Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Michael VanWyk as vice president of commercial lending serving the West Michigan business community.

Sunseekers: Part two

In Sunseekers: Part two, Tylee Shay takes us to Phoenix, one of three sun filled destinations she covered in the latest issue of Grand Rapids Magazine.

Cozy up for Michigan’s coldest months

Winter months in West Michigan beg for cozy sweaters, soft afghans, quilts and warm fires.


Given President Biden’s October 6, 2022 address vowing to pardon prisoners incarcerated at the federal level for simple marijuana possession, many have been hopeful friends and family would be released from federal incarceration due to cannabis prohibition, and the war on drugs.


Are gray skies getting you down? This is the first in a series of three articles from Tylee Shay on winter escape destinations: 

Not your father’s Olive’s

I lived around the corner from Olive’s, 2162 Wealthy Street in East Grand Rapids, for years. I love cooking and entertaining in my home, so I didn’t eat there every week, but often enough to know the menu, what I liked and what didn’t suit my taste.

Drinks with Pat

Michigan’s favorite beer is getting some new family members.

Top baby names of 2022

Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital has delivered 7,370 babies so far in 2022. Here are the top names for girls and for boys:

Experience the season with a light show

Each winter, Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with fresh poinsettias, evergreens and 350,000 lights. New this year is an audio-visual light show at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.

Five festive films 

Due to inclement weather and travel advisories, rather than send readers out and about to experience the season, here’s a list of five festive films (with links) to keep you occupied as you huddle at home this wintery weekend. 

Invite to the Van

While the Griffins are providing Grand Rapidians with their normal fill of American Hockey League action, the Great Lakes Invitational will make its first venture to West Michigan with its 57th edition Dec. 27-28 at Van Andel Arena.

City provides updates on park projects

As several Grand Rapids parks received improvements in 2022, city officials look ahead to projects slated for 2023.

Country club undergoes $16 Million expansion

Blythefield Country Club, 5801 Northland Drive NE, is building out its existing facilities with plans to be complete in time for the 2023 Meijer LPGA Classic.

New shopping options

To all the shoppers looking for last-minute unique finds, the Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave. NW,  has opened two new retail stores! Grand Kids...

Wreaths Across America seeks volunteers

On Saturday, Dec. 17, 3,770 handcrafted evergreen wreaths will be laid on the graves of fallen soldiers at Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery.

Things to do in GR this weekend

So many wonderful events take place in Grand Rapids during the season of giving. It's hard to pare it down, but my first pick is an annual holiday event in the Creston neighborhood, “Lights on Creston,” which takes place from 4-8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022.

Aquinas students exceed giving goal

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 with the simple idea of encouraging people to do good.

Helping for the holidays

When Maribeth Groen talks about kids in need in Kent County, she doesn’t just talk about the poverty level — she talks about something more subtle. 

Where to drink with food

While Grove re-opened to help push Grand Rapids into a new culinary direction, the restaurant truly thrives behind the bar as well.

Michigan outdoor economy continues to grow

An incredible aspect of Michigan life is the plethora of outdoor activities available year-round, and as it turns out, that contributes plenty to the state’s economy.




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