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October 2014

Nutcracker revamped
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Grand Rapids Ballet is working on an all-new production of “The Nutcracker” — designed by GR native Chris Van Allsburg. Lessons? Take a look. Read Full Story >

   
September 2014

Learning from students
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Eight college students. Eight compelling stories.
As West Michigan college students return to class this month, some stand out. Adversity? They overcome it. Creativity? They’re all over it. Making a difference? They’ve got this. Lessons? Take a look.
Read Full Story >

   
August 2014

GR’s Bucket List
By Dana Blinder, Charlsie Dewey, Maureen Di Virgilio, Alexandra Fluegel and Marty Primeau

Stuff you should try before you … well, you know.
Adventure seekers, culture fans, foodies, quirky types and iconic must-dos.
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July 2014

Cheap eats
By Maureen Di Virgilio

Good food doesn't have to be accompanied by a big price tag. We've searched high and low to provide 50 options — from dive bars to upscale eateries — where patrons can indulge for $10 or less.
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June 2014

Selling Grand Rapids
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Three of the city's longtime real estate agents share their experiences.
Read Full Story >

   
May 2014

A grand history
By Ann Byle

As Grand Rapids Magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look back at five decades of the city’s history.
Read Full Story >

   
April 2014

Grand Rapids Magazines' 34th annual Dining Award winners
By Marty Primeau

Including 2013 Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant and half a dozen additional categories. Plus, local chefs forecast culinary trend in 2014.
Read Full Story >

   
March 2014

Creative Couples
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Five local couples share each other’s compulsion to push the boundaries and live life a little differently.
Read Full Story >

   
February 2014

Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll
By Alexandra Fluegel and Marty Primeau

How much do you love this city? Let us count the ways. The results of the poll are revealed along with 10 staff picks of people, places and things we thought you should know.
Read Full Story >

   
January 2014

Living the dream
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Founded in 1977, Well House offers refuge and hope for the homeless. Read Full Story >

   
December 2013

Party planning 101
By Alexandra Fluegel

Tips for holiday entertaining from those who’ve been there. Read Full Story >

   
November 2013

Mark Sellers: GR’s most interesting man
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Dare devil, jazz pianist, human calculator, rock musician, accounting student, MENSA member, foodie, investor, writer, introvert, hedge-fund operator, bar owner, Titanic artifacts preserver, movie lover, band namer …. Read Full Story >

   
October 2013

The Art of Success
By Dana Blinder, Alexandra Fluegel and Marty Primeau

Profiles of four people whose skills are inspirational: ArtPrize executive director Christian Gaines, interior designer Kathryn Chaplow, graphic designer Stephen Frykholm and urban farmer/author Lisa Rose Starner. Read Full Story >

   
September 2013

West Michigan's best and brightest student leaders
By Alexandra Fluegel

These college students come from a variety of backgrounds and places. They’re armed with a positive attitude, a penchant for risk taking, and the understanding that hard work still pays off. Read Full Story >

   
August 2013

GR’s own food network
By Dana Blinder

Downtown Market has been eagerly anticipated by local foodies,
and it’s finally becoming a reality.
Read Full Story >

   
July 2013

Saving face
By Marty Primeau

Americans spend billions of dollars on anti-aging products that experts say are generally a waste of money — but doctors do have advice to offer. Read Full Story >

   
June 2013

Eat, sleep and blog
By Abby Heugel and Dana Blinder

Got something to tell the world? Today’s bloggers write about everything from their
unusual collections to their favorite recipes. Some just want to share their personal stories.
Read Full Story >

   
May 2013

2013 Pizza Challenge
By Jeremy Johnson

GRM invited pizzerias to deliver pies to Uptown Kitchen to be tasted by five judges. After sampling more than 50 slices, the results are in. Read Full Story >

   
April 2013

The vegan movement in Grand Rapids
By Alexandra Fluegel

Where’s the meat? Local vegan patronage and menu offerings are gaining ground and reflect national trends. Read Full Story >

