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.
Photo by Johnny Quirin

Treetops Collective Supports Refugee Women Making GR Home

Upon entering the storefront for Treetops Collective on South Division Avenue, it immediately becomes clear that people are at work. Commercial sewing machines are positioned along the street-side window; long tables overflow with fabric, beads and half-finished products; shelves are stacked with T-shirts, onesies and cloth baskets for sale. Women talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Recreational cannabis center opens in Sand Lake

New Standard Sand Lake, a new recreational-only cannabis provisionary, opened in Sand Lake on Jan. 23, making it the second New Standard cannabis dispensary in Michigan.

The Diatribe acquires partner organization

Two local nonprofits have combined their resources to better serve West Michigan youth. 
Photo courtesy of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Grand Rapids Enters the Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge

As car companies race to perfect the autonomous vehicle of the future, many people are wondering what challenges those driverless cars might present to cities.

Amazon provides free online computer science courses

Amazon is altering the way it is providing a technological program to students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southeast grocery store one step closer to reality

The founder of an equity- and sustainability-focused grocery store on the southeast side of Grand Rapids signed a lease on a building and launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Partners to host second Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam

A celebration of African American culture and history will be held downtown next month.
November Project Grand Rapids

GR Running Week Invites Everyone to Strike the Pavement

“I began running regularly five years ago, but really started enjoying running when I joined my first running group,” said Matt Swiontek. He has since launched two running groups of his own, November Project Grand Rapids (formerly Carpe Diem) and Bagel Run GR.

Downtown Holland to observe MLK Day with virtual event

Downtown Holland will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a virtual community event that will examine diversity, equity and inclusion issues...

Mother-daughter duo celebrates graduation by giving back

A West Michigan-based mother-daughter duo chose giving back over receiving gifts for themselves in celebration of their respective graduations from doctoral and college programs.

Grand Rapids Public Library extending hours starting next month

The Grand Rapids Public Library will be extending its hours of operation at all of its locations beginning June 7.

Gov. Whitmer recloses indoor bars to keep COVID-19 down

In response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress Michigan has made against COVID-19.

Portraits of a city

Brian Kelly used a drone to capture images of Grand Rapids — his first muse.
Black River Barn exterior rendering

Siblings Building ‘Rustic’ Event Space

A new “barn-style” event space is coming to the lakeshore.

Grand Rapids Police Department promises change

Can the police department’s new strategic plan really transform policing in a meaningful way?
Vander Mill hosts Paint Like a Girl to raise money for Girls on the Run.

Paint Like a Girl on Tuesday Night

Gather your friends for an evening of painting to help support Girls on the Run.
Grand Rapids Mud Run

Let’s Get Muddy

Forget about the mud pies of your youth. The Grand Rapids Mud Run is serious about mud: expect to swim mud pits, slip down a 60-foot mudslide, slither through tunnel crawls, and wrangle a slippery hill climb.

Students face an uncertain semester

Freshmen have spent the summer trying to plan for their first year of college with COVID-19 looming.

Partners launch $5M match initiative for #GivingTuesdayNow

The for-profit arm of an area nonprofit is partnering with a pair of national organizations to launch a matching fund initiative that will be held next week on #GivingTuesdayNow.

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