Taste the Globe

4 06 2013

44th annual Festival of the Arts

This Friday at noon will mark the 44th consecutive time Festival of the Arts has graced our presence.  Each year this proves to be no ordinary weekend, as volunteers take to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, to launch a veritable cornucopia of entertainment offerings.  The lineup always proves to be so verbose that it’s best to simply tell you it can be found HERE.  (or click HERE if you’re viewing this from a mobile device)

If you haven’t been to this gathering before, pack accordingly (included but not limited to rain gear, sunscreen, objects to use as either a fan/shade/shelter – or all of the above, and plenty of cash, as you’ll most definitely not want to miss the world’s cuisine on display).  Regardless of your flavor preference, you can find it at Festival.

Speaking of volunteers, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this event happens every year because of countless sacrifices from people just like you.  This is the country’s largest volunteer run event, and possibly even worldwide (but we’d have to check that last claim before calling it fact).  Point being, please be sure to thank each volunteer with whom you may come into contact because their hard work and dedication makes Festival possible.  Applications are always being accepted for new volunteers, please click HERE if you’d like to help serve.

Lastly, one main reason we really appreciate this community event is because of how it supports local vendors and showcases West Michigan’s finest talent.  There literally is something for everybody, so bookmark THIS link and revisit it often so you have your schedule all mapped out in advance.  Programs are also available at the event for a suggested donation.

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Party in the Street!

24 05 2013


Saturday, 06.01.13

That’s right, you heard us correctly.  As soon as you’ve secured the area and made sure you’re out of harm’s way, dance like nobody is watching… in the street!  We’re proud to help spread the word about this event every year.  2013’s installment of this favorite local showcase marks the 10th time our Local First friends have thrown this gala.  Let us tell you, there certainly have been countless memories forged in that span, and it’s great to see there are no signs of stopping anytime soon.

The fun kicks off at 3pm and is scheduled well into the late evening hour.  This is a FREE event, complete with a wide variety of local art, music, and fare.  The lineup is as follows:

You heard us mention food, right?  Boasting a very impressive group of vendors this year, Local First Street Party 2013 will offer the following choices:

And finally… it’s not often you attend a Local First event without also having the opportunity to partake in some amazing craft beer.  But don’t fret, if non-alcoholic is your preference, they have you covered as well.  Eager to help you wash down the delicious food, a few favorites will be on hand:

This is a celebration you will NOT want to miss, and it’s designed for the entire family (women, men, and children alike).  Special thanks to our Local First family for continuing to support this endeavor each year.  This simply would not exist without each and every one of us, and it’s a real privilege to be among all of you.  See you at the party!


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Happy FrEEday!

24 06 2011

06.24.11 marks the launch of another small way we hope to give back to all of you that have supported Community Automotive Repair.

We made it clear from the beginning that we would never lobby or become political for somebody’s vote to “like” us. That said, it took a long time for us to develop a manner in which to grow this social presence and stay committed to our original core values.

In several talks we’ve had with other small businesses we’re fortunate to call neighbors, partners, and friends… we’ve arrived at one simple solution we hope meets your approval.

We’d like more people to know about us (doesn’t that go without saying?) but we don’t tolerate popularity contests. That’s why we invite you to share information about this (what will likely be one of many others to come) small promotion with other you know would directly benefit from hearing about it.

We’d like to introduce you to Free Friday (or FrEEday for short). Every Friday going forward we’re going to give you the opportunity to win a valuable service for FREE. We took a poll and found that most customers are interested in the opportunity to pay ZERO for the oil change service to be done on their vehicle. You made that clear and now it’s time to give you what you’ve requested.

We’re leading with and may stick with one FREE standard oil change service every Friday in 2011. The way this works is very easy.

We’re asking at least 5% (based on our actual current amount of “fans”) of you to “like” our FrEEday post each week. That 5% number will increase as more people add Community Automotive Repair’s page to their feed (new “likes” of the page). Once that 5% mark is reached in “likes” of the FrEEday post every week, the amount of people IN WEST MICHIGAN that make up that 5% will be entered into a daily drawing for FREE service.

The more people you tell, the quicker we reach the qualifying point for the contest each week. 5% response is not difficult, especially as the total number of people following the contest increases. In the interest of full disclosure, this gives you an opportunity to share the news (and participate yourself) of FREE service(s) and it helps us grow our brand and social presence.  Bottom line, we’ve partnered with you in creating a win/win proposition.

OK, now you know how everything works… just a few conditions to cover and it’s GO time.
1) employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win, but they may still participate if they choose
2) oil change service in particular is limited to standard, premium and synthetic options are available – customer simply needs to pay the difference in cost
3) oil offered for this promotion is limited to 5 quarts – customer to pay difference if vehicle requires additional oil
4) contest offer and rules are subject to change

Who wants FREE service(s)?

Happy FrEEday!

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