Conference center to be converted into $14M hotel

The former Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport & Conference Center will undergo a $14 million renovation.

GRCC to offer new sewing program

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is partnering with a local woman-owned manufacturing business to launch a new certification program.

Grand Rapids HOAs rated fourth best in the country

An analysis of Yelp data put Grand Rapids near the top on a list of the nation’s best homeowners’ associations.

Report: Grand Rapids 8th best small city for job openings

A jobs board and career advice website put Grand Rapids near the top on a list of best small cities for job opportunities.

Grand Rapids landmarks light up for cancer awareness

Two Grand Rapids landmarks will be among more than 225 around the world that will shine a light on breast cancer.

City opening library of gear for outdoor recreation

The city of Grand Rapids is opening a library to provide more equitable access to outdoor activities in underserved communities.

Fifth Wheel Freight outfits 400 students with school supplies

A local company partnered with a Kentwood elementary school to provide 400 students with school supplies.

Tilted Tulip to host grand opening party

The Tilted Tulip, located at 4300 Plainfield Ave NE Suite E, will be hosting a grand opening event from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

Renovation to Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites begins

The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation project expected to be completed by the end of summer 2022.

WMEAC to host weeklong Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) will kick off a weeklong version of the annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup this Saturday.

Roberto Clemente Park to reopen

The city of Grand Rapids will reopen Roberto Clemente Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 after the completion of the park’s $1.5 million renovation project that began last year.

People and Places: breast cancer art exhibit and opening of bohemian astrology store

Personal breast cancer stories to illustrate difficult battle, and The 12th House offers handmade astrology-themed items from local Grand Rapids artists.

GRPL to sign up new cardholders

The Grand Rapids Public Library will celebrate both its 150th anniversary and National Library Card Sign Up month by signing up 1,500 new cardholders in September.

Kentwood to celebrate National Night Out with 15-plus community gatherings

The city of Kentwood will be bustling with block parties, neighborhood events and other activities Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Grand Rapids church installs solar panels, calls on other churches to do the same

A local church installed 126 solar panels on its roof as part of a shift toward renewable energy and is encouraging other churches to follow suit.

People and places: Treehouse in Ottawa County, free Wi-Fi in GR parks and more

Ottawa County plans to add a treehouse to one of its parks, free Wi-Fi is available in 10 Grand Rapids parks and Grand Valley State University aims to transform a road into a pedestrian mall.

Finalists to perform in local playwright festival

Local playwrights will see their work performed on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage from Friday through Sunday as part of the theater’s Ten for All Festival.

People and places: Park wins award and indoor dog park opens

Plaster Creek Family Park won the 2020 Park Design Award from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association, and The Pack Indoor Dog Park is now open for business.

People and places: More parking and S. Nicole Esthetics

A startup aims to help local individuals and businesses make the most of expensive parking spaces, and Grand Rapids native Shanae Gooch fulfilled her dream of going to esthetician school and starting her own business.

Black History Month in style

Local sock maker iNFable is celebrating Black History Month in February with four new designs.

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