In 1910, Frederick Nelis sent his 17-year-old son Harry from the Netherlands to America in search of land so that the family of 14 could later join him across the pond. After a tough couple of years, the clan discovered a settlement in Holland, Michigan, whose rich soils proved ideal for growing tulips.
Over the course of the next eight decades, the Nelis? tulip farm blossomed into the theme park it is today. Still family operated and brought to life by the Netherlands? signature blooms, the park is now home to myriad attractions for all ages. Traditional Dutch dancers don wooden shoes and lead lessons for visitors, and artisans hand carve candles into intricate masterpieces or slightly smaller candles. As guests stroll to the Dutch swing, petting zoo, or carousel, the notes from an Amsterdam street organ float through winding canals and over the looming windmills that, at a glance, may momentarily transport guests to the Netherlands as Harry Nelis last saw it in 1910.
The idea for jb and me came from a mother and daughter who wanted to create a place where women of any age could go to find clothes they’d like to wear. In 1997, they opened jb and me, and they've been serving ladies of all age brackets ever since. Customers can call ahead to set up a complimentary personal-shopping appointment, or they can walk in to wander the racks filled with brands such as Free People, Splendid, and AG Jeans. On any given visit, they might find a rickrack-printed Leota dress, chunky silver earrings from jb and me's own brand, or a sophisticated pair of black Nicole Nook wedges. To ensure that their customers' homes are as stylish as the people who live and cry in them, the staff also curates home decor such as printed throw pillows and wall art.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women Centers are spread across eight locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers? fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.
Africa's Child Family Resale Store lines the shelves of its boutique-style, African-themed retail space with gently used merchandise. Walls painted with outdoor African scenes frame smartly organized racks of apparel, including a generous selection of baby and children's clothes ($2), men's pants and shirts ($3), and women's separates such as tops, pants, jeans or skirts ($3). Feminine feet sore from jitterbugging in glass slippers can find chic new homes amid the store's treasure trove of women's shoes ($3), and athletic brains joyfully run laps around a collection of used books ($0.25–$2 for most books). Grownups spruce up abodes with home wares ($5+) such as wood coffee tables, plush armchairs, and imitation-marshmallow sofas as kids explore the store’s play area. Although not purchasable with this Groupon, a colorful hodgepodge of African art, dolls, and jewelry is also available at regular price.
Within the lime-hued walls of Eden Salon, experienced nail technicians beautify hands and feet in relaxing mani-pedis that take about two hours. Aestheticians trim cuticles, buff nail beds, and file nail enamel into squares, ovals, or bugle-shaped cylindrical cones before coating fingers' enameled bits with Shellac nail polish (a $75 value). Shellac's no-chip formula slides onto nails smoothly and sets quickly under a UV lamp. A Shellac base coat blankets the bare nail, followed by a color coat of the client's choice and finished with a UV top coat that seals the process, making nails gleam like the helmet of an astronaut falling into the sun. Newly embellished finger digits and foot ends can retain their glossy lamination for up to 14 days.
We have been catering to Grand Rapids and all of West Michigan for the past 8 years. In that time we have really gained the respect from our clients, peers, and community. MIT Disc Jockeys have been chosen to receive the Bride’s Choice 2010 & 2011. This award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding vendors.