With COVID-19 restrictions lifted in Michigan, a renewed excitement about in-person shopping and dining can be felt across the region. Customers are eager to "get back to normal," signaling a busy summer for West Michigan retailers and restaurants. And while some of the challenges caused by COVID-19 are warning, a struggle for talent is now impacting retailers who are busy with a surge of customers seeking normalcy. Q2 was busy for West Michigan retail with new concepts and experiences for consumers. New activity in the market shows no sign of slowing down.