Shop Smart Shop LocalJul 09, 2018 12:30PM ● By WLMagazine
Bagged wine just got a lot more fashionable with this Party Pouch tote by PortaVino City. Designed with a secret, insulated compartment that holds a removable 1.5-liter reservoir, you can bring the party anywhere, anytime. Simply pour your wine or beverage of choice into the bag’s main compartment and reseal. The tote’s exterior flap conceals the pouring spout until you’re ready to sip. $54.95 at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, 3142 4 Mile Rd NE in Grand Rapids. Robinettes.com.
Eating Out of the Palm of a Hand
Show some love for the Mitten with these whimsical Michigan plates. Featuring colorful illustrations and rich colors, these dishes pay homage to all of our lakes and cities. Add it to your kitchen collection or give it away as a unique gift to your favorite Michigander. $29 at Parooz, 6504 28th St SE in Grand Rapids. Shopparooz.com.
In Sickness and in Sports
Commitment carries over into active lifestyles with these silicone rings by Qalo. Featuring a simple, clean-cut design, these durable and flexible bands can be custom-sized for a perfect fit and serve as a safe alternative to your everyday wedding band. Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and cuts. $24.95 for the gray men’s ring and $19.99 for the pink women’s ring at Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 1200 East Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids. Billandpauls.com.
A Shoe with Sole
Summer adventures are no match for these stylish sneaker bottom Ellen-L sandals by MIA. These breezy athletic-inspired kicks feature a clear lucite strap, an adjustable ankle closure and an ultra padded sole for maximum comfort, making them perfect for everyday wear. $59 at LA Miller, 65 E Bridge St NE in Rockford. Lamillerboutique.com.
Fido the Fashionista
This ensemble by I See Spot is sure to earn Fifi the title of “Best Dressed” at the dog park. Complete with navy stripes, a red ruffle trim and a large matching flower, this doggy dress will have all of her four-legged friends asking, “Where did she get that?” Available in a variety of prints and sizes. $20 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW #140 in Grand Rapids. Fidoandstitch.com.
Reaching for the Stars
Illuminate your home with these vibrant stars by JustStars, a company launched in 1997 by German artist Sebastian Muecke. All of the paper stars are jointly designed in Berlin and handcrafted by artisans in Uttar Pradesh/India. Available in a variety of unique patterns, rich colors and sizes, the stars serve as captivating focal points in any room. $25-$30 at Design Quest, 4181 28th St SE in Grand Rapids. Designquest.biz.
Wow your guests with these contemporary dishes by Kitchen Goods & More. Each piece features an abstract navy blue watercolor design, bringing a modern mix-and-match feel to any dinner party. $10 for the mug, $13.50 for the smaller plate, $22 for the larger plate or $43.50 for the whole set at Eastern Floral, 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE in Grand Rapids. Easternfloral.com.
Let your Luigi loose with these Super Mario Bros. sunglasses. Complete with Luigi’s signature green ball cap and handlebar mustache, these shatterproof, UV-protected shades will make you look like you stepped right out of a Nintendo video game. One size fits most. $9.99 at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave NE in Grand Rapids. Grcm.org.
All You Need is Love
In 1965, American artist Robert Indiana created the famous LOVE print, which served as the inspiration for his pop art LOVE sculpture. Today, the internationally-recognized sculpture sits just outside of The Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids. Show some love for Indiana and his legacy by choosing from a selection of officially-sanctioned LOVE merchandise, including notes, postcards and various sized prints. $1-$67.50 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids. Artmuseumgr.org.
A Clip Off the Old Block
Ditch those straight pins for a less prickly alternative – Wonder Clips! These colorful plastic crafting clips by Clover feature a wide opening to accommodate thick fabrics, a built-in guiding scale to help you keep a straight line and a flat back. $8.99 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave SW in Grandville. Familysewing.com.
Let’s Be Swivel
Share the Swiss with this hardwood swivel-style Circo Cheese Board by Picnic Time. This durable chopping board holds four cheese tools inside, including a hard cheese knife, a cheese shaver and a cheese spreader, and features a recessed moat along the board’s edge to catch cheese brine or liquids. $24.99 at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids. Thecheeselady.net.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with the Zheng Gu Shui pain relief liquid. By rubbing or spraying a small amount to injuries after activities or accidents, essential healing herbal ingredients soak into the skin, promoting blood circulation to disperse blood stasis and relaxing tendons and muscles to alleviate discomfort. This miracle blend also works wonders when sprinkled in a warm bath. $7 at Mercy Health Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit, 300 Lafayette Ave SE in Grand Rapids. Mercyhealth.com/medical-services/integrative-medicine.
Where’s the Cheese?!
At your favorite meat market, or course! Farm Country Cheeses are delicious to enjoy at home or to wrap up with your favorite crackers and a bottle of wine as a memorable hostess gift. Made in Michigan, the offerings include Dill, Natural Smoke Cheddar, and Medium Yellow Cheddar. Available for $4.99 each at Byron Center Meats, 8375 Freeland Avenue in Byron Center. byroncenter meats.com.
A Patriotic Place Setting
Celebrate the Fourth of July with this red, white and blue dining set. Each piece is 100 percent Melamine, making them less likely to crack or chip, dishwasher safe and BPA-free. Plus, they’re made in the U.S.A. – talk about festive! Available individually. Starting at $6.59 at Rylees ACE Hardware, 1234 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids. Ryleesace.com.
This Alchemia by Charles Albert necklace is inspired by the ancient mythical craft of transforming various metals into gold. Created from a blend of base metals, this statement piece has the same look and feel of 18-karat gold. Featuring a large agate stone, the necklace is nickel-free, lead-free, hypoallergenic and undeniably stunning. $90 at Bella Furs, 660 Croswell SE in Grand Rapids. Bellafurs.com.
Light as a Leather
These lightweight genuine leather earrings by Michigan-based company Tracy Lynn Designs are as unique as they are fabulous. Featuring supple pebbled leather and a soft, fuzzy pop of orange fabric, these handmade accessories merge practical and contemporary. $14 at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St SW in Byron Center. Facebook.com/twodutchhens.
Just Roll with It
These stone facial rollers by Aquarian Soul aren’t just pretty to look at, they’re also natural skin remedies! The roller helps increase blood circulation in the face, tightening the skin, removing toxins, reducing wrinkles diminishing puffy under eyes and creating a natural healthy glow. The clear crystal quartz roller brings the body back into balance and works with any skin type; the amethyst roller contains calming, soothing properties for all skin types; and the rose quartz roller promotes love, balance and compassion and is ideal for normal and dry skin types. $43 at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids. Spiritdreamsgr.com.
The Joy of Soy
When it comes to decorating a home, it’s all about atmosphere. Set the tone with these modern cement candles by Paddywax. Each candle is made with a slow-burning soy-wax blend, hand-poured into easily-repurposed vessels. Lighten the mood with a bright, airy or herbaceous fragrance, or create a calming environment with an earth, musky or woodsy aroma. Available in powder green, navy blue and pink. $11-22 at Stonesthrow, 1428 Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids. Stonesthrowliving.com.