   
March 2013

Fitness fanatics
By Terri Finch Hamilton

From booty slapping to ab crunches to mountain biking, exercise in Grand Rapids takes many forms. Read Full Story >

   
February 2013

The Best of Grand Rapids
By Dana Blinder and GRM Staff

Results of the Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll are revealed, along with 10 staff picks of people, places and things we thought you should know. Read Full Story >

   
January 2013

Creative solutions
By Ann Byle

Six local health professionals have made tremendous strides in meeting the challenges of providing better health care. Read Full Story >

   
December 2012

What's on tap?
By Jeremy Johnson

Now is a great time to be a beer lover in Grand Rapids. The city recently tied with long-standing champion Asheville, N.C., to share the title Beer City USA. Read Full Story >

   
November 2012

Super sports fans
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Jim Jakiemiec has so much sports memorabilia, he opened a sports bar in his basement. Jim Nelson drives to MSU football games in his Spartan green 1937 Ford. And Pittsburgh Steelers fan Scott Rynbrand has wacky habits he’s convinced impact whether his team wins or loses. Read Full Story >

   
October 2012

Garage rock
By Timothy McAllister

In the 1960s, East Grand Rapids native and gifted musician Dave Kalmbach owned and operated Fenton Records. Lots of rumors and stories fly around, but the man remains an enigma. Read Full Story >

   
September 2012

Farm to fork
By Marty Primeau

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2012 will feature many menu items made with locally sourced ingredients. Read Full Story >

   
August 2012

A melting pot
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Using Grand Rapids’ sister city relationships as a jumping off point, here’s a look at some of the multi-hued cultures in our midst. Read Full Story >

   
July 2012

The hormone discussion
By Terri Finch Hamilton

Is replacing hormones that our bodies stop making as we age a good thing?
Read Full Story >

   
June 2012

Day tripping on the lakeshore
By Peter Frost

There’s plenty to do and see in the coastal towns on Lake Michigan with festivals and activities happening all summer long. Some highlights include Tulip Time in Holland, the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck and the Great Lakes Kite Festival in Grand Haven.
Read Full Story >

   
May 2012

Finding gold in green
By Marty Primeau

Bruce and Brenda Thompson assembled a team of professionals to build their LEED home in
East Grand Rapids.
Read Full Story >

   
April 2012

Justice Delivered
By Tim McAllister

Filmmaker David Schock turns his camera on unsolved West Michigan murders, bringing new information to light in hope of finding justice for the victims and their families. Read Full Story >

   
March 2012

Coffee brewing 101
By Adam Bird

Photographer Adam Bird visited four local establishments to show four different methods of brewing that perfect cup of java. Read Full Story >

   
February 2012

Best of Grand Rapids
By Jocelyn Burkett

The results of the 2011-2012 “Best of Grand Rapids” Readers Poll, plus a handful of staff favorites. Read Full Story >

   
January 2012

What's up, Docs?
By Marty Primeau and Tim McAllister

The number of general practitioners has declined as the ranks of specialists - and subspecialists - has risen. Here's a look at nine interesting practices in West Michigan.
Read Full Story >

   
December 2011

Sacred spaces
By Mark F. Miller, AIA

Ten churches — awe-inspiring compositions of historic stained glass, expertly crafted stone and brickwork, intricate carvings and soaring towers — provide markers of not only Grand Rapids’ physical growth, but also its religious and social richness.
Read Full Story >

   
November 2011

After the storm is over
By Tersaem Tesseris

Undeterred stormwater runoff carries a cocktail of pollutants directly into rivers and lakes, threatening our health, causing erosion and making water too warm for fish.
Read Full Story >

   
October 2011

Behind the scenes
By Marty Primeau

Before an exhibit is unveiled at Grand Rapids Public Museum, the staff spends several months planning and building to make objects come alive. Read Full Story >

