From Heritage Hill to pickleball, we’ve got it all


Somehow, we’re deep into summer 2022. How did that happen?

In any case, don’t blink, or we’ll be back in the depths of winter and wishing we’d enjoyed the warm weather a little bit more. So, we’re here to help you do that (Hint: Take that trip to the beach this weekend).

To kick off the issue, head toward the back, check out the ice cream selections, pick one and grab a cone before diving into the rest of it.

There’s a guide to the Fulton Street Farmers Market, which celebrates its 100th summer this year. If that’s not a weekly shopping trip, you’re probably doing summer wrong. We highlight an amazing woman who built her own backyard pizza oven — and is starting on her second.

The Beer City Open is in July, so we check in with a sport readers should definitely try if they haven’t already: Pickleball.

It’s also the nightlife issue, so there’s a breakdown of where to go for whatever vibe the night calls for. It’s also the cannabis issue, so we check into how to get started on a cannabis journey and the struggles still surrounding the industry.

We visit Grove, a multi-time winner of Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year, and it did not disappoint.

While we explore plenty of fun topics, this issue also touches on some more serious subjects.

We chat with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to see where she currently sees the city and what the future will bring. We also highlight some of the exciting happenings with the river — you know, the one the city is named after?

Writer Sam Easter dives into everyone’s favorite neighborhood, Heritage Hill, and how that amazing section of the city also acts as a microcosm of the region’s housing issues.

All in all, it was a fun issue to put together, so I hope you enjoy it before football season starts and the kids head back to school.

Featured writer: Kathy Gibbons

What’s your favorite thing about Michigan in the summer?

I love Michigan summers for the weather, being outdoors, eating al fresco, great beaches and nice, long days. The worst thing is they just don’t last long enough.

What is your favorite thing to buy at the Fulton Street Farmers Market? 

I’m a sucker for the small heirloom tomatoes that several vendors sell. They literally taste like candy to me. Doesn’t get any better.

This story can be found in the May/June 2022 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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