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Members are welcome and encouraged to attend these events! What a great way to visit with fellow Chamber members and learn about their business.

Dates and times may change. To learn more about the member business or their ribbon cutting event, call or click the link to contact the member directly. Thank you!

Members of the Ambassadors Committee worked out with Pure Barre Grand Rapids during their ribbon cutting event.

Chamber Ambassador Elizabeth Kuncaitis of Standard Computer Systems (above) along with Ambassadors Lindsey Simmons of Restaurant Parnters and Michelle Damstra of Office Staffing (below) hit the test track at TerraTrike's grand opening event.


Chamber Staff Member Wesley Trimpe and Chamber Ambassador Brett Blythe of Northwood University, sign the ribbon at Houlihan's.


Chamber Ambassadors Jill Murray (right) of JQ99 & 1260 The Pledge and Laura Hanis (center) of Decor & You enjoy networking with Kary Moening (left) of Serendipity Media at the 10 year anniversary celebration and launch of West Michigan Woman Magazine.

Winter 2012 Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations are extended to the following Chamber members on their celebrations!

Metro Cars/Metro Cab of Grand Rapids

4678 Danvers Dr SE
Kentwood, MI  49512

Metro Cars/Metro Cab of Grand Rapids celebrated “going green” with the conversion of their fleet to alternative-fueled vehicles powered by clean-burning propane. Metro Cab of Grand Rapids located in Kentwood, recently installed two 1,000 gallon propane tanks.  Metro Cabs’ commitment to environmentally-friendly vehicles on Michigan’s roads, is their sincere commitment and investment in our state and our planet.

Need a ride to the airport or a limo for an evening out in Grand Rapids?  Call Metro Cars/Metro Cab and do your part for cleaner air. 


Kilwin’s Chocolates

146 Monroe Center NW Suite 146
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

A grand opening celebration was hosted by Kilwin’s Chocolates at their new location on Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids.  Enjoy some famous Kilwin’s chocolates, hand-paddled fudge, original recipe ice cream and other delicious treats and snacks.  The Chamber favorites at Kilwin’s include the peanut butter fudge, Kilwin’s Tracks ice cream and the caramel corn.

Kilwin’s is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am – 10:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.  They even deliver! 


Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop

3773 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop on Plainfield Ave NE is open for business; the Chamber welcomes you to Grand Rapids! Tim Hortons features their legendary coffee and donuts along with iced coffee, specialty tea and hot beverages, snacks, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps, hot bowls and breakfast.  One of the Chamber favorites is the Cherry Chip Timbits.

Grab the family and head over to Tim Hortons! 


Rainbow Child Care Center

2571 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Rainbow Child Care Center celebrated the opening of their newest Grand Rapids location on the 100th day of being open.  Rainbow Child Care Center is committed to providing a nurturing, educational and safe “home away from home” environment for children.   They offer programs for Infants through school age (before and after programs) and summer camps.

Contact them today for a tour of their facility! 


Modern Health Veterinary Hospital

1971 E Beltline Ave NE Suite 110
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

A grand opening celebration and open house event was hosted by Modern Health Veterinary Hospital.   The staff at Modern Health Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing your pet with the very best medical care available. They have an extensive list of services to meet your pet’s needs.

Visit their office to learn more about the services they offer and meet “Trek” the resident Desert Tortoise. 


D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Home

805 Leonard St NE                                        
Grand Rapids, MI  49503                              

2355 Knapp St NE - St. John's Home Campus
Grand Rapids, MI  49505

The St. John’s Home Campus was selected to receive a playground from KaBOOM! and the nominating partner, Amway.  More than 300 volunteers from Amway, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, organizers from KaBOOM!and residents of the local community joined forces on Friday, June 8, 2012 to build a new playground structure at the St. John’s Home Campus. 

This playground is the 14th built by KaBOOM! and Amway and the 10th built in Grand Rapids.  The new playground provides the children at St. John’s Home Campus with a safe place to play. 


Blythefield Country Club

5801 Northland Dr NE
Belmont, MI  49306

Blythefield Country Club kicked of the start of their summer with the grand opening of their new patio, pool additions and a junior entertainment pavilion.   Blythefield Country Club is a welcoming community with an 80 year history, providing a complete experience for the entire family; from junior sports and championship golf to exceptional dining.

