This is Vander Veen’s place
A rare gem in Grand Rapids is Vander Veen’s The Dutch Store, 2755 28th St. SW in Wyoming.
For more than 80 years, Vander Veen’s has served classic Dutch products throughout the US, and the holiday season is a time for the store to shine.
With the rich Dutch heritage in West Michigan, even for those who don’t share ancestry, it can be a fun trip to explore some of their culture. The classic is the Windmill cookie, a spiced almond cookie in the shape of, you guessed it, a windmill.
Another fun option to try is chocolate chips, which come in milk and dark chocolate. Traditionally they are given to children to match the first letter of their first name.
Art of the Table
Art of the Table, 606 Wealthy St. SE, and Aperitivo, 425 Ionia Ave. SW, they are two great places to find small gifts for hosts and loved ones everywhere. From the extensive wine collection to the best cookbooks and delicacies, both stores – under the same ownership – are perfect for reading and picking up a quick, but delicious gift.
Downtown stores got a shot in the arm this summer when Periwinkle FOG opened, 125 Otta-wa Ave. NW #160. The eclectic store focuses on providing visitors and locals alike with a selection of “globally inspired, locally sourced” items. It sounds like a great place to shop around for a special gift for that tough guy on your list.
Local bookstores are also a good place to check out, because a good book isn’t a bad gift to start with. Schuler’s, 2660 28th St. SE, however, also offers a wide selection of gifts, from knick-knacks for the home to board games and stock stamps. There is also a good selection of children’s items. Earlier this fall, Schuler Books celebrated its 40th anniversary.