Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan offers a heady mix of natural beauty, generous lifestyle and all the amenities of a “cool city.” While it’s different strokes for different folks, Cheryl occasionally shares a few of her favorite things.
Cheryl’s Favorite Burger: Rose’s On Reeds Lake
Rose’s is a treasure to both the Gilmore Collection and to the East Grand Rapids community. The recipient of the Grand Rapids Magazine’s prestigious 2001 Restaurant of the Year award and again in 2003, Rose’s chefs have created an inventive menu featuring Mediterranean and bistro fare. Dining options are abundant, choose from our wide selection of inspired salads, generous appetizers, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas & fresh entrees. Rose’s also offers and array of tantalizing desserts (try the creme brulee).
Cheryl’s Favorite Pizza: Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen
With lots of Blood, sweat and Tears behind them, and many more to come, Licari’s has successfully become a casual, energetic, and affordable neighborhood pizza kitchen. They were even featured on the Food Network in 2012 and spent an entire week along side celebrity chef Bobby Flay. This quaint Sicilian spot is conveniently located in Celadon New Town next to the Crushed Grape. It’s airy, easy-going, and the spin on the Sicilian food is as delicious as the atmosphere. Claim a spot in the restaurant and order up some serious pizza, relax with a glass of wine, or perhaps with a bottle of wine from the carefully selected unique wine list.
A Few More Place’s Cheryl Loves:
- José Babushka’s
- Wolfgang Puck
- Amore Trattoria Italiana
- Martha’s Vinyard
- Rishi’s International Beverage
Cheryl’s Favorite Art Gallery: LaFontsee Galleries
A leader in the West Michigan art scene for the past twenty years, the gallery has achieved several awards and national recognition for exceptional artwork, progressive ideas, and innovative programming. LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio currently carries over fifty artists, the goal being not only to sell artwork but to facilitate an understanding and appreciation for it as well.
Building on the strength of a solid partnership, Scott and Linda LaFontsee founded the Underground Studio in 1987. Over the years, they established themselves as forerunners of the emerging art culture in West Michigan, expanding their vision in 1994 by developing LaFontsee Galleries. Today, LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio encompasses two floors and 18,000 square feet of a renovated riverfront warehouse in the Monroe North Business district. With a welcoming, open environment, the gallery is devoted to personal service and fine regional, national, and international art with a soul.
Through a fervent dedication to promoting the arts, the gallery contributes considerable time, energy, and resources to various community events and non-profit organizations including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Frey Foundation, Gilda’s Club, Nokomis Foundation, Very Special Arts, and God’s Kitchen. They have made a palpable impact on both the cultural community and the general public with their benefit art auctions and nationally recognized Artists Talk series. With an enduring commitment to professional and artistic integrity, LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio is proud to be a significant provider of art in the Midwest.
Cheryl’s Favorite Custom Jeweler: Metal Art Studio
Since 1990, Scott Carey has been the principal jewelry designer behind the MetalArt Studio name. Scott’s custom and one-of-a-kind designs are clean, contemporary, balanced and comfortable.
All of MetalArt Studio’s jewelry is designed and produced in-house, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Whether you order something from this web site, or work with Scott to design your own piece, you’ll feel the difference when you wear one of Scott’s designs – solid, strong, quality. And you’ll see the difference in his design – delightful and unexpected.
In 1998 Scott designed and produced his first collection, called Personal Architecture. He is currently adding to that collection, and designing another collection, due out this fall.
Cheryl’s Favorite Dog Park: Shaggy Pines
This unique, 20-acre private park is located in the heart of Cascade Township serving the Metro Grand Rapids area. You’ll find plenty of towering pines, rolling hills, and wide-open green spaces just 3 miles from 28th Street! Shaggy Pines Dog Park has been designed as your dogs very own ‘heaven-on-earth’.
Cheryl’s Favorite Furniture Store: Stone’s Throw
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Formerly Huizen Furniture, Stone’s Throw is the creation of Huizen family members Doug Huizen, Todd Huizen, Karen Kloostra, and Kathy Wissink. Recognizing a local need for more modern home furnishing choices, the four decided to provide consumers with the ability to find those furnishings right in Grand Rapids. Customers no longer need to travel to Chicago or Detroit to find the furnishings that fit their lifestyles. Now, those choices are just a stone’s throw away. Stone’s Throw offers a selection of simple, clean, contemporary furniture and accessories for the home, stocking everything from bedroom and dining room sets to sofas, rugs, artwork and bathroom and home accessories.
Cheryl’s Favorite Florist – Crescent Street Floral is proudly serving the East Grand Rapids area. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.
Cheryl’s Favorite Acupressure Massage – Eliminate your aches and pains naturally witth Acupressure Massage. Since 1997, BodyMind has successfully used Acupressure Massage to help our clients reduce their stress, pain and tension. Our therapists have International and National Certifications in Acupressure Massage and years of experience tailoring individual Treatment Plans to match our client’s needs. We offer multiple session discounts and aim to provide affordable treatments for all. We see clients in our office plus on-site in offices, hospitals, nursing homes etc.