Contact Blythefield Country Club to learn about the membership privileges they have to offer. 


AuditCo – A 401(k) Auditing Firm

40 Monroe Center St NW Suite 303
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Auditco celebrated the opening of their Grand Rapids location.  AuditCo is a 401(k) auditing firm with over 15 years of experience in the 401(k) field.  Their goal is to make the audit process complete, efficient and cost-effective.

Contact them today to learn about how their experienced team can help your business. 


Jake’s Fireworks

4600 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Jake’s Fireworks opened their first Michigan location on 28th street in Grand Rapids!  This location of Jake’s is a 40,000 square foot Megastore.  Jake’s Fireworks is the leading distributor of wholesale and retail fireworks in the United States.  The Grand Rapids location will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Jake’s has something for everyone; stop in and check out their inventory. 


Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

3142 4 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Robinette’s celebrated 100 years with the unveiling of their Centennial Farm sign. Robinette’s is a destination where you can enjoy horse drawn hayrides, hike or mountain bike on their trails, enjoy lunch or a tasty treat and some cider in the Apple Haus.  Visit the Winery were there are 18 Michigan made wines for you to sample along with non-alcoholic sparkling raspberry juice that you can take home for the kids. The cider season never ends; you can purchase a cup, quart or gallon during any season.

Everyone will have loads of fun at Robinette’s! 



4592 40th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

DVS unveiled the new name and brand of DVS Interact at their annual Summerfest Celebration.  DVS provides innovative, integrated marketing communication solutions through their three groups DVS Custom, DVS Creative, and now DVS Interact.

Contact DVS and learn about the successful marketing communication solutions they can provide for your business. 


The Cheshire Grill

2162 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49505

The Cheshire Grill has completed their renovations and celebrated their grand opening!  The Cheshire Grill has a long history in the Cheshire Village District as “The” place to eat.  Breakfast is served all day, along with scratch cooking from Chef Spencer and Mindy the in house baker.

Visit The Cheshire Grill and enjoy “Food To Dine For” and scoop of ice cream from the Ice Cream Bar.  You might even see the Cheshire Cat while you are there! 


West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local Union #174

1008 O’Malley Drive
Coopersville, MI  49404

Three Chambers (Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, and Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce) and three pairs of Big Scissors were at West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local #174 for the unveiling of their new training center.

For over 100 years, Local 174 has furnished the most highly skilled, motivated and exceptionally well-trained workforce to West Michigan mechanical contractors.  The jurisdiction of Local #174 includes the counties of Kent, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa and Ionia. 


Metron of Forest Hills

1095 Medical Park Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546

Metron of Forest Hills celebrated the opening of their recently renovated sub acute unit and family lounge.  Metron of Forest Hills is a 123 bed facility offering sub  acute rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, and clinically complex care to patients through the State of Michigan.  Each sub acute patient room comes equipped with free cable TV and access to both wireless internet and telephone services.

Metron Integrated Health Systems’ services are recognized throughout Michigan as a leader in health care.  Metron has served the West Michigan community for over 35 years and is the largest non-hospital sub acute health system in the West Michigan Area operating 6 facilities. 



4550 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546

The first Wellness Experience Walgreens in Michigan is now open!  Congratulations are extended to Walgreens on the opening of their newest store on Cascade Rd SE.  The Wellness Experience store is an innovative approach to the traditional drugstore.  In addition to the state-of-the-art pharmacy, you will find a professional team, immunizations, screenings and answers – all surrounded by products essential to a healthy and happy life.

Experience wellness and visit the new Walgreens today! 


Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern

4553 Canal Ave SW
Grandville, MI  49418

The doors are open at the 2nd West Michigan location of Bagger Dave’s!   Bring your friends, bring your family and enjoy one of the legendary burgers at Bagger Dave’s.  Build your own or choose one of Dave’s favorites off the menu and wash it all down with a Michigan Craft Beer.

Two locations to choose from:

4553 Canal Ave SW | 616.608.7498

2817 Kraft Ave SE | 616.977.4349


Subs N More Grand Rapids

146 Monroe Center St NW Suite 160
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Welcome Subs N More to downtown Grand Rapids!  Subs N More opened their doors in GR with a ribbon cutting ceremony joining two additional locations in Holland and South Haven.  The menu features salads, party-sized and specialty baked sub sandwiches, nachos, fries, soups, hand-rolled pizzas and cinnamon bread; all of the bread and dough is baked fresh daily. 

