Char Bouwkamp

Rockford welcomes Family Fare to neighborhood

July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Four weeks of grand reopening events scheduled The Rockford community noticed much more than just a new sign and name change at the Monday, July 23, 9:00 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand reopening of the Family Fare Supermarket located at 201 Marcell Drive NE, Rockford. Spartan Stores invested $1.2 million in a major remodel and is celebrating with four weeks of store promotions. “We are so excited to unveil our store improvements and showcase our Welcome Center, and many new and expanded departments, all created to improve quality, freshness and enhance our customers’ shopping experience,” noted Char Bouwkamp, store director for the Rockford Family Fare. “We love being a part of the Rockford community, and our store remodeling efforts are just one example of how we are continually investing in the communities we serve.” According to Alan Hartline, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Spartan Stores, “Family Fare is known for its value-centered and convenience approach to shopping, and this location in Rockford will be no exception. Value is top of mind for the consumer, and we want to ensure they’re able to make their dollars go farther at the supermarkets and our pharmacies. We invite everyone to stop by during our grand reopening celebration to partake in all the activities and have an outstanding shopping experience.” You could hear the emotion in the voice of Bouwkamp prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony as she spoke to the early morning crowd. “Spartan Stores listened to the people of the greater Rockford community. In doing so, they have seamlessly and significantly made a major investment in the store and the community at large. The Rockford store has a long and caring relationship with the community, and Spartan Stores is now proud to add ‘value’ to that mix,” she noted. According to officials, the store is designed for an exceptional shopping experience. Every department presents an outstanding selection of offerings including: all new interior décor; new fresh produce presentation with a variety of fruits and vegetables from around the world; new floral display with fresh bouquets, arrangements and roses; new “Welcome Center” offering complimentary coffee and popcorn to consumers; new fresh iced seafood display; new frozen and meat display; all new wine department and expanded […]

Harvest Festival Coloring Contest winners

October 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Children’s Harvest Fest Coloring Contest was a great way for children to share their artistic talent. The contest was divided into three age groups: 3-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-12 years. Two prizes were awarded per age group. The winners in the 3-5 years age group: Jordan Brechting and Declan Fink; ages 6-8 years age group: Zoe Hazlewood and Jane Kettlehut; ages 9-12 years age group: Kyler Depres and Mikaydon Schnieder.

Lucky reader wins Kindle at Reading Rocks festival

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

When the Rockford Rotary Club called Char Bouwkamp at D&W Fresh Market to ask if D&W would be involved in the annual reading festival, Reading Rocks in Rockford, Char responded, “Absolutely!” D&W Foods provided a Kindle Electronic Reader to be used for a drawing at Krause Memorial Library on the day of the festival. “The Kindle drawing raised a lot of awareness and excitement about the reading festival and the programs we offered during the festival,” said Jennifer German, executive director of the library. Everyone using the library’s services that day had a chance to win the Kindle, and Betsey Bolek’s name was drawn by Char. Congratulations, Betsey.

Members honored at Chamber dinner

February 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and guests met for a gala evening of honors and dining on Friday, January 29, at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. The guest speaker was Dan Gaydou, publisher of the Grand Rapids Press and a Rockford resident. Gaydou offered what he called “a brief synopsis of a serious topic” and spoke of the current conditions in Michigan. “Facing reality, we have to admit we are in terrible shape in Michigan,” he said. On any list of economic vibrancy, the state ranks low, yet Michigan has a lot going for it. Michigan is the second highest boating state, has very giving residents, and is rich in innovation and new technology. “I see a lot of things going on that are good, but I do believe our political system is broken,” he stated. “We have to get back to the business of people finding jobs.” Gaydou said our state’s industrial revolution has become a technical revolution and the days of low tech, high-pay jobs are gone. “We can’t live in denial. We have to start to learn to compete in this environment. I’m sick and tired of hearing that our kids are not as smart as the kids in Japan, Europe, India, China. Our urban school districts are failing our children.” Gaydou said entrepreneurship is the heart of development in this area, and that small business may be the future of the economy. He mentioned changes at the Press, symptomatic of changes in the state, saying it is “going through a tremendous amount of upheaval.” “Is it going to be fine? Yes. Is it easy? No.” Gaydou said. With 60 legislators to be term-limited out, Gaydou said, “Half the elected officials in the state could be new people. Change is up to me and you.” Gaydou’s speech was followed by board member elections, the year in review and the Business of Distinctions awards. Nominated in the Quality of Life Category were Herremans and Bosscher Orthodontics; Huntington National Bank and Wolverine World Wide YMCA. Nominated in the New Business Category were Double Take Resale, LLC and Nance-Martin Accounting Service. Nominated in the Retail Category were Baskets in the Belfry; Gild the Lily, LLC; Kimberly’s Boutique and Pegasus Sports. In the Service […]