   
September 2011

Leaders of the class
By Alexandra Fluegel

Profiles of students at West Michigan colleges offer a glimpse into the leadership styles of tomorrow. Read Full Story >

   
August 2011

No more bland rapids
By Cyndi Lieske

Grand Rapids’ entertainment scene has undergone a metamorphosis that proves “if you build it, they will come.” Read Full Story >

   
July 2011

Urban homesteaders
By Daina Kraai

These 21st century eco-pioneers practice living simply and self-sufficiently by producing their own food and other basic needs. Read Full Story >

   
June 2011

Homegrown goodness
By Marty Primeau

More than 200 vendors bring homegrown food and homemade crafts to the Fulton Street Farmers Market, attracting customers who are increasingly interested in buying local.
Read Full Story >

   
May 2011

Inside GR's ERs
By Marty Primeau

How a dedicated group of local volunteers are attacking West Michigan's stray cat epidemic-and how to help. Read Full Story >

   
April 2011

Fixing the feral problem
By Daniel Schoonmaker

How a dedicated group of local volunteers are attacking West Michigan's stray cat epidemic-and how to help. Read Full Story >

   
March 2011

Producing partners
By Marty Primeau

Actor/rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and L.A. film producer Randall Emmett have joined forces on several movies in West Michigan. Read Full Story >

   
February 2011

Best of Grand Rapids
By Jocelyn Burkett

A record number of votes in the 2010-2011 Readers Poll resulted in new winners in numerous categories. Read Full Story >

   
January 2011

ArtPrize 2010

A photo album captures the 19 days of Grand Rapids’ unique art competition.
Read Full Story >

   
December 2010

Native Americans in West Michigan
By Ann Byle

Tribal ancestry is important to estimated 3,000 Native Americans who live in the
Grand Rapids area. Read Full Story >

   
November 2010

Medical milestones
By Tim Gortsema

From fluoridated water to generic drugs and from rehabilitative care to finger joint implants, West Michigan has been a frequent health care pioneer. Read Full Story >

   
October 2010

Preserving land for the future
By Dan Schoonmaker

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and its environmental partners are calling the development of a green infrastructure a top regional priority.
Read Full Story >

   
September 2010

Out for a spin
By Cristina Stavro

Whether they ride for practical reasons or the sheer joy of speed, the number of bicyclists in Grand Rapids seems to be on the rise. Read Full Story >

   
August 2010

School and metro rankings
By Tim Gortsema

Depending on individual preferences or personal prioirities, the schools and suburbs rankings are a vertitable grocery store of offerings, including everything from teacher quality to median household income in various municipalities. Read Full Story >

   
July 2010

Downtown Shopping
By Mary Timmer

Tucked away on side streets and inside hotels are distinctive stores selling the unique, the vogue and the hard-to-find. Read Full Story >

   
June 2010

River awareness
By Patrick Revere

Every 10 years, an educational and recreational event takes place on the Grand River — all 200-plus miles of it. Meanwhile, two men and a legion of supporters have secured a promise from the Downtown Development Authority for a feasibility study geared to returning the rapids to the river. Read Full Story >

   
May 2010

Back to nature
By Alexandra Fluegel

Blandford Nature Center’s new director is looking to blaze new trails to become a better resource for the community. Read Full Story >

   
April 2010

What Women Have Wrought
By Ann Byle

While females in West Michigan have made amazing strides, today’s leaders say there’s still a lot to be done. Read Full Story >

   
March 2010

Funny People
By Dwight Hamilton

In comedy, timing is everything. And the timing has never been better for the local comedy scene. Read Full Story >

   
February 2010

Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll
237 Reasons to Love this City
By Jocelyn Burkett

Cuisine, shopping, services, entertainment, people and more. Read Full Story >

   
January 2010 Laurels & Hardlies
By Grand Rapids Magazine staff and esteemed panel
Highs and lows as the staff and panel reminisces about the year that was.
Read Full Story >
   