Stop in for lunch or contact them to learn about their delivery service. 


West Michigan Community Bank

177 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


West Michigan Community Bank opened the doors of their new location in downtown Grand Rapids.  West Michigan Community Bank was founded in 1976 and has a record of consistent growth and financial stability. 

Visit them at any of their West Michigan locations in Hudsonville, Jenison, Holland, Zeeland and now Grand Rapids! 



4460 40th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

As a result of unprecedented business growth, TerraTrike has moved into a new, state-of-the-art building on 40th St SE.  TerraTrike is committed to producing the most innovative, comfortable and earth friendy human powered vehicles.  Visit their showroom and factory to check out their inventory and every accessory you can imagine.  While you are there, take a trike for a test drive in their parking lot or large indoor test track. 

The Chamber staff and Ambassadors enjoyed our visit to TerraTrike and know you will too! 


Pure Barre Grand Rapids

2107 E Beltline Ave NE Suite C
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Pure Barre Grand Rapids celebrated the grand opening of their new facility on the East Beltline near Knapp’s Corner.  Pure Barre uses isometric movements at the ballet barre set to motivating music.  Clients see results in the change of the shape of their body in just 10 classes.

Get results, lose inches in weeks, and have fun!  Contact Pure Barre Grand Rapids today to learn about their classes. 


Bergman Power Equipment

4073 Remembrance Rd NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49534

Bergman Power Equipment celebrated their grand opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting.  Bergman Power Equipment provides quick, reliable maintenance and service for all of your outdoor power equipment.  In the market for something new?  Visit their recently remodeled retail store and check out their inventory of riding and push mowers or maybe even a chainsaw.  Their parts department is extensive and known for carrying those hard to find parts.

Watch for their mobile maintenance service vehicle hitting the roads soon in the Walker/Standale Area!

Contact them today to schedule your service appointment. 


Mel Trotter Ministries

225 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Mel Trotter Ministries opened the doors of their new Community Day Center and renovated Food Pantry at 47 Williams Street SW, just behind their Commerce Avenue headquarters.  This was all made possible through a fundraising campaign project that reached its goal thanks to the generosity of the citizens and businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids Community.

The Day Center will provide shelter for up to 100 homeless men, women and children at any given time.  The Food Pantry’s renovations included increasing the storage space for donated food and adding a refrigerated room for repacking meats, dairy and produce into small portions for individual households.

Contact Mel Trotter to help support the hungry, hurting, and homeless through a gift donation or volunteering of your time. 


blue,  A Goodwill boutique 


974 Cherry St SE                                       40 Monroe Center (MoDiv building)
Grand Rapids, MI  49506                           Grand Rapids, MI  49503
616.458.6354                                              616.232.5879

Congratulations Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids on the opening of their blue boutique stores.  Two blue locations to choose from; one in East Hills on Cherry St SE and one downtown on Monroe Center in the MoDiv building.  The boutique stores sell primarily new and gently used designer women’s apparel, accessories and home décor; trendy merchandise in a hip eclectic setting.

Shop for a cause and visit either of the new blue boutiques or any of the 17 Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids locations.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids


Tuttle’s Select Cigars

3835 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Tuttle’s Select Cigars hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing their new ownership.  Tuttle’s ensures a top-shelf experience in every visit for the seasoned cigar aficionado or aficionada and those who are new to the pleasures of a fine smoke.  They feature one of the area’s largest selections of premium, hand-rolled cigars and pipe tobaccos.

Stop in and enjoy a fine cigar in their newly decorated cigar lounge. 


Genius Phone Repair

2090 Celebration Dr NE Suite 109
Grand Rapids, MI  49525


Genius Phone Repair celebrated the grand opening of their 2nd location!  Genius Phone Repair provides repair services for iPhones, iPods, Android Phones, iPads and other Smart Phones.  Their commitment is to provide the highest quality repair and customer service while getting your device bank in your hands after just one business day. 

Need a fix for your mobile device?  Contact Genius Phone repair to schedule an appointment at either of their Grand Rapids locations.

