearl St NW, 454-7852. L, D ¢ Founders Brewing Co. — Sip microbrew samples in the spacious taproom, serpentine bar and stage for live music Thu and Sat. Menu features appetizers, deli sandwiches. Covered (heated) porch. 235 Grandville Ave SW, 776-1195. L, D ¢ Frankie V’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar — Appetizers, subs, stromboli, pizza, pasta entrées, plus burgers and Mexican. Weekday lunch buffet. Tap your own 100-ounce beer tower. 1420 28th St SW, 532-8998. L, D ¢-$ Grand Rapids Brewing Co. — Serving 10 organic brews plus hard cider, wine and spirits. Farm-to-table menu includes sharable plates, house-made sausages, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees. Open daily. 1 Ionia Ave. SW, 459-7000. L ¢-$ (Sat.-Sun. only), D GP Sports — Sports bar and restaurant. Menu features create-your-own pizzas and burgers, along with salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 7766495. L, D $ Grand Woods Lounge — Year-round alfresco dining complete with fireplace. Eclectic menu selections mix with upscale comfort foods. Live entertainment, pool tables, spacious bar. 77 Grandville Ave SW, 451-4300. grandwoods L, D $-$$

JD Reardon’s — Restaurant and lounge in The Boardwalk offers American, Southwest, Thai and more. Banquet facilities; outdoor seating. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 454-8590. $-$$ B, L, D J. Gardella’s Tavern — Massive bar is matched by gargantuan menu ranging from homemade chips to build-your-own burger. Three floors of seating. Open Sun for arena events. 11 Ionia Ave SW, 459-8824. jgardellas L, D ¢ Main Street Pub — Large-screen TVs and varied menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées. Open 11 am daily; breakfast 8 am Sun. 11240 University Parkway, Allendale, 895-1234. 
B ¢-$ (Sun), L, D McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon — New York-style Irish menu includes “recreated” pub fare, contemporary and regionally inspired dishes. Transforms into nightclub late at night. Open daily. 58 Ionia Ave SW, 4549105. L, D $ Mill Creek Tavern — Comstock Park eatery offers appetizers, from-scratch soups, sandwiches, full dinner options. Full bar with separate dining room. 3874 West River Dr, 7843806. L, D ¢-$ The Mitten Brewing Co. — Vintage baseball-themed nanobrewery pairs handcrafted beers with gourmet pizzas. 527 Leonard St NW, 608-5612. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Mojo’s — Lively dueling piano bar and restaurant open for dinner at 5 pm Wed-Sat, plus late night “munchy menu.” RSVP for dinner early, show starts at 8 pm Wed-Thu, 7 pm FriSat. 180 Monroe Ave NW, 776-9000. mojospia D (Wed-Sat) ¢-$

Harmony Brewing Co. — Eastown’s latest addition to the craft-brewing scene offers custom brews with a full bar, wine selections and menu of wood-fired pizzas. 1551 Lake Drive SE. Facebook. L, D $

Nick Finks — Mexican fare in historic tavern, part of The Gilmore Collection. Draft beer, wine, sangria and cocktails. Occasional live music, open mic nights. 3965 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886. thegilmorecol L, D $

Holly’s Back Door Bar & Grill — Full menu and good selection of munchies at the bar in Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Closed Sun & Mon. 255 28th St SW, 241-1417. B, L, D $

O’Toole’s Public House — Pub grub includes appetizers, sandwiches and burgers served on a mountain of fries. Open daily. 448 Bridge St NW, 742-6095. L, D ¢-$

HopCat — Crafted brews with close to 50 beers on tap and 150 bottled. Full bar and creative fare from meatloaf to mussels. Open daily. 25 Ionia Ave SW, 451-4677. hopcatgr. com. L (Sat-Sun), D ¢-$

Peppino’s Ristorante Pizzeria and Sports Lounge — Italian specialties, Sicilian-style steak and chicken, burgers, etc. Separate sports bar. 5053 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Allendale, 895-1615. Family-friendly Peppino’s Sports Lounge in downtown GR, 130 Ionia Ave SW, 456-8444. L, D ¢-$$

Hub’s Inn — Sandwiches, burgers, Mexican food and thin-crust pizzas. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. Facebook. L, 
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lar with gay crowd. Menu ranges from burgers to upscale items. Jukebox, occasional live entertainment. Open daily at 3 pm. 43 S Division Ave, 458-2205. Facebook. D ¢-$

Rezervoir Lounge — Former Sazerac Lounge has full menu of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees, some with a Cajun flavor. Open Tue.Sun. for lunch and dinner (opens 4 p.m. Mon) 1418 Plainfield Ave NE, 451-0010. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Rockford Brewing Co. — Located alongside the White Pine Trail with an up-north atmosphere. Food menu includes dips, subs, panini, soups and more, served alongside its hand-crafted brews. Closed Mon. 12 E. Bridge St., Rockford, 951-4677. rockfordbrewing. com. L, D ¢-$ The Score — Restaurant and sports bar with varied menu. 5301 Northland Dr NE, 3010600. L, D ¢-$ Shamrock Bar & Grill — Diverse menu includes specialty burgers and wide range of entrees. 2501 Wilson Ave NW, 735-3888. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Shepards Grill & Tavern — Bar food with flare, from appetizers to Kobe top sirloin. Open daily. Weekday happy hour specials 3-6:30 p.m. Cascade Center, 6246 28th St SE, 350-9604. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Stella’s Lounge — Mostly vegan menu but a stuffed burger for carnivores. Advertises strong drinks and more than 200 whiskies. 53 Commerce Ave, 742-4444. L, D ¢-$ Teazers Bar & Grill — Burgers and pastas, sandwiches, salads and Southwestern bites. Kids menu. Open daily. 819 Ottawa Ave NW, 459-2481. L, D ¢-$ The Viceroy — Classic hors d’oeuvres (finger sandwiches to tenderloin tips) and desserts to accompany cocktails, house-infused whiskeys, beer and wine. Kitchen open 5 pm-1 am Wed-Sat. 53 Commerce Ave SW, 744-8423. D $ Village Inn Pizza Parlor — Longtime favorite for pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken, Mexican and more. Karaoke nights Thu-Sat. Open daily; weekday lunch buffet. 2215 44th St SE, Kentwood, 281-1444; 934 Washington St, Holland, (616) 392-1818. L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s Sports Lounge & Pizzeria — Pizza and pasta plus panini and wraps in sportscentric surroundings. Outside deck, live entertainment. Open daily. 3868 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-2526, takeout 7845011. L, D ¢-$

Woody’s Press Box — Complex includes two bars, a patio and bowling. Menu offers sandwiches and shrimp, barbecue fare. Breakfast and lunch only Sun. 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, $ 530-3242. B, L, D Z’s — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Carryout available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade ¢-$ NW, 454-3141. L, D

Italian/ European FAmore Trattoria Italiana — Regional Italian dishes using some local products as well as Italian imports. Italian wines and liqueurs a specialty. House-made desserts. Banquet facility. Closed Mon. 5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park. 785-5344. amoretrattoriaitali L (not Sat), D $

Angela’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria — Italian dinners, pizza, stromboli, subs and desserts. Lunch buffet, full-service bar. Delivery and catering available. Closed Sun. 240 E Division, Sparta, (616) 887-1913. L, D ¢-$ Big Bob’s Pizza — A neighborhood pizza parlor in EGR’s Gaslight Village with wine and beer on tap, available to go. 661 Croswell SE, 233-0123. L, D $ Bella Mia Pizzeria & Italian Grill — Italian dishes and New York-style pizza. Daily lunch buffet. 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 450, 554-9930. L, D ¢-$ Brick Road Pizza — Specializing in gourmet, traditional and vegan pizzas. Gluten-free crusts available on request. Serves beer and wine. Open daily. 1017 Wealthy St SE, 7192409. L, D ¢-$ Chicago 7 Pizzeria — Family-owned pizzeria offers New York and Chicago-style pies along with specialty pizzas. Also subs and calzone. Open daily. 3012 28th St SW, Grandville, 538¢-$ 7777. Facebook. L, D Euro Bistro — European bistro fare plus wood-fired pizzas. 11 am-10 pm Mon-Fri. 4-10 pm Sat, closed Sun. 6450 28th St SE, 7192017. L (Mon-Fri), D $-$$ Florentine Pizzeria & Sports Lounge — Spacious location features Italian fare with American and Mexican choices, thin-crust pizzas. Big-screen TVs, pool tables, darts, video games, foosball. 4261 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 455-2230. L, D ¢-$ Florentine Ristorante — Italian and American cuisine. Pizza and pasta served in the lounge until midnight; full-menu dinner 4-10 pm. Closed Sun. 3245 28th St SW, 534-5419. $ L, D

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante Sports Bar — Pizzas, sandwiches, salads, Italian entrees and even Mexican entrees. Multiple big screen TVs; take-out available. Open daily. 1259 Post Drive, Belmont, 785-1001. L, D ¢-$ Franco’s Pizzeria — Spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, stromboli plus pizza and subs with fresh ingredients. Limited seating, takeout available (delivery offered). No alcohol. Open daily. 2103 Alpine Ave NW, 361-7307. L, D ¢-$ Fred’s Pizza And Italian Restaurant — Long-time favorite offers Italian fare, including fresh pasta and gourmet pizza. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 3619 Plainfield Ave NE, ¢-$ 361-8994. L, D Fricano’s Pizza Restaurant — Famous for its thin-crust pizza. Also, pasta dinners with a sauce that has made its way to the retail market. Closed Sun. 5808 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, 785-5800. D ¢-$ Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza — Downtown pizzeria with more than 50 varieties of gourmet pizza, whole or by the slice. Beer on tap or by the bottle. Delivery available. Open daily. 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Suite 140, 356-4600. georgios L, D ¢-$

GoodFellows Pizza — In Byron Center’s former Monelli’s Pizza location. Pizza, full Italian dinners and more. Dine-in, takeout or delivery. No alcohol. Open daily (Sun at 4 pm). 2185 84th St, 878-1100. goodfellowspizza. com. L, D $ G.R.P.D. — Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery offers traditional, stuffed and specialty pizzas. Delivery Thu-Sat until 2:30 a.m. No alcohol. Open daily, with a handful of tables for dining in. 340 State St, 742-4773. grandrapidspizza. net. L, D ¢-$ Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen — Specialties include Sfinciuni, thick-crust Sicilian pizza and Sciacciata, stuffed pizza with a crispy crust. Also pasta, entrees, calzones and desserts made from family recipes. Open daily. 2896 Knapp St NE in Celadon New Town. 608-6912. Facebook. L, D $ Mangiamo — Historic mansion houses family-friendly Italian eatery. Italian fare plus steaks and seafood. Extensive wine list, evening entertainment. 1033 Lake Dr SE, 7420600. $-$$ php. D Marinade’s Pizza Bistro — Wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches. No alcohol. Catering. 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 8633300. L, D ¢

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SUMMER HOME Monelli’s Italian Grill And Sports Bar — Southern Italian cuisine. Sports bar plus family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 530-9700. ¢-$ L, D Noto’s Old World Italian Dining — Elegant décor and extensive classic Italian menu. Special wine cellar dinners. Lounge menu features light fare. Closed Sun. 6600 28th St SE, 493-6686. 
 D $-$$ Pietro’s Italian Ristorante — Regional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Tuscan wines, desserts and cappuccinos. Kids menu. Takeout available. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452$ 3228. L, D Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant — Sicilian and southern Italian fare using family recipes. Separate sports bar; patio seating. Weekday lunch buffet. All menu items, beer and wine available to go. Delivery and catering. Closed Sun. 654 Stocking Ave NW, 454-4280. salvat L, D ¢-$

