East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village announced the opening of three new small businesses over the summer consisting of a retailer and two eateries.
Agate & Herb, located at 2237 Wealthy St. SE; Bagel Kitchen at 2228 Wealthy St. SE and Fromage at 2180 Wealthy St. SE all opened at Gaslight Village earlier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After what has been a particularly challenging time for local and family businesses, we’re delighted to have these three businesses invest and open their doors in Gaslight Village,” said East Grand Rapids Mayor Katie Favale. “Agate & Herb, Bagel Kitchen and Fromage are the perfect spots to pick up a gift or grab a bite to eat while spending time in the village or stopping through.”
West Michigan native, BreAnna Jauregui opened gift shop Agate & Herb’s doors on June 24 after spending 12 years on the West Coast obtaining her accreditation from the Geological Institute of America. The store features a variety of gifts including ceramic vases, curated candles, crystals, journals, prints and handmade jewelry, some of which are created by Jauregui herself.
Bagel Kitchen originated from owners Marc and Shannon Schulz’s inspiration of living near the water in Costa Rica. The couple moved to Central America in 2016 along with their three children, ready to start a new adventure for their family. The couple later opened their first bagel shop while still maintaining their day jobs.
After returning home at the beginning of the pandemic, the Schulzes began making bagels out of their home kitchen for friends, family and community members, which quickly led to increasing demand and drove the couple to officially open a storefront in East Grand Rapids on Aug. 21. The shop offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options including bagels, toppings, sandwiches and locally sourced coffee.
Boutique gourmet and gift store, Fromage, offers everything from charcuterie items, salsas, and select beer and wine to gifts, flowers and other products, which can be converted into tailored gift baskets for all budgets by owner Debbi McGonigal and her staff. The store first opened its doors to the public on July 1.
McGonigal drew her inspiration for Fromage from small mom-and-pop grocery stores in larger metropolitan areas and seeks to make specialty items accessible to all visitors and community members of East Grand Rapids. The shop prides itself on offering unique brands, small-batch products and a variety of options for those with dietary restrictions.
All are welcome to attend the ribbon cuttings of each business which will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, alongside Mayor Favale and city commissioners at the following approximate times:
- Bagel Kitchen: 11-11:15 a.m.
- Agate & Herb: 11:15-11:30 a.m.
- Fromage: 11:30-11:45 a.m.