People and places: More parking and S. Nicole Esthetics

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Opened this past September amid the COVID-19 pandemic, S. Nicole Esthetics offers a full range of spa services. Courtesy S. Nicole Esthetics

Grand Rapids is one of the newest markets for a Miami-based startup aiming to help local individuals and businesses make the most of expensive parking spaces.

The Prked App allows users to digitally rent out their privately owned parking spaces to the public. Courtesy Prked

The Prked App allows users to digitally rent out their privately owned parking spaces to the public for additional income while they are not being utilized. Due to multiple universities located in the area and a high population density, Grand Rapids has some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation, making finding parking downtown increasingly difficult and costly.

Prked offers a solution by increasing the availability of parking, which the company said will, in turn, limit the cost of parking and the time drivers spend looking for parking, reduce car emissions and reduce the need to build more parking structures, increasing green space. prked.com

S. Nicole Esthetics

After working for nearly a decade as a certified nursing assistant, Grand Rapids native Shanae Gooch fulfilled her dream of going to esthetician school and starting her own business. Opened this past September amid the COVID-19 pandemic, S. Nicole Esthetics offers a full range of spa services including hair styling and cutting, makeup, nail and lash services. The spa is dedicated to helping both men and women feel more confident and beautiful. 613 Fuller Ave. SE

This story can be found in the February 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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