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Seasonal Grille — Hastings’ Italian-themed eatery features fresh, locally sourced, creative fare in handsome surroundings. Full bar, craft cocktails, nice wine list. Open daily. 150 W State St, Hastings, (269) 948-9222. seasonal L, D $ ➧ Trattoria di’ Stagione — Chef Dan Chudik prepares Italian dishes from pasta to seafood utilizing locally sourced ingredients. Lunch will be offered in near future. Closed Sun. 1420 Lake Drive SE, 458-5583. Facebook. D $

Tre Cugini — Innovative Italian menu, impressive wine list, fresh daily pastas and risotto specialties. Outdoor seating in mild weather. Closed Sun. 122 Monroe Center, 2359339. L, D $-$$ Uccello’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Sports Lounge — Kitchen stays open until 1:30 am for dine-in, 1 am for take-out. Open daily. 2630 East Beltline Ave SE, 954-2002; 4787 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, 735-5520; 8256 Broadmoor Ave SE, 891-5958; 3940 Rivertown Pkwy SW, 249-9344. L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s — Serving traditional regional dishes from family recipes since 1966. 834 Leonard St NE, 458-8368 (Vitale’s Sports Lounge next door, 458-2090), takeout 458-3766. the L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s Of Ada — Multi-regional, upscale dishes made from scratch. Also pizza, subs and burgers. Family-friendly; microbrews to martinis in separate sports pub. 400 Ada Dr

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Three cheers for GR beers

Contributing editor Jon C. Koeze has made and tasted beer since 1980.

in THe LAST 12 MOnTHS, several new breweries have opened in Grand Rapids. What follows is my digest on the beers made at three of these new breweries, and why you should try them out. The first two are pub breweries where food and beer have equal importance. The third is a microbrewery with a tap room that serves food. While pub breweries are neighborly, microbreweries are industrial. Where the pub breweries have the taste and feel of small batch brewing, microbreweries have large, engineered beer flavors. Both are good, but it is an important distinction. Mitten Brewing Co., 527 Leonard St. NW. This small neighborhood brewery is in a former fire station on GR’s west side. Mitten’s focus is on baseball, and the menu revolves around beer and pizza (both outstanding). When I visited, there were four beers and one cider on the menu. The Triple Crown Brown Ale is “true to style” with lots of malty flavor to tickle the tongue. Borealis Betsy is the name of Mitten’s stout. Brewed with coffee and lots of black malt, it features a complex flavor profile and 6.3 percent alcohol by volume. The Strong Country Ale was my drink of choice, an American pale ale with sharp citrus hop flavors but well balanced against the tasty malted grain. It was

also strong: 6.5 percent abv. Grand Rapids Brewing Co., 1 Ionia Ave. SW. This is a new brewery but the name has been around for a long time. The original downtown brewery closed decades before it was reborn as a local brewpub by Eastbrook Mall (now Centerpointe Mall) on 28th Street SE. When that restaurant closed, owner Mark Sellers returned the brewery to downtown. Silver Foam, a hoppy American lager with a clean, light finish, seemed to be in front of most bar patrons. Another very drinkable brew is the Rosalyn Bliss Blonde, named after the Grand Rapids city commissioner and microbrew enthusiast. It’s made with a hint of mango tea — just enough to be interesting. My pick was La Grande Vitesse, an amber well balanced between the yeast, barley and hop flavors with a clean, crisp finish. Perrin Brewing Co., 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW. With 12 beers on tap, the beer menu has something for everyone, and all of the beers are well crafted. Honey Rye has cloudy yellow and unfiltered col-

oring and a clean honey finish that is not heavy, perhaps due to use of rye grains in the brew. The Imperial Stout is also quite tasty, with a surprisingly bitter finish, more like an Irish Stout but much heavier. My favorite is a stout called Chocolate Milk. This heavy stout has all the usual ingredients but with lactose added as a flavor enhancer and sugar boost. This is a sipping drink — if you gulp it, you’ll miss its sublime complexity. You also might want to let it warm up a bit. I thought it was served rather cold for such a complex beer. — JON C. KOEZE

While pub breweries are neighborly, microbreweries are industrial. Where the pub breweries have the taste and feel of small batch brewing, microbreweries have large engineered beer flavors.

City Commissioner Rosalyn Bliss enjoys her namesake brew at Grand Rapids Brewing Co.

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Asian Including Thai and Indian fare. Akasaka Sushi — Sushi plus Korean and Japanese offerings in low-key atmosphere in Cascade Centre. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. ¢-$ 6252 28th St SE, 977-0444. L, D Akita Buffet — Across from RiverTown Crossings Mall, with sushi bar, hibachi grill and Chinese buffet with set price for lunch and dinner. Serves alcohol. 3540 Rivertown Point Ct SW, 257-7777. L, D ¢-$ Angel’s Thai Café — Extensive Thai fare; menu includes a your-choice stir-fry option. Vegetarian-friendly. No alcohol. Open daily. 136 Monroe Center NW, 454-9801. angelsthai L, D ¢-$ Asian Palace — Chinese and Vietnamese fare with extensive menus for each cuisine. Family owned and operated. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 825 28th St SW, 534-7770. L, D ¢-$

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Bangkok Taste — Thai fare with lunch buffet. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 15 Jefferson Ave SE, 356-5550; 674 Baldwin St, Jenison, 667-8901. L, D ¢-$ Bangkok View — Thai food and Chinese fare. Lunch buffet. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 1233 28th St SW, 531-8070. bangkokviewthai
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Beijing Kitchen — Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. Lunch specials. No alcohol. 342 State St SE, 458-8383. beijingkitch L, D ¢-$ Blue Ginger Asian Kitchen — Noodle-based Thai dishes, chicken, seafood, beef and pork entrees, curries. Vegetarian options. No alcohol. 5751 Byron Center Ave (Bayberry Market strip mall), 261-8186. L, D ¢-$ Bombay Cuisine — Traditional Indian dishes with spices and flavors from Northern India. Full bar. Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. and Sun. Takeout available. 1420 Lake Dr. SE, 4567055. L, D $ China Chef — Family-style restaurant with Szechuan-style entrées and Hunan choices.

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No alcohol. Closed Mon. 4335 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 791-4488. Facebook. L, D ¢-$

China City — Chinese cuisine; lunch prices all day. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 5299 Eastern Ave SE, 257-7038. L, D ¢-$ China Gourmet Buffet — Daily lunch and dinner buffets with more than 100 items. Dinner buffet served all day weekends; discount for seniors and children 10 and under. No alcohol. 2030 28th St SW, 252-1379. L, 
D ¢-$ Chinatown Restaurant And Japanese Steak House — Chinese and Japanese cuisine with tabletop, Benihana-style meals available. Lunch and dinner buffets. Full bar. 69 28th St SW, 452-3025. chinatowngrand ¢-$ L, D China Yi Wang — Chinese dishes including spicy Hunan dishes. No alcohol. 1947 Eastern Ave SE, 241-3885. L, D ¢-$ East Garden Buffet — Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Daily buffet. No alcohol. 6038 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 698-8933. L, D ¢-$ Empire Chinese Buffet — All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet served all day. Special seafood buffet Sat-Sun. Delivery available. 4255 Alpine Ave NW, 785-8880. L, D ¢-$ Erb Thai — Traditional Thai fare, will accommodate special diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, no MSG. No alcohol. 950 Wealthy St SE, 
Suite 1A, 356-2573. L, D ¢ Far-East Restaurant — Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes; vegetable-oil-only cooking. Carryout and catering available. No alcohol. 3639 Clyde Park Ave SW, 531-7176. Facebook. L, D $ First Wok — Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Dine-in and take-out. Full bar. Three locations: 2301 44th St SE, 281-0681; 3509 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1616; 6740 Old 28th St SE, 575-9088. L, D $ Fuji Yama Asian Bistro — Hibachi grill tables with chef preparations, or eat in dining room with Chinese, Japanese and Thai selections. Full bar. 1501 East Beltline Ave NE, 7191859. L, 
D ¢-$ Fortune Chef — Chinese and American fare. Opens 6 am weekdays, 8 am weekends with breakfast served all day. No alcohol. 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 891-1388. B, L, D ¢-$ Golden 28 — Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin cuisine complemented by a Vietnamese menu. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 627 28th St SW, Wyoming, 531-2800. L, D $ Golden Dragon — Chinese, Mandarin and

Japanese cuisines with Japanese steakhouse. Full bar. 3629 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1318. L, D $

Golden Gate Restaurant — Chinese fare with all-inclusive lunch combination plates, egg rolls, sweet-and-sour dishes, with some hot and spicy choices. No alcohol. 4023 S Division Ave, 534-7087. Facebook. L, D ¢ Golden Wok — Knapp’s Corner eatery offers lunch and dinner options, including Hunanspiced dishes. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-8880. L, D ¢-$ Grand Lakes — A wide selection of Chinese dishes and specialties, along with daily lunch combination plates. No alcohol. Next to Breton Village D&W. 1810 Breton Rd SE, 9542500. L, D ¢-$ Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet — PanAsian cuisine from sushi to buffet, including Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and American dishes. No alcohol. 785 Center Dr NW (Green Ridge Shopping Center), 785-8200. letseat. at/hibachigrillsupremebuffet. L, D ¢

specialties. No alcohol. 47 Monroe Center, 742-6793. Closed Sun. L, D ¢-$

Maru Sushi & Grill — Japanese cuisine with a twist, from sushi to hibachi grilled items. 925 Cherry St. SE. L,
D $-$$ Mikado Sushi — Sushi and sashimi à la carte. Dinners offer full range of Japanese cuisine. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 3971 28th St SE, 285-7666. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Ming Ten — All-you-can-eat buffet: Japanese, Chinese, sushi bar, hibachi grill and American selections. No alcohol. 2090 Celebration Dr NE (2nd floor), (616) 365-3989. mingten L, D ¢-$ Mynt Fusion Bistro — Asian fare that includes Thai, Korean and Chinese. Renowned for its curries: blue, peanut or yellow. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 800 W Main St, Lowell, 987¢-$ 9307. L, D Ning Ye — Family-owned Chinese restaurant also serves Korean fare. No alcohol. Closed Sun during winter. 6747 E Fulton St, Ada, 6765888. L, D $

Hong Kong Express — Szechuan and Cantonese for dine-in or carry-out. All-you-caneat lunch buffet. No alcohol. 150 E Fulton St, 235-3888. B, L, D ¢-$

Nu-Thai Bistro — Appetizers, soups, Thai salads, fried rice, curries and noodle dishes; seafood and duck specialty plates. No alcohol. 2055 28th St SE, 452-0065. nuthaibistro. ¢-$ com. L, D

Hunan — Full menu of Chinese options, house and family dinners for groups. No alcohol. 1740 44th St SW, 530-3377; 1263 Leonard St NE, 458-0977. L, D $

Osaka Steakhouse — Japanese cuisine, including steak, seafood, sushi. Same owners as XO Asian Cuisine. Open daily. 4977 28th St. SE, 419-4628. Facebook. L, D $

India Town — Indian fare including vegetarian and vegan in a humble atmosphere. No alcohol. Closed Tue. 3760 S Division Ave, ¢-$ 243-1219. L, D Jade Garden — Chinese cuisine with some American dishes. Children’s menu, large selection of tropical cocktails. 4514 Breton Rd SE, 455-8888. L, D ¢-$ Ju Sushi & Lounge — Sushi and sashimi selections, Japanese hibachi, tempura, soups, salads and entrées in elegant surroundings. Full bar, huge sake selection. Takeout, catering and banquet space. 1144 East Paris Ave SE, 575-5858. L, D ¢-$ Lai Thai Kitchen — Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese fare. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 1621 Leonard St NE, 456-5730. Facebook, laithai L, D ¢-$ Mandarin — Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine; buffets at lunch, dinner and all day on weekends. Cocktails. Open daily. 2460 28th St SE, 530-3300. L, D ¢-$ Marado Sushi — Sushi bar offers a wide selection of Japanese fare and a few Korean

