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Morning Buzz: September 2, 2020
Posted at 10:18 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 10:18:34-04

1. Spectrum Health's new one-of-a-kind Women's Health and Wellness Center is opening today.

The center is on the east side of Grand Rapids along Lake Drive. It offers a range of women-centered services like mammograms and nutrition.

Spectrum says women can schedule same-day appointments too, so they can maximize their visit and save time. The center is designed to be a comfortable, spa-like atmosphere.

Spectrum says the center's providers come from all over the city, bringing their patients with them.

2. Today is the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War II. To honor the historical day, there will be a three military plane flyover tonight.

You can head out along the Grand Rapids in downtown GR around 6 p.m. to catch a glimpse. It'll also be streamed on the Gerald R. Ford Museum's Facebook page along with portraits of WWII veterans here in West Michigan.

If you're looking for a way to pay your respects regularly, a group of volunteers has organized a car parade at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans four times each month for people to drive by, honk and deliver treats.

3. Fresh donuts, cider, produce, and their famous corn maze! Robinette's is getting ready for fall!

As far as how COVID has affected them, they did have to shut down early on. But they say a lot of people turned to their bakery when they couldn't find things at the grocery store.

The farm's corn maze is a special tribute to the previous owners who passed away this year.

They'll be open seven days a week starting after Labor Day.

4. Zoom is zooming past its earnings expectations.

The video conferencing company made as much money in three months as it did in all of 2019 largely thanks to the coronavirus pandemic with most people working or learning from home.

Zoom has increased its revenue by 355 percent on an annualized basis.

Earnings were up 92 cents a share and revenue was more than $600 million, both well above expected.

These numbers making Zoom one of the biggest tech beneficiaries of the pandemic.

5. Walmart is rolling out its subscription plan, Walmart Plus, a move to compete with the likes of Amazon and it's Prime subscription.

Customers can either pay $98 per year, or $12.95 a month.

Walmart looks to continue its blossoming online sales. Members get free shipping on orders $35 or more on hundreds of thousands of items from video games to groceries. Certain items can be delivered as soon as the same day they're ordered.

Folks will also get a discount on the gas of up to five cents per gallon at Walmart, Murphy U.S.A.

The subscription rolls out September 15, and you can even sign up for a free 15-day trial.