Little Dreamers Sleepovers is a Real Snoozefest
Mr. Sandman might be out of a job. The legendary figure who’s been putting people to sleep and bringing good dreams has some competition in town with a woman who’s got her own bag of tricks for overnight fun and rest, and she’s a hit with the kids.
The Counting House Charms with Modern Take on the General Dry Goods Store
If you want a true sense of modern-day general store magic, The Counting House welcomes you.
Q&A: Philomena Mantella
Grand Valley State University is gaining a fresh perspective with new President Philomena V. Mantella.
“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.
Rivertown Woodcraft Offers Custom Furniture & DIY Workshops
A few years ago, Jim Torrey started reaching out to new breweries in Grand Rapids offering his woodworking services. “I started cold-calling them on Facebook and asking to make their cheeseboards and beer flights.”
Car Enthusiasts Keep Engines Revving in West Michigan
The sleek vehicles showcased at Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids (C&CGR) exude a zip-zing panache that unfetters spectators’ imaginations.
Cosplay Crusaders Use Their Superpowers to Lift Kids’ Spirits
From monthly visits to Mary Free Bed’s children’s floor to special appearances at Fifth Third Ballpark, Relay for Life, Gilda’s Club events and more, the Cosplay Crusaders are using their superpowers to lift kids’ spirits across Grand Rapids.
DIY at Wax Poetic Candle Bar
The life of a candle shop owner means your trash never smells bad.“I mean literally, it never stinks,” says Jill Bromley-Sung, owner of Wax Poetic Candle Bar, who also comes away smelling pretty nice herself.
Furniture Showroom & Interior Design Firm Sets Up Home on Monroe
A furniture showroom and interior design firm has moved into the former MoDiv space and it is quickly gaining attention from interested passersby.
New City Manager Makes History with Appointment
Mark Washington, Grand Rapids’ next city manager, is a busy man.
Purple Backpack Project Delivers Lifesaving Items to Homeless
As temperatures drop and snowstorms await, local nonprofit Dirt City Sanctuary said even though items such as a proper pair of boots should be an essential necessity to surviving winter, many individuals in West Michigan walk the streets without such provisions.
Couple Continues Their Story with Epilogue Books
Once Valerie Burkholder retired early this spring, after working for 28 years, she decided to follow her lifelong dream of opening a bookstore.
GVSU Grads Launch Michigan Overboard to Raise Funds for Great Lakes
Michigan Overboard donates 21 percent of its profits to water protection and conservation-focused nonprofits. That isn’t just some random number either, 21 percent of the surface fresh water on planet Earth is right here in the Great Lakes basin.
7 Things to Know About TO & FRO
The new activewear shop TO & FRO helps you look good during yoga, at the gym or while running (your life).
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.
Students 3D Print New Feet for Urban Chicken
Debbie Harry (not to be confused with the lead singer of Blondie, who will be in Grand Rapids next weekend at Frederik Meijer Gardens) got new feet after a bout of frostbite left her footless.
Flower Shop Blossoms on Wealthy Street
Jordan Fisher first dreamed of opening a flower shop several years ago, but he was unable to find the right location and his career ended up taking him and his wife, Faten Fisher, to Seattle for two years.
A Pleasant Dog Expands Services in New Home
Canine training business A Pleasant Dog has found a new home. In an effort to expand its services, A Pleasant Dog relocated from Wealthy Street to 1430 Knapp Street NE.
Furniture Makers Open Rustic City Living Storefront
Best friends since the third grade, Amy Calvert and Kristy Dipiazza started a business together simply out of need.
‘Dream’ Store Opens Doors
Self-described “huge comic books fan and toy collector” Jeff Moore launched the venture of his dreams in Rockford.