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Ferris coffee downtown Grand Rapids beer and coffee glasses
Courtesy Ferris Coffee and Nut Co.

Happy hour

If you are looking for a new happy hour spot downtown, head to Ferris Coffee and Nut Co.’s Pearl Street location, at 40 Pearl St. NW.

The coffee shop now offers craft beer and wine, as well as food options.

“We have been patiently and actively looking for the right opportunity to grow our business with the addition of beer and wine in an effort to meet the interests of our ever-evolving and growing fan base,” said Evan Groendyk, director of retail and café operations.

The menu will rotate seasonally. The craft beer selection includes Founders Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery and Big Lake Brewing. Food items consist of curated cheese and charcuterie boards and a selection of nuts and mixes roasted fresh at the Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. manufacturing facility located on Seward Avenue.

Catch local tunes

A new stage catering to local musicians opened this summer at 1901 S. Division Ave. Metro Grand Rapids is a bar and music venue for “local and visiting artists from across all genres and musical styles” to display their talents.

“Our goal at Metro is to provide opportunities for our local talent and become a springboard for success for budding artists,” owner Joshua Tree said.

Pucker up

Lip glosses, bath bombs, body butters, shower gels and lip scrubs — all of which are cruelty-free and nontoxic — were introduced by Girlpalooza last month. The new products are part of the burgeoning local company created by Becky Vandenbroek and aimed at girls
and teens who want to have fun with makeup.

Vandenbroek created the company after her 5-year-old daughter became interested in trying on her lip gloss. Vandenbroek wanted a product that was safe for young girls to use, so she created her own line of lip glosses. The company grew from there.

“I was looking for a magical unicorn in the beauty industry that didn’t exist — so I created one,” Vandenbroek said.

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After five years as a digital and print reporter for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Charlsie Dewey decided to take on the challenge of helping to launch a brand new publication. She became the digital editor of Grand Rapids Magazine. With the shared goal of "celebrating city living," GR|MAG launched in July 2017. It provides daily coverage of the vast arts, entertainment, lifestyle, and culture offerings in Grand Rapids.