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At Local First, we often get inquires from people in the community who would like to localize their home, event, business and more. Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive:

For Businesses | For Consumers

Q: My company is hosting a special event soon and we would really like to use a local caterer! Who would you recommend?

A: We have a great variety of Local First caterers to choose from, many offering vegetarian, vegan and organic options:

A Movable Feast, (616) 401-8574

Applause Catering + Events, (616) 940-0001

Backyard Grillmasters BBQ, (616) 724-5383

Beechwood Inn Catering, (616) 396-2355

Boatwerks, (616) 396-0600

Burnzies’ Kitchen, (616) 530-1200

The Cheese Lady, (616) 242-9880

Gettin' Fresh, (616) 308-1177

Gilmore Catering, (616) 356-2627 x116

Grace Coffee Bistro, (616) 259-5353

The Grilling Company, (616) 295-4656

JK’s Bakehouse & Deli, (616) 298-2166

Joe2Go, (616) 395-5950

Kitchen 67, (616) 272-3778

Luna, (616) 288-6340

Maddalena’s Catering Company, (616) 451-3663

Marie Catrib’s, (616) 454-4020

Martha’s Catering, (616) 459-0116

Masen James Bakery, (616) 514-8696

One Trick Pony, (616) 235-7669

Pietro’s/Three Chefs Catering, (616) 452-3228 

POUR, (616) 719-4935

Uccello’s, (616) 954-2002

Vault Catering & Events, (616) 454-3847

The Waldron, (616) 454-9105

 

Q: As a small business owner, one of the biggest struggles I have is providing health insurance for my family and employees. Where should I turn?

A: There are a number of Local First members who provide insurance and can help guide you in the right direction:

AIC Insurance Services, (888) 695-9777

Coleman, Dugan & Hughes Employee Benefits, (616) 956-9976

Doyle & Ogden, (616) 949-9000

Jordan Financial & Associates, (616) 796-8238

Mapes Insurance Agency, (616) 453-8600

VantagePointe Financial, (616) 796-2094

 

Q: My business really needs a new website. Which Local First members can help me with that?

A: We have a great selection of LF members who not only design and develop websites, but can also help with social media strategy, translation services, app creation and more: 

VFG Creations, (616) 516-9404

Brightly, (616) 682-7302

Designs on the Grand, (616) 844-5230

Grand Rapids Tech, (616) 987-0878

Innereactive Media, (888) 963-8894

Jemco Logics, (616) 457-2334

Kmotion Design, (616) 516-6677

Nearsighted Studios, (616) 406-8819

Swamp-Side Studio, (616) 443-1476

Valorous Circle, (616) 929-0790

Slant Communications, (616) 886-1898

Stingray Advisory Group, (616) 841-5548

The Image Shoppe, (616) 773-3010

 

Q: It’s that time of year again to file taxes...are there any locally based accountants or tax preparers you could recommend?

A: These Local First members will gladly help you with your accounting and tax needs: 

4K Accounting Services, (616) 227-0874

A to Z Accounting, (231) 736-6829

Baker Holtz, (616) 458-1835

Beene Garter, (616) 235-5200

Culver CPA Group, (616) 456-6464

DeBoer, Goodyke, Kahler & Tuttle, PC, (616) 669-4141

Eastown Financial Services, (616) 233-9773

Hungerford Nichols, (616) 949-3200

Tim Berghuis, (616) 635-0302

Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates, (616) 957-0691



Q: I'd like to get funding to start and grow my new business. Where should I go?

A: There are a number of Local First members that would love to help you not only start and grow your business, but maintain it as well:

Adventure Credit Union, (616) 243-0125

Consumers Credit Union, (616) 393-0555

Lake Michigan Credit Union, (616) 242-9790

My Personal Credit Union, (616) 452-2161

United Bank, (616) 559-7000

United Federal Credit Union, (616) 355-0093

West Michigan Community Bank, (616) 355-2884



Q: I really want to get the word out more about my business. Are there any Local First members who specialize in marketing and logo design?

A: We have a great selection of LF members for all of your marketing and designing needs: 

834 | Integrated Communications, (616) 288-0471

Auxiliary Advertising and Design, (616) 570-8309

Bultema Group, (616) 536-1400

Fairly Painless Advertising, (616) 394-5900

Hyde Creative, (616) 822-9899

Innereactive Media, (888) 963-8894

Left Right Boom Collaborative, (616) 930-3891

Nearsighted Studios, (616) 406-8819

Proxy Communications, (616) 242-8350

Reagan Marketing + Design, (616) 459-4064

Stingray Advisory Group, (616) 841-5548

 

Q: I would like to give a locally-sourced gift basket to my co-workers and clients this year. Do any Local First members offer them?

A: Several LF members offer help with gift basket arrangements: 

Koeze, (616) 364-8214

The Image Shoppe, (616) 773-3010

Art of the Table, (616) 301-1885

Beanilla, (888) 261-3384

Boxed GR, (616) 443-5548

Michigan Pantry, (616) 396-4588

Old World Olive Co., (616) 884-0107

Peters Gourmet Market, (616) 261-5418

Sweetland Candies, (616) 363-3444

The Cheese Lady, (616) 242-9880

The Seasoned Home, (616) 392-8350

 

Q: I’m really interested in ‘localizing’ my office. Which Local First businesses should I reach out to?