December 2009 Pets in the Workplace
By Daniel Schoonmaker
Stress-reliever, mascot, welcome distraction, morale-booster, guardian, work-life balancer, salesperson, entertainer and so much more.
Read Full Story >
   
November 2009 Haunted West Michigan
By Kimberly Monaghan
Whether or not you’re a believer, everybody enjoys a good ghost storey. If you’re in the ‘spirit’ for a few scary tales, start with some local lore.
Read Full Story >
   
October 2009 Welcome to Wealthy
By Abby Heugel
The once neglected street is buzzing, thanks to new business owners and residents.
Read Full Story >
   
September 2009 Community Gardens
By Ann Byle
Green thumbs are in. West Michigan residents are growing their own food and helping feed their neighbors. Read Full Story >
   
August 2009 No Regrets
By Marty Primeau
West Michigan entrepreneurs haven’t always listened to wise advice and statistical analysis, preferring to forge ahead on “a feeling, a hunch and a vision.” Read Full Story >
   
July 2009 Condo Communities
By Abby Heugel
Young professionals are spurning the suburbs and choosing to live downtown — and finding a connection to the community and city they call home. Read Full Story >
   
June 2009 Virtual Radio
By Daniel Schoonmaker
Media personality Tyrone Bynum left traditional radio to make sure his message would be heard. Read Full Story >
   
May 2009 The Recycling Journey
By Kimberly Monaghan
Whether a plastic bottle will see a second life as a T-shirt or car bumper lies in the hands of the consumer. Recycling begins with planning, preparation and packing.
Read Full Story >
   
April 2009 2008 Dining Awards
By Ira Craaven
The 10 winners of the magazine’s 2008 Dining Awards — including Restaurant of the Year. The dining panel works anonymously all year to provide notes and rating sheets on restaurants in the fine, casual and ethnic categories.
Read Full Story >
   
March 2009 Winter Gardening
By Tonya Schafer
Itching to get your fingernails dirty. Experts share tips for growing flowers when the weather is dreary.
Read Full Story >
   
February 2009 Best of Grand Rapids
By Jocelyn Burkett
Your votes (thousands of them) are in: Check out the results of Grand Rapids Magazine’s 100-category Readers Poll.
Read Full Story >
   
January 2009 Gotcha!
By Grand Rapids Magazine Staff
Back by popular demand as Grand Rapids Magazine prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary … Laurels & Hardlies, a less reverent alternative to a year in review.
Read Full Story >
   
December 2008 The Creative Class
By Tonya Schafer
Twenty young leaders who are shaping the future of Grand Rapids — and beyond.
Read Full Story >
   
November 2008 Medical Hall of Fame
By Grand Rapids Magazine Staff
Eight years ago, there were 18 inductees in the first year of the Grand Rapids Medical Hall of Fame. It’s time to look at those medical professionals again. Read Full Story >
   
October 2008 Music director settles down
By Kalee Rinehart
With 600 flavors in 49 states, Pete Palazzolo tingles the taste buds with his concoctions — from bubble gum to mascarpone caramel pistachio. Read Full Story >
   
September 2008 The nation’s best gelato — in Fennville
By Kalee Rinehart
With 600 flavors in 49 states, Pete Palazzolo tingles the taste buds with his concoctions — from bubble gum to mascarpone caramel pistachio. Read Full Story >
   
August 2008 Saving the Lake
By Mary Radigan
Several coalitions of West Michigan residents are fighting invasive species, pollution and the removal of water from lake Michigan. Read Full Story >
   
July 2008 The $146.5 million question
By Curt Wozniak
What will downtown Grand Rapids look like five years from now? Read Full Story >
   
June 2008 A good first step
By Daniel Schoonmaker
West Michigan’s life sciences industry marches toward the future. Read Full Story >
   
May 2008 Green thoughts
By Curt Wozniak
Eight quick things you can do to be more environmentally friendly. Read Full Story >
   
