Grand Haven's east side takes off

Grand Haven's east side is bustling with activity and there are no signs of things slowing down. "I do like the fact that the east end is growing and there are more businesses going in,' Jeri Page said. "There is a community pride there.' Page and her husband, Todd, are opening East End Ice Cream in the old Cone Zone location at 1453 Washington Ave. They purchased the closed ice cream shop in September 2011. "At one time, it had really good business,' she said.
Alex Doty
Apr 18, 2012

Page said she is excited about the possibilities, especially with all the new activity taking place on the east side.

“It just seems like people are getting out down there,” she said.

The ice cream parlor isn’t the only new business opening its doors on Grand Haven’s east side. Brent Playford opened a small restaurant called Shepies in the building that was recently known as Mariner's Deli, 103 S. Beechtree St.

“We’re basically fulfilling our dream more than anything else,” he said.

Playford said the restaurant is open seven days a week and serves everything from breakfast to dinner.

“We care about what we serve,” he said. “We’re not just there to have a restaurant and make a couple of bucks.”

These new businesses and neighbors follow other improvements in the area — including a street and infrastructure project, and work at a riverside park.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Now if we could only figure out how to eliminate the horrendous smell of the waste water treatment plant that cascades over our neighborhoods on breezy days and seems to settle on the beautifully renovated East End Park. That would probably help Cone Zone's constituency considerably.


Don't forget MacKite has their new board shop that opened on that side also!


SHEPIES! Open for Dinner! What a joke...they close at 6pm!


It is good to know that there are many establishments in that area. It means that they are growing. Keep up the good work. - Mercy Ministries

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