Zwiers Appointed President, Outdoor Group at Wolverine World Wide

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Wolverine World Wide, Inc. has announced the appointment of James D. Zwiers to the position of president, outdoor group. The company’s outdoor group consists of the Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear brands. Since joining the company in 1998, Zwiers has had broad experience in brand and business strategy, and retail, domestic and international wholesale, licensing, acquisitions and port- folio development. He most recently served as senior vice president of the company with responsibility for retail, business development and other areas. As president of the outdoor group, Zwiers will lead the company’s global Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco businesses, and he will remain a senior vice president of the company with responsibility for the retail group.

Jupiter Medical Aesthetics Offers a Wide Range of Health and Beauty Options

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

‘We can make your skin glow’ The first thing visitors notice about Jupiter Medical Aesthetics is the relaxing, friendly atmosphere. A facial is a soothing yet rejuvenating experience that gives a wonderful healthy feel to skin. Deep cleansing with products chosen for your own skin type includes warming with a hot towel while enjoying a shoulder, neck and scalp massage. The delicate sounds of a water fountain add to the pleasant experience. During the facial your licensed aesthetician explains the process and describes which products will help your skin, as well as ask questions and offer advice about your own skin care routine. It is an hour in an oasis that takes you from the busy routine of everyday life for moments that pamper as well as offer a lasting effect. Clients who enjoy a facial or microdermabrasion will feel a difference in their skin immediately and will enjoy improved tone and smoothness. As dead skin cells are removed, the face feels and looks younger and fresher. Pigmentation, spots and acne are treated with facials and microdermabrasion, which also reduces wrinkles and other effects of aging. “We believe that beautiful skin starts with a healthy lifestyle. A good diet, regular exercise, not smoking and a customized skin care program can help you look and feel your best,” said Dr. Rose Ramirez. Jupiter Medical Aesthetics offers many options to help people feel and look their best, including facial peels, cosmetic fillers, laser hair removal, botox treatments, spider vein treatment and physician-exclusive products. Doctors Rose Ramirez and Lisa Hoekstra are board-certified family physicians who both had a strong interest in cosmetic dermatology. Their shared devotion to the field led them to leave Advantage Health in 2004 to open their own practice so they could work more in the specialty. Both underwent additional training in their field to offer patients the best procedures and most knowledgeable care. Denise Gritter and Rachel Six are licensed aestheticians who are ready to evaluate your skin and tailor a skincare regimen designed to best treat each person’s indivdual skin type. Monthly specials are seasonal or to introduce new products or services. The physicians at Jupiter Medical Aesthetics keep up on the technology of their business, so they know which skin care products […]

Rockford Dry Dock Celebrating One Year Anniversary

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

Having weathered the economic storm that has ravaged the state and nation, Rockford’s premier destination for exclusive wines and beers is proud to celebrate its one year anniversary. “We opened the doors last February, wanting to share our love of beer and wine with downtown Rockford,” said co-owner Sue Ten Broeke, “In the year since, we have strived to expand our selection, and our regulars are happy we’ve done so.” And they are not done expanding their inventory. “We are currently looking at expanding our business to include beer-making supplies,” said Sue’s husband and co-owner Bill Ten Broeke. “There are few places on this end of town where brewers are able to buy supplies.” Bill knows the ins and outs of home brewing as he has long brewed his own beer at home. Their selection of hundreds of wines and beers come from the immediate area as well as the other side of the globe. “We are happy to be selling what we can from Michigan breweries and wineries and are even starting to carry vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum from local distilleries like New Holland and Divine,” said Bill. The store also has a full selection of spirits, mixers, and a wide selection of gourmet groceries. “We’re especially excited to carry the entire line of Brownwood Farms mustards, jellies, and salsas,” said Sue, “They’re out of Traverse City, and many of their sauces are award winning.” Bill and Sue strive to carry local, organic, and fair trade goods whenever possible. Custom gift baskets are also available. The store, located at 126 Courtland in downtown Rockford, was previously home to the American Legion – which was remodeled and is now home to several new stores. More information can be found at their website,, or by calling the store at 616.884.0700.