Cheryl’s Church – Trinity United Methodist Church –Our Mission-Trinity United Methodist Church is an inclusive, progressive community of faith in which persons grow in faith, love and service in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Trinity United Methodist Church celebrates the diversity of the human community, and affirms the sacred worth of each person as a recipient of God’s love and grace. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we declare ourselves to be an open and inclusive congregations, and welcome info full participation all persons regardless of gender, race, national origin, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, ages, marital status or economic condition.
Cheryl’s Favorite Children’s Gym – We motivate kids to try new experiences and discover how it feels to succeed. When kids come here, they may never have scaled a rock wall, done a back flip. or walked along the high beam. But when we show them, step-by-step, how to overcome challenges, they try. And try again. It may take awhile to figure out, but we always reassure them that’s okay. When they do progress, they feel great. And they’re more prepared for the next challenge they meet.
Cheryl’s Favorite and Greatest 5K Ever! – Help Fight Scleroderma Foundation. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00am. After a very positive response from last year’s event, we will repeat the same course at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. As always, we will have long sleeve technical shirts to the first 300 registrants and a post race party with live music, food, and beverages for everyone. Additions to this years event include a stroller division for all you parents, a walker’s course, and added prizes.
Cheryl’s Favorite Store ~ Very Cool! – Spirit Dreams is much more than a store. In business since 1994, we were pioneers in Michigan for providing products and resources to those interested in enriching their mind, body and spirit. We believe that in order to be true to the philosophy of holistic health our business principles MUST meet the highest ethical standards. We think it is important for you to know that the items that you buy here help empower individual artists and ethical companies both locally and from around the world.
Cheryl’s Favorite Dentist – Dr. Juli Wemmer and Dr. Jon Feinauer practice dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their practice is now named Stonecastle Dentistry and is located at 455 Cherry SE, in vibrant Heritage Hill. Dr. Wemmer has been practicing dentistry in Grand Rapids since 1978. She earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Miami University and a doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Wemmer received a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in recognition of her accomplishments in continuing education. Dr. Feinauer joined Stonecastle Dentistry in 2008 on his graduation from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Cheryl’s Favorite Printer– Presto Print, Inc. has been meeting personal, commercial, and institutional printing needs for over 25 years. Millions of impressions, on thousands of stocks, with hundreds of inks and bindery options. Presto offers solid advice on paper, inks, layout, folding, tabbing, mailings… you name it. We’ve also kept up with production technologies, currently offering full electronic typesetting services and high-resolution imageset printing plates.
Cheryl’s Favorite Organization to Support – C-SNIP is a non-profit, charitable organization, providing high quality, high volume, low cost spay/neuter surgery for dogs and cats whose caretakers cannot pay the fee at a full service veterinary clinic. It’s a sad fact that there are more dogs and cats born every day than there are homes to accept them. Pet sterilization is THE solution to a problem that drains communities both emotionally and financially. Until every dog and cat born is assured of a safe and caring home, this essential surgery must be available to everyone. C-SNIP is making that happen by providing pet owners with a spay/neuter clinic whose prices they can afford.
Cheryl’s Favorite Restaurant Website ~ Great Discounts! – Restaurant.com serves as the community matchmaker, introducing great restaurants to great people. From appetizers to dessert, from wine to dinner, Restaurant.com helps restaurant owners promote the new and unique aspects of their restaurants while providing diners with great value in a fun, new and cost effective way. Your favorite restaurant is in your neighborhood, maybe you just don’t know it yet. Restaurant.com is here to help.
Cheryl’s Favorite NEW Pub The Winchester is located at 648 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Wealthy Street is at the center of a major urban area with over a quarter of a million people living within a five mile radius. Wealthy Street is surrounded by diverse and vibrant communities including Cherry Hill, Eastown, Heritage Hill, Fairmount Square, Baxter Community and the Madison Area. The Winchester is a strong advocate of supporting the local economy- from their involvement in the arts and the community to their commitment to using local produce.
New Brewery & Pub Opens In Grand Rapids: Welcome to Brewery Vivant! We are excited to share our passion of beer with you. We get inspiration from the small farmhouse breweries that dot the countryside in Southern Belgium and Northern France. We take notes from their artistic approach to brewing and explore our interpretations of traditional styles using a mix of old world and new world ingredients and methods. We operate a cozy neighborhood pub on-site at our brewery. If you are able to make the journey to visit us, our goal is to create an exciting beer experience for you. No matter what your level of beer expertise; from “full blown beer geek”, to “I usually drink wine”, we are confident we can share a beer that will intrigue you. If you can’t make the trip to visit us, ask for our beer in your favorite store. This spring we will launch our packaged products throughout Michigan and the greater Chicago area.