Tell Us About Your Local Treasure

A Local Treasure is a locally-owned business or organization that has brought something special into your life. We want to know what makes your Local Treasure significant to you! Tell us about the clerk that greets you by name or the employer that helped you out during a hard time. Let us know why you keep going back to the same restaurant, bank, or stall at the farmers market. Share a time that a local business impacted you, your family, or your community. Or just write about a positive experience you had at a local business in West Michigan


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Name

Sarah Gamboa

Business

Ramirez Bakery

Location

Holland

Created

June 3, 2014

Story

My family loves to be treated to a trip to Ramirez Bakery. At this family owned & run business they make "pan dulces" (Mexican sweet breads and donuts). There is always a mouth-watering selection of baked goods, fresh from the oven. And it's fun to chat with the owner or his daughters as we get rung up for our purchases.


Name

Matthew Saganski

Business

Location

Created

May 8, 2014

Story

G.B. Russo and Son International Grocery. Those that are frequent (or even infrequent) patrons already know of its legendary status. If you want a hard to find brew, exotic chow, or one-of-a-kind gift that will blow your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/imaginary friend/cat/dog/llama/prison pen pal away ... look no further. So good it should be in detention.


Name

Jane

Business

Schuil Coffeee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

May 1, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee is a favorite stop when I'm in Grand RAPIDs. My granddaughter goes with me, and the clerks are friendly and helpful to both of us. I love the white heather flavor coffee and my children know that is always a welcome gift. thanks for the good service. Come to Grand HAven!


Name

Sandy Frampton

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 30, 2014

Story

I love Schuil Coffee! My husband and I really enjoy their flavored coffee. Often times, I call ahead and place my order. They get my order together and it's ready for me when I get there. I placed an order on 4/22 with Jahssah. She was very helpful. She told me about the specials. When I asked, she suggested flavors to try based on my order. I will definitely be back.


Name

Dave Galloway

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 29, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee has some of the most unique coffee flavors and the quality never disappoints. My personal favorite, above ANY coffee is the Almond Joyful!!


Name

Julie owsinski

Business

Schuill Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 29, 2014

Story

I've been buying my coffee from Schuill for a very very long time. It is the best I've tasted. The people are courteous & extremely knowledgeable. My favorite coffee is Celebes Kalossi. It smells like candy when it's being ground. Yum! I buy coffee from Schuill for my friends in hopes of getting them hooked!


Name

Arend Vander Pols

Business

Shuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 29, 2014

Story

Our friends introduced us to Shuil's Northwest Dark back in 1996 when we moved to the area. That other BIG chain coffee shop was starting to open up locations all over but nothing compared to our favorite Shuil's brew. Now we buy it in the six pound bags, and always get compliments on the coffee we serve at home.


Name

Thomas Lake

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 28, 2014

Story

We can't get enough Shuil Coffee. My family knows that Shuil's Southern Pecan coffee is the only appropriate birthday present for my wife and we make a special trip to Grand Rapids to stock up on Nutcracker Sweet - and of course, visit my brother at Christmas.


Name

Kati Missman

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 28, 2014

Story

I love coffee, but really love GREAT coffee. I often find myself going across town just to have Shcuil coffee and it's worth the drive! Now you can get it in stores too which is great if you're shopping on a Sunday. Schuil coffee is by far the best in GR!


Name

Amanda J Banas

Business

Schuils Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids MI

Created

April 28, 2014

Story

Schuil's Coffee has friendly staff and unique coffee and tea flavors. The aromas and flavors are an early morning pick me up that cannot compare to the grocery stores variety. I look forward to stopping at Schuil's to see what new and interesting flavors they have come up with. I don't like drinking "plain" coffee anymore.


Name

Chelsea Kops

Business

Schuil's Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 26, 2014

Story

My first time at Schuil's, I was greeted by two very passionate baristas who were warm, friendly, and experts on coffee. They loved everything about their fair-trade blends and explained the uniqueness of each coffee. Aside from their amazing customer service, the best part was their coffee-- smooth, full-bodied roasts. Yum! PLUS it was competely affordable. I'm now a huge fan of this place.


