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, www.RockfordDryDock.com, or by calling the store at 616.884.0700.
Thursday, March 5 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting – 7 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St. Fu Ping Tong (Tony), an exchange teacher from China, will speak on the new China and his perception of the United States. Free to the public. Friday, March 6 “A Mixed Up Fairy Tale” – 7 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) cafeteria, presented by ERMS Fine Arts Magnet. For more information, contact the school at (616) 863-6140. Friday – Monday March 6 – 9 Spectacular Book Sale – Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plainfield Township Branch of the Kent District Library, 2650 Five Mile Road, Grand Rapids. Hardcovers $1, softcovers 50¢, paperbacks and children’s books 25¢. Bag of Books Sale on Sunday and Monday. Sponsored by Friends of the Plainfield Library. For more information, call (616) 647-3930. Saturday, March 7 Relay For Life Fundraiser – Little River Casino bus trip. Cost is $35 per person (includes $18 in casino credits); games, prizes and snacks provided. For more information, bus pick-up locations/times, or to sign up, please contact Cheryl, Cindy or Michelle at Independent Bank, Rockford, by calling (616) 866-4471 or e-mailing to email@example.com. Organ Concert – Steve Chlesing, from the Fox Theater in Detroit, will entertain with music on the organ, along with a silent film. Before the concert, we will have lunch (on your own) at The Pearl Street Grill, and browse around the museum. Cost is $10 per guest (includes concert ticket and bus fee). For more information, bus pick-up locations/times, or to reserve your spot, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Sunday, March 8 Breakfast – 8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, March 10 Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Bunco with Northview – 1 p.m., […]