Fork Fest – Holiday Edition!

What was your favorite dish at Fork Fest this year?? Did anyone else notice the (unintentional) deviled egg theme? And how about the artist's workshops and pop-up market? What a great event! Thanks to everyone who came and supported our local food system. Let's keep up the good work and support these folks over the holidays. Make to let them know you saw them at Fork Fest!

nBeacon Hill at Eastgate
nBrewery Vivant
nBridge Street Market
nCellar Door Preserves
nChapbook Cafe at Schuler Books
nDanzón Cubano
nDonkey – Taqueria
nEssence Restaurants (Bistro Bella Vita, Grove, The Green Well)
nGettin' Fresh
nGravity Taphouse Grille
nHancock Grand Rapids
nKoeze Cream Nut Natural Peanut Butter
nLinear Restaurant
nLouise Earl Butcher
nLove's Ice Cream
nMadcap Coffee
nMarcona on Lyon
nNew Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker
nReds at Thousand Oaks
nSlow Food USA
nSoldadera Coffee
nSonder Eatery
nThe Sovengard
nSupermercado Mexico
nTamales Mary
nTerra GR Restaurant
nThe Winchester
nZoko 822

nBrewery Vivant
nFarmhaus Cider Co.
nFenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar
nLong Road Distillers
nSchaefer Cider Company


2019 Holiday Events

The holiday season has arrived! Here are just a few ways you can support our Local First members in the next few weeks.


Advent Wreath Class   
nNovember 26       
nHosted by Koetsier's Greenhouse. All materials provided to make your own advent or tabletop wreath with fresh greens for your holiday table.  We will also have our advent bowls for purchase at the class

Thanksgiving Day Morning!     
nNovember 28

Bowermans at Christmas at Countryside
nNovember 29        

Black Friday at Brewery Vivant
nNovember 29                         
nWe will be open on Black Friday from 11AM-12AM to serve great beer and food to all the holiday shoppers searching for the perfect gift.

Black Friday @ Madcap
nNovember 29
nFree shipping for online orders on Cyber Monday. Discounted merchandise online and in cafes throughout the holiday season, starting on Black Friday. A Limited Edition Tasting Series that will be available for preorder at the end of November and released in December. Pre-Order Pie available in the cafes – Pumpkin, Pecan, and Apple.

Black Friday @ Broad Leaf    
nNovember 29     
nWe will be featuring multiple collaboration beer releases along with one-day-only specials on retail merchandise!

“Woofmas Vacation” Holiday Kickoff Weekend
nNovember 30
nOur Small Business Saturday event is going to be a day of sales, promotions and lots of fun for owners and their pups! We host a weekend full of holiday fun and specials throughout the store and on purchases; including promotions on toys, food, CBD products, Dog Walking packages and more! It is happening all weekend, with the biggest sales happening on Small Business Saturday!

In The Black Pop Up Shop 2019
nNovember 30         
nPowered by Nourish Your Curls Boutique, Naturally ACT and Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie

The event features 6 Black-Owned Business:

  • Smiles By 'sign
  • We Are Lit
  • Nourish Your Curls Boutique
  • Wrapped by ACT
  • Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie
  • Barb’s Bangles
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Just In Time for Giving Gift Set Sale
nDecember 3           
nTake care of the people on your Holiday shopping list with an All-Natural gift from Momma's Home. Receive 25{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} off and $5 flat rate shipping on all of our Gift Sets/Packages.

Santa Show LIVE          
nDecember 5           
nSanta is coming to Wealthy Theatre and GRTV on December 5th! Come down to the free show and ask questions of Santa on live TV from 5pm to 6pm. Photos with Santa will be available before the show. Doors open at 4pm!

Tinsel, Treats and Trolley             
nDecember 6       
nJoin us for this fun event in Ada Village! Our studio will be open late till 9pm with cookies and hot chocolate, watch our potter and painters at work, make an ornament keepsake of your child's hand and pick up personalized ornaments. 

Holiday Open House at Harbor Humane Society
nDecember 7       
nPhotos with Santa (bring your kids and of course pets!), Many local vendors, cocoa, pet “cookie” decorating and more!

The 12 Pubs Of Christmas Holland       
nDecember 7           
nThe Inaugural 12 Pubs of Christmas Bar Crawl is coming to Holland Michigan December 7th from 12-7pm. Grab your ugly sweater, onesie, Santa suit, or costume. 10{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} of ticket sales and 50{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} of charity tickets will go towards Harbor Humane Society

What you get:

  • Wristband for entry and food/drink specials
  • Drink specials at participating bars
  • No cover with your ticket purchase
  • Santa hat, while supplies last (online orders only)
  • Everyone dressed in outrageous costumes!
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Participating Locations

  • New Holland Brewing
  • Big Lake Brewing
  • The Curragh Irish Pub
  • Waverly Stone Gastropub
  • Big E's Sports Grill
  • Butch's Dry Dock
  • VFW Holland (open to wrist-banded participants) 
  • Hops at 84 East
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Santa in the Beer Garden!
nDecember 8         
nCome visit Brewer Santa in the beer garden from 2-5pm! Kids can tell Santa about their Christmas wishes while their parents enjoy a beer! Crafts provided for kids and limited special packages will be available for the whole family. 

