Editor’s letter: Grand Rapids is sweet

Chocolate-covered pretzel ice cream from Furniture City Creamery Photo by Stacy Feyer-Salo

Grand Rapids has an abundance of bakeries, custom cupcake, cookie and cake designers, and retailers with plenty of sweets for sale. This issue, we dove in — tastebuds first — and got to know the local chocolatiers, confectioners and more to find out what motivates them to bake batch after batch of delectable desserts.

So, whether you are looking to start your morning with a sugar high, planning an event and in need of custom cookies or just want to treat yourself to something yummy for making it through a hectic day, our “sweet spots” feature will guide you to the best places in town.

We also highlight seven restaurants where you definitely want to leave room for dessert.

In this issue, we also talk with John Sinkevics, publisher of Local Spins, about covering the local music scene during a pandemic and how his passion for music has made Local Spins the place to go for music coverage in the city.

We also asked a handful of local musicians to share how they’ve overcome the obstacle of not being able to perform live for much of the past year. Despite a shutdown of their industry, many musicians used 2020 to create and have released or plan to release new material this year.

One industry that the pandemic hasn’t managed to slow down is the burgeoning cannabis market. Since Grand Rapids adopted an ordinance allowing the establishment of cannabis businesses within the city, a handful of cannabis shops have popped up. We look at the businesses in the area, as well as efforts being made to ensure social equity is part of the business model as cannabis grows in the city.

If you are planning to dine out this month, be sure to visit Gaia House Café. The former East Hills neighborhood business closed in 2014, but thanks to the commitment of one of its former staffers, the business is now embarking on a second iteration in the Creston neighborhood.

We also are excited about the recent rollout of Roll Call, a food truck operated by catering service Gettin’ Fresh. Offering healthy handhelds, you’ll want to check out the menu when you are at Fulton Street Farmers Market, where the truck posts up most Wednesdays.

Enjoy summer!

This letter can be found in the July/August 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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