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Restaurant Remembrances & Resolutions

Rapid Growth's resident foodie Amy Ruis gives us her picks for eating in the year-gone-by and the year ahead. We even let her pick some in the suburbs.

Grand Rapids' Green Grocers

Who needs Whole Foods? Natural and organic grocery stores are committed to West Michigan's neighborhood revitilization. In some hoods, they're the only grocer on the block.  

The Affordable Gift

The final installment of Rapid Growth's guide to shopping local and sustainable this holiday season. This week: How to watch out for your bottom line.

RGTV: The Schnitz

The Schnitz, has been the off-downtown lunch spot for a decade. It recently underwent an interior renovation to combine its space with the neighboring coffee house. Take a look.

A History of Environmental Action

Forty years ago, a diverse group of local citizens and community interests united as the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and changed the world. Today, a new generation celebrates that anniversary and an exciting era of renewed environmental awareness.

A Green and Local Holiday

Big boxes, asphalt and urban sprawl are great for Black Friday door busters, but for those of us with an eye toward the triple bottom line, the holiday shopping season is a great time to go green and local. Part 1 of 3


WMEAC Executive Director Rachel Hood shares the history of the state's original grassroots environmental group, shows off its gold standard green building and discusses a new era of citizen action. 

Thyme for a Home-Cooked Dinner

In their second careers, Ken and Karen Bryan have found a way to help busy Grand Rapids families make time for healthy, home-cooked meals. 

RGTV: Wealthy Theatre

You could call it the Wealthy Theatre neighborhood. Grand Rapids' answer to the Apollo, this iconic local theater has embodied the revival of one of the region's hippest neighborhoods and the growth of the local urban music scene.

Growing Your Indoor Garden

Because zen gardens aren't just for people with big backyards: Indoor gardening can make a home, make food safer and more efficient, and maybe even save the world.

Living la vida Locavore

Locavore (lok•a•vor): Eating, drinking, living better for you and your community. Amy Ruis, our resident locavore, shows us how.

A Local First Treasure Map

Local First is launching a new coupon program this fall modeled after a West Coast campaign that produced an 80 percent shift in local shopping behaviors. Sarah Kommer reports.

Michigan's Blue Bubble

Clean fresh water and, more specifically, the Great Lakes, is Michigan's most important and strategic natural resource. Will we ever start acting like it?

Decked Out

Whether you want to watch people or water, sip a pint, or take in some fine food, West Michigan has the outdoor patio for you. Rapid Growth Foodie Amy Ruis offers this starter list of al fresco places
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