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Loving, living & leaving: Why we call Grand Rapids home, why we don't & what that means for our city

What makes a city a home? And, specifically, what makes Grand Rapids a place where people want to lay down roots? Or, on the other hand, want to leave? Current and former Grand Rapidians, from CEOs and entrepreneurs to musicians and retirees, weigh in on what our city does well to make people stay — and what it could do better.


Leather and wood live: Grand Rapids embraces craftsmanship done the old-fashioned way

You see it happening throughout our city, country and world: consumers trading in mass-produced goods in favor of hand-crafted, local items. From handbags to tables, silverware to sunglasses, products made by one person from design to completion are catching on proverbial fire and providing local artists with a platform for their creativity.  Here in Grand Rapids, wood and leather goods are experiencing a resurgence as residents dedicate themselves to craftsmanship and the local economy.


Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

When it comes to products changing the state, country and world, West Michigan should not be overlooked. This area is a hub for an incredibly diverse group of companies that have their sights set on success, and their efforts are making the globe more environmentally friendly, a better place for those battling mental health issues, increasingly delicious, and an all-around more interesting place to be.


Falling back into favor: How Grand Rapids' abandoned gas stations got their groove back

Business owners throughout Grand Rapids are increasingly turning to old and abandoned gas stations to open restaurants, shops and firms in growing business districts. 


With food, family & dreams, Burton Meat Farm brings Latin America to Grand Rapids

For the Madera family, owning Burton Meat Farm in Grand Rapids is a dream come true - and a whole lot of fun.


Tacos, tamales, tripe & more: A guide to Grand Rapids' Latino grocery stores

These notable Latino markets will help fill everyone's stomachs, whether you're a connoisseur of Central and South American food or know nothing about it.


Development and coexistence: Businesses and ministries on rapidly changing S. Division work it out

How can new businesses and longtime ministries working with low-income and homeless residents together promote a healthier Heartside?


Grand Rapids entrepreneurs link arms with nonprofits to fight sex trafficking

When Heidi VanderWal and Danielle DeSmit learned that thousands of people — women, children and men — are victims of human trafficking in West Michigan every year, they knew they needed to do something to combat an epidemic that ensnares millions of individuals across the globe, including in Grand Rapids’ own neighborhoods.

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GRPL's History Detectives program digs into Grand Rapids' past, from beer to cars & more

Ever wonder what Grand Rapids was like decades and decades ago? What the streets were like when Herpolsheimer’s, Steketee’s and Wurzburg’s — iconic 20th century department stores — lined them? What about the history of our city’s Latino community? Or what the brewing scene was like long before we were deemed “Beer City?”


RapidChat: Adam Kail

As discussion continues on bringing more retail tenants to downtown Grand Rapids, entrepreneur Adam Kail has turned a blind eye to the conversation. Instead of partaking in the chatter, he and his team are taking a stance: Brother's Leather Supply Co. will be opening their first brick and mortar store at 15 S. Division this September.


To Market: New Muskegon farmers' market enhances downtown

The newly renovated and relocated Muskegon Farmers' Market is set to open this weekend, with potential to increase foot traffic and add vibrancy in an already-growing downtown. Grab your reusable shopping bags and get a peek inside the market before it's filled with fresh produce.


Shop Hop and shop local for the holidays

If you're making a list and checking it twice this season, don't head out to tackle your holiday shopping without making plans to hit a few of these local favorites. Just in time for the annual Uptown Shop Hop, Audria Larsen shares the inside scoop on some local stores full of holiday cheer.

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Your Mother Didn't Want You to See This

Ronnie Edison of Ice Cream Gallery and Toys specializes in lowbrow art and designer toys. Unfamiliar? Edison says lowbrow art is the kind of thing your mother didn't want you to see. 

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G-Sync: Punk Fashion Leader Is Pure (West) Michigan

Fashion’s Night Out came to GR on the wings of a visionary individual who said, “Yes, we can do this here!” Now three years later and on the eve of Grand Rapids' participation in the 2012 FNO’s event (with Anna Wintour’s blessing), G-Sync’s Lifestyle Editor, Tommy Allen, discovers Jim Murray has pulled off the impossible (again), right here in West Michigan.


The Longevity of Steve Baribeau's Jewelry Hospital

A bench jeweler like Steve Baribeau of Baribeau's Jewelry Hospital must be equal parts metallurgist, designer, engineer and artist. Some of these are skills that can be learned, some of them you are born with.
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