Another Fun Weekend in Grand Rapids

I visited my friend again last weekend and had a wonderful time. One of the highlights was Saturday afternoon when we drove to Rockford, MI to visit the JT Stitchery and Frame Shop:

This was a nice shop that was mostly devoted to yarn, knitting, and crochet, but had a decent sized cross stitch section also. The upstairs was a frame shop. The owner (I assume) was super helpful and friendly and told us about some of the interesting things to do around town.  I asked about knitting classes and she told me that they are usually on weeknights but that I could schedule a private class if I wanted to, which I might do, because I really want to learn to knit socks!

One of the places she told us about was The Old World Olive Press.  This is a very cool place!  The store is filled with little kettles that have various flavors and infusions of olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  There are little paper cups next to each of them so that you can sample all of the flavors. 

 I would love to visit this place again next time I need vinegar or olive oil!

We also went to a shop called WAR International.  WAR stands for Women at Risk.  The store is filled with beautiful jewelry and other gifts made by disadvantaged women around the world.  Profits provide safe places for women and children who’ve been rescued from lives of horror including human trafficking and slavery.  We made a purchase there and it kindof felt good to know that WAR International is a non profit organization and that our purchase was somehow helpful to people who really need it.

There were lots of other good things about the weekend, including scrabble playing and a little stitching. 

I’ve made some good progress on Alhambra and will save that post for another night.

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4 thoughts on “Another Fun Weekend in Grand Rapids

  1. Sounds like a wonderful time was had at Grand Rapids – I love visiting places like that with all the samples of foods and goods … my flatmate teases me that I’m a food snob and will try anything that is gourmet – I just think I’m non-fussy and will try anything once 😛

  2. Glad you had such a nice time. 🙂 WAR sounds like a great organization – I might have to look them up. 🙂 Looking forward to some Alhambra pictures! 🙂

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