Local influencer

Sara Visser turned her love of Grand Rapids into a thriving Instagram.

Raising her voice

City Commissioner Milinda Ysasi was sworn in on Dec. 17.

Meijer joins sustainable bag initiative

Meijer announced it is joined the Beyond the Bag Initiative.

Partners offering social equity scholarships to cannabis workers

Two Michigan cannabis companies are partnering with a school to create a social equity scholarship program for 20-plus adults in the cannabis industry.

‘Celebrating Diversity’

Artist Erick Picardo uses vibrant colors, hopeful imagery in his murals.

Feeding homebound seniors

Meals on Wheels volunteer has spent over two decades helping.
Thornapple Brewing Co. beer glass flight bar

A podcast for Beer City, USA

The Michigan Brewers Guild launched a podcast, “Michigan’s Great Beer State Podcast” for the state’s beer enthusiasts.
The Hero Foundation collects Christmas gifts for families in need during the holiday season.

The Hero Foundation Offers Families Relief During Holiday Season

As the holiday festivities begin, The Hero Foundation wants to remind the community not every family is lucky enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas presents let alone pay for everyday necessities. Families coping with cancer are not only concerned with the emotional aspects of the disease, but they must deal with the financial side effects of cancer as well.

Dégagé Ministries seeks donations for annual Christmas store

A local nonprofit is planning to open its annual Christmas store to support the Grand Rapids homeless community.

‘Stories of Elders’

Former Grand Rapids resident Veronica Kirin’s book, “Stories of Elders,” won in the History: General category of the annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
Port 393 exterior rendering

Couple Designing ‘Customizable’ Event Venue with Rooftop Bar

A new 6,500-square-foot event venue is being planned for a lakeshore city.
Athlete Johnny Agar.

From Local Inspiration To Global Campaign

“No one expected my life to be as normal as it is,” said Rockford athlete, Johnny Agar. While Agar simply views his life as normal, most would view it as extraordinary and inspiring.
Four Birds Airstream Gathering Spaces

Family Debuts Mobile Event Venue

A pair of Calvin College grads and their kids have moved back to West Michigan with an Airstream trailer and a vision in tow.
Gemini Handmade owners Marie Welcher & Jacob Vroon.

A Fresh Start

After five years of serving the community as Parliament the Boutique, the locally focused boutique shop at 136 S. Division Ave. rebranded as Gemini Handmade in June.
Ginny Mikita holds a photo of her 13-year-old dog Kadie.

Passing Peacefully

When they say “dog is a man’s best friend,” that’s no exaggeration. A family or companion pet can make a profound difference in many people’s lives, and their memories are often cherished forever.
DogSpot dog and walker

Retailers add dog ‘sanctuaries’ for shoppers

Several West Michigan retailers are adding a safe space for dogs while their owners shop.

Grand Rapids ranks among cities with best residential views

A new list highlighted Grand Rapids as a place to be for homes with the best views.

Grand River Restoration Project Pushes Forward

It could be less than four years before the Grand River is back to its natural glory and providing yet another new attraction to downtown Grand Rapids.

Passion project

These working moms turned crafting night into a business.

Six Grand Rapids Summer Camps To Keep Your Kids Busy

It’s summer, which means finding ways to get the kids out of the house before they drive you crazy (is it September yet?!) A productive way to keep them busy and engaged during their summer vacation is camp.

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