April 2008 Mass appeal
By Curt Wozniak
Rob Bell’s unorthodox approach to teaching the Bible is attracting thousands of West Michiganders to Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville and millions of Christians worldwide.
Read Full Story >
   
March 2008 Hip-hop hits home
By Jacob Himmelspach
After years of poor attendance and fears of violence at shows, hip-hop is gaining local acceptance, triggered in part by local hip-hop group La Famiglia — a truly diverse band.
Read Full Story >
   
February 2008 All-night coffee
By Rachel Hawes
A late night account of goings-on at three 24-hour coffee shops uncovers students, teachers, card-players, philosophers, insomniacs and the hung-over.
Read Full Story >
   
January 2008 Stamp of approval
By Ann Byle
The first painting for the stamp featuring President Gerald R. Ford was rejected by the family, but a second image truly depicts Grand Rapids’ favorite son.
Read Full Story >
   
December 2007 Miracle on division avenue
By Curt Wozniak
A once seedy section of Grand Rapids bustles with artists who live and work there. Has the city found the partners it needs to redevelop South Division? Hey, it worked in SoHo.
Read Full Story >
   
November 2007 Vosovic making it work
By Curt Wozniak
Lowell native Daniel Vosovic vows to build a career on his fashion design skills, not his reality TV celebrity.
Read Full Story >
   
October 2007 GRAM & Amway in parallel
By Curt Wozniak
Amway Hotel Corp.’s new JW Marriott and a big move by the Grand Rapids Art Museum trigger celebrations — and a sense of déjà vu for 1981.
Read Full Story >
   
September 2007 This ride’s a gas
By Curt Wozniak
Moped owners in the Ghost Riders club love riding together, fixing their bikes together, and getting over 100 miles to the gallon.
Read Full Story >
   
August 2007 A city of neighbors
By Josh Brown, Sara Cosgrove, Emily Rattray and Caitlan Spronk
Introduction by Anton Wishik

Thirty-two neighborhood associations in Grand Rapids are working hard to improve their lot. Here are profiles of each.
Read Full Story >
   
July 2007 Living it up downtown
By Angela Klinske
Everyone comes downtown for the restaurants and entertainment. Follow these 13 tips for making the move downtown, and you’ll find there isn’t much reason to drive back to suburbia.
Read Full Story >
   
June 2007 Issues of law
By Pete Daly
The law is changing, and West Michigan attorneys are at the forefront on issues including e-discovery, immigration and animal rights.
Read Full Story >
   
May 2007 Growing a rain garden
By AliciaMarie Belchak
You don’t need to be a Master Gardener or landscape designer to plant a rain garden on your property, according to Patricia Pennell, director of Rain Gardens of West Michigan.
Read Full Story >
   
April 2007 A Refuge from Vietnam
By Gordon G. Beld
President Gerald R. Ford, Rev. Howard M. Schipper and other Grand Rapids citizens helped make this city a home for Vietnamese refugees.
Read Full Story >
   
March 2007 Site seeing
By Curt Wozniak
On the World Wide Web, the River City comes off as hip, educated and cutting edge. In other words, a pretty accurate picture.
Read Full Story >
   
February 2007 Best Architecture
By Curt Wozniak
A new brochure map from the American Institute of Architects’ Grand Valley chapter provides a guide to 52 important West Michigan buildings.
Read Full Story >
   
January 2007 The 2007 year in preview
By Christine Foust
A month-by-month and season-by-season listing of 186 arts, cultural, athletic, community and charitable events happening in 2007.
Read Full Story >
   
December 2006 ‘Give me your tired, your poor …’
By Angela Klinske
The famous poem on the Statue of Liberty is a West Michigan truth, from the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Read Full Story >
   
November 2006

Access affirmed
By Curt Wozniak
Disability Advocates of Kent County’s ZeroStep program works to make universal design truly universal.
Read Full Story >