A: We have several LF businesses that will help localize your office:

 

Furniture

Stonesthrow/EQ3, (616) 459-4167

Standale Interiors, (616) 453-8201

Custer, (616) 458-6322

Flatgoods, (616) 726-7000

Fris Office Outfitters, (616) 396-2341
 

Office Supplies 

Grand Office Supply, (616) 534-8400

Office Mall, (866) 349-1721
 

Support Services 

Applied Imaging, (616) 971-0136

EPS, (616) 459-0281

Worklab, (616) 726-7700

A.D. Bos Vending Services, (616) 392-5991

BenePAY, (616) 575-8700

A.B. Dick Document Solutions, (616) 241-4601

expertIT, (616) 485-1300

 

For Consumers

Q: I’m getting married soon, and want to have a ‘local wedding’! Which Local First members can I use?

A: We have a large selection of Local First members that cover all of your wedding needs:


Caterers

Click here for the full list


Cakes

Sweet Revenge, (616) 334-4090

Cakabakery, (616) 319-1611

Connie’s Cakes, (616) 455-6214
 

Photographers

Christine Wedding, (616) 336-0935

Junebug Photography, (616) 392-1683

M&K Photography, (616) 322-4504

Spark Creativity, (616) 292-8302

Tiberius Images,  (616) 855-4079

 

Venues

Goei Center, (616) 949-2421

Grand Rapids Art Museum, (616) 831-1000

Grand Rapids Children's Museum, (616) 235-4726

Grand Rapids Public Museum, (616) 929-1700

Holland Park Theater, (616) 355-7275

John Ball Zoo, (616) 336-4374

Gallery Divani, (616) 774-9463

Blandford Nature Center, (616) 735-6240

Robinette’s, (616) 361-7180

CityFlats Grand Rapids, (616) 608-1720

CityFlats Holland,  (616) 796-2100

Downtown Market,  (616) 805-5308

Amway Grand Hotel, (616) 774-2000

Bistro Bella Vita,  (616) 222-4600

Boatwerks,  (616) 396-0600

The B.O.B., (616) 356-2000

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), (616) 454-7000

RedWater Restaurant Group, (616) 949-0570


Florists

Eastern Floral, (616) 466-5868

Ball Park Floral, (616) 459-3409

Pat’s European Fresh Flower Market, (616) 796-3221

Posh Petals, (616) 363-3337

Spring Sweet, (616) 396-3556


Invites

6.25 Paper, (616) 745-5402

 

Salons

Avantgarde, (616) 575-0378

Design 1, (616) 363-9019

JoJo’s House of Beauty, (616) 455-4410

The Hairport, (616) 532-3226

Jeffrey Richard Salon, (616) 235-9100

 

Rings

Almassian Jewelers, (616) 949-8888

DeVries Jewelers, (616) 454-6892

Thomas A. Davis Jeweler, (616) 392-1266

JP Gems & Jewelry, (616) 396-2116

Metal Art Studio, (616) 459-5075
 

Dresses & Tuxedo Rental

Mia’s, (616) 214-7776

The Kostume Room, (616) 530-5904

RC Caylan (616) 570-2111

Rosa Sposa, (616) 288-7104

 

Honeymoon

Dolphin Vacations, (616) 954-2977

Breton Village Travel, (616) 942-0300

Witte Travel, (616) 942-5112

 

Other services

At Your Service Valet, (616) 730-1475

Kentwood Rental, (616) 534-9628

j.Henna Tattoo  j.henna.art@gmail.com

 

Q: I can never find a mechanic I really like; where should I go to get my car fixed?

A: These LF members will be happy to help you with any vehicle issue:

Community Automotive Repair, (616) 774-7048

Crown Motors, (616) 396-5268

Grand Rapids Motor Car, (616) 209-7115

Star Collision, (616) 364-6222

Legacy Auto-Tech, (616) 245-9616

 

Q: I would like to send flowers for a special occasion. Are there any Local First Florists?

A: See these LF members for all of your flower needs for any occassion, many including holidays, special dates, and sympathies: 

Eastern Floral, (616) 466-5868

Ball Park Floral, (616) 459-3409

Pat’s European Fresh Flower Market,  (616) 796-3221

Posh Petals, (616) 363-3337

Spring Sweet, (616) 396-3556

 

Q: Which Local First photographers take senior pictures?

A: We have a seleciton of photographers that will gladly help with your graduation photos:  

Alyssa Albers, (773) 391-6634

Christine Wedding Portrait & Design,  (616) 336-0935

Junebug, (616) 392-1683

Mike Moloney, (616) 890-7734

Tiberius Images, (616) 855-4079

 

Q: Are there any local pet stores to choose from?

A: There are some pet stores that cover all of your pet's needs: 

Chow Hound, (616) 224-2767

Daisy’s Circle Pet Store, (855) 766-6322

Fido & Stitch, (269) 655-5397