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Category: Blog

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


A New Year is coming, 2014!

Are you in need of a place to stay as you ring in the New Year 2014?

You have a great location on the Lakeshore to stay during your New Year celebration.  Shoreline Inn is a wonderful hotel located on Muskegon Lake to stay and ring in the 2014.

Shoreline with its spacious, comfortable guest rooms with full-wall atrium windows and doors, French balconies and covered walk-out terraces will give you a breath-taking views as you wake to the first moments of 2014.

Call Shoreline today at 231-727-8483 to reserve your room.

Make it a safe and Happy New Year!


We want to take a few moments to wish you and your families a Joyous and Happy Holidays!

From all of us here at the Parkland Properties of Boardwalk and Union Square Condominiums, Shoreline Inn, and Monroe North Fitness Center, we want to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!

Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga


Are you looking to increase your income and the opportunities it will bring you?

Then you need to get out an exercise.


A recent study by American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) found that, “Workers who exercise regularly earn 9% higher salaries than their colleagues who do not.”

9% more by getting out an exercising.

How will 9% more be able to help your family?

How could 9% more enable you to save more?

In fact, even if you were a weekend-warrior exerciser, you reduce your risk of dying prematurely in comparison to your sedentary counterparts.

Not dying prematurely is a good thing!

Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga, developers of Union Square and Boardwalk condominiums, understood the importance of fitness in our lives, when they included fitness facilities in their properties.

Make 2014 a year to grow your income.  Get out and exercise!



Is improving the productivity of workers and seeking to reduce absenteeism important issues to you?

How would this help your Grand Rapids based operation?

A recent study performed by the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) declared that, “people who exercise are more productive and have less absenteeism than people who do not. “  The numbers are startling to what the effect will be on your workplace.  We are talking about;

72% improvements in time management

79% improved mental and interpersonal performance

74% managed their work load better

27% higher ability in dealing calmly with stress

41% felt more motivated to work

71% had higher concentration while doing their work

25% took less unscheduled breaks

22% of those in the study had a higher probability of finishing work on time

As you start your business planning for 2014, include how to assist your employees to implement exercise into their life style.  The effect will be a more productive workplace.

Monroe North Fitness Center owner, Jon Rooks, understands the importance of exercise.  He has built a team of fitness professionals to assist the downtown Grand Rapids businesses in improving their workplaces.  Whether you visit Monroe North or another facility, make fitness a part of your business plan.

Call Monroe North to schedule a visit. they can be reached at 616-913-9123



Shoreline Inn in Muskegon, MI has the “world’s best pillows.”

This is according to a recent guest and their post at

“We drove here on a whim, with no plans – checked in late that evening.  What a beautiful surprise!  The inside of the hotel is very neat and well decorated with a modern vintage feel.  When we woke up in the morning and opened our windows, we looked out onto the lake.  The staff was very kind and courteous during our visit.  We will be going back!  Also, they have the world’s best pillows!”

To see what Jon Rooks and Doug Pollock have done to find the “best pillows” for Shoreline Inn – call 231-727-8483 to make your reservation or go to


Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga of Parkland Properties want to thank Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore of West Michigan for making 2013 a wonderful and blessed year.  We are so thankful for our residents, clients and friends for all that you have done for us.

May you and your families have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



Shoreline Inn in Muskegon, MI continues to get rave reviews from their customers.

Shoreline Inn, which is owned by Jon Rooks and his Parkland Properties company, has made it a priority to provide an experience and an environment that exhibits their commitment to excellence.  It is this standard of excellence that permeates throughout your stay as one patron recently put it this way, “I was simply blown away from the minute we walked in the door.  The atmosphere in this charming hotel just made me want to stay for weeks!  My bed was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on in a hotel and I do a lot of traveling!  The bathroom and shower were just as amazing as the rest of the room.  Breakfast the next morning was way more than expected.  I would HIGHLY recommend staying at the Shoreline and I cannot wait to return!! ”

Another individual who stayed sums it up perfectly, “Best kept secret on the MI Shore.  Beautiful hotel, right on a marina.”