Palace Of India — Indian cuisine with a sizeable menu that includes vegetarian selections. Lunch buffet 11 am-3 pm. No alcohol. 961 E Fulton St, 913-9000. palaceofindia ¢-$ L, D P.F. Chang’s China Bistro — Upscale chain known for modern Chinese dishes from Mongolian beef to chicken lettuce wraps. Cocktails, beer and wine. Order online for takeout. The Village at Knapp’s Crossing, 2065 Apple Orchard Ave, 447-2060. L, D $ Pho Soc Trang — Vietnamese cuisine. No alcohol. 4242 S Division Ave, 531-0755. L, D ¢ Rak Thai Bistro — Thai-fusion fare with Chinese and Japanese influences. No alcohol. 5260 Northland Dr NE, 363-2222. rakthaibis L, D ¢-$ Red Sun Buffet — All-you-can-eat international buffet: sushi, Chinese, American, Italian and Japanese selections. No alcohol. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9999. L, D ¢-$

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Seoul Garden — Chinese and Korean cuisine with full bar. Banquet and catering facilities available. Closed Sun. 3321 28th St SE, 9561522. L, D $-$$ Shang Hai ichiban — Chinese and Japanese cuisine; food prepared tableside by hibachi chefs in Japanese area. Serves alcohol. 3005 Broadmoor Ave SE (at 29th St), 773-2454. L, D $-$$ Soc Trang — Wide selection of Chinese and Vietnamese offerings. No alcohol. 1831 Market Place Dr, Caledonia, 871-9909. gosoc L, D ¢-$ Sushi Kuni — Japanese and Korean cuisine, plus fusion fare. Private groups can eat in traditional Japanese tatami room. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 2901 Breton Rd SE, 241-4141. L, D ¢-$$ Thai express — Thai specialties, spiced to customer specification. No alcohol. 4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 827-9955. thaiexpressgr. com. L, D ¢ Three Happiness Restaurant — Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan fare, with daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol. 3330 Alpine Ave NW, Target Plaza, 785-3888. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Tokyo Grill & Sushi — Japanese tatami rooms, sushi bars. Menu includes hibachi, teriyaki, Udon, tempura. Sake, plus Japanese and American beer and wine. Closed Sun. 4478 Breton Rd SE, 455-3433. tokyogrillsushi. com. L, D ¢-$ Tokyo Roadhouse — Japanese (sushi) and Chinese menus, lunch specials. Order online for pickup, delivery (until 8 p.m.) or express dine-in. No alcohol. Opens daily at 11 a.m. 4095 Plainfield Ave. NE, 365-3719. tokyoroad L, D ¢-$

Wei Wei Palace — Chinese seafood restaurant features Cantonese cuisine, dim sum and barbecue. Serves beer. 4242 S Division Ave, 724-1818. L, D $ Wonton express — No-frills ambience serving authentic Chinese fare from spicy Hunan and Kung-Po dishes. No alcohol. 6719 S Division Ave, 281-8816. L, D ¢-$ FXO Asian Cuisine — Thai, Chinese and Viet-namese cuisine with full service bar. Vegetarian options and lunch specials MonSat. Free valet parking with $30 purchase. Will deliver. 58 Monroe Center, 235-6969. L, D $-$$

yummy Wok — Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan dishes. No alcohol. 4325 Breton Rd SE, 827-2068. L, D ¢-$


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miDDle eAsterN/ meDiterrANeAN Le Kabob — Huge appetizer selection, soups, salads and sandwiches, large choice of Mediterranean entrees and combos. Kids menu. No alcohol. Open daily. 4022 Alpine Ave NE, 647-9722, and 2923 28th St SE, 272-4135. L, D ¢-$ Marie Catrib’s — Middle-Eastern fare with on-site bakery, seasonal specialties and Turkish coffee. Vegetarian options. Breakfast 7 am Mon-Fri, 8 am Sat. Lunch/dinner starts 11 am weekdays, noon Sat. Closed Sun. No alcohol. 1001 Lake Dr SE, 454-4020. mariecat B, L, D ¢-$ Mediterranean Grill — Gyros, kabobs, shwarma, falafel, hummus, kafta. All meats are halal, in accordance with Islamic requirements. Closed Sun. No alcohol. Cascade Center, 6250 28th St SE, 949-9696. L, D $ Mr. Gyros — Family-owned restaurant offering Mediterranean specialties with drivethrough, delivery and catering available. Open daily. 2260 Alpine Ave NW, 791-6660. L, D ¢-$

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Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine — Lebanese cuisine, from grape leaf appetizer and tabbouleh to shish kebob, falafel and baklava. Takeout and catering. Features Lebanese beer and wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 2228 Wealthy St SE in EGR, 456-8999. L, D ¢-$ Parsley Mediterranean Grille — Appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, lunch and dinner combos of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees, kabobs. No alcohol. 80 Ottawa Ave NW, 776-2590. L, D ¢-$ Pita House — Gyros and other Middle East specialties. No alcohol. 1450 Wealthy St SE, 454-1171; 3730 28th St SE, 940-3029; 4533 Ivanrest Ave SW, 261-4302; 134 Monroe Center NW, 233-4875. L, D ¢ Sheshco Grill — Lebanese cuisine including lots of appetizers, salads and soups; entrees such as shish kabob, lamb shanks, quail and sautéed meats, plus vegetarian and seafood options. No alcohol. Open daily. 2121 Celebration Dr. NE (Knapp’s Corner), 364-0600. L, D $ FShiraz Grille — Persian cuisine: fire-grilled kabobs, khoreshts, vegetarian options. Full bar, wine list, martinis. 2739 Breton Rd SE, 949-7447. L (Sun), D $

Zeytin — Turkish-American cuisine with extensive beer and wine lists. Takeout available. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 682-2222. zeytin L, D $

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AFricAN Little Africa Cuisine — Humble storefront café offers hearty vegetable stews; sauces and fixings served on Ethiopian flat bread. Sample other Ethiopian specialties. No alcohol. Cash or checks only. Open daily. 956 E Fulton St, 222-1169. Facebook. L, D ¢ Gojo ethiopian Cuisine & Deli — Authentic Ethiopian dishes including vegetarian options. Watt (stew-like) dishes served with injerra flatbread. Carry-out available. No alcohol. Tue-Fri lunch buffet, dinner 5-8 pm; Sat buffet 4-8 pm; closed Sun and Mon. 421 Norwood SE (Eastown), 459-3383. gojoethio L, D $

meXicAN/lAtiN AmericAN/ cAribbeAN 7 Mares — Authentic Mexican dishes including breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 3018555. Facebook. B, L, D ¢-$$ Beltline Bar — Americanized Tex-Mex menu; wet burritos are the claim to fame. Full bar. The Big Enchilada curbside service: call in your order and have it delivered to your car. 16 28th St SE, 245-0494. L, D $ Cabana Tres Amigos — Authentic Mexican fare with full bar, take-out service, vegetarian selection. Spacious with fireplaces and Mexican décor. 1409 60th St SE, 281-6891. L, D ¢-$

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Café San Juan — Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban. No alcohol. 3549 Burlingame Ave SW, 530-2293. B, L, D ¢-$ Cancun Restaurant — Neighborhood eatery specializes in Mexican seafood dishes but offers a full range of fare. 1518 Grandville Ave SW, 248-2824. L, D ¢-$ Cantina — Extensive menu of Mexican specialties with full-service bar. 2770 East Paris Ave SE, 949-9120. L, D $ Chez Olga — Caribbean and Creole fare. Veggie/vegan options. Lunch specials. No alcohol. Open until 2 am Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 1441 Wealthy St SE, 233-4141. L, D ¢



Cinco De Mayo — Mexican eatery offers the usual fare plus carnitas and steak asada. Full bar. 123 Courtland St, Rockford, 866-3438; 114 Monroe Center NW, 719-2404. L, D $ Donk’s Mexican Joint — Tex-Mex selections including wet and dry burritos. Kids menu, drive-thru available. 820 Michigan St. NE, 883-6036. L, D ¢ Downtown Trini’s — Sparta destination offers traditional fare. Full bar. Closed Sun and Mon. 134 E Division Ave, Sparta, 887-2500. L, D ¢-$

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What places do you visit on a regular basis? Over the next three installments, we’ll be sharing our picks for the rest of the city. Stay tuned!

Cheers Good Time Saloon

“Admittedly, Graydon’s Crossing is perhaps my most-frequented northeast venue. Pretty hard to beat nearly 50 great beers on draught, and an ever-changing, seasonal menu that mixes Indian and English pub food with Michigan mainstays, from veggie-filled pasties to the spicy, addictive Curry Chili-Bacon Poppers. I’ve stuck with Graydon’s since moving downtown — through changing chefs, inconsistent beer dinners and even a late-night fire that nearly destroyed the building. Lately, the restaurant has rebounded better than ever, and I’ve started to think of Graydon’s like family. It’s my go-to place. This summer, you’ll probably find me out on its deck, soaking up the sun, writing and enjoying a cool pint of Oberon.” — Jeremy

Neighborhood joints

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Jeremy and Juliet Johnson scour the city for favorite hangouts, beginning with the area north/northeast of downtown.

east joints is Cheers Good

What does it take to become a regularly frequented neighborhood joint? Longevity and popularity. Restaurants have to serve dishes that keep the locals coming back for more. Honey Creek Inn, 8025 Cannonsburg Road NE, in the tiny village of Cannonsburg, has served comfort food and drink for nearly three decades in an English-Irish pub setting. Walking into the restaurant, the first things you notice are the cozy surroundings and warm wood accents. The menu bursts with original creations, such as African-inspired Peanut Butter and Honey Wings; Frenchinfluenced Hot Ham and Brie Croissant; and the legendary Cannonsburger for beef lovers. Tillman’s, 1245 Monroe Ave. NW, is about as old-school as you can get. The family-owned restaurant has been around since 1981, and adheres to the retro steakhouse mantra of “dining and cocktails.” The wraparound bar and red-leather-bound booths have played host to regulars who eye newcomers with curiosity. The servers are succinct, sardonic and witty, with long-practiced patience for those not familiar with the menu. And what a menu! Like any classic steakhouse, you can get a filet or ribeye, but there’s also wet burritos and kebobs. If you’re looking for a taste of yesteryear, go with the liver pâté, escargot, or chicken-fried steak. Feeling adventurous? Order a plate of crispy frog legs. Tweet your northeast faves @hefedshefed #readthefeed #grjoints.

