Local First Street Party 2014!

12 05 2014

This is one of our favorite local events of the season, every year. If you haven’t been, there’s no better time than NOW to make the necessary preparations. Here’s just a few reasons this is an event you don’t want to miss:

-outdoors (and the weather usually cooperates)
-amazing local food and drink
-incredible regional music and art showcase

If that’s not convincing enough, please direct your attention to the official lineup for this year’s party:

Local First Street Party 2014!

06.07.2014 / 3pm – midnight, in front of Bistro Bella Vita

Food vendors:

A Moveable Feast
Bandit Queen
Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery
LINC Up Soul Food Cafe
Love’s Ice Cream
Montello Meat Market
Twisted Rooster
What the Truck

Entertainment lineup:

Grand Rapids Soul Club
Wazobia Grand Rapids
61Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy
Nathan Kalish and the Wildfire
Root Doctor
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
Rick Chyme
Mustard Plug

(embedded video previews last year’s event, please note date/time change for 2014)


Fork Fest 2013

22 10 2013

Autumn is in the air, and several of our friends are ready to meet you at beautiful Romence Gardens so you can sample their latest delicacies.

Who doesn’t love good food?  Seriously.

This is an amazing event we look forward to each year, and Thursday’s efforts are proving to be one for the ages.  More vendors have jumped on board than ever before, at least as far as we can tell.  (see image below)

Of the many things Grand Rapids continually does well, fresh homemade food simply must be at the top of the list.  It’s impossible (or highly unlikely anyway) for you to find this many unique dishes all under the same roof simultaneously.  On this level it’s unprecedented, truly.  What’s more, you can enjoy these delicious offerings while taking in acoustic stylings of the evening’s live entertainment, Hawks and Owls.

For this reason and many others, we highly recommend you secure a ticket today.  Limited passes are still available by contacting Local First, or through secure online purchase HERE.

Bon Appetit!


P.S. be sure to stop by the photo wall and say hello to our friends of stellafly!

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10 x 10

17 08 2012

CAR is taking the Pledge!

In another case where the announcement speaks for itself, all of us at Community Automotive Repair are proud to share and support this year’s Local First 2012 campaign, 10 x 10.  The potential impact of this program is enough to make great strides in our local marketplace.  We’re pleased to do our part by promoting, participating, and providing encouragement to all those choosing to accept this challenge.  And so without further ado, here’s the official press release our friends made available a couple days ago, in which instructions on how to get involved are clearly explained.

Please consider joining us.  We greatly look forward to making a big difference, collectively.


August 15, 2012
Contact: Seth Galligan

(616) 808-­‐3788


Local First Launches 10×10 Pledge to raise $100,000 for the local food system.

10×10 Pledgers will shift $10 of their weekly food budget to local food for 10 weeks.  Local First aims to get 1000 people to sign the pledge who will together shift $100,000 to the local food system.
The Pledge: I pledge to be part of a healthy, sustainable food system by shifting $10 of my weekly food budget for 10 weeks toward local food sources. 

The 10×10 Pledge, presented by Valley City Linen, starts on August 28th and will last for 10 weeks.  Local First is aiming to have 1000 people sign by the start date but will welcome late joiners.  During the ten weeks, Local First and the many sponsors (listed and linked below) of the 10×10 Pledge will provide support for pledgers in the form of emails including information about how to get the best local food, deals, recipes, and “eat local” tips.  Support for pledgers will come in the form of social network interactions via a Facebook Group “The 10×10 Pledgers,” and conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #10×10.  Local First will also host numerous free workshops that will be open to pledgers and the general public.

The main objective of the pledge is to show how easy it is to make a big difference in our local food system.  A 10×10 pledger can start with something as simple as finding a local source for their morning coffee.  For someone who is already skilled at getting food locally, they might need to be more creative in finding that extra $10 a week to shift to a local food producer.  Local First hopes to hit the goal of 1000 pledgers this year and aims to expand that in years to come.  If in the future 10,000 people, just around 5% of the population of Grand Rapids, sign the pledge, a shift of $1 million dollars could be created.  The 10×10 Pledge will conclude on October 30th and Fork Fest, a grand finale celebration featuring over 30 of the best local food and beverage producers will be held in the Greenhouse at Romence Gardens on October 18th.  The pledge can be taken HERE.

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Facebook Group: “The 10×10 Pledgers”

Twitter Hashtag:
Presenting Sponsor: Valley City Linen
Hosting Sponsor: Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
Print Sponsor: Crop Marks

10×10 Pledge Sponsors:
West Michigan Food Co-­‐op
Forest Hills Foods
Reds on the River
Bearboy Gourmet
Brewery Vivant
Superior Foods
Lubbers Family Farm

Blog Sponsors:
Eat Local, West Michigan!
Kitchen Stewardship

Local First is a nonprofit organization supporting sustainable economic development in West Michigan. Representing nearly 600 local business members, Local First is the largest “Buy Local” organization in the Midwest and the 3rd largest per capita in the United States. For more information on Local First and its efforts to promote a local living economy in West Michigan, please visit www.localfirst.com.

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MyArea Card (MAC) chooses CHANGE

8 06 2011

If we were betting people, we’d be willing to wager that you’ve heard of the Entertainment Book.  You know, the multi-colored coupon oriented publication that you most likely purchased to support a school fundraiser a time or two (or more).  Well, were you aware that there’s another form of receiving equal benefits that doesn’t require you to carry around a book?

That’s right, entering into the scene is a new technology offered by Grand Rapid’s own MyArea Card.  Have you spotted MAC around town?

Community Automotive Repair is one of hundreds of other local businesses/organizations featured in this new program.  For $25 you receive a card no bigger than a typical credit card, but we guarantee it can’t/won’t create a similar burden.  No use of credit here, pay the one time $25 fee and start SAVING money – it’s that simple!

MyArea Card and Community Automotive Repair have partnered to offer you significant discounts on quality services in West Michigan, but MyArea Card can also be utilized as a fund raising vehicle (much like its predecessor, Entertainment Book).

Even better, MyArea Card has graciously offered a FREE pre-activated membership ($25 value) to all parties that preregister to CHANGE by 06/17.  Have you chosen CHANGE?

“Change” is afoot…

18 04 2011


Save the date.

846 E Fulton.  Community Automotive Repair.  GR, MI


We’re in this together.

Stay tuned.

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