Little Dreamers soccer themed party.

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.
Philomena Mantella

Q&A: Philomena Mantella

Grand Valley State University is gaining a fresh perspective with new President Philomena V. Mantella.
Photo by Johnny Quirin.

Finding Friends

“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.
Jim Torrey, of Rivertown Woodcraft.

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.”
GR Auto Gallery has a public showroom filled with classics.

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 visit Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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.
Wax Poetic Candle Bar

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.
Rodolfo Gonzales Interior Design Grand Rapids showroom.

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 Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington, Photo courtesy of City of Austin, 2017.

New City Manager Makes History with Appointment

Mark Washington, Grand Rapids’ next city manager, is a busy man.
"Tyler was given those wool mittens while he was homeless; we washed them and he was able to provide them to someone else who volunteered at the event and also happens to be without a home."

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.
Epilogue Books in Rockford.

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.
Michigan Overboard sells athletic headbands to raise money for the Great Lakes.

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.
To & Fro

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).
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.

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.
Jordan Fisher, Thelma's Flower shop

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 has relocated into a larger space.

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.
Rustic City Living owners Amy Calvert and Kristy Dipiazza.

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.
Jeff Moore

‘Dream’ Store Opens Doors

Self-described “huge comic books fan and toy collector” Jeff Moore launched the venture of his dreams in Rockford.




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