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“One of my favorite northTime Saloon. Despite the deck facing busy and noisy beats spending a summer afternoon with friends enjoying cold brews and shared munchies. Cheers isn’t the place for fancy fare. Indulge instead with the nachos, deep-fried pickle spears or Santa Fe rolls. Craving something a bit healthier? Cheers offers a variety of salads, wraps and sandwiches. The burgers are a solid choice, as well; I’m a sucker for a good olive burger. But any Cheers regular will recommend the burritos — chicken, diablo, inside out — or the famous one-pound wet burrito. So many burritos, so little time.” — Juliet

Photography by Jim Gebben

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kitchen studio Something’s always cooking at uptown The incubator kitchen at 423 Norwood Ave. SE has more than 15 tenants creating amazing products, including artisan sausage by Basil’s Choice, all natural G&E Granola, Frosty Pint’s ice cream made with Michigan dairy and local beer, and GR Bagels, the only boiled bagels in the city. On June 1, Sips Organic Juice Bar opens a second location inside Uptown. The Canning Diva is offering classes each Thursday and two Saturdays a month. For info and class schedules, visit

El Arriero —Extensive menu offers specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, Margaritas. 2948 28th St SE, 977-2674. L, D ¢-$ El Barrio Mexican Grill — Tasty and creative twists on otherwise-traditional Mexican. Full bar. 545 Michigan St NE, 301-0010. elbarrio L, D ¢-$ El Burrito Loco — More than 70 authentic Mexican selections. Complimentary chips and salsa. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-0415; 4499 Ivanrest SW, 530-9470; 4174 Alpine Ave NW, 785-4102. L, D ¢-$ FEl Granjero — Mexican fare, from steak and shrimp dishes to à la carte selections and menudo on weekends. No alcohol but tasty virgin coladas. 950 Bridge St NW, 458-5595. ¢ B, L, D

El Sombrero — Offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. Weekly specials. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 527 Bridge St NW, 451-4290. L, D ¢

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Grand Villa Dungeon — Mexican food is the specialty. Full bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 534-8435. L, D $ Jamaican Dave’s — Jerked, fricasseed or curried chicken; curry goat, oxtail, beef and chicken patties; jerked wings; salt fish and “escoveitched” fish; tofu-with-veggies. Limited seating; takeout is best bet. 1059 Wealthy St SE, 458-7875. L, D ¢ Las Cazuelas — Open for breakfast at 10 am. Genuine Hispanic flavors. 411 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 726-6600. B, L, D ¢ La Huasteca — Homemade recipes. All items can be accommodated for vegetarians. Mostly take-out with a small dining room. No alcohol. Open daily. 1811 Plainfield Ave. NE, 4477733. Facebook. L, D ¢ Lindo Mexico Restaurant — Fresh food with “real Mexican flavor.” Happy hour 2-6 pm. Kids menu. 1292 28th St SW, Wyoming, 2612280. L, D ¢-$

Fine Cabinetry Luxury Appliances Exceptional Design Maggie’s Kitchen — Mexican fare in café setting, cafeteria-style ordering. No alcohol. 36 Bridge St NW, 458-8583. B, L, D ¢ Michoacan — Mexican fare plus seafood, chicken and steak dishes. No alcohol. Open at 9 am. 334 Burton St SW, 452-0018. B, L, 
D ¢-$ Mi Tierra Restaurant — Traditional Mexican, eat in or drive through. No alcohol. 2300 S Division Ave, 245-7533. Facebook. L, D ¢ Taco Bob’s — Fresh-Mex offerings, taco salads and the “funny taco,” a hard-shell wrapped in a soft shell. No alcohol. Open 11 am-2 pm, Mon-Fri. 250 Monroe Ave NW, 458¢ 1533. L Tacos El Caporal — Two locations serving Mexican fare, with menudo Sat and Sun. No alcohol. 1024 Burton St SW, 246-6180; 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 261-2711. B, L, D ¢ Tres Lobos Grill & Bar — Lobster fajitas and parrilladas. Full-service bar. Lunch ’til 4 pm daily. 825 28th St SE, 245-5389. treslobosrest L, D ¢-$

Dining Guide Legend Grand Rapids Magazine has created these symbols to area restaurant amenities as a service to our readers. B — Serves breakfast L — Serves lunch D — Serves dinner ¢ — Inexpensive (under $10)* $ — Moderate ($10-$20)* $$ — Expensive (Over $20)* * Prices based on average entrée. - — Reviewed in this issue — Chef Profile in this issue ➧ — New listing O — GRM’s 2012 Restaurant of the Year F — GRM’s 2012 Dining Award Winner Additions, corrections and/or changes: Please email or write to Dining Guide, Grand Rapids Magazine, 549 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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By Daina Kraai Photography by Johnny Quirin

The Belknap Lookout neighborhood combines grassy city parks with the hustle and bustle of the Medical Mile.

A neighborhood with a view


f you’re looking for the best views in the city, look no farther than Belknap Lookout. Set atop a 160-foot bluff overlooking Grand Rapids and the Grand River, this neighborhood occupies the highest ground in the city. “We have a special breeze that blows up here, unlike any other neighborhood,” said Angel Gonzalez. “You have to spend a summer evening up here to truly appreciate it.” The neighborhood boundaries are Leonard and Crescent streets to the north and south, College Avenue to the east and the Grand River on the west. It includes the Monroe North Business District and the

Medical Mile along Michigan Street. Residents take advantage of the many green spaces in the neighborhood, including a community garden and six city parks. The grassy hills make for not only great views but also winter sledding at Belknap, Coit and Mary Waters parks. Canal Park and 6th Street Bridge Park are at lower elevations for a leisurely stroll along the river. Folks gather in Lookout Park and along Hastings Street to watch the July 4 fireworks. During summer months, neighbors are likely to congregate on front porches. “Just last week I went over to a neighbor’s house so she could cut my mom’s

In the late 1950s/early 1960s when I-196 was constructed, residents were cut off from the area’s main business district on Michigan Street and from downtown Grand Rapids.

Robin Kelly, Natashia Nelson and Trinitee Manning walk the steps from the Belknap Lookout neighborhood down to Division Avenue. They go up and down five times for exercise. Right: View from Hastings Street as it overlooks the highway.

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Two joggers stop to watch the sunset at Lookout Park. Below, Jayne Marie Johnson works with Coit Academy students Imani Crenshaw and Quamairon Jones at the Cultivating Hands Children’s Garden.

hair, and another neighbor came over and then another stopped by,” said Amanda Bevan. “Everyone kept coming over and talking, and my mom commented on how we have a real sense of community here — and we really do.” Ruth Gamble, who runs a day care from her home, has lived all over the city. “This is the only place I’ve really gotten to know my neighbors,” she said. “We really try to work together with our kids and support each other.” At the center of the neighborhood is Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Coit Creative Arts Academy, formerly Coit Elementary and the oldest operating school in Michigan, built in 1880. Students at Coit benefit from having the arts integrated into all subject areas, and from the Cultivating Hands Children’s Garden, where volunteers from the Belknap Beautification Committee help children plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables, and

offer canning classes to families in the fall. The Belknap Lookout area has had its challenges through the years. Charles Dexter purchased the land from the government in 1831, but the neighborhood is named for Charles E. Belknap, a veteran of the Civil War who later served as mayor and then U.S. Congressman. “Lookout” was added for the outstanding views of the city and Grand River from atop Belknap Hill. In the late 1950s/early 1960s when I-196 was constructed, residents were cut off from the area’s main business district on Michigan Street and from downtown Grand Rapids. As people flocked to the suburbs, Belknap turned into a transient neighborhood with fewer homeowners and more renters, earning the nickname “Hippy Hill” during the 1970s because of the abundance of college students. During the 1980s, crime and drugs infested the area around Clancy Avenue June 2013 / 89

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“We are a destination neigh­ borhood, not a pass-through neighborhood. I often hear first-time visitors to Belknap begin their description with ‘Wow, I had no idea.’” — Angel Gonzalez

east of Belknap Park. Steve Faas began Clancy Street Ministries in 1992 as an outreach of the Reformed Church. The Christian community development organization helped foster relations between neighbors and the Grand Rapids Police Department to curb drug traffic. Today, Clancy Street Ministries offers

support groups, financial literacy and youth entrepreneurial programs. In the 1990s, as medical buildings on Michigan Street began to expand, tensions began to arise. The so-called Medical Mile of development on both sides of the street began in 1996 with the founding of the Van Andel Institute. Now it includes Grand Rap-

Clockwise, playing softball at Belknap Park; dramatic nighttime views of Grand Rapids as seen from Lookout Park; historic sections of Trowbridge Street and North Avenue feature original field cobblestone streets, unique in the city.

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ids Community College’s Calkins Science Center, Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital complex, Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, and the Secchia Center, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, among others. “The neighborhood has been challenged by the difficult economy and various impacts from the institutional development along Michigan Street,” said resident Louis Canfield. “But we have many dedicated neighbors working to maintain our residential character and improve Belknap.” Having the Medical Mile within its southern border along Michigan Street has provided both advantages and disadvantages. “Near Spectrum Health and Grand Valley, we have a huge parking problem,” said Kristi DeKraker, executive director of Neighbors of Belknap Lookout. “We’re working with the city to look at implementing permit parking.” On the positive side, she said, the neighborhood is now safer and more appealing, attracting renters and homebuyers who work in the nearby medical facilities. Christine Warner is an MSU medical student who recently moved into the neighborhood. “It is very convenient to live here because it is only a 10-minute walk to the Secchia Center campus,” she said. Today, with a mix of rentals, historical

homes on the west side along the bluff, condos along North Monroe in old factories such as the Boardwalk in the old Berkey and Gay building, and a community called Newberry Place, the neighborhood is set for continued growth and redevelopment. “Newberry Place is a high-density pocket of 20 owner-occupied homes added to the neighborhood in 2008,” Canfield said. “It feels like an extended family.” Each home is energy-efficient, with parking on the perimeter and architecture that matches the older style of the neighborhood. While each home is self-sufficient, the urban cohousing community was designed for social interaction. “We have community meals and parties, spontaneous coffee and happy hours, and the Newberry kids play together. We manage the community ourselves, including most maintenance tasks and chores.” A group of Belknap Lookout residents is actively working to landscape, add new benches, bike paths and more at Coit Avenue and Hastings Street, a gateway to the neighborhood, said Angel Gonzalez. His Artesian Group, a residential development company, has plans to construct a mixed-use building on the corner, including a restaurant. “We are a destination neighborhood, not a pass-through neighborhood,” he said. “I often hear first-time visitors to Belknap begin their description with ‘Wow, I had no GR idea.’”

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In THe neIGHBORHOOD: > Between Belknap Park and Lookout Park is the

X eARTHWORKS SCuLPTuRe created by Robert Morris in 1973. The large X carved into the side of the hill with earth, asphalt and natural grass serves as a path from the top of the hill to the baseball fields, tennis courts and Griff’s Ice House below.

> The subsidized CReSTOn PLAZA APARTMenTS on Lafayette just south of Leonard Street, built in 1968, will be torn down and rebuilt within the next year. The 100 units are in an area prone to flooding, and two units were vacated last year due to flood water. The project is part of a federal program called Rental Assistance Demonstration.

> LeMKIn HOuSe, 817 Livingston NE, provides a home for refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S., including people from the Czech Republic, Congo, Rwanda, Pakistan and India.

Residents of Newberry Place, an urban cohousing community of 20 homes on Livingston Avenue, gather for a community meal.

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efforts to reduce the number of animals in shelters through adoption, spay/neuter programs, micro-chipping and foster care.

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So many festivals, so little time

Summer festivals fill the calendar … and they’re just getting started.

Special Events June 22 Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest: Each summer residents and visitors build artful creations in the sand at Grand Haven City Beach. Teams, families and individuals are judged and awarded prizes after two hours of constructing their unique sculptures along the Lake Michigan shore. 9 a.m. to noon.

Music June 28-29 JuneGrass: West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association presents its 18th annual event featuring local and regional bluegrass groups, instrument workshops, kids activities, songwriters competition, silent auction and more.

June 12 Bissell Blocktail Party: Bring your pooch and mingle with fellow dog lovers while enjoying music, “yappetizers,” cocktails and a silent auction on the grounds of Mangiamo restaurant. Funds raised support local organizations’

June 1-2 - West Coast Lighthouse Festival: Lighthouses from Whitehall to Ludington are showcased, along with crafts, kids activities and more. See Special Events

June 7-9 - Festival

of the Arts: 44th annual festival with music, dance, drama, storytelling, poetry, film and video and visual arts, plus kids art activities. See Special Events June 11-15 - Spring

Lake Heritage Fest: Dog walk, family fun night, car show, 5K run, golf scramble, live music, fireworks. See Special Events

June 13-16 - Waterfront Film Festival: Independent and

Photography by Johnny Quirin (top left and bottom); courtesy thinkstock ( Top right and middle)

Sports June 29 MSU Gran Fondo: Inaugural bike riding event is a fusion of cycling and cuisine and benefits skin cancer research at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Rides range from 12 to 80 miles along scenic routes beginning at The B.O.B. “Superfood” stops have gourmet snacks by the Gilmore Collection. At the end of the race, microbrew festival Gears for Beers takes place in The B.O.B parking lot.

foreign films at multiple venues. This year’s host city is South Haven. See Stage & Film

June 15 - Reeds Lake Art Festival: 47th annual juried show with more than 150 booths

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Calendar Editor, 549 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 201, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, e-mail caleditor@, fax (616) 459-4800. High-resolution photos welcomed. To meet publishing deadlines, information must be received two months prior to monthly magazine issue by the 15th of the month.

