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.
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.
Outback Greenhouse's owners have more than green thumbs?they practically have green blood. Their family has been in the flower-growing business since 1973, and three generations have run Outback Greenhouse, formerly Berens Flower Gardens.
They carry flowers directly from their homes in the greenhouse to Outback's retail center, ensuring that each annual is as fresh as it can be. The store also stocks vegetables, hanging baskets, custom patio planters, and decorative containers. Customers who already have a container they want to use as a planter can bring it into the shop and have the garden experts there fill it with flowers for a one-of-a-kind planter.
The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
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.