Fireside Pizzeria is Your Local Mom and Pop Operation

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

After years in the pizza business Jim Sebree decided to strike out on his own. He and wife Karen opened Fireside Pizzeria at 8460 Algoma Avenue in Rockford 16 months ago and have been happy with their family-owned business ever since. “We selected this location because of the proximity to the growing side of Rockford and because it is close to our house,” said Jim. The small business is typical of a family-owned operation, with quality and consistency as the motto and a team effort put forth to ensure an enjoyable and satisfying experience for every customer. Karen and Jim do all the prep work in the kitchen and doing all deliveries. Regular employees Allison and Calli are also on staff with two other on-call employees for busy times. Enjoying their mom and pop reputation, Fireside invites diners to stop in for pizza by the slice for a quick lunch while watching the news or enjoy the Fireside service anytime for a leisurely meal. The couple enjoy being away from the mall pizza business and serving the community where they live. Their children attend Lakes Elementary and one of their reasons for going into business here was to become more involved in community. Known for signature pizzas, the restaurant features sauce and dough made from scratch, freshly-cut cheese and generous toppings, including fresh vegetables and cut meats. In addition to pizza, fresh hot ten-inch subs are available, along with hot pasta, fresh salads, hamburgers and plenty of side items. “We want to make sure that every customer gets a lot of topping in every bite,” said Karen. “We feel very fortunate to have the customers we have, especially in this “” said Jim. “They’ve been consistently showing their own care by asking us how we’re doing and that they keep spreading the word. In turn we’ve brought back our $6.99 pizza on Mondays to give back to the community.” Fireside Pizzeria is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 for lunch. On Sunday through Thursday they are open for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. Call at (616) 866-9675 or visit online at

Advanced Aquariums Celebrates Anniversary with Expansion

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF and NANCY HILL On February 15, 2007, John and Heather Richardson moved Advanced Aquarium Services from their Rockford home to a storefront location in Rockford at the corner of Northland Drive and East Main. Little did they know that the country was about to begin a downward economic spiral. Sunday, February 15, Advanced Aquariums celebrated their second anniversary. Customer response to the opening of a high-end aquarium store specializing in an ever-changing selection of vibrant saltwater fish, coral, and invertebrate has been nothing short of phenomenal. The Richardson’s story is one of success and they are thrilled that their business has not only survived these times, but has thrived. The store offers a nice selection of supplies and equipment to support aquarium needs. In addition, the Richardsons can professionally install and maintain a tropical fish aquarium in your home, restaurant, office, or waiting room. “Aquarium locations are limited only by one’s imagination. In a home setting an aquarium provides, relaxation, education, and entertainment. In a business, a well-kept aquarium enhances company image and makes wait time more enjoyable for clients,” said John. John points to Ed’s Restaurant in Howard City and locally, in Rockford, the dental office of Steven Dater, DDS as two of many business clients. Watching fish has been clinically proven to reduce stress, stimulate brain activity, and lower blood pressure. Receptionist and Office Manager Bonnie Davidson, at the Dater Dental Office, said, “Patients, especially the kids, love our beautiful 60-gallon tank located in our waiting area. For many, especially children, a visit to a dental office is quite stressful. The display of tropical fish and live coral seems to have a calming effect on everyone.” She also added, “John often sends prospective business clients over to view our installation in a business setting. We love the attention it brings to our office.” Because of Advanced Aquariums success in spite of the economic storm battering the country the Richardsons have decided to add, for the first time, a new line of freshwater tropical fish and related supplies. “We are doing this as a stepping stone for folks who have always wanted to get involved in the hobby but don’t have the means to go the saltwater route,” Heather noted. To accommodate […]

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