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thru June 8 - Spring parade of Homes: Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids presents its showcase of home construction, design and interiors. 1-9 p.m. Wed., Fri. and Sat. $12 adults, age 12 and younger free.

cuisine, Michigan wine and beer, and live jazz. 5-8 p.m. 304 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall. $15 (231-894-4048 or, $20 at door, 7 and under free.

thru June 9 - artprize registration: Open art competition Sept. 18-Oct. 6 in downtown GR registers artists thru June 9 and matches artists and venues thru June 20.

June 6-8 - Fashion and tea: Tour the Streets of Old Grand Rapids and learn about fashion, vintage clothing, customs and culture from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Sweet treats and tea. 1-2:30 p.m. GR Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW. $15, $13 members (front desk, 929-1700 or

June 1 - local First Street party: Tenth annual celebration of local food, wine, beer and live music, presented by Founders Brewing Co. 3 p.m.-midnight. Outside Bistro Bella Vita, 44 Grandville Ave. SW.

June 7 - Holland vintage car Show & cruise night: Antiques, classics, customs, muscle, street rods, motorcycle/scooters and tractors. 5-8:30 p.m. show, 8:45 p.m. cruise. 124 E. 8th St., Holland.

June 1-2 - West coast lighthouse Festival: Annual festival showcasing lighthouses from Whitehall to Ludington: Big Sable and Little Sable Points, Ludington North Breakwater Light, Manistee Light Point and White River Light Station. Craft fair, book signing, chalk day and other events. visitmanisteemichigan. com.

June 7-8 - kia art Fair: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 62nd annual art fair with more than 200 artists. 1-8 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Bronson Park, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo. ki

June 4 - Summer Fundraising luncheon: Feeding America West Michigan and keynote speaker Judge Sara Smolenski honor area anti-hunger advocates. Noon-1:15 p.m. Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW. $25 (616-3896356 or lindav@feedingamericawestmichi June 6 - porter Hills Foundation Fundraising Gala: Where in the World features a journey to the Land of Oz. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, performing arts. 6 p.m. Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. $150 ( or 949-4975, ext. 20434). June 6 - taste of White lake: 6th annual benefit for Howmet Playhouse features area

of fine arts and crafts in East GR. See Special Events

June 22 - eaStoWn BiZarre BaZaar: Eclectic handmade arts and crafts, plus live music and food. See Special Events

June 7-9 - Festival of the arts: 44th annual festival with music, dance, drama, storytelling, poetry, film and video and visual arts, plus kids art activities. Everything is free but the food; food sales raise money for area churches and nonprofits. Noon-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Downtown GR.

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June 8 - Heritage Hill yard Sales day: 16th annual event features dozens of Heritage Hill neighborhood yard sales. June 8 - kids Food Basket 10-year Family Gala: Outdoor festivities, food, cocktails and live entertainment for the whole family, raises money for childhood hunger. 4:30-9 p.m. Aquinas College’s Brookby Estate, 250 Robinson Road SE. $75/adults, $20/children ages 5-18. Register at

June 22 - FounderS FeSt: Founders Brewing’s outdoor beer and music festival with local food vendors and artists. See Special Events

June 29-30 Grand Haven art

FeStival: 52nd annual juried show with more than 150 artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Fun Day is Saturday. See Special Events

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June 8 - Zumbathon!: Fitness instructors promote health and physical fitness; benefits Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 5:30 p.m. DeVos Place. $25, $30 with T-shirt (helende June 8-9 - Feast of the Strawberry Moon: Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg celebrate their heritage with a re-creation of 18th century life. Historic merchandise, period costumes, entertainment and food along the Grand River. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor Island, Grand Haven. $5, $15 family (842-0700, tri-cit June 11-15 - Miss Michigan Pageant: Teen preliminary Tue., final on Wed. Miss preliminary Thu./Fri., final on Sat. 7 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $31.25 (box office or Star Tickets). June 11-15 - Spring Lake Heritage Fest: Dog walk, family fun night, car show, 5K run, golf scramble, live music, fireworks and more. Downtown Spring Lake. slheritagefestival. com. June 12 - Bissell Blocktail Party: Bring your dog(s) and mingle with fellow dog lovers while enjoying music, appetizers, cocktails and silent auction. Benefits 10 animal organizations. 6-9 p.m. Mangiamo restaurant (outdoors), 1033 Lake Drive SE. $55 in advance (, $65 at door. June 12 - Walk With Me: Easter Seals 9th annual family-friendly walk around park and inside zoo includes food, music. 5-9 p.m. John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. June 13, 20, 27 - Holland Street Performers: Musicians, acrobats, face painters, balloon artists, jugglers, magicians, storytellers and more perform free along 8th Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thu., June 13-Aug. 29. Downtown Holland. June 14 - Rendezoo: Rock and Roar: Outdoor fundraiser for the zoo includes food, cash bar, live music by Square Pegz, silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. $65 (336-3036). June 14-15 - Relay for Life: American Cancer Society’s annual overnight fundraiser. 1 p.m.1 p.m. Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St. Sign up at (search for Grand Rapids events). June 14-15 - Taste of Muskegon: Muske-

Magical experience Local magician Maciek Biezunski, winner of the “Showville” Holland episode that aired May 23 on AMC cable network, said he was “overjoyed” and hopes to take his art to a new level. The 50-year-old Poland native won $10,000 in the talent show filmed last December at Holland’s Park Theatre. Biezunski, who works as activity director at a Holland nursing home, said he has performed his act at private parties and community events — even prisons. “I have committed my life to magic,” he said. Holland is one of eight towns in the unscripted series distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The AMC crew made stops in small towns across the U.S. to audition local acts, pick four finalists to follow and end the show with a one-night competition to select a winner. For more information, visit

gon’s restaurants, bakeries and more serve their specialties. Proceeds benefit Downtown Muskegon Now. Western Avenue. Free admittance, $1-$5 food.

June 14-15 - West Catholic 50th Anniversary Celebration: Weekend celebration/fundraiser includes Polish Night on Fri.; Battle of the Alumni Bands and Beatles tribute band “1964” on Sat. West Catholic High School, 1801 Bristol NW. Info and tickets: grwestcath June 14-15 - West Michigan Chalk Art Festival: Artists display creativity using chalk to decorate the pavement. Anyone can register at Music, face painting and other activities. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Downtown Byron Center. June 14-16 - Rockford Start of Summer Celebration: Free activities and entertainment including parades and fireworks in downtown Rockford. Begins Thu. evening. rock June 15 - Franciscan Festival of the Fields: Franciscan Life Process Center fundraiser with live music, swing dance lessons, Frisbee golf, kite flying, wagon rides, craft sale, food. 4-8 p.m. Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St., Lowell Township. $20 car; $5 adult meals, $3 age 12 and under meals.

June 15 - Reeds Lake Art Festival: 47th annual juried show with more than 150 booths of fine arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. John Collins Park and Wealthy St., EGR. June 15 - Summer Solstice Benefit: Saugatuck Center for the Arts annual performance gala includes cocktails, dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions to benefit free children’s programming. 6-11 p.m. 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $175 (269-857-2399 or June 15 - Summer Stroll for Epilepsy: Fundraiser for Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan with music, food, contests and raffle. 8 a.m. Sixth Street Bridge Park, 647 Monroe Ave. NW. $20 adults, $10 kids 7-11, kids 6 and under free. stroll. June 15-16 - White Lake Arts and Crafts Fair: 35th annual juried event with more than 75 booths, plus music, food, kids activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Goodrich Park Annex, 100 N. Lake St., Whitehall. June 17 - WWE Raw: Featuring World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena. 7:30 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $15-$95 (Van

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June 8 - MMA 101st Anniversary Gala: Muskegon Museum of Art’s Black & White Ball includes live and silent auctions, cocktail party, dinner and entertainment. 5:30 p.m. 296 W. Webster Ave. $150, $125 members (231-7202571).

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June 20 - Let’s Go To Bat For Kids: Local media celebrities and priests compete in a softball game to benefit child abuse prevention and recovery programs of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Free games and activities for kids. 5:45 p.m. gates open, 6:30 p.m. opening ceremonies, 7 p.m. game. Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park. $5 (at gate or at CCWM offices in Muskegon or Grand Rapids), 12 and under free. June 21 - JDRF Bikes & Beers (and Cider) Fundraiser: An evening of merriment at Sietsema Orchards with food by Saburba, cider by Sietsema and local beers to raise money for juvenile diabetes. 6-10 p.m. Sietsema Orchards, 8540 2 Mile Rd., Ada. 6825290 or Facebook. June 22 - Eastown Bizarre Bazaar: Annual event features handmade arts and crafts with live music and food. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wealthy Street/Lake Drive area. Free. east June 22 - Founders Fest: Founders Brewing sixth annual outdoor beer and music festival with local food vendors and artists. Headliners: G. Love & Special Sauce. Age 21 and over. 3-11 p.m. Grandville Ave. between Cherry and Bartlett. $20 (Founders or found, $25 (at door).

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June 22 - Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest: Annual contest at the city beach. Groups, families and individuals are judged and awarded prizes after two-hour contest. 9-9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m.-noon sculpting.

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June 29-30 - Grand Haven Art Festival/ Family Fun Day: 52nd annual juried show with more than 150 artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Fun Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 233 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. Free. visit June 30 - Allegan Antiques Market: 400 exhibitors (200 inside, 200 outside) rain or shine, last Sunday of month thru Sept. No pets allowed. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive. $4.

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1/ New Jersey ska punk band Streetlight Manifesto will perform at The Intersection as part of its international tour.

The B.O.B: The Big Old Building houses several entertainment options, including the Spotlight Singer Series @ Crush Thu. nights thru June 13; live music at Bobarino’s; stand-up comedy at Dr. Grins; Eve Has Bass: Dubstep@The B.O.B, Thu. nights, produced by SuperDre and hosted by DJ K2Roc. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, Diversions: Nightclub offers dancing, special events. 10 Fountain St. NW, 451-3800, diversions Founders Brewing Co.: Large taproom features live music and open mic events. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, 776-2182, Grand Rapids Brewing Co.: Downtown brewery and restaurant features Unplugged acoustic sets 8-10 p.m. Sundays. 1 Ionia Ave. SW, 458-7000, grbrewing J. Gardellas: Dance Club Friday and Saturday nights on the third floor featuring DJ Kermit. 11 Ionia Ave. SW, 459-8824, Grand Woods Lounge: Restaurant/bar with dance floor, DJs Thu.-Sat. 77 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-4300, Mulligan’s Pub: Bar and music venue in Eastown. All shows 21 and over, no cover charge. 1518 Wealthy St. SE, 451-0775, Monte’s Lounge: Drinks specials and dancing every Fri. and Sat. 438 Bridge St. NW, 774-5969,


1/ tHe interSection: 7 p.m. June 22: Ska punk band Streetlight Manifesto from New Jersey appears as part of its international tour “The End of the Beginning.” All ages welcome. Tickets at Purple East, Shakedown, Vertigo Music and box office. 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232, 2/ dr. GrinS comedy cluB: June 6-8: Comedian Tom Segura, a regular on “Comedy Central,” has performed all over the world and recently released his debut album “Thrilled.”



stand-up comedians perform 9 p.m. Thu., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000, 3/ Billy’S lounGe: June 7-8: When five EGR grads moved to Colorado a few years ago, they left in search of a beautiful place to play music. Genetics returns for several shows this month. 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 459-5757,

2/ Comedian Tom Segura will perform at The B.O.B., June 6-8

The Orbit Room: Regional and national music acts, occasional stand-up comedy. Multiple bars. Open floor and seated balcony. 2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 942-1328, Pyramid Scheme: Heartside pub and music venue. Tickets:, Vertigo Music and Pyramid Scheme front bar. 68 Commerce Ave. SW, 272-3758, River City Improv: Comedy team weaves skits, games and songs with audience suggestions. Calvin College Gezon Auditorium, 3201 Burton St. SE. Preorder tickets at or Calvin box office, 526-6282, or at door. Rocky’s Bar & Grill: Dance floor opens every Fri. featuring DJs and live acts. 633 Ottawa Ave. NW, 3562346, Stella’s Whisky Lounge: Retro Dance Party with DJ Todd Ernst every Sat. 53 Commerce Ave. SW, 7424444, SpeakEZ Lounge: Bar/restaurant features live music, open mic nights. 600 Monroe Ave. NW, speak Sunday Night Funnies: Midwest comics perform 8:30 p.m. Sun. at Riverfront Hotel Landing Lounge, 270 Ann St. NW, and 8 p.m. Wed. at Howard Johnson’s bar & grill, 255 28th St. SW. Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill: Regular live acts, including comedy and music. 760 Butterworth St. SW, 272-3910, Facebook.

