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My Town: Lowell Community Expo March 22

 My Town: Lowell Community Expo March 22

LOWELL, Mich.-- For the 18th year, the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Area Schools & Harding Enterprises present a great opportunity for the community to celebrate Lowell products and services.

This Expo takes place on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lowell High School,  located at 11700 Vergennes. The Expo will spotlight 150 area businesses, churches, government agencies and service groups, along with entertainment, giveaways, door prizes and food for visitors.

Admission and parking are free.  For more information, visit www.discoverlowell.org.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

Lowell Downright Awesome D.I.Y. Feb. 27

Lowell Downright Awesome D.I.Y. Feb. 27

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell businesses are opening up their doors to do-it-yourselfers for a special event later this month.

Lowell Downright Awesome D.I.Y.  will take place Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Community members are encouraged to visit any of the following participating merchants to learn something new.

 

LowellArts! (149 S. Hudson Street)

  • 4:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Hear DIY tips on hanging artwork; what to hang, how to hang it and where to buy it.  Also view the West Michigan Regional Art Competition

 

L4 Alterations (216 E. Main Street)

My Town Lowell: Store closing after nearly 30 years of business

My Town Lowell: Store closing after nearly 30 years of business

LOWELL, Mich. – A Lowell store that’s been in business for 29 years is getting ready to close its doors for good. 

Cousins’ Hallmark is winding down operations now.  The owner, Karen Hale, is retiring to spend more time with her family.  Feb. 28 will be the last day the store will accept Gold Grown gift cards and loyalty cards, but its last day of sales depends on when all inventory is gone.  The store is currently offering 40 percent off or more on all items storewide.

Hale opened Cousins’ Hallmark in December 1984.  Some of the store’s five employees also plan to retire, while others will look for new jobs. Hale also hopes to line up a potential buyer for the building soon.

Hale says she plans to hold a community celebration sometime in March, as a way to thank everyone.

Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announces award winners

Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announces award winners

LOWELL, Mich.—Five community leaders and businesses are being recognized by the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber recently announced the recipients of its 2014 annual awards.    They include Greg Canfield (Person of the Year), Laurels of Kent (Business Appreciation Award), Ella’s (Best Business to Watch), Lowell Rotary (Non-Profit Spotlight) and Builders Fireplace Co. and Vergennes Broadband (Brick Awards). 

Each winner will be recognized during the 2014 Annual Winter Gathering, which will be held Feb. 20 at the Grand Volute Ballrooms.  The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $40 per person.  To make a reservation, call the Chamber at (616) 897-9161 before Feb. 13.

Downright Awesome DIY event Feb. 27

Downright Awesome DIY event Feb. 27

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Chamber of Commerce is presenting a new event for the Do-it-yourselfers in the community.

The Downright Awesome DIY event will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Historic Lowell.  From framing prints to simple yoga moves, patrons can learn something new while visiting their favorite merchants along Main Street.

The complete schedule of participants and DYI events is still being compiled.  For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (616) 897-9161.

New opportunities added to Lowell Community Expo

New opportunities added to Lowell Community Expo

LOWELL, Mich.—Businesses, organizations and churches can sign up now for the longest running and largest community expo in West Michigan.

This is the 18th year for the Lowell Community Expo. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22 at Lowell High School.  This year, organizers are adding two new opportunities for vendors to market more effectively at the expo.

For more information including a link to the vendor application, visit the Lowell Chamber of Commerce website here.