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Shoe sales come and go—but when you throw in the word “mega” and “multiple tents,” you’ve got our attention. On September 25, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wolverine Worldwide holds the Mega Sample Sale at their Rockford headquarters to benefit the Heart of West Michigan United Way. What this means is footwear and selected apparel from $10 to $35, with savings up to eighty percent off suggested retail pricing. The sample shoes “sometimes are never used,” says Kelly Ballou, marketing director for Caterpillar. “They might never even come out of the box, or might be put on a table or quickly tried on or used for trade shows.” Traditional sample sizes include a 7.0 for women and a 9.0 for men, but the sale will include a range of sizing.

“Self confidence is best expressed in clothes.” So says Latesha Lipscomb, the creator of Women Who Wine, a monthly soiree dedicated to women in transition, working women and women hoping to better themselves. Each gathering is sponsored by local boutiques who tend to answer the call without hesitation. In the past, support has come from Chai Boutique, Swirls Boutique, Blu by Goodwill and Sydney’s Boutique. Guests sip some wine and network with like-minded stylish women and donate fashionable items all for a good cause—and always with a creative twist. 

When Dory Kipker’s twin daughters were born with loads of hair, she started making hair accessories for them. Using felt and seeking to craft something other than traditional bows, Kipker started whipping up some creations that naturally led into jewelry. 

What do A.K. RIKKS, Bottega Salon, Lake Eastbrook Family Dentistry, The Leslie Studio, The Skye Group, and Urban Massage have in common? They all are part of the West Michigan Woman Shelley Irwin makeover cover story in June, they all are local businesses, they all are outstanding at what they do, and they all have West Michigan flair and style! We'd like to thank our partners and sponsors, without whom the makeover would not have been possible.

Want to do a little something sweet for yourselfor for your skin, for that matter? When it comes to taking care of your skin, you can never be too careful or too indulgent. Sweet, simple, summer scents and products that are naturally good for you can be found at Från Krämer Organics. The online Etsy storefront is where owner Joanna Brink, of East Grand Rapids, specializes in handcrafted skin care goods that are created using all natural, organic ingredients in their unrefined form.

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