PhotograPhy courtesy brian kloc (toP); tom segura (bottom)

Comedy & nightclub venues

One Trick Pony: Downtown restaurant offers two live music series: WYCE 88.1 Hat Trick Series, 7:30 p.m. every other Mon., raises money for local nonprofits (first come, first serve). Acoustic Stew 8 p.m. most Thu. and Sat. evenings (reservations recommended). 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669, and Facebook.

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nuts. June 14-16 vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps. June 26-28 vs. Dayton Dragons. June 29-July 1 vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods. Game times vary. Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $6-$14 (ticket office, 800-CAPS-WIN, whitecaps-ba

Thru June 2 - Grand Haven Offshore Challenge: Fishing competition with $10,000 grand prize. May 31, Women and Kids Tournament. June 1-2, Pro/Am. Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. grandhavenoffshorechallenge. com. June 1 - 100 Grand Bicycle Tour: 40th annual bike tour with 17-, 35-, 65-, 105- and 141mile options throughout Kent County and neighboring counties. 6:45 a.m. registration, 7 a.m. ride. West Side Christian School, 955 Westend Ave. NW. June 3 - Wedgwood Golf Classic: 28th annual Wedgwood Christian Services golf event raises funds for youth. Shotgun starts 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Egypt Valley Country Club, 7333 Knapp St. SE. $215/morning or $235/afternoon, includes driving range, 18 holes, cart, breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner, awards and gift. Register at 942-2392 or June 8 - Grand River Kayak Race: Community event with kayak and canoe races, water safety info, demos and raffles. 9:30 a.m. Lakeshore Kayak Rental, 14023 Green St., Grand Haven. $25 adults, $10 children; free to watch.


Photography courtesy Brian Kloc (top); Tom Segura (bottom)

June 9 - Grand Rapids Triathlon: Third annual event includes sprint, Olympic and half-iron distances. Swim in Thornapple River, bike and run through Ada, Cascade, Lowell and Clarksville. 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. $85$285. June 10 - Mel Trotter Ministries Golf Marathon of Hope: 17th annual fundraiser features Jim Bultema, PGA professional and general manager of Railside, golfing 36 hours over two days, plus local and national celebrities. 8:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Railside Golf Club, 2500 76th St. SW, Byron Center. mel June 13-16 - Strides for Life Run: American Cancer Society’s 35th annual 25-, 50-, 75and 100-mile run. Hope College, 141 E. 12th St., Holland. $25. Registration: stridesforlife. com. June 21 - The Rides: Twilight and Midnight: GR Public Museum offers two non-competitive family bike rides through downtown GR, plus activities and after-party. Twilight ride for adults and kids 12 and under (8 p.m.) is 7 miles. Midnight ride for adults and kids over

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June 6-22 - “Wait Until Dark”: Circle Theatre presents a thriller featuring con men, a blind woman and a doll. 7:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. June 16. Aquinas College PAC, 1607 Robinson Road SE. $25 (456-6656, circletheatre. org).

12 is 14 miles. 272 Pearl St. NW. Twilight: $20 adults, $15 kids; Midnight: $40. grmuseum. org/therides.

June 21-23 - Meijer State Games of Michigan: Three-day multi-sport competition brings 5,000 athletes from all over the state. Sports are based around amateur athletes and open to all Michigan residents. state

June 7 - Daniel Tosh: The June Gloom Tour: “Comedy Central” stand-up comedian, with special guest Jerrod Carmichael. 7 and 9:30 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $59.50-$75 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

June 22 - Beach Survival Challenge: 10th annual competitions in sand soccer, ultimate Frisbee, tug-o-war, and the ultimate beach survival obstacle course. Teams need 4-6 players with at least two females. Minimum age: must at least be entering middle school. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grand Haven State Park. res

June 22 - Mercy Health Seaway Run: 5K, 15K and half marathon, plus 5K community fun walk along shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. June 29 - GR Urban Adventure Race: Fourand six-hour races include canoeing, biking, running and “Amazing Race”-like challenges. 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Garden Club Park, Rockford. $65, $130 team. grurbanadventu June 29 - MSU Gran Fondo: Cycling event starts and finishes at The B.O.B., with noncompetitive 12- (family-friendly), 40- or 80mile loops for riders of all levels. Post-ride Gran Buffet features Michigan products. Raises money for MSU skin cancer research. $60 until 6/23, $70 after. June 29 - Reeds Lake Run: 5K run and walk, 10K run, 5K doggie run and walk, and kids races begin at 8 a.m. in downtown East Grand Rapids. Post-race awards and party at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive SE. June 29-30 - Soccer in the Sand Tournament: Nationwide beach soccer series. Youth thru adults compete (5 on 5). Registration deadline: June 15. Grand Haven State Park.

Stage & Film Thru June 16 - “Legally Blonde”: GR Civic Theatre presents Elle Woods’ journey from the mall to Harvard. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sun. 30 N. Division Ave. $18-34 (222-6650 or grct. org).

This family-friendly annual festival is in its 44th year. The many live performances spread across six stages in downtown Grand Rapids are all free, but you won’t want to arrive empty handed as culinary temptations will be plentiful! Festival posters are iconic; this year local artist Abigail Bradley took on the challenge. “I knew we wanted to spotlight the spirit of this muchcelebrated annual community event, and I wanted to express it in a fresh and bold way.” Festival, which runs June 7-9, includes the Regional Art Exhibition, this year hosted by UICA. See Special Events Thru Aug. 31 - Saugatuck Shorts Film Submission: Saugatuck Center for the Arts calls for short films (five minutes or less) for juried film competition Oct. 12. Ten films will be screened. Guidelines at June 1 - Bill Maher: Comedian, political commentator and satirist. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $35.50-$99.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). June 6 - Real to Reel: Saugatuck CFA presents “Brooklyn Castle,” a documentary about a winning chess team from an inner city junior high school. 7 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $7, $5 members (269-857-2399 or

June 11-16 - “Billy Elliot the Musical”: Broadway Grand Rapids presents the story of a boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent. 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $32-$74.50 (DeVos Place, Van Andel and BGR box offices or Ticketmaster). June 13-16 - Waterfront Film Festival: 15th annual festival includes independent and foreign films at multiple venues. This year’s host city is South Haven. Complete schedule and tickets: June 13-23 - “Oy!”: Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents 12 comedies illustrating the meaning of the Yiddish word. 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sun. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $5 students (theater box office or 234-3946). June 21-22 - “Shhh! Here Come the Mimes”: Master Arts Theatre presents a show about clowns. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $10 (455-1001 or masterarts. org). June 21-July 14 - “Xanadu”: Mason Street Warehouse presents the roller-skating musical adventure about following your dreams. 8 p.m., 7 p.m. Sun., 2 pm July 14. 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $29-$42 (269-857-4898 or

Music June - Blues on the Mall: Free Wed. night concerts 6-9 p.m. June 12-Aug. 21. Rosa Parks Circle, 1 Monroe Center. Free. June - Dance on the Waterfront: Wed. night big band dances 7-9 p.m. June 12-Aug. 21. Waterfront Stadium, Grand Haven. $3. visit

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June 22 - Grand Haven Open: AGA Nation’s 5th annual Skateboard/BMX championships featuring over 30 amateur sports. 3-8 p.m. Grand Haven Skate Park, 1 Y Drive, Grand Haven.

June 7-15 - “Every Little Crook and Nanny”: Master Arts Theatre presents a comedy about a bank heist and three retired nannies. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 75 77th St. SW. $10 (455-1001 or

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June - eGr Summer concerts: Familyfriendly live music every other Tue. at 7 p.m. beginning June 25 with The Koul Band. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive, East Grand Rapids. east June - Grand Haven/Spring lake concerts: Local musicians play from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Park: June 11-Aug. 20, Central Park, Grand Haven. Thursdays at the Point: June 13Aug. 22, Mill Point Park, Spring Lake. Free. visit June - Holland Summer concerts: Live music 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Fri. June 14, Brian VanderArk. June 21, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys. June 28, The Susan Harrison Band. Kollen Park, Holland. Free. June - Jazzoo: Free jazz concerts 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Mon. June 3, Northview H.S. Jazz Band. June 10, Paul VornHagen Quartet. June 17, Tom Hagen Summer Swingers. June 24, Max Colley III’s Sextet. John Ball Zoo band shell, 1300 W. Fulton St.

Bring blankets or chairs. Garden Club Park along Rogue River. Free. therockfordnetwork. com.

Calder City Band. June 11, Kari Lynch Band. June 18, Thirsty Perch Blues Band. June 25, Mid-Life Crisis.

June - Wyoming concerts in the park: Free concerts in Lamar Park at 7 p.m. Tue. June 4,

June 8-9 - B-93 Birthday Bash 20: Country music station’s outdoor music bash featuring

SAVOR SUMMER. SAVVY FARE. SAVE THE DATE – August 14-24. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is ramping up with better-than-ever menus including ethnic offerings, farm-fresh and Michigan-made products – all complemented by your favorite beer, wine, spirits and coffee pairings. Mark your calendar and join us for the dining experience you’ve been waiting for!

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June - lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer concerts: Free concerts 7-9 p.m. every Thu. through Aug. 22. June 13, Steve Hilger Band. June 20, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. June 27, Harper and Midwest Kind. Riverwalk Plaza along Flat River. Bleacher seating or bring chairs. June - meijer Gardens Summer concerts: National acts perform in outdoor amphitheater. June 3, B.B. King ($62). June 9, Smokey Robinson ($82). June 13, Gov’t Mule ($40). June 16, Sheryl Crow ($80). June 17, Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton and Robert Cray ($73). June 20, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis ($70). June 21, Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys with Alejandro Escovedo ($58). June 24, Pink Martini ($50). June 27, Brandi Carlile with The Lone Bellow ($45). Bring blankets or low-rise chairs. Picnics allowed; no alcohol (available inside gates). Times vary. Tickets at box office, (800) 585-3737 or Star Tickets. See for July and August performances. June - music in the park: Live performances in Saugatuck 7-9 p.m. every Wed. beg. June 26. Wicks Park Gazebo, Water Street. sauga June - parties in the park: Live music, beverage tents, children’s activities 5-9 p.m. every Fri. Hackley Park, downtown Muskegon. par June - rogue river Blues: Rockford’s Tue. evening concerts showcase jazz, blues and folk music artists 7-9 p.m. June 11-Aug. 13.

