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Tree Huggers is More than A Store

Tree Huggers is More than A Store

By J. Bennett Rylah

Angela Topp opened her first Tree Huggers in August of 2010 in Holland. The earth-friendly, no-waste retail store there, she says, had the same response when it first opened as when she opened her Grand Rapids branch in East Hills (947 Wealthy St. SE) this summer.

"[Customers are] a little hesitant at first, thinking that we may try to convert them to veganism or have them join Greenpeace," she says, "but they usually get excited once they look around. I think I get more hugs and 'thanks for opening up' than your average business."

Treat the Skin You’re In With Michigan-made Bath and Body

Treat the Skin You’re In With Michigan-made Bath and Body

Imagine a soap that treats any skin type and makes your skin incredibly soft. And it’s 100% natural. Even better, it’s made right here in Michigan. These bath and body products are must-tries, and you’ll support local business in the process.

Here are five stories of Michigan-made products:

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Local pop bottlers talk innovation

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HOLLAND, Mich. – The multi-generational journey that included growing a Holland soft-drink company from a home-based start-up into one of the nation’s largest private soft drink bottlers will be the focus of “The Brooks Family:  Four Generations of Bubbling With Innovation (Or Four Generations Of Bubbling Innovation)” on Monday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall through the Meijer Lecture Series at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The presentation will be by James W.F. Brooks and son, Scott, who were the third and fourth generation to work with Holland-based Brooks Beverage Management Inc. (later Beverage America Inc.) and continue to work together through Brooks Capital Management LLC, a Brooks family holding company.

Brooks Beverage Management Inc.

West Ottawa Schools seeking school board candidates

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The West Ottawa School District is seeking candidates to fill the school board seat of William Bloemendaal, who has resigned from the board after serving on it for 20 years.

Anyone interested in the seat is asked to submit a letter of interest, in writing, addressed to Board President Scott VanderStoep at West Ottawa Public Schools, Administration Office Building, 1138 136th Ave., Holland, MI 49424.

Candidates, who must be a United States citizen and a qualified and registered voter of the West Ottawa School District, have until noon Sept. 16 to submit their letter of interest.

The school board will interview all interested candidates and fill the vacancy by a majority board vote.

Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

From: http://www.hollandchamber.org/

The Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and Zeeland Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to a Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.  This event will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center.

During this luncheon, you will have the opportunity to hear an update on the current issues in Washington D.C., engage in discussion with Senator Stabenow, and network with other politically active citizens.  A question and answer session will directly follow the Senator's presentation.

Debbie Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate in 2000.  She is currently Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees.

Connect Four: Sparkeology

Connect Four: Sparkeology

By J. Bennett Rylah

I'm sitting on Sly, working on Duane. Manny is nearby, Wally is in the window.

Duane, I hear, is "a team player, always ready for action." Duane is also a table. Resin workstation, divided in the center with a number of sockets and ports for USB devices, iPods and iPhones. Manny is a round ottoman with a built-in power hub, surrounded by smaller ottomans for seating. Wally is a portable, scalable, reusable signage unit. And Sly is a chair.

These pieces of furniture from Sparkeology sit in our new office. Our first week up and running, this issue is the first to be completed in the space. Thanks to the benevolence of Sparkeology and a little paint work courtesy of Rapid Growth publisher Jeff Hill, it's starting to look like home.

Herman Miller to Partner with Italian Manufacturer Mattiazzi

Herman Miller to Partner with Italian Manufacturer Mattiazzi

News Release: Beginning September 1, 2011, Herman Miller will become the exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Mattiazzi, manufacturer of wood dining chairs and tables. The offering will include the complete line of Mattiazzi products, including those designed by Studio Nitzan Cohen, Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. By partnering with Mattiazzi, Herman Miller expands the choices it provides to designers and consumers in North America.

“Mattiazzi has a history with design, craft, industrial processes, and sustainable practices,” says Jack Schreur, Vice President of Herman Miller Classics and Retail. “That makes them a natural fit with Herman Miller. In the past, when you needed a wood supplier that could do the impossible, you called Mattiazzi.