Name

David

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 26, 2014

Story

We enjoy our coffee every morning and have tried many different brands, including other area roasters. Time and time again, we find ourselves going back to Schuil, because it simply tastes the best. The selection and variety that Schuil offers is second to none. Their location is also very convenient and almost next door to an indoor soccer facility that sometimes feels like a second home.


Name

JoAnne Green

Business

Schuil Coffee Company

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 25, 2014

Story

I love, love, LOVE Schuil's!! First and foremost, the COFFEE!! They have an excellent selection and wide variety of coffees (and teas). Second, the staff is very knowledgeable, and super friendly and helpful...a wonderful and very necessary combination for my caffeine shopping needs. Third, the store is well-stocked but cozy enough to give it the distinction of "I know of this little place around the corner that has THE best coffee!" I'm working hard to keep this local treasure in business.


Name

Sharon Dryfhout

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 23, 2014

Story

I have been buying Schuil coffee now for about 7 years. I first heard of it through a friend who said she only drinks Schuil coffee. I'd never had it before and thought she was a little funny, being so sold on one coffee. After one cup, I was sold!!! In the last seven years, my husband and I have only had Schuil coffee in our home! It is the most smooth, delicious coffee I've ever had. I don't live close to their shop at all but I don't flinch at driving the 20 - 30 minutes it takes to get there - that's how much I love it!!!


Name

RYAN AVERY

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Rockford

Created

April 22, 2014

Story

My story is about Schuil Coffee in Kentwood. My first son was born 6-1/2 years ago and he gave us a run for our money...literally. He was a rough sleeper and there were nights after work I just wanted to come home and sleep because of the amount of sleep I received the prior night. Because of the lack of sleep I needed to find a way to start my mornings. I started frequenting Starbucks and ordering they're largest drink full of caffeine and sugar which was an outrageous $4.40 at the time. I continued this habit daily for 3 years...If I were to do the math I would make my stomach turn. Once my son was sleeping through the night, I had a down-right dirty habit that was killing my wallet and my waste line. I thought there must be another way to get what I needed cheaper and with fewer calories. When I kicked my habit, the cost had risen to $4.85. A friend at work had been bringing in coffee from a local roaster and brewing it at the office. The side of the coffee pouch said, Schuil. I stopped into Schuil Coffee a few days later and met Jodi, the morning barista. Jodi and I forged a friendship 3-1/2 years ago. I have now made many friends at Schuil and sometimes I find myself just going in for coffee to see Luke, Kelly, Jess, Damon, Dave and Jason. Luke and I exchange music tastes and sometimes with Jess' help create band affiliations with the different flavors of coffee. I believe Nivana is closely affiliated with Kenya AA. The location of my job brought me to Schuil and the people there made me stay. The coffee is excellent too... :)


Name

Ted Kallman

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

ted@i2k.com

Created

April 20, 2014

Story

Years ago we noticed one of our favorite coffee shops used Schuil coffee so we tracked down the main location and drove the twenty minutes to go over and buy the coffee fresh from the source. That was over 15 years ago and we have never been disappointed with the quality and service we recieve at Schuil's. Good people, great coffee.


Name

John

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 20, 2014

Story

Absolutely love Schuil coffee!! We have been customers for many years and take it with us on our many trips to Marquette, as well as giving as gifts to our friends and family. The many themes Schuil's has throughout the year.....Carnival, 4th of July, Autumn, and Holiday coffees, have some of our most favorite flavors. The staff is friendly, helpful and attentive. This is one of our favorite places as the aroma is intoxicating once we walk through the door. We are true "Schuilster"s". Thanks for making our mornings wonderful, as we grind our own beans to start our morning brew.


Name

Janine Pifer

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 19, 2014

Story

My husband and I discovered Schuil Coffee while searching for a decaffeinated espresso. Not only do they have the best decaffeinated expresso (Italian Roast), but the staff at Schuil Coffee is courteous and knowledgeable. It doesn't matter how busy the store is, they always make sure to greet each customer as they come in the door and ensure that you have the best experience possible.


