Shopping in Grand Rapids

Lobster or Fondue Lunch for Two, or Gelato-Making Class with Lunch for Two at The Local Epicurean (Up to 57% Off)

The Local Epicurean

Heartside-Downtown

Foodie haven curates rich lobster lunch finished with lemon sorbet, fondue meal with blended cheese or dark chocolate, and gelato making

$39 $18

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Light or Standard Bike Tune-Up at Gap 30 Cycles (Up to 42% Off)

Gap 30 Cycles

Grand Rapids

Passionate bike pros get gears ready for spring with a light or standard tune-up

$75 $45

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Body Oils and Spray Fragrances at Tyjos Fragrances (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tyjos Fragrances

Creston

Selection of scented body oils and sprays

$30 $15

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Jewelry, Furs, and other unique Items at Always, Betti (50% Off)

Always, Betti

East Fulton Business Association - Midtown

Selection of fine estate jewelry, fine furs, necklaces, brooches, engagement rings, sterling silver, & select quality items

$50 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of New and Used Designer Clothing, Accessories, and Home Decor at blue boutiques

blue boutiques

Downtown

Goodwill boutique stocks trendy apparel and accessories, proceeds from which go toward job training, placement, and retention programs

$30 $15

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Cellphone Accessories and Electronics at Kratos Batteries (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Kratos Batteries

6410 28th Street SE

Never let your electronic’s battery die with portable charging accessories and cables

$21 $11

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Solid Brass Knobs and Appliance Pulls at Century Hardware (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Century Hardware

Kentwood

Handcrafted, decorative knobs and pulls for kitchen and bath spaces

$99 $49

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Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Woodland Mall

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

$50 $25

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To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

3195 28th St SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Shortly after emigrating to Grand Rapids from his native Netherlands, 14-year-old Herman Baker began part-time work at this uncle's bookstore. Among the shelves, Herman developed a love for religious texts that prompted him to found Baker Book House in 1939, with 500 books from his personal library. These days, Baker Book House's faith-based stock has expanded to include more than 100,000 used and remainder titles, out-of-print Christian works, Bibles of every stripe, and new books and eBooks.

Along with enticing reads, the store supplies religious DVDs, CDs by popular Christian artists such as Third Day, and church supplies including stoles, which supply an engaging alternative to watching your pastor reenact his favorite Transformers movie. In addition to its Christian inventory, Baker Book House hosts frequent events such as lectures and Q&As with religious authors and scholars.

2768 E Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

For more than 75 years spanning three generations, the Romence family has sourced and grown plants and shrubs. The garden specialists tend to 1,000+ varieties of perennials, annuals, and smaller trees that peacefully cohabitate six acres of greenhouse space, ensuring that each specimen receives a proper diet of sunshine, water, and fertilizer. Whether tailoring gardening advice for homeowners or commercial gardeners, the green-thumbed experts suggest appropriate plants and provide insight on design all while making considerations for light and pests.

In addition to vegetative life forms, the independent garden center contains a selection of tools and decorative items for indoor and outdoor planting projects. The online plant library provides a full biography on each specimen, including its Latin name, nickname, and alma mater. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses extends delivery services for local orders based on flat rates determined by each plant's likelihood of motion sickness.

265 Lakeside Drive Northeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Not only does the staff at Gamer Doc of Grand Rapids know how to unite the Triforce and rescue Princess Zelda, turn the tide of the Covenant invasion, or defend against a Zergling Rush as Protoss, they share the exultation of these triumphs with others. The gaming experts equip players with both retro Nintendo favorites and the latest games. They rent thousands of games, in addition to selling and buying new and used games. Technicians can also repair injured gaming consoles, including XBox 360s, Sony PlayStations, and Nintendo Wiis, in addition to cell phones and laptops suffering from cholera.

Adjacent to the store?s main room, a group gaming room sprawls out over 1,100 square feet, where combatants recline in black leather chairs during parties and tournaments. The room boasts nine networked gaming consoles and a 10-foot high-definition projector that reveals even Princess Peach gets zits on occasion.

5161 Northland Dr
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Grand River Music selects its instructors not only for their musical prowess, but also for their demonstrable teaching abilities. Students of all experience levels can strum the taut veins of guitars, bass guitars, banjos, or mandolins or study music theory to gain a deeper understanding of chords, harmonies, and the saxophone solos of Plato and Aristotle. Singing classes strengthen vocal cords, and song-writing classes encourage self-expression with reliable formulas. The school’s JamCamp gives blossoming musicians exposure to a collaborative group setting where they can learn to harmonize with other musicians and argue about which incarnation of Fleetwood Mac was the most authentic.

Grand River Music also stocks an inventory of instruments available for purchase, ranging from mandolins, banjos, and amps to acoustic guitars, bass guitars, and electric guitars. Students can also buy preowned vocal cords with their last words still intact. :m

1533 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.

2500 East Beltline Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US