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Change Ups: Downtown GR home to new bridal boutique

April 7, 2017
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Ali Nicole Bridal

A new bridal boutique recently opened in downtown Grand Rapids at 52 Monroe Center. Ali Nicole Bridal features bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. A variety of trunk shows are scheduled. Owner Ali Powell said she wanted to create a modern bridal shop that offers dresses by up-and-coming designers who strive for high quality, freshness and effortless beauty. Rockford Construction owns and manages the building and completed the custom buildout of the 3,535-square-foot space.


ManoByte was recognized by Michigan Celebrates Small Business as one of the 2017 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently honored three firms for engineering and surveying excellence. Engineering Merit Awards: AECOM for its work on the M-100 over CN/GTW Railroad in the City of Potterville; Prein&Newhof for its work on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Drainage Improvements and Natural Treatment System project; and Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award: Fleis & VandenBrink for its work on the Muskegon River Mapping project for the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission in Muskegon.


IntegraCore Constructors named Steven Parrott its field manager. He will assist with the management, training and mentorship of the IntegraCore tradesmen in support of the execution of contracted projects throughout the United States.


Grand Valley State University faculty members Lisa Feurzeig, professor of music; Jitendra Mishra, professor of management; and Brian Phillips, professor of sociology earned Core Fulbright Scholar awards from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to teach or conduct research for a semester overseas. Feurzeig plans to observe operetta productions performed by companies in Austria, Germany and Hungary; Mishra will teach graduate courses in international human resources management, international management and organizational behavior at the Birla Institute of Management Technology in India; and Phillips plans to teach and conduct research at the Cracow University of Economics in Poland.

Grand Rapids Community College and Holland Home opened a training lab for a new certified nursing assistant program, so students can gain crucial clinical experience by working with Holland Home and other long-term health care employers’ staff and patients. Holland Home renovated a 1,200-square-foot former physician’s office into a training lab at its corporate headquarters, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, to be used exclusively for GRCC’s CNA students.


Italian grocer G.B. Russo & Son announced it will rebrand itself to Russo’s International Market to commemorate the company’s history dating back to 1905. Russo’s will host a variety of giveaways, in-store events, and promotions spanning a three-month period. A community celebration will be held in May.

Long Road Distillers was awarded several new honors from the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition: Double Gold medal for Long Road Aquavit; Silver medals for Long Road Cherry Brandy and Long Road Old Aquavit; and a Bronze medal for Long Road Gin.


Judge Patricia Gardner announced the formation of the Girls Court in Michigan's 17th Circuit Court, a multi-disciplinary approach to serving female youth offenders by providing intensive treatment, incentives and community-based support. The Court’s goals include reducing offenses, increasing education and assisting the girls in connecting with their families and community resources.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners authorized staff to move forward with a plan to merge the Area Community Services and Employment Training Council’s Community Action Agency Division with the Kent County Community Development/Housing Commission Department. The merger allows the county to streamline services and reduce silos.


Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo is the recipient of $3,000 from Arbor Financial Credit Union’s caring committee that will benefit many of the hospitals programs, including art therapy, music therapy, child life specialist and journey beads.


Spectrum Health’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program was designated a national Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. Spectrum Health joins 25 other centers nationwide with this recognition and becomes the second center in Michigan. HCM is the most common genetic cardiovascular disorder and affects at least 1 in 500 people in the United States.


Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice announced Tammy Tarsa as the affiliated nonprofit hospice agency’s director of admissions. She will oversee Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice admissions activities with a specific focus on referrals and be responsible for integrating sales and organizational strategic goals into the admissions department. Tarsa will spend time between the hospice’s Southfield, Traverse City and Grand Rapids offices.


Accident Fund Insurance Company of America recognized the following with its 2016 President’s Club Award honorees. Qualifications include written premium exceeding $2 million, a cumulative loss ratio of 50 percent or less, and premium retention of 82 percent or higher. Local honorees: Arthur J. Gallagher RMS Inc.; Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency Inc., Grandville; Buiten & Associates LCC Division T & S; HUB International Midwest; and Van Wyk Risk Solutions.

Caroly Hofstee accepted the role of President/CEO of HUB International Midwest East


Varnum announced the promotions of Dawn Stephenson to director of human resources and Carroll Velie to director of professional development.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced partners Karen J. VanderWerff was named chair of its Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Jennifer L. Remondino was appointed chair of its Trusts and Estates Practice Group.


SIGVARIS opened a new manufacturing facility at 13055 Riley St., Suite 30 in Holland. SIGVARIS purchased BiaCare last fall and now has a second manufacturing facility in Michigan. The North American headquarters remains in Peachtree City, Georgia.


Alica DeCheney was promoted to general manager of the Olive Garden in Muskegon, where she started as a hostess in 2001.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened its second Grand Rapids location at 25 Lake Michigan Drive NW. It made its area debut early 2016 at 3777 Plainfield Ave. NE.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Grand Rapids, located inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, was honored with the 2016 Franchise Leadership Team of the Year Award from Ruth’s Chris Steak House corporate team. The award is based on revenue, number of guest covers, service scores and brand standards.


Privately owned coffee franchise Biggby Coffee intends to open a new store early this month at 1145 W. Randall St. in Coopersville. 


X-Rite Pantone announced Lumiscaphe SA, editor of the Patchwork 3-D real-time visualization software for photorealistic 3-D prototypes, will integrate the Appearance Exchange Format into the upcoming version of Patchwork 3-D software. The X-Rite-developed AxF is a vendor-neutral format that enables full communication of visual appearance data in a single, editable file in order to improve the virtualization process. 

Worksighted in Holland was recognized for the sixth year in a row by the Michigan Business and Professional Association as West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Companies are evaluated based on 20 key measures in various categories evaluating employee benefits, the recruitment process, the development and treatment of employees, and overall strategic company performance.


Kalamazoo County Road Commission Managing Director Joanna Johnson was elected vice president of the County Road Association of Michigan at the organization’s 2017 Highway Conference.

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