Name

Jennifer Trewern

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 19, 2014

Story

Schuil coffee is by far the best local roaster in Michigan! It is so good, in fact, that I now have my aunt (who lives on the east side of the state) buying it! It's available to her locally! I love Schuil coffee!


Name

Art Ledin-Bristol

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 19, 2014

Story

Best, quality coffee at an exceptional value. The staff is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. The shopping experience is fun and something I always look forward to. It feels good knowing that our family helps support a local business.


Name

Daniel Taylor

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 18, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee has the best coffee and a very friendly staff. What more could you ask for? Their store has easy access on 29th St between East Paris and E.Beltline. No reason to buy coffee anywhere else.


Name

Heather Laster

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 18, 2014

Story

This is a cozy shop close enough to still be near major business, but far enough to be in it's own little nook. The staff there is amazing. Always smiling, greeting everyone that walks through the door, and genuinely makes you feel like family. My husband is a big coffee enthusiast and I often stop buy to pick up his favorite brews. They treat me the same as they would him, and I'm far from knowledgeable when it comes to coffee. The shop is always clean, presented well, and smells delicious! I follow them on Facebook and recommend them to anyone who will listen.


Name

Patricia

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Kentwood/Grand Rapids

Created

April 18, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee on 29th Street SE is an unsung hero! Each staff member is friendly, considerate and quick on their toes - it is impossible to name only one. From the moment you walk in, you feel comfortable. Staff and customers are alike in that people TALK to each other - customers waiting for a special coffee drink, guests sitting at tables enjoying their coffee. They even have several sample pots to try if you are unsure on a coffee flavor. If you are uncertain on what kind of beans to purchase, the employees are all well-educated on the taste and origin and will offer suggestions that never fail to please. They pull down the containers and have the customer smell the infused flavors. My out-of-state daughter will ONLY purchase Schuil coffee, often asking me to mail her some, or when she visits, stocking up on several pounds. I love to purchase their coffee and choose a cute gift card while at the store as a hostess gift. Schuil Coffee is also an excellent place to pick up that unique, local gift for a special person with a wide range of items from French coffee presses to specialized teas to spoons made of candy and many local chocolates and delicacies, cute coffee mugs and drink containers galore, and even daily bakery items to pick up, like a Rice Krispie treat or a decadent cookie. You'll never leave Schuil without a smile!


Name

Marcia

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

What makes Schuil Coffee a special place is the fact that they always have several coffees available to sample, so I can try different varieties to see how I like them. They also have a weekly special, which is $1 off per pound. I like their White Heather coffee and their seasonal Nutcracker Sweet. They use a water decaffeination process, which is important to me, as I usually buy decaffeinated coffee. They also carry a wide selection of teas, and are knowledgeable about which ones blend well together. I love blending the Rooibos and SSSpicy Tea in my French press. I make a pot full and drink it throughout the day. The staff are always friendly and helpful.


Name

Joel

Business

Schuils

Location

Kentwood

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

Schuils is my local treasure because they treat their customers like family. They care about what I'm looking for and are happy to go above and beyond to help me find it. Best coffee in town!


Name

Mary

Business

Schuil coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

I love the coffee I buy here whether it is a fresh cup at the store or a pound of beans to take home and grind fresh before brewing my first cup of the day. The clerks are always friendly and helpful and just as crazy about a good cup of coffee as I am. I have never had a bad cup of coffee at this store; they really know what they are doing. And I also appreciate the fact that I can buy fair trade coffee at any time. My personal favorite is Guatemalan Asasapame. Delicious every time.


Name

Mary

Business

Schuil coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

I love the coffee I buy here whether it is a fresh cup at the store or a pound of beans to take home and grind fresh before brewing my first cup of the day. The clerks are always friendly and helpful and just as crazy about a good cup of coffee as I am. I have never had a bad cup of coffee at this store; they really know what they are doing. And I also appreciate the fact that I can buy fair trade coffee at any time. My personal favorite is Guatemalan Asasapame. Delicious every time.