   
October 2006

Dick & Jen: The State of the State
By Curt Wozniak
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and challenger Dick DeVos attack the issues — and each other — in an exclusive Q&A.
Read Full Story >

   
September 2006

The Katrina connection
By Anton Wishik
West Michigan churches, businesses and individuals continue to donate thousands of hours and millions of dollars to help the communities ravaged one year ago by Hurricane Katrina.
Read Full Story >

   
August 2006

Strength in numbers
By Curt Wozniak
Grand Rapids Magazine’s annual Metro and School rankings provide informative snapshots of what makes each West Michigan community stand apart. Yet the big picture — and the region’s future viability — may depend more on how those communities come together.
Read Full Story >

   
July 2006

Condo maximum
By Angela Klinske
Condo developments dot downtown in a vibrant trend that has been ongoing for more than a decade.
Read Full Story >

   
June 2006

Legal briefs
By Todd Gray
Three looks at law practices in GR, including pro bono work as well as the local progress of women and minorities.
Read Full Story >

   
May 2006 Waves of peace and pleasure
By Angela Klinske
Lakeside living, from Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids to the shores of Lake Michigan, creates its own wondrous way of life.
Read Full Story >
   
April 2006

Iraq: West Michigan responds
By Curt Wozniak
March marks the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. West Michigan soldiers, military families and protestors share their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on the war.
Read Full Story >

   
March 2006

Straight from the heart

By Mark Johnston

Sharon Buursma has a distinguished career in health, but her own battle with heart disease — and the willingness to share her story — may be her greatest source of influence and inspiration for women.
Read Full Story >

   
February 2006

Honor personified

By Kate Dernocoeur

United States Attorney Margaret Chiara’s commitment to public service has landed her in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and the hearts of the communities she serves.
Read Full Story >

   
January 2006

Preview 2006
By Grand Rapids Magazine Staff
Save the dates! A peak at the events worth planning for in advance of the coming year.
Read Full Story >

   
December 2005

A Life in theater
By Curt Wozniak
Community theater options abound for performers in Grand Rapids, but those hoping to make a living following their muse need as much tenacity as talent.
Read Full Story >

   
November 2005

Professional sports: More than a game
By Mark Johnston
It may be inevitable that as Grand Rapids grows, so will the levels of its professional sports teams. But in that gain, something more valuable could be lost — the special dynamic between the teams and community that many fans enjoy now.
Read Full Story >

   
October 2005

Portrait of the artist
By Curt Wozniak
Armand Merizon’s life and work inspired filmmakers to document the joy and reverence created over 70 years of painting.
Read Full Story >

   
September 2005

Taking care of business?
By Curt Wozniak
Determined downtown retailers are trying to stay the course. However, construction, parking and other obstacles often thwart those attempts.
Read Full Story >

   
August 2005

Public sculptures: The art of the city
By Joseph Antenucci Becherer
The downtown housing boom is changing the center city from what one long-time downtown dweller termed a “sleepy town” into a vibrant neighborhood again. City planners, developers, residents and others discuss the impact of that transformation and what it means to GR’s future.
Read Full Story >

   
July 2005 Success in the city
By Mark Johnston
The downtown housing boom is changing the center city from what one long-time downtown dweller termed a “sleepy town” into a vibrant neighborhood again. City planners, developers, residents and others discuss the impact of that transformation and what it means to GR’s future.
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June 2005 Finding a global niche
By Julie Bonner Stevenson
Joseph Jeup turned his early passion for innovative furniture design into a competitive international success.
Read Full Story >
   
May 2005

Not your father's country club
By Drew Avery
Grand Rapids area country clubs offer much more than golf and male bonding. Family, fitness and fun are also par for these courses.
Read Full Story >

   
April 2005

River city … Furniture city … Suffragette city?
By Jo Ellyn Clarey
Emily Burton Ketcham was a force in the national suffrage movement from right here in Grand Rapids.
Read Full Story >

