How did you ring in the New Year? At a quiet cottage outside of the Grand Rapids, a group of people began the year with a nourished mind, body and heart. At the Ignite Retreat, attendees spent four days and three nights pursuing replenished energy and positive energy for the year ahead.
Un-decorating you Christmas tree is decidedly less enjoyable than decorating it for the holidays. But, alas, it must be done. Once you’ve packed away your favorite ornaments and strands of flickering lights, what do you do with the tree?
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? GR|MAG asked its contributors to share something they are looking forward to trying or checking out in Grand Rapids in 2019. Feel free to steal their ideas or share your own in the comments.
GR|MAG had the opportunity to talk with Jenny Kinne, the new owner of Books & Mortar, about her transition from employee to owner as well as her goals for the store, thoughts on the uniqueness of independent bookstores and some of her favorite reads.
“We’ve been here six and a half years. It’s time to put an expiration date on it and move on,” said Kim Carignan, 54, a resident of Grand Rapids’ northeast side. Carignan, who has lived in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Naples, Florida, said she and her husband haven’t been able to make the friendships they’d hoped for in West Michigan, something she said was easier in the other places she’s lived.
It seemed like every month saw a new boutique opening in Grand Rapids. GR|MAG did our best to cover all the new openings. Below you’ll find a list of 10 boutiques and retail shops focused on clothing, home goods and beauty products that opened during the past year.
It never fails. You compliment someone on their clothing and when you hear them say the word vintage, there’s always that sting.
“My wife was driving to work and passed a homeless man who was sleeping with his head on the cement. She put a pillow under his head and she sees the man walking around with that pillow. Something so small can have such a big impact and it didn’t change her quality of life. It took her 60 seconds and it meant a lot to him.”
Summer is wedding season in West Michigan and Makeup BLVD saw its share of brides and bridesmaids this year.
This past June, Parliament the Boutique rebranded as Gemini Handmade after five years on the South Division Avenue for the Arts corridor. Now, the local artisan-based shop has made another big move—to 963 Cherry St. SE.