Name

Zac Falor

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shop

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

The Coffee is excellent and covers all our needs! The staff is Wonderful! We buy Wholesale, but everytime I visit or pick up, I also buy a couple pounds from the Retail area for my Assistant, Family, and Friends. Good folks making great products, Schuil Coffee!!! Z


Name

Joan Mapes

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 17, 2014

Story

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Coconut Creme coffee here. Have hooked a few people on their coffee :)


Name

Jennifer

Business

Schuil Coffee Shop

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 16, 2014

Story

I love Schuil coffee. Their flavors are great and love the price. I have been drinking their coffee for about 4 years now. Will not buy anyother coffee!!!!!


Name

Brett VanHeulen

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 16, 2014

Story

I started buying coffee about five years ago from Schuil Coffee. At that time I got a job just around the corner from their location on 29th St. It's not just their amazing flavored coffee that brings me back once a week. The knowledge of their staff is hands down amazing. They don't just hire people to work behind a counter at Schuil Coffee. Each one has a passion for what they do. I enjoy hearing the excitement in their voices as they describe to me just what makes Schuil coffee stand apart from other brands. It's this shared passion that each and every employee has that will keep me coming back for many more years.


Name

Sandra Ratliff

Business

Schull Coffee

Location

29th Street Grand Rapids, MI

Created

April 16, 2014

Story

Schull Coffee staff is always so friendly and helpful. Right down to the machine I plan to use with my coffee so it can be ground perfectly! PLUS - it smells great in there!


Name

John Ritzema

Business

Schuil Coffe & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 16, 2014

Story

Schuil's Coffee Shoppe is my local treasure! The friendly staff is very knowledgeable in their craft and the smell of freshly roasted beans starts my morning off with a smile on my face.


Name

Kathy Johnson

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 15, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee &Tea; Shoppe is a treasure because I am able to find my favorite coffee & able to try new ones. The variety is awesome. I love to walk in to the store and smell the coffe.


Name

Michael Ciccarelli

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 15, 2014

Story

Schuil's Coffee is my local treasure because I love the variety of coffees and teas teas they offer to help me get though my day! Their staff is always so friendly and helpful when trying to decide on a new coffee to try!


Name

Travis Stevens

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 14, 2014

Story

I'm in town for a few months for work and happily found Schuil early on in my stay. It is very fortunate because finding good quality beans while on the road can be challenging. The product and service I have had so far have been excellent and I look forward to trying more of them delicious black beans!


Name

Katie

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Created

April 14, 2014

Story

Having worked near Schuil Coffee a few years ago we were constantly there for specialty coffees or an air pot for the office, now that I'm working from home I miss being there on a regular basis. Whenever I'm near the coffee shop I am sure to stop in to grab a pound of coffee beans for home use or for my daily latte fix. The staff is knowledgeable, kind and genuinely care about you as a customer. It's a spot I will continue to frequent for many years to come.


Name

Gina Attee

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 14, 2014

Story

I will admit I used to settle for packaged grocery store coffee before I discovered my favorite local coffee shop, Schuil Coffee! Now I make a point to go to Schuil for all my coffee (and tea!) needs, knowing I'll be able to get my beans ground fresh for me and can even grab a specialty coffee while I'm there. I am guaranteed to find great service, great coffee, and a hometown atmosphere every time I go into Schuil Coffee.


Name

KATHY S MCCONNELL

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

KENTWOOD

Created

April 13, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee on 29th ST is OUR place to shop for great locally roasted coffee beans! In addition to having wonderful variety and unique flavored beans to choose from, the staff is very well versed on what they carry and are friendly, especially Jody who we see on most Saturdays. In addition they support fair trade with countries around the world and have a large variety of teas available. Kathy & Randy


Name

Crystal Bruxvoort

Business

Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 13, 2014

Story

I definitely appreciate Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe. I am acknowledged with a smile, a word of greeting, and eye contact... each time I enter. This sort of greeting ensures people are honored, and not invisible. You will feel honored when you go there. And, of course, let's not forget... The coffee is always fresh and affordable, too! Enjoy!


