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Monday, 05 August 2013 10:15

Aug. 5, 2013: Freeosk Inc. gets investments; Landscape Forms releases latest product line; Pine Rest plans second thrift store

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LaFleur & Godfrey, Inc., a Grand Rapids-based investment adviser, joined Focus Financial Partners LLC of New York City on August 1, according to a press release. In addition to investment management, LaFleur & Godfrey serves about 200 clients for financial planning services. The company was founded in 1987 and is led by its two principals, Richard Godfrey and Daniel VanTimmeren. [4:41 p.m.]

Pine Rest plans to open its second thrift store, Pine Rest Thrift Store, in a 20,000-square-foot retail space at 2741 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids at a former Michaels location east of Breton Avenue. The store will open in October of this year. CBRE in Grand Rapids negotiated the lease of the building. [2:15 p.m.]

Dairy cows are working overtime as two new frozen yogurt joints are set to open in Kalamazoo. BAB, Inc., the Illinois-based licenser and franchiser for Big Apple Bagels, My Favorite Muffin, and Brewsters Coffee recently reached an agreement with local operators Loti Linc, Inc. to open a SweetDuet Frozen Yogurt & Gourmet Muffins in Portage next month with a second location to follow shortly after in the Kalamazoo area. Owner-operators Loti Linc, Inc., currently run two Big Apple Bagels in Kalamazoo. [2:00 p.m.]

Farmington Hills-based private equity firm Beringea LLC announced today that it has invested $3 million in Freeosk Inc., a marketing services company with operations in St. Joseph, Mich. and Chicago. First Analysis of Chicago also participated in the $6 million Series A funding round. Freeosk provides a quick way for consumers to receive free samples of new products and has pilot tests in a handful of retail operations with plans to roll out nationwide later this year. See more here.

Landscape Forms, the Kalamazoo-based producer of high-design site furniture and LED lighting, today released its latest product line — Terrace Life. The release marks the company’s first foray into lifestyle furniture designed specifically for terraces, rooftop gardens and other private and protected spaces. The debut includes three specific collections, Morrison, Olithas. More information about these collections will be released in the weeks ahead and more Terrace Life collections from inspired designers are in the pipeline, according to a release from the company.

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