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out & about WHERE TO GO / WHAT TO DO

Going places: Midnight Faces

Rachel Farley, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Uncle Kracker, Hunter Hayes, Gary Allan, Charlie Worsham, The Henningsens, Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Billy Currington. U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Martin. Free to listeners who pick up tickets, $39.99 VIP (

June 10, 17 - Circle Theatre Summer Concert Series: June 10, Singers/Songwriters of the ’70s. June 17, Music of Webber & Rice. 7 p.m. Aquinas PAC, 1607 Robinson Road SE. $17 (456-6656, June 11-15 - 38th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild: Concerts and performances at various locations, with celebration June 15 at DeVos Place ($40). Schedule and tickets: June 13, 27 - GRandJazzFest Auditions: High school and college students can join TrioJazz and local jazz artist Steve Hilger for informal jam sessions and auditions to play in festival Aug. 17-18 in downtown GR. No registration; free. 7 p.m. Noto’s, 6600 28th St. SE. June 20-22 - Big Ticket Festival: Christian music festival with bands performing on six stages, extreme sports, Kids Zone, speakers,

early EP. Now, Midnight Faces will release a full-length album June 18, following a June 6 performance at The Intersection. Previously, the band played at Calvin College and at locations in New York and

ministry and prayer tents, camping. Gates open 4 p.m. Thu., 8 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Otsego County Fairgrounds, Gaylord. Adults: $25 Thu., $35 Fri.-Sat.; ages 6-11: $10/$19; 5 and under free.

June 21 - Bachata & Salsa Dance Festival/Toby Love: Cabaret-style event with local salsa and bachata bands opening for Toby Love. 9 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $35 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

June 27-30 - Electric Forest 2013: Four-day jam band music festival also includes contests, camping, water park, horseback riding, Sherwood Forest, golf, etc. Music headliners include String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun and many more. Rothbury, north of Whitehall/Montague. June 28-29 - JuneGrass: West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association presents 18th annual event with local and regional bluegrass groups, including The Boxcars, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, Schlitz Creek and Detour. Instrument workshops, kids activities, songwriters competition, silent auction. All concerts inside. Camping available. Begins 6 p.m. Fri. Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S.

Washington, D.C. The album, “Fornication,” was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jason Martin, who has also worked with bands such as Cold War Kids. Stancil said it’s changed the way he makes music. “Just having the opportunity to play music full time and to put more energy into a project was appealing.” Although Stancil lives in Grand Rapids and Warn lives in Washington, D.C., the duo has made the long-distance partnership work, getting together at least once a month. After some brief tours this summer — possibly including Japan — the pair likely will move to California in August. “It’s just been awesome,” Stancil said. “My whole life I’ve been playing for people I know personally, and now it’s purely for the music and getting out in front of people — Pat Evans I’ve never met.”

Hudson St., Lowell. Day passes: $13 Fri., $22 Sat. Weekend passes: $25 in advance, $30 at gate.

June 30 - Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour: Classic rock concert. 7:30 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $38.50-$113.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Lectures & Workshops June - GR Public Libraries: Programs include: Reading the Great Lakes, GR Record and CD Show, Become Your Own Boss, Askthe-Lawyer Series, Early Childhood Essentials, small business classes, author visits, adult computer classes, reading clubs, kids activities. Complete schedule at Main Library, 111 Library St. NE, or Free. June - Kent District Libraries: Programs include book discussions, Early Childhood Essentials, career transition workshops, kids programs. Complete schedule at June - Moveir Dance Studio: Dance lessons in various styles (line dancing, lindy hop, Latin, etc.) 7-8 p.m. every Sat. followed by open dance 8-11 p.m. $10 lesson, $10 open dance, $15 both. 2483 Burlingame SW, Wyoming.

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Transitioning from performing in front of a group of friends to thousands of fans in Brooklyn in just few months can be quite a shock. Phil Stancil, a guitarist in local band Potato Moon, has played in Grand Rapids since elementary school in the late ’90s. In December, he joined forces with Matt Warn to form Midnight Faces. Warn is a member of Saxon Shore, an indie post-rock band from Philadelphia currently on hiatus. A mutual friend introduced the pair and an immediate connection was made. “Matt had been writing music after the band stopped playing, and he never had any singing over his songs,” Stancil said. “I tried to sing on two, and it worked pretty well.” Warn worked on most of the songs for more than a year, and the pair released an

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June - Social Dance Studio: Dance lessons in various ballroom styles 7-8 p.m. every Fri. followed by open dance 8-11 p.m. $10 lesson, $10 open dance, $15 both. 4335 Lake Michigan Drive. June - Swing Dancing: Outdoor swing dancing and instruction in downtown GR 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Rosa Parks Circle, 1 Monroe Center. June 3 - GGR Chapter Mothers and More: Game Night Show ‘n Tell. 7-9 p.m. St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. grmothers Free. June 13 - Dyslexia Seminar: Info from New Chapter Learning. 6:30 p.m. Grandville Middle School, Room 200, 3535 Wilson Ave. Registration: 534-1385. Free. June 14, 28 - Grand River Folk Arts Society: Dance instruction. 7 p.m. June 14, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE ($5). 7 p.m. June 28, Fourth Friday Contra Dance/Jam, Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th St. NW ($9 adults, $7 members, $5 students/seniors).

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June 15 - DANCEgr: Ballroom dance instruction for beginners (7-7:45 p.m.), intermediate/ advanced workshop (7:45-8:30 p.m.), social dance (8:30-11 p.m.). Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both. June 18 - Nourishing Ways of West Michigan: “Snack Night: Healthy Snacks Do Exist.” 7-8:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division Ave., Free.

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June 20 - Divorce Seminar for Women: Monthly seminar provides legal, psychological and financial info. 6 p.m. Women’s Health Pavilion, 555 MidTowne St. NE. $45 (divorce

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June 27 - Stephanie Schlatter Art Class: Landscapes. 6-8 p.m. 2100 Timberpoint, Ada. $50 (includes supplies, snacks, beverages). Pre-registration encouraged. stephanie

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Air Zoo: Aircraft, exhibits, activities, flight simulators, Michigan Space Science Center and amusement park-style rides. Open daily. $10 admission; see website for other costs. 6151 Portage Road, Portage, (269) 382-6555,

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Blandford Nature Center: Trails, nature exhibits, heritage buildings on 143 acres. Monthly workshops and activities. Interpretive Center open weekdays; trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 735-6240, blandfordnaturecenter. org. Free. Coopersville & Marne Railway: Restored 1920s-era railway. Excursion rides 11 a.m. every Wed. and Sat., and 1:30 p.m. June 22 and 29. $11.50 adults, $10.50 seniors 60 and over, $9.50 kids 2-12, kids under 2 free. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 997-7000,

1/ Growing Up Grand celebrates the centennial of Gerald R. Ford’s birth.

Coopersville Farm Museum: Acoustic Jam Nights 6-9 p.m. first and third Tue. Permanent exhibitions: Tractors, quilts, eclipse windmill, kids area. Open Tue., Thu., Sat. $4, $2 ages 4-18, free 3 and under. 375 Main St., Coopersville, 997-8555,

Museums & Attractions

DeGraaf Nature Center: 18-acre preserve with Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch. Monthly workshops and classes. Closed Sun., Mon., holidays. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, (616) 3551057, Free.

1/ Gerald r. Ford preSidential muSeum: Special exhibition: Thru Jan. 2014, Growing Up Grand, an in-depth look at Ford’s formative years through college. Photos, documents and artifacts plus sets of his Union Street home, Boy Scout camp, Bill’s Place and more. Permanent exhibitions: The 1970s, Watergate, Oval Office, New Mood at the White House. Open daily. $7, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 age 6-18, free 5 and under. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400, 2/ Grand rapidS art muSeum: Special exhibitions: Thru Aug. 25, Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter, on loan from The Henry Ford. Thru July 14, Oblique Angle by Heather McGill. Thru Sept. 1, Jansma Print Collection: Five Centuries of Masterpieces. Thru Oct. 6, GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2012: Encore! permanent exhibitions: 19th and 20th century art; design and modern craft; prints, drawings, photographs. Friday nights at Gram: Music, gallery talks, cash bar, dinner options 5-9 p.m., $5, members free. all day With the arts: Drop-in activities for kids 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Closed Mon. $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, $5 children 6-17, 5 and under free. 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000, art 3/ kalamaZoo inStitute oF artS: See Art Fair in Special Events. Special exhibitions: June 8-Aug. 31, West Michigan Area Show. June 22-Sept. 15, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. Closed Mon. $5, $2 students with ID, 12 and under free. 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 3497775,

2/ The fabrics of everyday life make up the abstract quilts of an African-American woman from Alabama, on exhibit at GRAM.

Felt Estate: Restored summer home and grounds of millionaire inventor Dorr E. Felt features the architectural beauty of the 1920s. Self-guided tours 1-5 p.m. Sun.-Tue. Available for rentals, private tours. $10; $8 age 65 and older (free on Mon.); 12 and under free. 6597 138th St., Holland, (616) 335-8982, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Special events: See Summer Concerts in Music. June 22-23, Spring Rose Show. June 28-30, Standard Flower Show. Special exhibitions: Thru Aug. 25, Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan. Thru Oct. 31, Bernar Venet, five large-scale steel sculptures. Permanent attractions: Worldclass sculptures indoors and in 30-acre park; tropical conservatory, Victorian garden, café, gift shop. Open daily. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students with ID, $6 ages 5-13, $4 ages 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580, Gilmore Car Museum: Special events: June 2, CCCA Museum Grand Experience Concourse. June 9, Vintage Motorcycle Show. June 15, Air-Cooled Car Gathering. June 16, Model T Driving School. June 28-30, Antique Tractor, Engine & Machinery Show. Permanent exhibitions: Automotive Heritage Center and six other buildings house exhibits and about 150 vehicles (open all year). Another 150 vehicles in restored barns on 90-acre campus open thru Nov. 30. $12, $11 seniors, $9 age 7-15, 6 and under free. 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, (269) 671-5089, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Special events: Thru June 16, Adventures in Balance. Thru June 2014, Kidstruction Zone. Permanent activities: Busy, Busy Bees; Bubbles!; Mom and Pop Store; Giant Lite Brite, etc. Toddler Tuesdays, 3 and under (10 a.m.-noon). Family Nights 5-8 p.m. Thu., $1.50. Closed Mon. $7.50, $6.50 seniors, kids under 1 free. 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, 235-4726, Grand Rapids Public Museum: Special exhibitions: Thru July 7, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibi-

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tion, 150 artifacts and room re-creations ($17, $16 seniors, $12 age 3-18; members: $12/$11/$10). Thru Nov., Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories. Permanent exhibitions: Streets of Old Grand Rapids, Anishinabek and Newcomers: People of This Place, Collecting A-Z, Furniture City, 1928 carousel ($1). Open until 9 p.m. June 24-28. $8, $7 seniors, $3 age 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, Holland Museum: Special exhibitions: Thru July 22, Bentheimers in West Michigan. Permanent exhibitions: Dutch Galleries of 17th- to 20thcentury paintings; cultural attractions from the “old country”; local history. Closed Tue. $7, $6 seniors, $4 students, free 5 and under. Cappon House: 228 W. 9th St.; Settlers House: 190 W. 9th St.; Main building: 31 W. 10th St., (616) 796-3329, holland

Meyer May House: Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house restored by Steelcase includes original furnishings. Guided tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue. and Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun. (last tour one hour prior to closing). 450 Madison Ave. SE, 246-4821, Free.

