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HOT SHOP: Rebel Reclaimed

the visual call to action. In the time it takes to post an image of an item selling in the design-driven boutique’s wall, that item is sold. So what’s with Rebel’s popular painted and restored pieces? If you ask Co-Owner Dann Boyles, it’s a hot trend called the green furniture movement. Having been in the furniture and interior


design business for 13 years, Boyles sees things in animated Alice in Wonderland colors and vintage tchotchkes from your nostalgic past. “People want to buy items that are

already in the world instead of buying something new or having something manu- factured,” Boyles said. “I really don’t think it’s that people are sacrificing style or doing it because it is economical either. It’s the draw of one of a kind and unique items.” Morphing into a lifestyle, Boyles has

watched the trend of decorating with coveted reclaimed items hit homes with expendable incomes as well. There are stories behind that nightstand or sentiments attached to a set of retro kitchen canisters. “Our customers don’t have to try hard.

They love that items fit with what they see in a magazine or online. It fits with what they already have and the side effect is that it’s rescued from a landfill.” By Missy Black

f Facebook is any indication of trends and movements, then Rebel Reclaimed’s (926 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids) page is



little bit of lace on a dress is like a wink across the room. Fun, flirty, dainty and feminine, this ornamental

fabric is the hot material this summer and it’s blowing up in boutiques and specialty stores everywhere. Kate Mundwiler, the mas- termind behind Kate DeKoster Handmade, started working with lace for bridal acces- sories and after a trip to some Los Angeles fabric stores, she saw an abundance of lace trim.

“You can use a small amount and make

such a big statement,” Mundwiler said. Receiving great response with her first

earring creations — the “Roma,” which are large, feather weight and hang beautifully — Mundwiler was hooked on the material. “Lace is timeless. It’s been around for

centuries. It’s elegant looking — there’s a luxuriousness to it.” Even the simplest of ensembles can be

upgraded with intricate and delicate lace ac- cents and it’s something everyone can wear. “Lace works for so many people. When

you think lace, you kinda think antique — going back to a simpler time.” Be on the lookout for:

Kate DeKoster Handmade lace appliqué

necklace and earrings available at Lee & Birch (255 Seminole Dr. Ste 102,Muskegon; 50 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids) and Paperdoll Boutique (10 E. Bridge St., Rockford).

Kate DeKoster Handmade

“Sophie” Necklace and “Roma” Earrings / PHOTOS: SARA LEO

Vintage lace dresses at Holland’s Found

(203 East 8th St.) store. The perfect party dress in frilly layers of

lilac with peek-a-boo black eyelash lace at Gina’s Boutique (40 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids). Hot Mama (2249 Wealthy Street SE)

many tank tops with lace accents at the back and shoulders. By Missy Black

HOT BAR: The West Side Inn

eled hideaway where the drinks are strong and the music is always free. The West Side Inn (1635 Beidler St., Muskegon) has been around for years, but with a revitalized con- cert line-up, it is drawing music and liquor lovers from further than ever before. The bar specializes in local hip hop and rock, and its motto — “No Cover Ever” — is good enough to slap on a t-shirt. Bars like this one are almost apocryphal; you only ever hear about them after they are gone. The camaraderie engendered when good music and good drinks collide in a space completely lacking in pretension is intoxicating. Instead of an open mike night, the West Side Inn hosts an open jam session. Just bring your guitar or toy piano and you’ve made an instant circle of drinking buddies. Good thing the drinks are cheap, because you may find


he latest venue showing up on band fliers is not your average dive. Rather, it is the perfect dive: a dark, wood-pan-

HOT GAME: Pinball S

tep into bars and arcades with pinball machines and you’ll see everyone from well-dressed businessmen to bespectacled nerds attempting to reach the highest score. And though video games and their ever-improving graphics and technology

have at times posed a threat to pinball, things are changing. The recent documentary, Special When Lit, shows how this “lost pop icon” is having

a huge resurgence of popularity worldwide. This resurgence is also happening in West Michigan. Several places in the area have featured pinball machines, and plenty of eager “pinball wizards” have shown up as a result. Grand Rapids bars such as The Meanwhile (1005 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids), Stella’s (53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids), Tip Top Deluxe (760 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids) and The Pyramid Scheme (68 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids) have pinball. The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile are also having monthly pinball tournaments on rotation. In East Lansing, arcade Pinball Pete’s (220 Albert Ave.) has seen its pinball business boom, and at the Kalamazoo County Fairground, the event Pinball at the ‘Zoo has been held annually for 11 years. Dan Climie, a high-scoring local pinball enthusiast, says one of the most unique

characteristics of pinball is the fact that you cannot win. “You can never beat the machine; you can only try to get a higher score,” he says. This doesn’t make the game any less competitive, and it certainly doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. By Justin Stover




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