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.
Our Brewing Company, a craft brewery in downtown Holland, has a hip vibe that harks back to the prohibition-era. Since their opening less than a year ago, some of their brews, such as their gunpowder-laced Pirate Stout and a series of intense IPAs, have made quite an impact on the local beer scene. By sourcing their ingredients locally, they are committed to making delicious beer.
The experienced instructors at Friends Of Wool impart stitching wisdom to new knitting and crocheting practitioners. In three one-hour classes, new knitters will learn to cast on, bind off, and amuse kittens with dangling bits of yarn. The classes also seek to imbue pupils with the skills needed to complete their first projects. Alternately, crocheting newcomers can learn crochet chain- and single-stitches so they can bring wooly creations to life and subsequently teach them about the power of friendship.
Art is both a passion and profession for Michelle Calkins, one of Four Corners Framing Company's experienced artisans. Michelle earned her full certification from the Professional Picture Framing Association after mastering its meticulous techniques for framing pictures, textiles, and memorabilia. The plethora of framing methods and materials—imported from more than 25 vendors—enables any artwork to find its match, be it in a traditional wood frame or a contemporary metal one. Unable to limit her creative talents to the realm of custom framing, Michelle creates vibrant artwork of her own inspired by still lifes, outdoor scenery, and police descriptions.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women are spread across six 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.
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’ 80-acre 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 full-service mechanics at Crown Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram keep engines from puttering out with technical skills specially attuned to the needs of Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. During routine oil changes, the auto doctors replace sullied motor oil with up to five quarts of piston juice, lubricating engines in advance of long road trips or short trips through an active volcano. In addition to their normal business hours, mechanics keep garage doors open Monday evenings until 8 p.m. and Saturdays until 3 p.m. to defeat jam-packed day planners.