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Bog Tours at the Berry Bunch in Holland

Bog Tours at the Berry Bunch in Holland

If you are looking for a fall drive, consider visiting The Berry Bunch store in Holland. They specialize in both blueberries and cranberries.

They carry jams, preserves, sauces, syrups, and candies, as well as a variety of soaps, fragrances, and candles. They roast all of our own coffee and add flavorings of many varieties. They also offer gift baskets for many occasions. In the fall they offer Bog Tours on Saturdays so that people can see first-hand just how cranberries are grown and harvested.

October hours: Monday-Saturday  9-5    Sunday-12-8

November & December hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30-8    Sunday-12-8

The store is closed from December 23rd to March 31.

The store is located: 0-13871 Blair St., Holland, MI 49424   Ph: 616-399-1687

Downtown Holland Announces Live Mannequin Night Winners

Downtown Holland Announces Live Mannequin Night Winners

Crowds came out with umbrellas in hand last Friday night to see their favorite board games come to life during Downtown Holland’s Live Mannequin Night event, sponsored by West Michigan Community Bank.  Volunteers from the community posed as mannequins in 40 different windows and storefronts during the event, depicting popular games in imaginative ways.

Kandu lands military bandage contract

Kandu lands military bandage contract

Written by  Joe Boomgaard

HOLLAND — Thanks to an international partnership, a local nonprofit organization will be putting people with barriers to employment to work.

Holland-based Kandu Inc. entered a three-year partnership with Israel-based PerSys Medical, a medical supplier that has a contract to supply the U.S. Army with battlefield bandages. The agreement will result in Kandu assembling more than 1.2 million bandages in its clean room that it opened in 2009, the company said in a statement.

Kandu offers workforce development services and annually helps about 1,700 people with barriers to employment to become “employable.” The nonprofit, which was founded in 1953, works with about 70 companies per year.

About 30 to 40 people from the 300-person company will be dedicated to the new military...

Holland Hospital expansion gears up for aging population

Holland Hospital expansion gears up for aging population

Written by  Elijah Brumback

HOLLAND — Michigan’s population continues to get older, and hospitals want to be prepared to handle them into their golden years. That’s spurred many health care organizations to beef up their facilities to handle the expected silver tsunami of baby boomers in the coming years.

Holland Hospital is one of them. The organization is in the middle of a $10 million expansion of its orthopedic, spine and neurosurgery unit.

As patients are opting for more orthopedic surgeries such as knee and hip replacement, the hospital saw the need to expand its facilities to better handle the increasing volume, said Kristie Dennett, orthopedic services coordinator for Holland Hospital.

Haworth-AIS deal broadens small business reach

Haworth-AIS deal broadens small business reach

Written by Joe Boomgaard

HOLLAND — Haworth Inc. has acquired a strategic interest in Hudson, Mass.-based AIS, a manufacturer of office furniture and seating.

The Holland-based office furniture manufacturer recently issued a statement to its dealers in late August notifying them of the deal.

“This very much is a dealer project and a dealer announcement, and we want to work with them on this announcement,” Julie Smith, spokesperson for Haworth, told MiBiz. “This is about our distribution channel.”

In the note to dealers, Haworth Vice President of Global Sales Todd James said the association with AIS will help dealers broaden their product portfolio to better serve small and midsized businesses. AIS Executive Vice President Rob Lazarus characterized the agreement as “a mutual opportunity” for both companies.

Holland nonprofit wants to bring back blighted neighborhood

Holland nonprofit wants to bring back blighted neighborhood

By Elijah Brumback | MiBiz

HOLLAND — The effort to make communities more vibrant and connected can spur local governments to think outside of the box.

Some could argue that's what happened in June when the Holland City Council approved the acquisition of two properties under the Ottawa County tax foreclosure program. The city acquired the properties for $26,700 not for itself, but on behalf of 3sixty, a nonprofit community development organization located on the city's east side.

The commercial property located at 29 West 16th Street currently houses Petrino's Pizza, while the residential property at 448 College Avenue remains vacant.

With the help of an anonymous $25,000 donation, 3sixty put down a deposit, signed a purchase agreement and expected to close on the properties in mid-July.

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

By Mark Sanchez | MiBiz

WEST OLIVE — One West Michigan county plans to study whether it can feasibly tap into its historical roots in agriculture to create a new business incubator aimed at creating a sustainable economic future.

Ottawa County this summer commissioned a $30,000 feasibility study that's examining the potential for an agricultural technology business incubator to support innovators and entrepreneurs. If it finds validity in the idea, the feasibility study also will identify capital and ongoing costs and recommend a potential business plan on how to fund the development and operations of a business incubator.

Ottawa County would only proceed with the project if the feasibility study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows clear potential for success, said Mark Knudsen, director of the planning and performance improvement for the county.