TODAY – Gun Lake Casino’s Expansion – Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Details

Today is the grand opening of the much anticipated Gun Lake Casino’s Harvest Buffet. Below are details from their FB page. Please feel free to attend if you are available as this is a public event. I had the opportunity to try the amazing buffet last week. I guarantee you will not leave hungry. One of the employees also provided some good advice on taking a “tour” of the entire buffet before you begin so you know what you really want to try first and then plan your second plate (or dessert plate). We also had an opportunity to meet their new Chef who is incredible. Pretty much anything that can be made from scratch IS – he even makes the salad dressings! And – they are proudly using as many local products and resources as possible. In addition, today is not only the opening of the Harvest Buffet, but also the new Stage 131, and of course the new expanded gaming floor! AND beginning TODAY, Gun Lake Casino is also family-friendly (including Harvest Buffet, Sandhill Café, the Food Court (Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza), and Appliques Gift Shop. Details: Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Celebration – Today from 11 AM – 3 PM The 300-seat buffet will feature delicious dishes from multiple stations including a Chef’s Table, American favorites, Asian specialties, Mexican classics, traditional Italian, and more. Plus, you’ll want to try the Prime Rib and Crab Leg Buffet every Friday night! Learn more here:...

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Wayland Memorial Day Events Announced

Wayland Memorial Day Events Announced  All are invited to Wayland’s annual Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 29th.  Veterans are needed for cemetery honors and parade participation. The bus for the cemetery honors will depart at 7:45 am from the Wayland VFW.  The cemetery schedule is: 8:30am Hooker, 9:00am Native American, 9:25am Germond, 9:45am St. Cyril’s, 10:00am Hill, 10:20am Elmwood.   Beginning at 11:00am is the Annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at the MI State Police Post and concluding at the Wayland VFW Post 7581.  Out of respect for the Veterans, Wayland VFW Post Commander Floyd Hitchcock is requesting that any trucks, big rigs, etc please refrain from using sirens and horns.  City resident and business owner Mike Salisbury stated, “I thought it was a huge improvement when the sirens and horns stopped blaring.” Always remembering those who served is a vital aspect of the Wayland Memorial Day Parade, with the mood more somber and reflective.  While marching bands do play patriotic music, there are no sirens blaring and horns honking (which are common in celebratory parades—including Wayland’s annual Christmas Parade). All parade participants are asked to please refrain from using sirens and horns.   For parade details and City Police parade rules, please view www.waylandchamber.org/eventscommunity. At the parade conclusion, the public is invited to the VFW to enjoy the pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and Mayor Bala’s Famous Cole Slaw.  The cost is $6.00 per person (cash or checks only).  If you are able to participate for the cemetery honors, would like to volunteer at the luncheon, or have any questions, please contact the Wayland VFW Post #7581 at...

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Ribbon Cutting & Open House – Fusion Fitness 24/7 Scheduled for April 18th

Ribbon Cutting & Open House – Fusion Fitness 24/7 All are invited to celebrate the opening of Fusion Fitness – Wayland’s NEWEST Fitness Center! Fusion Fitness takes pride in providing top-of-the line equipment, MANY classes to choose from, personal trainers, and showers! The Chamber of Commerce, along with City of Wayland Mayor Tim Bala, will be holding a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate this event on Tuesday, April 18th at noon. Please join us in welcoming this great new business and chamber member to our community! For additional information, please like the Facebook Page @Fusionfitness247wayland or call (269) 245-9846. Fusion Fitness is located at 358 Reno Drive,...

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MANDA LOU’S BAKERY SCHEDULES OPEN HOUSE & TASTING EVENT

MANDA LOU’S BAKERY SCHEDULES OPEN HOUSE & TASTING EVENT The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce an upcoming event  for chamber member Manda Lou’s Bakery. Manda Lou’s Bakery, located at 4016 Blake Ct in Dorr has scheduled an open house and tasting event for Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00am-4:00pm at their Dorr location. The event will highlight some of the most popular items offered including specialty cakes, cookies, a variety of rolls and more. With wedding and graduation season fast approaching, founding owner Amanda Genther will be on hand to assist future brides and future graduates with help planning their cakes and specialty cookies for their events, as well as any other upcoming celebration or holiday order. Manda Lou’s Bakery is a made-to-order bakery featuring traditional baked goods and custom decorating. Their focus is to bring these home baked tastes to the local community. All products are based on tradition, quality ingredients, with a high attention to detail. Manda Lou’s uses real ingredients such as butter, lemon zest, and chocolate. The finishing touch is the detail in presentation as they take great pride to ensure that all products looks as good as they taste. During the Open House, guests can sample items and enter to win a variety of products. Anyone who brings a guest will receive a special gift. There will also be several products on hand for cash and carry. For additional information on Manda Lou’s Bakery, please visit their website at www.mandalous.com, view their Facebook page @ Manda Lou’s Bakery, or call 616-299-0575. ### For additional  information on the chamber, please contact Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director, at denise@waylandchamber.org or...