If you are looking for a place for a wonderful weekend away, then consider Shoreline Inn.  We don’t think you will be disappointed.

To make reservations now, contact a Shoreline specialist today by calling (231) 727.8483.  Or you can order online by clicking here.



First, the benefit of personal training is more than you might think.  Let me ask you, “how many professional teams play without a coach?”  None!


Aren’t these talented women and men in their particular sport?  They should be able to get themselves to conduct in a way to succeed at their game or event.  But what does each of these extremely talented athletes need?  An outside eye to train them and bring adjustments to their game, but also someone to keep them accountable to the goals and aspirations they have.

The same is true for the benefit of hiring a personal trainer.  A personal trainer is there to bring an expertise to your workout.  They will keep you progressing forward to a full healthy and fit life.  Without a caring and watchful eye, someone may injury themselves, therefore inhibiting a person from experiencing the joy of a great workout, but instead feeling the pain of a bad workout.

If you are getting back into working out and need guidance to get you on a path of health, or seeking to take your health and workout to the next level, then starting personal training at Monroe North Fitness is a must.  Monroe North Fitness personal trainers Mike or Jolie are certified and caring.  Certified to keep you doing the right workout and the right time.  Caring to keep you accountable to the dreams that you have for your health.

Visit Monroe North Fitness to find out the benefit of personal training for you.  Ask for either Mike, Jolie or Jon Rooks when you call them at 616-913-9123.  Check out the website here.


Have you wondered how owning a condo in downtown Grand Rapids could be a great thing?

Where do you start?  What are some things to look for?

Special financing  to qualified buyers allows you to purchase with low down payments and incredible interest rates.  This will get you in your downtown condo faster.

Special tax discounts help you keep more money in your pocket.  Depending where you purchase your new condo, you could be eligible for special property tax discounts.  These extra savings allow you to enjoy more of what downtown living has to offer.

By owning a Union Square condo you could get these 2 money saving options.  Developers Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga have arranged to provide these to purchasers of their downtown development.

If these 2 money savers would be enough of a reason to buy, the amenities that Rooks and Gruizinga have included at Union Square are:

• A clubhouse featuring lounge furniture, plasma TV’s, wet bar, pool table, shuffleboard, and pool and hot tub views.
• A rooftop pool and hot tub with great views of downtown Grand Rapids, to relax in the warmer months.
• Open feel to the condos with ceilings ranging in height from 8 to 16 feet.
• There are laundry hook-ups in each of the units or a central laundry facility is available to you
• A comprehensive security system gives you peace of mind and protects your investment.
• An on site work out facility is available.
• Windows in your condo create a virtual window wall, to bring in natural lighting into the condo.
• Four light courts and expansive windows at the center of the building add natural light and a feeling of spaciousness throughout   interior corridors. These have been transformed into landscaped courtyards for a taste of suburbia in the middle of the city.

To view the last of the Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizing Union Square condos, contact Brad Veneklase today.   Call 616-988-6466


What does Health and Fitness look like to you?

There are many answers to this question.  The reason being, each of us has a different perspective based on our own understanding and influence.  Now there may be nuances that are similar with others, but each of our stories has brought us to this very place in time.

Story is an influencer of our why.  We each have a story.  What is your story around Health and Fitness?

No matter where you are at this current moment, what is more important is where are you going?

You have a choice and can change your story.   You have a choice as to what your Health and Fitness story will look like.  The next question becomes, where are you going to go to improve your story?

Can I make a suggestion for a place to go to improve your story?

Monroe North Fitness is a Grand Rapids Fitness club specializing in the improvement of people’s health and fitness.  Located in the beautiful Boardwalk Condominium development, Monroe North offers the personal care for the individual and expertise of health and fitness.  It is the combination of these two sides of the coin that set them apart of other fitness clubs in the area.

Stop in to their downtown Grand Rapids location at 940 Monroe Ave NW to experience all that Monroe North has to offer.  They can be reached at 616-913-9123


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