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Archive for January, 2014

Are you in the market for a condo in downtown Grand Rapids?

What would you able to do with 5 years of property tax relief?

By owning a Union Square Condominium in downtown Grand Rapids, you receive tax discounts.  Union Square is located in a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) until 2019 which includes significant property tax exemptions until 2019!

To find your next tax discounted downtown condominium, contact the Parkland Properties office at 616-988-6466.  Whether you talk to Jon Rooks, Brad Gruizinga, or Brad Veneklase, they can get you into a great condo and start the saving today.



When it comes to eating breakfast most health experts will agree: You should do it, Grand Rapids.

Starting your morning with some fuel, the right fuel,  is a great thing idea.  Just like putting the right fuel in your vehicle will get you better gas mileage and lower car maintenance, the same can be said for the fuel you put in your body.  Studies show breakfast eaters have more energy and stamina throughout the day.  To the point of “lower car maintenance”, breakfast eaters are more likely to have healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  In fact you are less likely to be obese, when compared to those who’s lifestyle skips the morning meal.

What makes up a healthy breakfast?

All though there are many variances and opinions on what to eat for breakfast.  Here are a couple of basic food items to help you on your way in the mornings.   They include:

1.  Water – a great way to start your day is to drink water.  It is a wonderful way to detox from your nights sleep.

2.  Protein – eggs or a plant protein powder added to your smoothie

3.  Greens – the sooner you get greens into your day the better your body will be able to be balanced.  This balance will be a great boost to your energy levels.  Add some spinach to your eggs or smoothie

4.  Grains – a bowl of oatmeal is a quick and easy breakfast to get you going.

5.  Fruits – add some fresh fruit to your oatmeal or smoothie.


These are some simple ideas to use.  If you would like more specific ideas on how to make 2014 a healthy year, set up a time with one of the personal trainers at Monroe North Fitness.  They can sit down and design the plan that will be best for you.  You can call Monroe North at 616-913-9123.

To Your health and prosperity,

Jon Rooks



Do you and your organization have a Business Conference planned for this summer?

Are you looking for the ideal location to hold your conference?  All within a short driving distance of your Grand Rapids or Holland or Lansing place of business.

Shoreline Inn Conference Center would be honored to welcome you and your guests to one of the only lakefront facilities in West Michigan.

Their conference center provides the correct combination of exquisite waterfront views and amazing service designed to cater to your every need.

Whether is a private business meeting or all day conference, the Shoreline Inn Conference Center offers everything you’ll need to make your event a memorable one!

To receive a proposal for your upcoming Business Conference please click here.  You may also contact Shoreline Inn Conference Center at 231-727-8483


Is living in downtown Grand Rapids on your list for 2014?

Imagine inviting friends over to your private roof top deck for great time in 2014.  As they mingle among your garden, the conversation moves to the tremendous view of downtown Grand Rapids.

Can you see?

Would you like to become a reality?

Union Square Condominiums developers Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga have the exact downtown condo to make this a reality.  This condo is a large 3 story penthouse with exposed brick, 2-story ceilings, 2 bed, 2 bath, 2,122 square feet, private roof top deck, and optional garden. It is even customizable for an additional 3rd or 4th bed and 3rd full bath.

Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 for your personal view of your new condo.


The new year is here.  2014 is off and running.

And with every new year that comes around, so does the “I’m going to be____________ better at this.”

What’s your health goal for 2014?

What I love about Grand Rapids is there are many individuals in the fitness community, that care and want to help all live a healthier life.   From training for a 5k or even the River Bank run, to finding the correct food that will help us live a richer and healthier life.  There are Meetups and group classes to bring community to the process.

Remember that opportunities surround you to make 2014 a “healthy and successful” year. Friends and support are close by to catch you when you stumble, including the friendly and knowledgeable staff of Monroe North Fitness.

Be strong!

Jon Rooks

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