2090 Celebration Dr NE | 616.551.3082

4693 Wilson Ave SW | 616.855.1070 


Uptown Kitchen

423 Norwood Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49506


Uptown Kitchen celebrated their grand opening with a community open house.  Uptown Kitchen is a licensed commercial kitchen and event space that exists to foster the food culture in Grand Rapids and support the growth of small business.  Serving as a culinary incubator, Uptown Kitchen opens up opportunities for food based start-ups who do not need or cannot afford a full-time licensed commercial kitchen.

Uptown Kitchen also features a dining room that seats up to 49 people; a great location for any social event that involves food! 


Specialized Staffing Solutions

3128 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Specialized Staffing Solutions celebrated the relocation of their Grand Rapids office to a new location on 28th Street SE.  Specialized Staffing Solutions provides employees to fit a company’s every need.  They offer full-service staffing in Office Professional, Light Industrial/Manufacturing, and Technical/Professional disciplines for temporary, temp-to-hire, direct-hire, contract, contract-to-hire, or permanent personnel.

Contact them today for all of your staffing needs. 


The Sharpe Collection

1010 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49508


The Sharpe Collection celebrated the grand re-opening of the recently renovated Land Rover showroom.   Specializing in premium automobiles and premium service, The Share Collection has a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying their customers’ needs.

Considering the purchase of a new Mini cooper, Land Rover, BMW or Jaguar?  Contact them today to schedule your test drive. 


TigerLilly Arabic Language Academy

1234 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49505

Congratulations TigerLilly Arabic Language Academy.  TigerLilly Arabic Language Academy was founded in Grand Rapids in 2003.  They offer four programs and monthly Arabic study courses in all levels of modern standard Arabic and classical Arabic throughout the year.  They have recently received their accreditation by the NCA to be the first local academy for Arabic language studies in West Michigan and have also established online courses.

Contact them today and register for an upcoming class.



Wolverine Company Store

40 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


Wolverine Company Store celebrated the grand opening for their downtown Grand Rapids location in the MoDiv building.  Wolverine Company Store is a one-of-a-kind shop that carries a unique and edited assortment of goods for men, women, kids and dogs.

Stop in for a look and discover something unique and fun in footwear and fashion. 


Grand Coney

809 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Congratulations Grand Coney on their Grand Re-Opening!  Grand Coney is a classic diner serving a broad range of traditional breakfasts, custom coney dogs, and classic comfort foods. 

The Grand Coney is open 24/7 and is sure to have something on their menu to satisfy any of your cravings.  Come in hungry any time of the day or night! 


Central District Cyclery

52 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


Central District Cyclery opened the doors to their new location on Monroe Center NW.   Central District Cyclery is an urban bike haven featuring a showroom for bikes, clothing and shoes, maintenance area for bike repairs, bike storage and rentals.

Tour the city on two wheels and rent or buy a bike from them today! 

Central District Cyclery….spinfully good. 


Buffalo Wild Wings

8 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Congratulations Buffalo Wild Wings on the opening of their downtown Grand Rapids location.   This multi-level restaurant features four bars, a game area, and outdoor patio seating.  

Stop in to congratulate them and enjoy some of their boneless wings and a bottle of your favorite dipping sauce.   


Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

3275 Walker Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49544

Congratulations are extended to the Girl Scouts on the celebration of their 100 year anniversary.  A bridging ceremony along with a ribbon cutting was held on March 12, 2012 in honor of this and the many other achievements of the Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore serves more than 11,000 girls, ages 5-17, in 30 counties in northern and western Michigan.

On a side note….your Girl Scout cookie orders should arrive in the next few weeks and booth sales will begin toward the end of March! 



2900 Charlevoix Dr. SE, Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI  49546


DPT has tripled the size of their office space and celebrated their relocation with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  DPT focuses on helping implement lasting value in your business through performance improvements.  The three core services of DPT are Customer Relationship Management, Project & Program Management, and Business Process Management.

DPT; Aligning People and Process to Drive Performance. 


Newk’s Express Café

2650 East Beltline Ave SE, Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI  49546


Newk’s Express Café celebrated the grand opening of their first Michigan location right here in Grand Rapids!  Newk’s provides an express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness and flavor.  You can select from fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Stop in for lunch, a mid-day snack, dinner, a late-night-bite or have them cater your next event or office luncheon. Some of the Chamber favorites on the menu are the Loaded Potato Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Newk’s “Q” Sandwich and the “Tippah County” Caviar. 


Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.

3035 Prairie St SW
Grandville, MI  49418

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids broke ground for their new Cascade Goodwill store location on Kraft Avenue SE.  This new location will mark the third LEED Certified store for Goodwill and the 16th store location in their 8 county territory.  Goodwill plans to have the Cascade location opened as a donation center and shopping experience in July 2012.

Shop Goodwill….Changing lives and communities through the power of work. 


Metron Integrated Health Systems

4630 Plainfield Ave NE Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI  49525


Congratulations are extended to Metron Integrated Health Systems on their 35th Anniversary!

Metron Integrated Health Systems is a West Michigan based company dedicated to providing quality healthcare in a compassionate and caring manner.  Metron is the largest, privately owned sub-acute rehab organization in West Michigan providing services such as therapy, skilled nursing and dementia care.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit them at one of their six locations for a tour and to congratulate them!

Metron of Forest Hills – 1095 Medical Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

Metron of Cedar Springs – 400 Jeffrey Street, Cedar Springs

Metron of Lamont – 13030 Commercial Street, Lamont

Metron of Greenville – 828 E. Washington Street, Greenville

Metron of Belding – 414 E. State Street, Belding

Metron of Big Rapids – 725 W. Fuller, Big Rapids 


H&S Companies

4575 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49534

H&S Companies celebrated the completion of their Grand Rapids location renovations with a ribbon cutting and open house event.  H&S Companies can be the core to your business network.  Providing much more than just accounting services, H&S Companies can assist your business with payroll, lean process improvement, business consulting, marketing and more. 

Contact H&S Companies and learn how they can help your business; or visit them at one of their eight locations across Michigan.  


Empire Beauty School

1735 4 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Empire Beauty School held a community open house celebrating the recent renovations to their Grand Rapids location.  Empire Beauty School provides a high-quality education and training to future beauty professionals for successful, rewarding and in-demand careers in the beauty industry. 

Call them today to schedule your appointment or stop by and review the menu of salon services available. 


Great Lakes Bottling Company

2710 Northridge Dr. NW Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI  49544

Great Lakes Bottling Company celebrated their relocation with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Great Lakes Bottling Company provides quality private label bottled water at an affordable price from their state of the art facility.

Contact them today and learn about a refreshing way to advertise your business or event!

 Check out their video below!



The Rapid

300 Ellsworth Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

The Rapid celebrated the opening of the renovated Wealthy Street Operations Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attend by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  The Rapid provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond.

Ride The Rapid!



678 Front St NW Suite 160
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

UDECON - Universal Decontamination Services is poised to be the leader in the air quality industry. They have gathered the leading experts in toxin detection and testing, remediation, post-remediation contracting, and decontamination products and services. UDECON's organization is the one source for all of your air quality concerns from consulting to complete cleanup and rebuilding.  UDECON's products are designed specifically as a general non-acid based decontaminant, cleaner and disinfectant.

UDECON, a new solution.


MoDiv, The Shops at Monroe and Division

40 Monroe Center Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


Welcome MoDiv to downtown Grand Rapids!  MoDiv held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating their grand opening and the collaboration of 9 new businesses under one roof at the corner of Monroe & Division.

The Chamber extends our congratulations and best wishes to MoDiv and all of their retail tenants.


Ribbon Cuttings

Thank you for inviting the Chamber to participate in your events!
2012 Member Celebrations Year-To-Date = 69

Ribbon cutting events are a fun way to shine the spotlight on your business and let other Chamber members know you're there to serve them. We have a fun time doing them, too!

 "A HUGE thank you to the Chamber for making our Open House such a great success!  We really appreciate all the wonderful things that you have done and continue to do for us." 

Maryann Gillespie
Sales & Marketing Assistant
Great Lakes Bottling Company


Ambassadors Brett Blythe, Northwood University (pictured below, 1st photo) and Brad Haverkamp, Chase Bank (pictured below, 2nd photo) enjoyed test driving some of the riding lawn mowers at Bergman Power Equipment.


Members of the Ambassadors Committee along with Kent County Commisioner Gary Rolls, take a tour of the renovated sub acute rehab unit at Metron of Forest Hills.

Chamber Ambassadors pose for a photo with the Cheshire Cat at The Cheshire Grill ribbon cutting event.


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