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Morning Buzz: December 4, 2020
Posted at 12:07 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:07:15-05

1. A spokesperson has confirmed a Whole Foods Market is in development in Grand Rapids.

Whole Foods is a grocery store chain known for selling products that are organic, free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Whole Foods has more than 500 locations across the country.

Not many details are known on where or when the market will pop up, but continue to follow Fox 17 for updates.

2. Now more than ever, it's important to support local businesses. Kent County is emphasizing that with the launch of their #KCTakeoutChallenge to support local restaurants.

The campaign encourages residents to buy takeout or gift cards from their favorite Kent County restaurants, share the news online, and tag three friends, with the challenge to do the same.

This comes amid the continued shutdown of indoor dining for restaurants across the state.

Find a list of local restaurants available on the Take Out Challenge page on the Kent County website.

Experience Grand Rapids also has a list of restaurants with winterized outdoor seating.

3. Fans of the movie "Elf" may have a destination during the Christmas season.

It's a hotel suite decked out in all things Buddy. He's the title character from the movie starring Will Ferrell.

The Royal Oak Hotel in Rochester, Michigan has created the suite and the experience.

The suite comes with a gift box that includes some special treats, including Maker's Mark Whiskey.

The "Elf"-inspired suite is available through January 31.

4. Dog lovers were not in love with traditional names like Fido and Spot this year. Rover.com released its list of 2020's Top Names for Dogs.

The site notes many of the popular names are also on the list of Top Baby Names. For instance, the top three female names for dogs- Bella, Luna, and Lucy- are also top baby names.

When it comes to males, the top canine picks were Max, Charlie, and Cooper.

Celebrity names were also a big draw in 2020. The monikers- Kanye and Tom Brady- trended up this year, while the usually popular Beyonce trended down.

5. An unlikely company is making a splash in the fashion world.

Microsoft has released an ugly Christmas sweater, and it's currently selling like hot cakes!

The purposely tacky clothing will cost $70 with some of those profits going toward the nonprofit Girls Who Code, which focuses on getting more women involved in computer science.