   
March 2005 Point and scoot
By Curt Wozniak
A funny thing is about to happen on the way to the arena. First-time GR visitors will be able to find it quickly, easily and without stopping for directions.
Read Full Story >
   
February 2005 From Civic to Welsh to Steelcase Ballroom
By Estelle Slootmaker
The Civic/Welsh Auditorium emerges from its latest metamorphosis as the Steelcase Ballroom.
Read Full Story >
   
January 2005 Yes, downtown Grand Rapids has a nightlife!
By Pamela Holtz
A list of 21 clubs in or near downtown to rev up your life.
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December 2004 Piqued by performance
By Curt Wozniak
Pure shock value? truth-baring conceptual language? A look at local performance artists.
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November 2004 Fruit of the vine
By Julie Bonner Stevenson
Fall is the time to tour wineries as the grapes are harvested.
Read Full Story >
   
October 2004 The curtain rises on a new arts season
By Julie Bonner Stevenson
Where to be when the curtain rises.
Read Full Story >
   
September 2004 Prostitution round table
By Kate Dernocoeur
Innovative programs in GR spark inquiries from cities across the country.
Read Full Story >
   
August 2004 Calder's gift: Culture and creativity for Grand Rapids
By Curt Wozniak
Differing opinions on the monumental sculpture bolted to the plaza east of Grand Rapids’ city/county complex rattled like swords on local editorial pages in 1968.
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July 2004

The Man Who Would (Have) Be(en) Governor
By Curt Wozniak
The former lieutennt governor is still helping citizens.
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June 2004

The Last 40
By Curt Wozniak
John Logie’s office in the Warner Norcross & Judd suite of downtown’s Fifth Third Bank building looks out upon DeVos Place. With the hopes of so many individuals riding on that awesome structure — especially Logie’s (he chairs the Convention/Arena Authority) — the view from his window puts the future of this city in your face.
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The Next 40
By Curt Wozniak
The making of bold predictions is not the type of behavior in which the steadfast leadership of one of the bastions of midwestern conservatism might typically participate.
Read Full Story >

Summer Fun: What to Do Once You’re There
By Curt Wozniak
OK, you’ve read up on Brew City and you’re game for a trip across the lake. The only question remaining: When to schedule that long weekend?
Read Full Story >

   
May 2004

Rising Through The Ranks: Women Lead Local Television
By Mark Johnston
In a broadcast industry largely driven by staying ahead of the competition, it’s no surprise the legacies of television stations in Grand Rapids are partly built on “firsts.”
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April 2004

Bowled over
By Gary Artman
The room is completely silent. So silent, in fact, that everyone in the room is waiting to hear not one, but 10, pins drop. All eyes are on one man.
So far Pat Bottrall has bowled 11 strikes in a row. He steps up to the line. The tension is thick. Everyone in the bowling alley, whether they know him or not, is mentally wishing him well. He takes a moment to focus, steps and throws a perfect hook.
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March 2004

Transformed by art
By Gary Artman
They dance as if no one were watching them, yet all eyes in the room are riveted to their movements. Their hands glide around their bodies, suggesting the rarest kind of freedom. Some close their eyes, lost in the music. Others dance with an intensity and focus that is as powerful as it is inspiring. To watch these dancers is to witness firsthand the transforming power of art, and, in many ways, defines the word "grace."
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February 2004