Name

Fred Ichinose

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 12, 2014

Story

The Schuil Coffee & Tea Shoppe is definitely a local treasure! I discovered it after moving here a few years ago from Chicago. There are many reasons why it's a local treasure, but to name a few: the coffee, the people, the atmosphere, the location, the value of their products. It's hard to find a coffee roaster that is so up-close and personable, but that's what they are. Every employee is like part of a family and they treat me and my family the same way, most of them welcoming us by name and genuinely interested in us, including my kids who occasionally come in with me. There's space to shop, sit, or talk... but it's intimate, just the right atmosphere. It's also off the beaten path - but just off it! The 29th Street location is perfect. With all this, you get an excellent cup of coffee or tea or a barista drink without squandering away your kids college money. I don't know any other coffee establishment like it on either side of the Lake!


Name

Pete

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 12, 2014

Story

My wife and I have been going to Schuil's for years now. We enjoy the the coffee, the atomosphere and wonderful smell of the coffee store. They have the best fresh coffee of anywhere in town and the staff is always friendly and most accommodating. The holidays bring some special coffee's that we have to stock up on since they don't sell year round. Great job Schuil's!


Name

Dillon Wills

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 11, 2014

Story

I find shopping at Schuil Coffee a privilege. They have extensive choices, a very knowledgeable staff. and exceptionally friendly service.. I greatly enjoy a degree of personal recognition.


Name

John RItzema

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 11, 2014

Story

My local first treasure is Schuils Coffee Shoppe on 29th St. The staff is not only friendly but very knowledgeable in their craft. Just driving down the street while they are roasting coffee provides me with a favorable fragrance of fresh brewed beans. Everyone should experience this smell and their shop.


Name

Inga Kuczera

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 10, 2014

Story

I love Schuil Coffee! My husband and I have been buying our coffee here for years and years! Five years ago, we moved to Maryland but every time we come to Grand Rapids to visit family, we ALWAYS make a pit-stop at Schuil's and load up on our favorites! We've also taken advantage of their online store and had Schuil coffee sent to Maryland when we run low! Our family treasured moment is drinking Holiday Blend at during the Christmas season!


Name

Mark and Kathy Gillard

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Created

April 9, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee and Tea has the best coffee in the area. Always fresh!! Their employees are the friendliest!


Name

Olivia Hillman

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids MI

Created

April 8, 2014

Story

Schuil Coffee is my Local Treasure! For the past several years, Schuil's is the way I begin my morning routine as I'm on my way to work. I am always welcomed by a cheerful sales person who often greets me by name. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and the coffee is simply outstanding! I also love the other little "treasures" they have on display, such as fabulous chocolates and other interesting delights, depending on the season. I can't imagine a work day without Schuil's!


Name

Christine Abbott

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapis

Created

April 8, 2014

Story

I have been going to Schuil's for years. I love their coffee. The shoppe's staff is friendly and knowledgable. They even know me by name. Whenever I have out of town guests, I make sure they visit the store to experience the local flavor of Grand Rapids. Saturday morning coffee at Schuil's is a favorite ritual for my family.


Name

Carol Farnsworth

Business

Schuil Coffee

Location

Grand Rapids

Created

April 7, 2014

Story

Being a low vision person, going to Schui'ls stimulates two other senses that still work , smell and taste. My goal is to try all of the flavors, I have never had a coffee from them that didn't spark my senses. The staff is always helpful at making my choices easier.


Name

Beth Sexton

Business

EB Coffee & Pub

Location

Caledonia

Created

March 28, 2014

Story

8980 N Rogers Ct Caledonia, Michigan 49316 Justin Nichols has a great family friendly Coffee Shop and Newly added Brewery! They are all about Local First. Friends and Family gather for the open Mic nights that offer Local Bands and Music. Your picture may be taken by Justin and Blair's son, a budding photographer at the age of 7. You can find the kids cuddled up with a book near fireplace or helping straighten up the counters. Local products are sold on the shelves. I love the atmosphere and it is a must stop in Caledonia. Its worth the trip! Great Soups, Sandwiches, and Breakfast treats. Its all about shopping local and this place is a treasure!