Mosaic Trivet Class     
nDecember 11           
nJoin us and create a beautiful and functional mosaic trivet.  A great event to sign up as a group: book clubs, bible studies, coworkers and date night! All materials provided

Peat in the Creel Celtic Christmas Concert at Great Legs Winery Brewery Distillery           
nDecember 14

Ugly X-mas Sweater Industry Night
nDecember 18                             
nCome by in your ugliest x-mas sweater! For those of you in the service industry, enjoy $3 drafts and 20{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de}.

WYCE Bubble Bash     
nDecember 19
nThe Gilmore Collection is pleased to present the 20th annual WYCE Bubble Bash – a holiday celebration and benefit for community radio in West Michigan! Our friends at The Gilmore Collection host this great party as a fundraiser for WYCE every year. To celebrate the event's 20th anniversary, there will be TWO venues for your enjoyment:

  • HOME: A donation of $25 lets you sample 12 varieties of sparkling wines, plus a fabulous spread of food to accompany the bubbly. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes, and awards given for best holiday attire!
  • B.O.B's Brewery: A donation of $25 lets you sample a number of beers, plus a fabulous spread of food to accompany the brews. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes, and prizes awarded for our first annual Ugly Sweater Contest!
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Bring your friends, family or business clients out for some pre-Christmas cheer, while supporting community radio!

Bubble Bash – Thursday, December 19th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm inside HOME at The BOB and BOB's Brewery. No advance tickets are available, cash or check to WYCE is payable at the door.

Ages 21 and up welcome.

Drs of Jazzy ~ A Jazzy Christmas
nDecember 21       
nDoctors of Jazz perform a Jazzy Christmas Music Event to ring in the holidays. A free event.  Come ring in Christmas with us! Delicious Michigan Wines and Craft Beers. Cheese Boards available. Take out food is welcome here.               

Kid’s Winter Workshop 
nDecember 21
nBring your kiddos and enjoy a fun-filled holiday workshop in the beautiful CityVu Events space located inside CityFlatsHotel. The children will get to partake in a variety of different holiday crafts, photos, fun winter games (with prizes!), they will even be able to build their own snacks! The workshop is recommended for ages 3-10 years old, children must be accompanied by an adult (accompanying adults don't need tickets). Children under 3 years old are free.

Crummy Gift Exchange
nDecember 26
nWe all get these gifts, that we are not stoked on, it's fine. But we all know they are just gonna go into a corner of your room and never given a second thought. Well here is an opportunity to hand that burden off to someone else and maybe receive something that is not as bad! We will be hosting a White Elephant style gift exchange for all you maniacs. So come down, have a beer and let those crummy gifts pass on to someone else's shoulders. 


Ongoing Events & Promotions

Check out a few of our member's ongoing events and promotions during November and December!

Beechwood Grill

Local's Appreciation Month at Beechwood Grill   

We're celebrating YOU at Beechwood Grill in November! Stop in any time during the month for our special offers just for our loyal locals!


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    Grab-n-Go Hour!
    n 25{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} OFF any takeout order from 11 am-Noon!


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     $2 Pints!
    n $2 pints of Short's Locals Light Draft all month long!


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    n 3-6 PM Monday – Saturday (usually from 3-5 pm)


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    $5 All American Burger!
    n Available 11am-3pm Monday – Saturday (dine-in only, no sides)


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    n $2 Mushroom appetizer! Monday – Thursday from 11am-10pm. (dine-in only)


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Far Far Away Travels       

Get $50 For Your Next Vacation When You Book With Us     
nEach time you book a trip* worth $1,000 or more with Far Far Away Travels we will send you a $50 gift card from your choice of Disney, Universal Studios, Princess Cruises, or Delta Vacations when you make the final payment.

*Trip means the cost of a hotel, cruise, all-inclusive resort, Disney, Universal Studios, guided vacation, or combination of these. The value of the trip does not include airfare. Mention the promotion Local First to qualify for the gift card.

Offer expires December 31, 2019

Fustini's of Holland          

Cooking Classes                          

Heather Lane Pottery     

Grand Rapids Ornament Promotion
n50{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} off our Grand Rapids Ornaments for the season instore! Originally $20, ONLY $10 plus free personalizing!


Bonus Gift Cards
nFor every $30.00 gift card purchased you will receive a BONUS $5.00 gift card. Good thru New Years Eve

Lake Michigan Credit Union         

LMCU Santa Squad
nThe #LMCUSantaSquad is paying it forward! The LMCU Santa Squad provides holiday cheer, acts of kindness and goodwill, to the communities we serve. Each day in the month of December brings a new surprise and way to give back. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram by using the #LMCUSantaSquad to see all of the ways LMCU is giving back this holiday season. This is the sixth year of the campaign.

Martha's Vineyard           

Martha's Vineyard In-Store Tastings             
nFridays Noon to 8pm
nSaturdays 10am to 6pm
nEvery Friday and Saturday throughout the holiday season we will be having in house tastings. Sample wine, beer, specialty grocery, and cheeses to help you find the best products to enjoy with family and friends this holiday season!

Target Axe Throwing      

Axe Throwing for the Human Society                
nThroughout November, Target Axe is raising money for the Humane Society of West Michigan. December is dedicated to a local charity called Riding for Ryan, in honor of a young boy who passed this summer from being hit on his bike. These donations go towards giving out free bike flags for children. We also are setting up company holiday parties, as an affordable and fun, new outing! Gift certificates are available and a great gift for the holidays.