2015 was not only a great year for CMS, but also for our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Over the past few years, Grand Rapids has become known as “Beer City USA” and has joined the major leagues when it comes to economic growth and re-development. Our city has Continue reading Welcome to Beer City USA
Twenty-four years ago, after many years in the construction business, Don Smith decided to take a leap into the display fixture business. CMS was created on the foundation of superiority and affordability. Starting out in his home office shop, Smith sourced his innovative ideas and quality designs into amazing products. In the early years, CMS became known for its popular 3-tier merchandiser, which provided adjustability and efficiency throughout countless produce departments. Thousands of these merchandisers were sold to supermarkets across the Midwest. As the business grew, Continue reading CMS Flashback!
Grand Rapids, MI isn’t just the birthplace of CMS; it also happens to now be the new home for the award- winning restaurant – Slows Bar-B-Q.
We recently had the opportunity to work on this project with Pioneer Construction, designing and manufacturing Continue reading Slows Bar-B-Q
Since 1991, our team at CMS has been committed to designing and manufacturing top of
the line products to meet your specifications. We’ve designed over 800 standard products
but we are also capable of creating custom designed solutions for just about any
environment. Over the years, we’ve done specialized work for floral shops, hotel lobbies,
supermarkets, restaurants, and many other interior spaces. Although custom design work can certainly present challenges, our team is dedicated to Continue reading You Visualize. We Customize.
I have come across a rash of articles lately profiling supermarket chains that are adding in-store bars and restaurants. In Hy-Vee’s new Des Moines stores, their Market Grilles offer casual dining, along with craft beer selections and large TV screens. Another example: Whole Foods is currently in the process of adding in-store dining and bars to their new stores in the Chicago market. Around the country, other grocery chains Continue reading In-Store Bars and Dining
A few weeks ago, after publishing my post on charred-wood techniques, I ran across an article on the recent rise in local, craft distilleries.
This is a movement that is going on all across the country, with new distilleries popping up all over. Continue reading Craft Whiskey – Coming to a Town Near You
I’m not trying to impress with my use of Japanese — “shou-sugi-ban” is a wood treatment technique invented by the Japanese. It involves charring wood to add beauty and longevity to the wood. Traditionally in Japan, cedar siding and fencing was burnt to increase the wood’s resistance to insects and fire. The basic idea involves burning the surface of the wood to a varying degree of char, anywhere from a lightly burned-in look to a deep black char. When done well, Continue reading Shou-Sugi-Ban
We recently built a rather unique custom cabinet for a customer with stores located in northern Wisconsin. The cabinet displays and sells 50ml-size mini liquor bottles (the type sold on airplanes).
As we were building it, we realized that this could be a new trend. A collection of these small bottles Continue reading Grab ‘n Go Cocktails