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MYTOWN ACE HARDWARE ACHIEVES HIGHEST LEVEL OF RECOGNITION FROM ACE HARDWARE CORPORATION FOR EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE

MYTOWN ACE HARDWARE ACHIEVES HIGHEST LEVEL OF RECOGNITION FROM ACE HARDWARE CORPORATION FOR EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE Neighborhood store recognized as a top performing retail location Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that MyTown Ace Hardware of Dorr achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace’s long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Pinnacle Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace’s customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out. For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been serving its neighbors with helpful service and quality products. With more than 4,800 stores in more than 60 countries, the team at MyTown Ace Hardware is one of only a few hundred Ace retailers to achieve this prestigious Pinnacle status. To achieve Pinnacle Performance Retailing, the team at MyTown Ace Hardware successfully completed a number of key performance drivers that will help them provide a better overall shopping experience in their local community. One example of a proven performance driver is “Helpful Certification,” the foundational element of Ace’s “Certified Ace Helpful” retail training curriculum. To become certified, Ace Hardware associates complete courses such as Helpful 101 and 201 and the store conducts a week-long team-based certification event. “For a store to achieve Pinnacle Performance Retailing is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Dan Miller, Vice President, Retail Operations and New Business, Ace Hardware Corporation. “We’re pleased to recognize MyTown Ace Hardware and its associates for their outstanding achievements, and proud to say they’re a part of the Ace family.” “The team at MyTown Ace Hardware is incredibly pleased to have earned the status as a Pinnacle Performance Retailing store,” said Matthew Jamrog, Owner at MyTown Ace Hardware. “What this means for our customers is that we are more committed than ever to providing our loyal shoppers with the best possible retail experience; from customer service to product offerings and more, we’re taking ‘Ace helpful’ to a new level.” Media Contact: Matthew Jamrog MyTown Ace Hardware (616) 304-5837 matthewj@mytownace.com # # #   About Ace Hardware For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2015, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Retail Stores, Nine Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in...

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WAYLAND CHAMBER CELEBRATES AT ANNUAL KICK-OFF

Members of the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce gathered on February 17th in the Grand Hall of the Wayland Union School’s Fine Arts Center for their Annual Kick-Off Luncheon presented by Title Sponsor ITC and supported by Contributing Sponsor Edward Jones. This year’s guest speaker was Michigan House of Representatives, 77th District, Tommy Brann. Representative Brann has been a strong advocate for small businesses since the age of 19 when he opened his first restaurant –Tommy Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille in Wyoming. It was at that time, that Brann began creating jobs for others. He currently is owner and operator of Brann’s Restaurants, which has several locations across Michigan including the same first restaurant, in Wyoming, that has been open for 45 years. When not in Lansing, you will still find Brann working at that original location. In addition, Brann authored a book titled, Mind Your Own Business, which is about small business lessons and free enterprise. During his presentation, Brann expressed his support of small businesses and his vow to work effortlessly to ensure Lansing spends our tax dollars efficiently. He is also a strong advocate of law enforcement and discussed how he believes there is a need to set aside funding for additional law enforcement to respond to emergencies in our communities and problem areas within our state.  Pro-actively increasing our law enforcement teams will offer more protection for our families and homes. Brann also stated his strong advocacy for our children and wants to ensure they have opportunities to open their own businesses and create jobs. Through Brann’s education pursuits, children will have the opportunity to learn about Free Enterprise in classroom courses allowing the next generation to live the American dream. Brann strongly encourages giving back to others and how mentorship is key to struggling students. The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce is an independent, private, non-profit organization financed by its members to promote business and advocate on their behalf. The Chamber is committed to providing networking opportunities and educational programs through seminars, meetings and luncheons. For additional information on the chamber or chamber benefits, please contact Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director, at denise@waylandchamber.org or...

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