The Old and New Library
By Sam Cummings
Preservationists, it seems, are never wrong. Too frequently in our recent past, significant old structures are razed simply to obliterate them from the landscape, with no replacement to rise in their stead. Nationally, as people have become reacquainted with their urban centers and in doing so, their cultural histories, the trend has been to rediscover the value in their aged infrastructure.
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January 2004 Signs of Past Times
By Ann Byle
Signs are city storytellers, and there are some great stories around Grand Rapids. Drive through the city and you’ll discover businesses that have kept their signs for generations. You’ll also find signs advertising businesses that are long gone.
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December 2003 Issues: Designing an Entertainment District
By Curt Wozniak
Since May 2002 architect Vern Ohlman of Design Plus has worked to further the vitality of downtown Grand Rapids by creating a unified entertainment district. Ohlman said that while most everyone agrees it’s a good idea, making it happen is troublesome.
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November 2003 How I Spent My Summer Vacation
By Curt Wozniak
For 21-year-old Rick DeVos — yes, grandson and son to “those” DeVoses — the summer before his senior year of college offered a crash course into downtown development, media relations … and his family’s legacy. Was it a hint of things to come from this self-described “visionary,” whose family name carries the power and prestige to take just about any vision and make it a reality?
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October 2003 Forever South
By Curt Wozniak
In 1968, South High School graduated its last class. Thirty-five years following the controversial shutdown decision, former students reflect on the distinct, permeative South High experience.
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September 2003 X Marks This Spot?
Members of Generation X — the “Rubik’s Cube generation” — are not afraid of shifting around their lives in order to achieve their ideal livelihood. Generally, the 25- to 35-year-old isn’t looking for jobs first and a city culture second, but rather the other way around. Does Grand Rapids fit the bill?
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August 2003 Aren’t You …
Don’t You Know …
Weren’t You In …
Three Tales of Local Stardom
The first local celebrity sighting is a rite of passage for anyone who has started over in a new city. Sure, you’ll need to find out which coffee shop serves the cheapest café mocha and which deli dishes the best Reuben, but nothing tells you that you’ve made yourself at home in a community like knowing when to get starstruck in the grocery store. Only after the name Gerry Barnaby means something to you can you call yourself a true Grand Rapidian.
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July 2003 Rethinking Ground Zero
In West Michigan’s Classrooms
On Sept. 11, 2001, no amount of distance could buffer Grand Rapidians — or citizens of any U.S. city — from the pain, grief and anguish felt by New Yorkers. In the months since, a fractured skyline some 750 miles away and the tremendous loss of human life it symbolizes have continued to trigger a significant place in human memory. We all have our answers at the ready for those “Where were you when …” questions, the kind we still ask one another about the moon landing, the Kennedy assassination or the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
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June 2003

Behind the Signs:
The Stories of Our Familiar Names
The philanthropy of the DeVos and Van Andel families is transforming the Grand Rapids cityscape the way person-to-person marketing transformed the business landscape for Amway when Rich and Jay founded the company in 1959. Check out the construction booming around downtown over the last decade: DeVos Place. The Van Andel Institute. The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Van Andel Arena. Their legacies as community leaders — and the buildings that bear their names — have secured a place in city history for Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel.
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May 2003

History in the Making
In her inaugural address, Michigan’s 47th governor paid homage “to the brave women and to the just men who blazed the trail” to the governor’s door. “In particular,” she said, “I bow to those women who showed me how to rap upon its aged wood, who inch by inch cracked the door ajar, who looked in but were denied admittance.”

Behind that door, history is still being made, as Granholm begins to shape the future of Michigan. Prior to her election, the governor-elect shared with us how Grand Rapids — which she refers to as “the model of a beautiful city in this state” — fits into that future.
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April 2003 The Area’s Best Restaurants
For 23 years, Grand Rapids Magazine has honored West Michigan’s restaurant community through the annual Grand Rapids Magazine Dining Awards of Excellence.
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March 2003 The Best of GR
We took the pulse of the reader, until the reader snatched his and her wrist away. And then we thought about what we liked. What is it - exactly - about Grand Rapids?
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February 2003 Faces Of Our Future
You'll find them in boardrooms and classrooms. They are cultivating the arts, healing racism and revitalizing neighborhoods. Some were born here, while others were drawn here. These 20 individuals have numerous differences but at least two similarities: They are young and have the potential to help Grand Rapids evolve.
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January 2003

West Michigan’s Best Doctors
Their peers in the medical community have named these 132 physicians as "the best."
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