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John Ball Zoo: Special events: Rendezoo, see Special Events. June 22, Reptile Day. Attractions: New this year: Meijer Bear Exhibit, Jandernoa Children’s Outpost. Also, Lions of Lake Manyara, Mokomboso Valley chimps, Spider Monkey Island, Living Shores Aquarium. Summer experiences: zipline, budgie aviary, stingray lagoon, swan paddle boats. Open daily. $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors 62 and older, $6.50 kids 3-13, under 2 free. 1300 W. Fulton St., 336-4300,

Muskegon Museum of Art: Special exhibitions: Thru Aug. 11, Black/White: Works from the Permanent Collection. Thru Aug. 21, 85th Regional Exhibition. Permanent exhibitions: Paintings, prints, sculpture and glass. Closed Mon. $7 (Thu. free); $5 students; under 17 free. 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 720-2570, muskegonartmus

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Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium: Digistar and laser projectors produce special effects. Themed shows educate about the stars. In Public Museum. $3 plus museum admission, laser light shows $7. grmuse Tri-Cities Historical Museum: Permanent exhibitions: Two buildings house exhibits of Northwest Ottawa County. Closed Mon. 200 Washington Ave. and 1 N. Harbor, Grand Haven, (616) 842-0700, Free. Veen Observatory: Public viewing dates and times: 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE, Lowell.




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livinG in Harmony — Support eaStoWn brought neighbors together April 16 at Harmony Brewing Co. to raise money for the Eastown Community Association. Inforum’s Inner Circle gathered April 25 at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining to celebrate the region’s most accomplished and admired women. Community leaders, media personalities and cute kids modeled fashions from Leigh’s, Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store and Snapdragon Boutique April 24 at There’s No Place Like Home: Where Fashion Meets Art at the Goei Center. The event benefitted Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place.

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Relax: Custom Design Furniture makes it easy


SHOPPING FOR FURNITURE can be a little overwhelming at times. That’s one of the reasons Mary Collins and Jan Brown decided to combine their numerous years in the furniture and design industry to found Custom Design Furniture: They wanted to offer a non-intimidating furniture shopping experience in a comfortable and relaxed environment. One visit to their lovely Lake Eastbrook Avenue store just south of 28th Street will prove they have achieved their goal. The people at Custom Design Furniture are proud to offer an unparalleled furniture shopping experience, from their top-quality furnishings selection to comprehensive interior design services.

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Focused on offering only the best American-made furniture brands, they boast the exclusive West Michigan dealership for L. & J.G. Stickley furniture, a New York-based brand that is world renowned for its impeccable quality and heirloom characteristics. While most furniture aficionados are well acquainted with Stickley’s original Mission Collection, today’s Stickley offers a wide variety of additional furniture styles, from the well-known arts and crafts period to modern, urban leathers and contemporary suites. Selections include a wide array of high-end furniture brands as well as the Stickley-owned John Widdicomb and Nickols & Stone Furnishings. Custom Design Furniture stands behind every manufacturer they represent with complete confidence in the total satisfaction of their customers. That same level of confidence is instilled in the entire staff. “We make sure our staff is trained to the utmost and they are highly knowledgeable about the manufacture of what we offer,” said store manager Al Collins. “They regularly visit our suppliers’ factories and observe the entire production process, so they really get to know the products on a profound level.” They also take customer service very seriously and will be there to offer guidance and support all along the way. Whether the scope of your project is a single piece of furniture, one room or an entire house, you’ll have your own personal consultant

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from start to finish. And when they say “from start to finish,” they really mean it. At Custom Design Furniture you get the whole process, from an instore meeting and house calls to full-service interior design. The person you work with can help with everything from paint colors and custom window coverings to carpet, flooring, area rugs, bedding and

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beyond, including all those little designer details that give your space an exquisite personal touch. “Our people will also personally inspect your new furnishings to ensure it’s exactly as you wanted, and we’ll even come along to the house to make sure it’s properly placed,” Collins said. “That’s our beginning to end.” Because they are a commission-free store, Custom Design Furniture can offer their customers a more relaxed, no-pressure furniture shopping experience. And given the diverse expertise of the staff, you can tap into as many experts as is needed for your project. They also offer detailed computergenerated drawings that allow you to view a virtual reality of the intended design for your room, right down to the inclusion of extended family members seated for a formal holiday dinner. For those who appreciate heirloom quality furnishings, the coffeepot is always on at Custom Design Furniture. They invite you to stop by soon.

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Natural Landscapes with a timeless quality


WITH A PASSION for landscape design that embraces naturalness and timelessness, landscape architect Gary Kappes brings his considerable talents to bear on each and every project his award-winning firm undertakes. Whether seeking simple improvements to your business or home’s curb-appeal, adding a family-friendly swimming pool, or imaginative outdoor living space, the design/build firm of Kappes Landscapes can take you seamlessly from initial conception to full realization of the dream. It is a legacy established in 1968 by his parents, Calvin and Hope Kappes, that he has relentlessly pursued since taking ownership of the company close to three decades ago. For Kappes, it’s all about relationships – from

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those he cultivates with clients and his multi-talented and highly skilled crew, to ensuring harmony between structure and nature. His designs promote a sense of timelessness that complement rather than compete against a home’s architectural character or the property’s natural integrity. It is a philosophy born from an inherent love of the outdoors, a lifetime immersed in the business, and a designfocused creativity for which he credits his father’s mentorship as much as his educational development. He is also quick to credit his dedicated and professional support staff, led by longstanding supervisor Clyde Lewis: “He’s been with me for close to 25 years and really understands what I’m looking for in a plan,” Kappes noted. “He’s passionate about

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his work and passes that on to the crew to not only do the job well, but to exceed expectations.” Headquartered on the same 50acre plot of land they have occupied since 1984, Kappes Landscapes offers a beautifully developed working nursery full of possibilities. “I encourage our clients to spend time walking with us through the nursery selecting plants that aren’t always available in West Michigan,” he said in reference to the vast variety of plants that he has hand-selected from around the Midwest, and his frequent visits to North Carolina and Oregon. He finds it especially inspiring to work with clients who really understand and enjoy landscape on a higher level: “It challenges us to delve a little deeper in order to create something really unique for them,” he noted. But even landscape novices will be impressed with Kappes’

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combination of artistic design, specimen plant material and detailed implementation. “We’re not about fast fixes or fads. The passion that a designer has for each of his projects is always apparent in the finished product,” Kappes summed up. “Because we’re involved with the project from start to finish, the client gets the best of both worlds – the information they need to complete their vision, coupled with hands-on involvement throughout the process. It’s important for a client to feel that their landscape architect is maximizing his talents for them.” No matter how simple or intricate the design, Kappes Landscapes will bring something extraordinarily special to your landscape that will bring pleasure for many years.

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Let there be light… BY J. STAPLETON BURCH


WHEN SHAKESPEARE WROTE in Love’s Labour’s Lost: “Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile,” he probably wasn’t referring to Kendaall ll Lighting Center… However, for those seeking light, Kendall’s beautiful showroom at 810 Scribner should be the first thought that comes to mind. With selections from hundreds of vendors on display in their 6,000-square foot showroom, you’ll find whatever it takes to fit your style, from modern or contemporary to traditional, French country, mission style and beyond – and at highly competitive prices. They also stock a distinctive selection of fashionable home décor accessories that will add panache to any room. Whether merely looking for a new lamp or chandelier, or in need of a lighting layout, assistance with fixture selections, a jobsite, remodel or wholehome evaluation, or a custom-

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ized lighting package to evoke a particular mood or create a specific lighting effect, Kendall Lighting Center is your friendly one-stop, full-service resource. With roots in Grand Rapids that reach back over a century, they have evolved to become the city’s premier lighting center under the auspices of the Kendall Electric family since 1986. Now wholly employee owned, customers reap the benefit of the dedicated staff’s 117 years of combined professional experience and expertise. They understand the importance of lighting in the home, setting a mood and highlighting the colors of daily life. Continuously expanding their industry knowledge while staying abreast of the latest lighting trends and design developments, Kendall Lighting Center’s expert team includes four certified lighting specialists and two certified lighting consultants – the highest designation awarded by the American Lighting Association. They also are members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and support the interior design students of Kendall College of Art and Design as well as Baker College, with showroom tours and demonstrations in their overhead lighting and landscape lighting laboratories. They can also demonstrate exhaust fans and lighting control systems. “The labs are a great way to help our customers visualize the kind of effects certain light selec-

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tions will produce and how they will work in their own spaces,” explained Grand Rapids Location Manager and Lighting Consultant Kelly Sloan. “We’re very customer oriented and it’s just one more service we can offer to help guide them through the decision making process.” In that same spirit of customer service, the showroom also includes an inviting kids’ corner to keep the little ones occupied while you shop. That caring attitude even extends to the 47 communities in which Kendall Electric has a presence. Kendall Lighting Center has hosted up to five artists in the Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize competition, and in addition to annual food drives, their corporate headquarters

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includes a plot of land that is farmed by others with the harvest donated back to local communities. Last year they provided close to 30,000 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank of south-central Michigan. With so many positive things going on at Kendall Lighting Center – the vast selection, exemplary customer service, professional lighting expertise, and the resources to back it all up – the next time you have an indoor or outdoor lighting need, turn to Kendall Lighting Center. The showroom is open 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Facing Page: Metropolitan polished nickel chandelier with clear crystal accents from their Winter Solace Collection Left: Philips matte black Ecliptic LED fixture. Above: Front row, left to right: Stacey Blomeling, Rich Livingston. Back row, left to right: Julie Korhonen, Kelly Sloan, Cris Sparks, Nichelle Holland. Not pictured: Kristin Mueller. Photo by: Michael Buck

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ill Holsinger-Robinson is lead organizer for TEDxGrandRapids — last month was the third year for the event with 14 speakers and a soldout audience. He co-founded HUB Grand Rapids, building a community to bring thinkers and doers together. And he’s the Meijer Endowed Honors Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley State University. A former professional chef, the Holland father of two unwinds in the kitchen or riding his bicycle. As expected, his responses are thought provoking. WHEN I’M BORED I … I don’t think I’m ever bored. Actually, my problem is quite the opposite. I’m usually looking for moments where I can be reflective. Most of the time my schedule is too full and I’m trying to have my brain switch to the next project. PROUDEST MOMENT? The first Friday of the first ArtPrize 2009. That happened to be the beginning of our educa-

tional programming for K-12 kids. I was walking downtown and I saw and heard hundreds of kids walking around the streets. They were fully engaged, laughing, talking and wide-eyed with energy and hope in their eyes. And it hit me, “We did this.” I got chills — still do every time I think about it. WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO POSSESS? Some days I wish I was a designer, or simply someone with a readily discernible skill (I’m such a generalist by nature!). I like the idea of being a craftsperson, being able to get lost in the act of creation and producing something of value. I’m most impressed with designers and how the best of them make their work look effortless. YOUR WORST HABIT? Procrastination. I typically don’t start projects until a few days before they are due. Well, that’s not quite right. I typically spend a ton of time thinking about the work, playing with ideas, talking to people, etc., but it’s

usually not until the last minute that I start formally capturing those thoughts and turning them into something presentable. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? “The Element” by Sir Ken Robinson. I had the privilege to meet and introduce Sir Ken when he spoke this past March at the Meijer Lecture Series at GVSU. The book is a great set of stories that illustrate why we need to rethink education and the human potential. We need to remind people that they are inherently creative. MOST RECENT DOWNLOAD? I’m notorious for being an early adopter of apps of all kinds. Most recently, I’ve started playing with: Feedly, to manage the blogs I subscribe to; Vine, the video app from Twitter (although I like locally made One Second Epic); Mailbox, a new alternative to the Google Mail interface; and Photolettering, a design app from House Industries that lets you add text to your photos.


Bill Holsinger-Robinson, the founding executive director of ArtPrize, believes in the power of ideas to change the world.

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