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On Saturday, May 3, Hudsonville Fairgrounds will transform into a magical kingdom where craft beers from 30 Michigan breweries flow freely. The Beer City Spring Fest, as it's called, features some big names in the small-batch world, including local favorites Founders, Bell's, and Dark Horse.
Representatives from each brewery will dole out samples of their sudsy products in exchange for drink tickets, a handful of which come with VIP admission. Guests can purchase more drink tickets at the event if they want to drink more or simply desire a tiny paper garnish. The BCSF is hosted by the American Legion, meaning that proceeds will go toward the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization.
When Bill White and his future wife, Jenn, first moved in together, they soon realized they had one possession in common: a Williams Brewing kit. It wasn't long before the couple started homebrewing in their garage, a hobby that gradually transformed into White Flame Brewing Co., the first brewery in the formerly dry city of Hudsonville. Specializing in American-style ales, the microbrewery now yields everything from a spicy rye ale to a chocolaty oatmeal stout.
Thirteen beers and one cider grace the company's 48-seat taproom, where visitors can sample pours and catch the game on flat-screen televisions throughout the bar. In-house cooks craft a handful of bar bites, though White Flame invites guests to order delivery from nearby restaurants, too.The brewery even sends patrons on their way with beers-to-go in quart-sized howlers, half-gallon growlers, or beer-filled kiddie pools.
Hair Xtraordinare?s Cheyenne Wright molds her clients? hair with products by Tigi, Sexy Hair, and Redken. Cheyenne displays her knack for coifs, rendering cuts, partial highlights, full highlights, and toner treatments. Nestled in their own little nook, Cheyenne and her fellow stylists craft new looks against a red-wall backdrop, which supports a decorative pair of giant scissors. Her salon also features a stately wooden reception desk and a waiting room with gray-green walls that recite the words, "fashions fade, style is eternal" near a swirling-wire wall ornament. Wicker chairs and magazines cozy up next to a stone fireplace with a snowman in between to prevent fires, and white shelves support rows of colorful bottles.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Minister Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill at the turn of the 20th century to support the unemployed immigrant population of Boston. He gathered unwanted household items and hired the immigrants to refurbish them for resale. Over time, the operation grew into a comprehensive job-skills training and placement program.
In the past 90 years, Goodwill Industries has played an integral role in communities nationwide by placing nearly 90,000 individuals into jobs. Each purchase helps fund programs that help people with barriers to employment find work, and the stores themselves serve as a training site for participants to gain work experience.
Coaches of Renewal Body Bootcamp coaxes hard work, discipline, and buckets of sweat from fitness-seekers during her intense, full-body workouts. One of her specialties is TRX resistance training, which involves suspending students by their arms, legs, and torsos from straps and harnesses dangling from the ceiling. Exercises require participants to fight gravity and their own body weight to build muscle. Coaches sometimes combines TRX with Pilates core-strengthening work or a rigorous plyometric regimen, mixing up workout routines daily to maximize effectiveness. In addition to physical training, she supplies students with nutritional counseling that measures appropriate caloric intake by the day, creating balanced diets that supply ample energy without extra carbs, fats, or whatever compound butter is made of.