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NEW ISSUE (Continued fron page 30) “East Hills is the most progres-

sive business neighborhood in the city,” he said. “Every single business space has a tenant. Almost all are small business owners like us. By us moving there, it creates a gallery neighborhood. Combined with the retail spaces and restaurants, it makes sense. When we moved here (820 Monroe Ave. NW), we hoped it would turn into what East Hills is. I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would want to move than East Hills.” Part of the reason for big move

is that LaFontsee and his wife, Linda, lease the Monroe Avenue space. “We’ve been at our current lo-

cation for 16 years,” LaFontsee said. “There are two driving reasons. We lease here and we bought there. Part of it is that we can secure a home. Part of it is being able to buy real estate.” The new location on Lake Drive

boasts two and a half acres that will allow LaFontsee Galleries to have outdoor art. Though the new space isn’t significantly larger than the current space, LaFontsee hopes to build into the new building all of the things that can’t work in the current building, and to add to it. “We want to continue

to be what we’ve been the whole time, stewards for art,” LaFontsee said. “We want to add to the vibrant community and progressive residents, to help and to share and to

benefit from what they are doing. It’s part of being a community.” By Kelli Kolakowski

u 833 Lake Drive, Grand Rapids, (616) 451-9820


St. Mulligan Shame on you if you still haven’t tried the Station Burger at the Wealthy Street Station and Grill. You have much catching up to do, for the restaurant has added to the marquee an epic sandwich burger heap of awesome named St. Mulligan. Atop a simple bun lays a quarter pound of ground beef topped with cheddar cheese. A simple base ingredient so boiler plate simple that what comes next will come as a sucker punch of awe- some to the gut — a quarter pound of corned beef and melted Swiss cheese, a half-pound of fries flooded in bar- beque sauce which seeps between

spicy brown rivulets of mustard and a nest of coleslaw that tangs the tongue from its tip to far below the tonsils. This creation merit a Nobel Peace Prize due to the sheer amount of rest required to digest it. By Matt Simpson Siegel

u Wealthy Street Station and Grill 1157 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids (616) 451-0238

NEW FACE Wealthy Street Station’s Station Burger PHOTO: STEVEN DE POLO

Morgan Lind When Battle Creek native Morgan Lind auditioned for the Face of 4 last year, she didn’t even make the top 20. But this year, Lind had a strategy to win over the judges: She was herself. “Last year I tried to be what they wanted,” Lind said. “This year, I was myself. I’m a funny, goofy person, and I’m outgoing.” As the winner, she now has a one-year, $20,000 contract with WOTV4. Lind, who has a degree in advertis- ing and public relations from Grand Valley State University, says she has always loved broadcasting and entertainment news. She says the advertising and PR classes she took at GVSU taught her how to “engage an audience,” which is key for her new position, where she’ll be doing giveaways and attending events as the Face of 4. “I’m going to be everywhere in West


Michigan.” Before winning the big prize, Lind was a substitute teacher and part of the Lumberjills, a cheer/pep team for the Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey team. A natu- ral busybody, Lind says she’s a big sports fan who previously coached tennis. She also likes cooking,

shopping, singing and dancing, and spending time with her friends and family. Currently, she’s getting SCUBA certified. “It’s hard to keep my resume to one page.” By Lindsay Patton-Carson n

Fashion, continued fron page 33 Scott Wierda, managing partner of

CWD Real Estate Investment, has been leasing to shopping and retail tenants for more than 20 years. He explains why Grand Rapids is a good market for Anthropologie right now. Put simply: Breton Village matched the store’s search for markets that matched their profile in terms of education, income, housing and traffic patterns. The Philadelphia-based retailer, which typically eschews big malls for fringe developments, also found a kindred spirit in Leigh’s, he says.

“Leigh’s was the determining factor.

They loved it and thought it was one of the finest women’s clothing stores in Michigan. It had a similar customer pro- file. If Grand Rapids can support Leigh’s, Anthropologie thought they would be well-received,” he says. Local media outlets have picked up

on the ever-quickening fashion pulse and brought it to the limelight. FOX-17’s Emily Richett often covers fashion events in her morning entertainment reports. Likewise, WZZM’s “Take Five” hosts regular fashion segments. While “eightWest” does fashion segments about three times a week, those


pieces always seem to generate the most viewer feedback, Ruiz says. All of the events and attention have

elevated fashion as a topic of conversation. That’s a welcome development for local boutique owners, who ply their trade with passion and, of course, style. “I think it’s great to remind people

that fashion is an aesthetic that can be treated and talked about seriously,” said owner Brynne Roberts at Muse Boutique, located on Cherry Street. “So many people talk about how much better shopping in Grand Rapids is now than it was just a few years ago.” n


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GO RED PARTY Eve @ The B.O.B., Grand Rapids Feb. 4; $10 cover /, 356-2000

FASHION’S NIGHT OUT Downtown Grand Rapids/various locations

Sept. 8, 6 to 11 p.m. FREE!


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