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My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town: Salon celebrates 20 years in business by giving back

My Town: Salon celebrates 20 years in business by giving back

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—A local hair salon is celebrating 20 years in business by helping sick children.

When the Plainfield Avenue Meijer closed its hair salon in 1994, employee Kristi Dochod decided to open a chair rental salon of her own in a nearby strip mall at 3910 Plainfield Ave. NE.   Classic Hair Design was born.  Dochod and her sister, who also bought into the business, opened in 12 weeks, welcoming customers and stylists from the previous salon. 

Since then, the salon has nearly doubled its workforce to 15 licensed stylists and two nail technicians.

My Town Plainfield: Inside this year's farmers market

My Town Plainfield: Inside this year's farmers market

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Plainfield Charter Township)--- The Plainfield Township Farmers Market opened on June 10 this year amidst a cluster of white tents and smiling faces, with extended hours from noon to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Located at 4411 Plainfield Avenue NE in front of Frontline Church at the corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield adjacent to Fire Station #3, the market has more than 30 vendors signed up with many more expected as vegetables and fruits ripen and orchards mature throughout the growing season.

“Plainfield area residents have farm-fresh produce practically delivered to their front door,” said Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden.  “The variety of produce, fresh baked goods, crafts and other items is excellent and rivals the selection you’ll find in other area markets.”

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market opens for the season June 10

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market opens for the season June 10

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Shoppers will have even more time to enjoy the Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market this year.

The market will open for the season on June 10 with longer hours, from noon to 6 p.m.  As in previous years, the market will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 9.   The Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market will be located at 4411 Plainfield Avenue NE in front of Frontline Church, located at the corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue.  Organizers say dozens of vendors have signed up to showcase their wares, produce and flowers at the market.  This year’s vendors include three bakeries, a beekeeper, kettle corn producer, an organic meat purveyor and more.  

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market to return with extended hours

My Town Plainfield Township: Farmer's Market to return with extended hours

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Shoppers will have even more time to enjoy the Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market this year.

The market will open for the season on June 10 with longer hours, from noon to 6 p.m.  As in previous years, the market will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 9.   The Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market will be located at 4411 Plainfield Avenue NE in front of Frontline Church, located at the corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue.  Organizers say more than 20 local vendors have already signed up to showcase their wares, produce and flowers at the market.  This year’s vendors include three bakeries, a beekeeper, kettle corn producer, an organic meat purveyor and more.  The township expects to add another 10 to 20 vendors to the market by mid-season.

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Senior citizens have a new way to get around in Plainfield Township.

During its regular meeting March 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved purchasing a shuttle bus for the Plainfield Senior & Community Center. The 2013 Eldorado National bus can carry up to 29 passengers.  Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the bus is being paid for with a $20,000 Community Development Block Grand and $35,000 in donations to the Center. The bus will be owned by the township, but maintained by Northview Public Schools through additional donations to the Senior & Community Center.

Van Wyngarden says the purchase is a great example of separate government organizations working together to provide cost effective services that meet the needs of the community.