Public museum launches COVID-19 story documentation project

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is creating a time capsule of COVID-19 and looking for submissions.

Big-screen stories

New film production company and media incubator aims to bring Hollywood home.

Founders helping hospitality workers with ‘Fill the Tip Jar’ campaign

Founders Brewing Co. partnered with the Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund to raise money for restaurant, bar and lodging workers who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19.

GRCC to offer new scholarship

The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Foundation created a new, full-ride scholarship.
Black River Barn exterior rendering

Siblings Building ‘Rustic’ Event Space

A new “barn-style” event space is coming to the lakeshore.
Black bear spotted on the West Side

Wild Bear Has West Side Adventure

Likely having heard about the great food on the West Side a black bear decided to check out that corner of the city this morning.

Teen Girls Find a Place to Call Home

The need for a safe, accepting environment for teenage girls in the foster care system is often overlooked. Negative perceptions of teenage girls as being promiscuous or bringing unwanted drama to families are just a few of the perceived problems, which make it difficult to find a home.

A Family Affair: Laureen Robinson’s Kids Helped Prepare Her for State Games

Wyoming resident Laureen Robinson, 53, took up running following the tragic death of a family friend during the Fifth Third River Bank Run. At her son's encouragement, Robinson took her running to the next level by competing in the Meijer State Games of Michigan and later competing in her first State Games of America.

Study shows Michigan residents want schools to stay closed

According to education review site,, most people in the Midwestern and southern parts of the country want schools to open for in-person learning amid the pandemic.
KaBoom! playground in Flint

Amway and KaBOOM! Build 20th Playground Together

Volunteers from Amway, the City of Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the community joined KaBOOM! on Thursday, Aug. 23 to transform an old playground into a brand new, kid-designed play space- -and they did it in just six hours.
"Let Go" by Pamela Alderman

ArtPrize Piece Encourages Healing at Kent County Courthouse

You can now see a Top 25 ArtPrize finalist when visiting the Kent County Courthouse.
210 Market Ave SW pop-up dog park Grand Rapids

Downtown is Getting a Dog Park

A civic agency and a property management company are collaborating to open an experimental dog park downtown.

Grand Rapids Magazine’s top stories of 2020

2020 didn't allow us to explore our wonderful city like we normally would have, but it still offered a plethora of interesting people and places to read about while we quarantined at home.

Giving Tuesday donations to The Salvation Army will be matched up to $51K

An anonymous local donor will provide matching contributions on Giving Tuesday donations to The Salvation Army of Kent County, up to $51,000.

Ashley HomeStore opening second West Michigan store

Ashley HomeStore recently opened a new store in Kalamazoo.

City provides park improvement updates

The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department reported its annual park update last week.

Turning the lens on homelessness

Dean Cain’s latest project was filmed in Grand Rapids.
Photo courtesy of DGRI

16 Instagram Pictures That Show Grand Rapids Is the Best City on Earth

There are two types of people. Those who are here, and those that WANT to be here.

Paying for your future

College costs continue to rise, and student loans are burdening families for decades as a result.

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.




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