My fiancee recently bought my engagement ring at this Jared location. We've both been incredibly pleased with the quality of the ring. The center stone is absolutely gorgeous. My fiancee's sales person was wonderful without being too pushy. She helped him find the perfect ring in his price range without trying to make him feel like he needed to continue to upgrade to the next size. The only reason this store did not get a World Class ranking was he originally was being helped by a very pushy rude salesperson who literally drove him out of the store. He came back one more time b/c of the quality of the jewelry and has had nothing but great service from there on out.
I use this National City Bank for business purposes. Everyone there (with the exception of one) is very friendly. They are very good about remembering and using your name. I'm not positive about all the services they offer since I use it simply for business but I've seen offers for all the basic banking needs (savings, checking, mortgages, bonds, etc). The only thing I don't like about this branch is they typically seem to be unstaffed and the managers never seem to come help out. The staff is a veteran staff, so the line keeps moving but it's still frustrating sometimes waiting in line for 15 minutes during your one hour lunch break simply to make a deposit.
I've banked with Byron Bank for probably 12-15 years. It's basically the only bank I've personally let hold my fiances. I've probably only gone into the bank a half of dozen times in the past year. I have direct deposit through my job and use the ATM for everything else. With the being said, the few encounters, I've had this year have been pleasant. I wouldn't say it's ever been great service but it's never been poor service. The biggest draw bank to this bank is the very limited number of branches with NONE being outside of Grand Rapids. If you are looking for a bank, I personally would probably look elsewhere. I'm only there b/c quite frankly I'm too lazy to transfer my money elsewhere.
I stayed at this hotel in November 2005 with my fiancee. We got three rooms: one for us, one of his mom and step-dad, and one for his sister and her boyfriend. The front desk girl was very kind to try to get us all as close together as possible before we even had to ask her. All of our rooms were pretty much the exact same room -- very cookie cutter to every other Embassy Suite. There was nothing about the room that made it stand out from any other Embassy. However, they were all nice and clean and in good condition. The atrium was beautiful and in great condition. The hotel is only 5 floors, so it isn't very tall like most Embassy Suites. The breakfast good but fairly standard. We weren't at the hotel for the manager's reception. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
The Southside Community Ice Center is located south of Grand Rapids off US 131 at 100th Street. It offers 2 ice rinks, a concession stand, and a pro shop. They offer open skate during various times at a very reasonable price which includes skate rentals. The rink is home to a local team and often has hockey tournaments going on. The staff has always been nice. It's a great place to go for some local fun.
Bellagio Salon is a great find once you can find it. It's tucked away between Prairie, Ivanrest and 28th Street. It's in a strip mall with Family Fare.
The salon recently had a change in management which has increased it's services. They offer all traditional hair services, nail, waxing, and massages. They also have a range of hair products which you can purchase. They are open Monday through Saturday.
The salon caters to all ages and have stylists who specialize in each group. Each stylist sets their own prices and are comparible to other salons.
Oxford Apartment Complex is located between Kalamazoo and Breton off 44th Street. They offer an outdoor pool, volleyball courts, and tennis courts. Each morning you could help yourself to a free breakfast in the community/leasing building. They have a furnished apartment on the second floor of the leasing building which you can rent for your family members if they come from out of town. They offer 24 hour maintenance incase something breaks. The kitchen areas were TINY!! However, the rest of the apartment were moderate in size. They offer covered carports at an additional charge but have plenty of free parking.
The Grandville Residence Inn is located directly across the street from the River Town Crossings Mall on River Town Parkway. The hotel is probably 5 or 6 years old but still in great condition. When you enter the hotel, you will be greeted by one of their outgoing friendly front desk clerks. The lobby is nicely decorated with a fireplace, tv, and games. They offer a free breakfast each morning and a small 'dinner" at night during the week. The guest rooms are in nice condition and cleaned very well. Each room is a suite and they offer a couple different size suites. Each room has a dining area along with a fridge, dishes, dishwasher, etc. The hotel offers a small fitness area but no pool. This hotel caters to business travelers, so you dont have to worry about noisy children. If you are in the Grandville area, I would definately check out this hotel.
I would avoid this hotel at all cost. Located in the not - so - nice area of 28th Street and US 131, this 25+ year old hotel offers little to be desired. The hotel claims to have done major renovations to the property but I don't see it. The guest rooms are small and the beds are horrible. It offers no free breakfast as they have a restaurant which they want you to buy food from. The top floor of the hotel has the pool and game area which is nice to contain the noise and pool smell. I believe they require you to wear wrist bands and offer a limited number to get guest room. The only good thing about this hotel is that they have large meeting room space if you were having a large conference. There aren't any other hotels on the southwest side of Grand Rapids with large meeting space.
Cornerstone University is located north of Grand Rapids on the East Beltine. It has a reputation of being a school with very strict rules (ie: no dancing, drinking, movie watching, etc). However, in the past few years, they have loosen up on their policies allowing students to make their own choices. What people may not know is how strongly they focus on their academics. All incoming freshmen receive free laptops which they get to keep when they graduate. The professors seem to take a genuine interest in their studends lives. The only downsides to Cornerstone is their expensive tutition and their chapel program. They require all students to attend an average of 4 chapels a week which is very difficult to do when not living on campus. You are fined and put on probation if you do not meet the required amount. They offer limited flexibility to the program.