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Take a Load Off

Unwind in a luxurious vintage leather Embassy Chair. This classic mid-century style chair features a button-tufted, tight back design with subtle piping details throughout, comfortable seat cushions filled with a high-quality feather blend and a durable frame supported by a recessed solid wood base. Crafted from buttery vintage leather, available in three rich colors, these chairs are designed to age beautifully. $1,595 at Wealthy at Charles, 738 Wealthy Street, SE in Grand Rapids.

Wine on Wheels

Why go to the bar when you could bring the bar to you? Wow guests with this striking Verra Bar Cart. With a satin-etched glass surface, available in aqua, black or oyster, and shiny, satin-nickel handles and details, this mobile bar cart boasts a simple, sharp design, adding a modern feel to any kitchen or dining room. $1,499 at Design Quest, 4181 28th Street, SE in Grand Rapids.

Tumbling into Summer

Whether you’re relaxing on the porch, lounging on the beach or embarking on a road trip, these double-wall, vacuum-insulated Yeti Rambler tumblers are designed to keep your drinks as cold or hot as you prefer, right down to the last sip. Made from kitchen-grade stainless steel, these 30-ounce tumblers are rust-resistant, leak proof and dishwasher-safe. Pair your Yeti with a durable, easy-grip Rambler Handle and shatter-proof Rambler Straw Lid for on-the-go summer days. Tumbler $41.99, Rambler Handle $9.99 and Rambler Straw Lid $11.99 at Rylee’s Ace Hardware, 1234 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids.

Striking a Cord

Amp Dad’s summer style with these innovative UNEEK kicks from Keen. These cleverly constructed shoes feature an intricate laced cord design with a free-moving cord junction, a microfiber footbed cover and heel back, and a lightweight midsole that provides structure while promoting free movement and comfort. $100 at Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 100 E Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Blessing Bowl

Give the perfect gift for any milestone- wedding, birthday, anniversary, or retirement – with a Blessing Bowl from Heather Lane Pottery.  Customize the bowl with your choice of wording and browse a selection of 30 designs. The pricing starts at $89 and also includes personalization on the underside of the bowl.  Order online at or in the studio in downtown Ada.  Shipping is available. Heather Lane Pottery, 7270 Thornapple River Dr. SE in Ada.

After a While, Crocodile

You deserve a weekend away! Pack your belongings in this blinged-out overnight tote. Created from genuine crocodile skin, this stylish statement bag includes durable leather hand straps, two snap-down silver buckles dripping in glitzy crystals, a large, hinged opening for easy access, a prominent crystal cross design  and a set of wheels for smooth transportation. Originally priced at $1,495, it’s now available for $400 in the Outlet Store inside Bella Furs, 660 Croswell, SE in East Grand Rapids.

Before You Kick It…

A fun gift idea for family, friends, acquaintances and neighbors, this Bucket List bucket makes for a stylish accent in any home. Perfect for an anniversary and for those travel bugs in your life. Get a few while you’re at it for your gift closet for $17.99 each at Holland Furniture, 753 Lincoln Ave. in Holland.

Can Pigs Bounce?

This whimsical, bouncy pig is the perfect toy for your busy toddler. Made from high-quality, BPA and phthalate-free inflatable plastic,the  Farm Hoppers animal family includes a cow, a rabbit, a pig, a dog and a horse, each available in a variety of colors. These brightly colored farm friends combine fun with energetic exercise, promoting body coordination and balance.

All Farm Hoppers include an easy-to-use hand pump and self-closing valve, can be used for both indoor and outdoor play and can hold up to 100 pounds. $27.99 at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

Hot Dog!

As the weather gets warmer, so does your furry friend. The Cool Pet Pad by The Green Pet Shop, is a self-cooling, pressure-activated cushion that works without refrigeration or electricity. Simply place this portable, lightweight pad in your pooch’s favorite spot to help combat overheating and dehydration during hot summer months. $48 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Something to Lift Your Spirits

Treat the craft beer connoisseur in your life with this clever canvas tote and six-pack sampler. Choose from a variety of Michigan craft beers to pack into this durable carrier, including Bell’s Two Hearted, Founder’s All Day IPA, Hop Cat Beer Right Meow IPA, Shorts Soft Parade, Atwater Vanilla Java Porter and Dark Horse Black Ale. Eastern Floral also offers a hand-delivery option for all local online orders. $45, plus a $9.95 delivery fee at Eastern Floral, 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Throw A Wrench In It

Slip small tools or even paint brushes into this handy roll-up case made by a local company 934 Bagworks. This high-quality, portable waxed canvas case is secured with a sewn-in nylon band and contains three large spaces, two medium pockets and a small compartment for gadgets of all shapes. $35 at Ballpark Floral, 8 Valley Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Cleaning Up His Act

Give the gift of good hygiene this Father’s Day with the Handsome Man Grooming Can by Duke Cannon Supply Co. This masculine, 7-piece gift set contains a variety of best selling grooming items, including Superior Grade Shaving Cream, Working Man’s Face Wash, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, Cannon Balm and Cannon Balm 140 Tactical Lip Protectant and two Big Ass Bricks of Soap, all packaged in a clear, re-usable paint can. $75 at My Sweet Peony, 2795 Orange Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Hook, Line and Drinker

Fishing for something to get Dad for Father’s Day? Reel in this one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic mug, created by Comstock Park artist Rita Shields. Featuring an intricately carved underwater design and rich blue hues, this mug will quickly become a coffee favorite. $30 at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Let’s Face It

Imagine the look on dad’s face when he sees his head on the wall! Create a masterpiece or write down reminders with this three-dimensional dry erase board by Twisted Boards. The package includes a non-toxic dry erase marker to get you started, an adhesive-backed marker clip, a washable cotton eraser wipe and four adhesive-backed Velcro mounting squares. It’s hard to ignore your to-do list when it’s looking right at you. $24.99 at Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids.

Walk the Plank

Add a dash of vibrancy to your outdoor oasis with this inviting Art Planks garden path by Studio M. Made of construction-grade PVC planking, these bold, charming boards are durable, weatherproof and won’t rot or warp. Place at the entrance of the garden to remind all who enter to “Be Inspiring,” “Dream Loud” and “Think Big.” $95 at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Drive, SE in Grand Rapids.

Keep it Together

Make projects a breeze with these colorful Wonder Clips by Clover. Featuring a durable metal hinge, a flat back and a wide-opening clamp, these small sewing essentials are designed to secure fabric of all textures, serving as a great substitute for sewing pins. $8.99 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave SW in Grandville.

Slow and Steady Wins the Taste

Curb your chocolate cravings with these tantalizing turtles from Chocolates by Grimaldi. Each turtle is made with premium roasted cashews and pecans then topped with soft buttery caramel and creamy milk or decadent dark chocolate, resulting in a luxurious combination of crunchy and creamy. $14.95 for 6oz. (double check price) at Chocolates by Grimaldi, 219 N. 7th St. in Grand Haven.

Patriotic Porch Bling

Pledge your allegiance this July with this whimsical American flag shooting star. Crafted out of shimmering tinsel, shiny silver stars and a lightweight plastic grid backing, this Independence Day decoration hangs securely on your front door and glimmers proudly in the sun. $1 at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St SW in Byron Center.



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