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The place where art, entertainment, charity, and good eats converge, Heartside is located just southeast of the central city.


The historic district features a number of Grand Rapids' most popular destinations. The Van Andel Arena hosts major concerts, and is home to the Griffins hockey team, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Ionia Avenue is known for its vibrant nightlife. Avenue for the Arts, which runs along Division Avenue, showcases local artistic talent in shops and galleries. And the new Downtown Market, just South of Wealthy Street (not technically in Heartside, but close enough) provides a large selection of year-round produce and food options.

Housing in Heartside is on fire, where hundreds of repurposed industrial and early 19th Century commercial spaces have been converted into some of the best residential projects in the Midwest.

Heartside is recognized and celebrated for its compassion. So amidst the wi-fi coffee shops and modern lofts is a number of upstanding community kitchens, clothing banks, and other services for less fortunate citizens.


Heartside joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, it offers some of the more fashionable shopping, dining, and entertainment in the city.




Good Pizza Co. brings Detroit-style deep dish downtown with new Jefferson Ave. digs


The Parliament Collective launches new Ave. for the Arts boutique during February First Fridays


GRCC’s new preschool lab sets sights on becoming early childhood hub for the area


Horizon Bank launches first GR location with goal to bring community banking back


Dec. 10 opening of Pop Up Shop GR brings unique retail space to Avenue for the Arts


Mary Free Bed extends patient care in MI and beyond with unveiling of rehab hospital expansion


The Light Gallery & Studio creates more affordable show space for young artists on S. Division


Carvers: There's a new butcher in town

Dégagé Ministries Executive Director Marge Palmerlee

Dégagé Ministries' Marge Palmerlee on homelessness in GR, the greatness of Heartside & more

Latesha Lipscomb

RapidChat: Latesha Lipscomb


Outdoor retailer Moosejaw to open pop-up location at renovated Klingman Lofts next week

Bold Socks S. Division retail outlet takes off running

Greenleaf Trust opens new Grand Rapids offices at recently purchased 25 Ottawa building

GR Child Discovery Center begins 'greening their school' following successful fundraising campaign

New S. Division gallery space, Cerasus Studio, debuts with focus on new and local talent

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