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Vander Veen’s Dutch Store


Photo submitted by Wilma Straatman

“Saturday drove up to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for an overnight visit with my three sisters,” wrote Wilma Straatman. “Spent the early afternoon doing some shopping at several specialty shops. One of my favorites is Vander Veen’s, a store catering to the Dutch ethnic clientele, filled with delicious treats I remember from my childhood. Got some Gouda kaas (cheese), cookies, banket [bahn-KET] (an almond-paste-filled pastry) and some fantastic Dutch chocolate letters (on sale).”

“Specifically made sure to bring my March 2023 Lansing Journal with me,” wrote Wilma Straatman. “My youngest sister took this picture of me standing in front of the store and with the large wooden shoe in the foreground.” Wooden shoes, or klomps, have become a national symbol of the Netherlands because of their long association with agriculture and other trades. (Photo: Wilma’s unnamed youngest sister)

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.