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Posts Tagged ‘Jon Rooks’

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



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.


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


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.



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

Learn about wine at Muskegon’s Lake House Waterfront Grille

Going back to school shouldn’t be this much fun!!

Join The Lake House Waterfront Grille, for a fun and informative evening of wine and light Hors D’ ouvres the third Monday of every month at 6:30pm.  There are just four more evenings to enjoy “school”.

Call to make Reservations at 231-722-4461 and mark your calendars.  You will not want to miss school again.


There are only a couple developer condos left at Union Square in downtown Grand Rapids.  These are some of the last opportunities to grab a downtown condo and still qualify for special financing and special tax discounts. 

By owning a Union Square condo, some of the features that are included:

• The year-round clubhouse featuring lounge furniture, plasma TV’s, wet bar, pool table, shuffleboard, and pool and hot tub views.
• A rooftop pool and hot tub 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.
• Large windows create a virtual window wall, to bring in natural lighting into your 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.

Contact Brad Veneklase today to see the final Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga Union Square condos.  Call 616-988-6466



Is your stay on the shores of Lake Michigan for leisure or business?

Shoreline Inn can accommodate  either.

Shoreline Inn features spacious, relaxing rooms with large atrium windows and doors, balconies and covered walk-out terraces with spectacular views of the beautiful Muskegon Lake.  Being conveniently located close to many venues along the Lakeshore, is an additional reason to call for reservations.

Make your reservation today by clicking here.

Do it today!  We don’t think you will be disappointed.


The real estate market in Grand Rapids, Michigan is going strong.  Sales of homes and condominiums continue to be selling fairly rapidly.  In such a hot market, the price of these homes and condominiums are increasing.

Is there any way to get a prime piece of real estate and be eligible for significant tax exemptions over the next few years, therefore helping to make a new condo purchase much less?

The answer is yes.

The answer is Union Square Condominiums by Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga.

In purchasing a condo in Union Square, you will not only be living in an award winning development, but also at a reduced tax rate.  Rooks’ and Gruizinga’s commitment to seeking the best value for their clientele shows in deals such as this reduced property tax.  Union Square sits in the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone, therefore qualifying its residents a significant tax exemption on their property taxes until 2019.

To find out more about this exemption and all that Union Square has to offer, contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466



Parkland Development has broken ground and moving forward with the newest downtown Muskegon development, Terrace Point Landings.  And keeping the landscape as natural as possible, so the Muskegon Lake shoreline is green.

Brad Gruizinga from Parkland Development described the company and its owner, Jon Rooks goal as, “we are keeping as much of the natural landscape as possible.  We recently finished clearing trees.  Besides the necessary trees to remove for the building envelopes and roads, all the rest were keep to continue the natural feel that Jon is envisions.”

The proposed development, Terrace Point Landing, is a 70-lot “new urbanism” style cluster of single-family homes on the point of land next to the Shoreline Inn and Conference Center.  “40% of the homes will be on the waterfront and the remaining homes having access,” according to Jon Rooks.

The commitment to keeping it green will help to bring balance and stability to the Muskegon.  Mayor Steve Gawron agreed by calling the Terrace Point Landings a game changer for the city’s downtown Muskegon Lake waterfront.

For lot and home opportunities, contact Bradley Veneklase at 616-988-6466.  To find out more about any of the Parkland Properties, check out


It’s a scorcher out there!!

When you have such a hot summer in Grand Rapids, a swimming pool is not only a necessity, but required when looking for a new home.

Union Square Condominiums in downtown Grand Rapids  has what you are looking for!

Downtown Grand Rapids living, check!

Modern urban design, check!

Rooftop swimming pool to cool off on hot summer days, check!

Special tax discounts, check!

You can live the downtown Grand Rapids experience and be cool at the same time.

Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga have created an opportunity for 3 more owners to call Union Square home, with special closeout pricing and financing.  You could be in your new condo before you know start cooling off in the pool.

Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to have your personal tour of the swimming pool area.


Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga have 4 condos left at their prestigious and award winning Union Square in downtown Grand Rapids


The historic 100 year old former high school on almost 2 city blocks has been converted to 180 luxury condominiums in downtown Grand Rapids Neighborhood Enterprise Zone.  It features reduced property taxes and incredible view of downtown from the rooftop pool deck.  There is a fitness center and clubhouse for all residents to use.


You will be within walking distance of your downtown office or favorite restaurants or one of the many breweries.


Contact Brad Veneklase today to see all that Union Square has to offer.  He can be reached at 616-988-6466


Monroe North Fitness Center located inside Boardwalk Condominiums is a full service fitness center with 24/7 membership options available for those individuals that need a place to stay fit outside the normal hours that most clubs offer.


Monroe North has a highly trained staff of fitness experts that can assist you in achieving a better you, when you come in during regular business hours.  But for those times when you need a workout time outside the norm, Monroe North is here to give a safe place to train.


So whether it is a workout, tanning bed, a Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage, group fitness programs, or a personal training plan Monroe North Fitness has you covered.  Stop on in whenever you want!


Contact Monroe North at (616) 913-9123


The University of Michigan Urban Land Institute gathered for their annual Excellence Awards this fall of 2012.  The UM-ULI honors various individuals and organizations across the state for work and endeavors in revitalizing Michigan’s Real Estate environment.  The Excellence Awards are their way of showing congratulations to those real estate individuals and/or businesses that have worked hard to add stability and growth opportunities for the State.


One of those groups, Jonathan Rooks of Parkland Properties, made sure to acknowledge at a speech during this year’s UM-ULI awards ceremony was Ferris State University/Kendall College of Art and Design.  Ferris/Kendall was the project leaders of the transformation of the Federal Building located in downtown Grand Rapids.  They were awarded the prestige’s 2012 Development/Redevelopment of the Year for West Michigan for their work.


Rooks took opportunity to thank Ferris/Kendall and other real estate professionals for their commitment to as he put it, “successfully created greater community value”, surrounding works such as the Federal Building.


Congratulations Ferris/Kendall for winning the 2012 Development/Redevelopment of the Year.


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