GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — August is an awesome month to save here in West Michigan, thanks to wonderful businesses extending some great Smart Shopper discounts. Also, many of these places are perfect for those needing furniture and beyond for those heading off to college.
Tacobar Company, 200 Ottawa, Grand Rapids: A great way to spice up your office or home party with a taco buffet, delivered right to you with all of the fixings. Through the month of August, get dessert and beverages thrown in for free! To book your Tacobar, call 616.458.TACO (8226) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailey’s Grove Coffee & Creamery, 3834 52nd Street SE, Kentwood: Save $8 on a 10 inch cake (feeds roughly 16 to 19) made with your choice of Hershey’s ice cream or a large rectangular cake (feeds 25 to 32). This offer is good through Aug. 23 and you can claim it, even if your event is much later! Call 616.554.3545.
Good as New Consignment Boutique, 4300 Plainfield Ave NE: Good, quality and often name-brand items that have been gently loved, fill this wonderful, classy consignment boutique. It’s very easy to find, located right across from Lowe’s in a shopping plaza, alongside J’s Fresh Flower Market. Fill up your closet with all kinds of wonderful summer clothing at a discount of 20 percent off through Aug. 11.
Posey’s Place, 118 S. Franklin St., Greenville: This boutique has full of items that are often hard to find for plus-size women. Posey’s caters to sizes 10 to 5X. Through the month of August, you will get $5 off every $25 you spend.
Moynihan Gallery & Candle-ology, 28 8th St., Holland: A staple in downtown Holland for many years, just last year, Moynihan’s added Candle-ology. This concept is so much fun! Whether it’s a small group or a bachelorette party, choose a specialty jar, your own scents from more than 100 and then watch your candle be made. Return in about an hour and it’s yours to take home. Say that you are a Smart Shopper, and get 17 percent off until Aug. 8. If you have a group of five or more, it’s best to call ahead 616.394.0093.
The Barn, 6 South Main Street, Cedar Springs: Vintage, rustic, nostalgic, shabby chic along with new clothing and accessories, can all be found inside of this adorable Cedar Springs shop. Until Aug. 19, you can save 20 percent just for being a Smart Shopper. The proceeds from The Barn actually go to a mission in Honduras that works to fight sex trafficking and to help young teenage girls facing tough times.
Previous featured businesses, great for heading off to college:
Hotel Furniture Outlet, 148 S. Waverly, Holland: When five-star hotels liquidate, Don Wiersma and his crew are there to snag up wonderful couches, desks, chairs and pictures all the way down to coffee pots. The deals you will find here along with the quality, are top-notch. You can get a smaller sleeper-sofa couch for as low as $99.
Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, 1435 60th St SE, Kentwood: I was more than impressed with the quality of items along with the cleanliness at this thrift store! Allow yourself plenty of time, because there are a lot of treasures to buy. Along with the typical departments, Upscale Thrift also offers discounted, brand-new furniture, too. All of the proceeds help fund a shelter for men in downtown Grand Rapids.
Treasures Thrift, M-21 on west side of Lowell: For 15 years, Flat River Outreach Ministries has provided a food pantry along with other services for Lowell residents and extending into Kent County, on some levels. The shop, once a former assisted living facility, not only has a giant showroom with clothing and boutique items, but it has many rooms that are designated by category, ranging from Do-it-Yourself to Home Furnishings.