Coffee & Treats in Creston

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For more than 60 years, Fat Boy Burgers has been filling stomachs with all-day breakfasts, quarter-pound burgers, and old-fashioned milk shakes. The restaurant separates itself from its competitors by using fresh, top-notch ingredients: the soup is homemade daily, the breakfast sausage is made onsite, and the coffee is roasted locally. Chefs even grind the beef for their burgers on the premises, finishing each patty off with toppings such as bacon, grilled onions, shaved ham, or bleu cheese.

2450 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

The folks at Cheshire Nails strive to elevate nailcare from a mere series of treatments to a full-blown experience. Therefore, they offer VIP and hot-stone spa packages that turn simple manicures and pedicures into lavish journeys, comforting feet and hands with citrus-honey sugar wraps, marine masks, and massages that feature the soft kiss of butter creams. But the emphasis on embellishments in no way detracts from the salon's bread and butter. The technicians groom nails with precision and zeal, filing and shaping nails before layering on OPI and Shellac polishes, which can turn even the most accusatory finger wag into a gesture that emotes pure class.

2162 Plainfield Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

With years of experience as a health-care specialist and bed-and-breakfast owner, Marilyn Heeringa has mastered the art of pampering and promoting wellness. Today, she specializes in ionic detox treatments, which utilize the ability of positive and negative ions to cleanse the entire body through ion footbaths.

Having traveled to Egypt and other parts of Africa, Marilyn has decorated her cozy studio with an eclectic collection of art that reflects her worldliness and her talent for looking at art. Along with detoxifying Egyptian body wraps, she offers massage therapy, facials, one-on-one-yoga, and meditation classes.

1721 Rodney Cir NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

When Dorothy and Tony Myers first hit the local farmers’ market with their kettle corn, lines wrapped around the corner for the fluffy treat. Inspired by the huge demand, grandson Kyle Behm transformed the mom-and-pop stand into a thriving storefront dubbed Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn. Kyle and his staff, with occasional help from Grandpa Tony, set kettles of kernels over open flames, following a secret family recipe to craft the low-calorie snack. They avoid gluten, preservatives, saturated and trans fat, and the withering stares of hardcore caramel-corn enthusiasts.

2106 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Vanillas Coffee Tea Café serves a plethora of caffeinated concoctions and herbaceous teas, complemented with a full menu of wrapped sandwiches. The café offers several types of coffees ($1.50–$1.75) in its brewed arsenal, as well as a bruising bullpen of elaborate espresso drinks, such as mochas ($3.60) and full-flavored ristrettos ($1.75). Chase coffee with a grilled-chicken sandwich ($5.50), enhanced with sun-dried tomatoes and provolone and feta cheese, or a Michigan salad ($5.50), mixed with gorgonzola and dried fruits. Customers bearing the limited-edition, quickly abandoned Tony Orlando one-dollar bill can still find sustenance on the dollar menu, with low-priced pabulum such as a toasted honey croissant ($1) or a vanilla cupcake ($1). The café's specialty sweets also put smiles on the faces of stomachs, with specialty cookies ($15 for a dozen) and chocolate-dipped strawberries ($10 for a dozen) ready to stuff tummies. Java junkies can take home a pound of whole-bean or ground coffee ($8.50–$9.75), with an organic option available.

3150 Plainfield Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

With 19 signature sauces on traditional or breaded wings, there are more than 35 ways diners can sate wing cravings at Wing Kingz. But more than just that, the cooks also whip up fried fish and shrimp, bacon-cheddar potato wedges, and deep-fried spicy green beans.

1808 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US