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Summer

13 events for your perfect Grand Rapids summer

With just three short months to enjoy the sunshine and somewhat predictable weather of a Grand Rapids summer, you'll want to pack your schedule full of fun, relaxation, and tasty treats. This list of the top summer events will kickstart your calendar and get you moving on your best Michigan summer.

HopCat founder Mark Sellers

Founder Mark Sellers: HopCat is the 'anti-chain chain'

HopCat's success stems from defying many traditional restaurant norms, says its founder.

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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.

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Fighting for the feast: Food truck owners & city leaders aim for culinary change in Grand Rapids

From Los Angeles to New York, food trucks have begun to play a starring role in our country's culinary scene. Now, local truck owners and political leaders are hoping these small, mobile businesses will have the chance to become an integral part of Grand Rapids' food fabric.

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Al Capone, hauntings & drinks on the sly: Exploring metro Grand Rapids' oldest bars

With the cement still drying on so many fresh bars and breweries, we thought Grand Rapidians deserved a look back at a few of the oldest watering holes in metro Grand Rapids —some that have kept their doors open for more than 100 years—for a seasoned perspective on the ambitious business owners that laid the foundation for today's entrepreneurs.

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21 reasons why this just may be the best Grand Rapids spring ever

Drinking and dining in the sun, outdoor concerts, spring runs, so much art, and more. This is shaping up to be the best spring in Grand Rapids yet.

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Grand Rapids food scene in 2016: Where to eat, what to eat and how we should eat it

From new restaurants to many a craft cocktail and meals chock full of Michigan produce, 2016 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Grand Rapids food.

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13 reasons why you can have the best Grand Rapids winter ever

From beer to ice skating, comedy, drama and politics, you'll find something that suits your fancy this winter in Grand Rapids.


Equity Drinks at The Meanwhile.

Drinking for good: How to raise a glass while rallying around a cause

With events like Green Drinks and Equity Drinks, there's a growing opportunity to gather in a convivial atmosphere in support of a common cause. Get to know some smart happy hours in West Michigan in this week's feature on how raising a glass can benefit our community.

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UIX: Heidi Nagel is increasing KDL's exposure to older crowds

Why should kids at story time have all the fun? It's Heidi Nagel's mission to expose the Kent District Library to older crowds, and she's doing so quite well with the addition of KD Ale events at local libraries. UIX editor Matthew Russell finds out how the KDL is connecting curious patrons with like-minded communities at your local branch.

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Hungry? Two burgeoning local groups point you to the city's best eats

What began as one man's Facebook group has turned into a delicious resource for thousands of hungry -- and thirsty -- Grand Rapids residents. As the city boasts an ever-growing list of culinary choices, Tiffany Ewigleben discovers how EatGR and DrinkGR connect people around the table.

Members of the Heartside Neighborhood Collaborative Project

Do Good: Heartside Neighborhood Collaborative Project helps keep downtown's heart beating strong

The Heartside Neighborhood Collaborative Project is a catalyst for collaboration in the Heartside Neighborhood. HNCP helps create relationships and teamwork among all stakeholder groups by inviting them to craft win-win solutions to help make Heartside-Downtown a place where all people are welcomed and respected.

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Flat Lander's wants to make you a connoisseur of cocktails

Part distillery, part neighborhood watering hole, Flat Lander's brings its boozy, rugged charm to Michigan Street when it opens this weekend. Tiffany Ewigleben finds out why these locally distilled spirits come straight from the heart.

Paul Lee with his son Oscar.

RapidChat: Paul Lee

This week's RapidGrowth Q&A series features Paul Lee, owner of The Winchester and the new Donkey Taqueria. With Molly Crist wielding the pen, this piece features two local food truck early adopters talking about anything but mobile cuisine. Paul has played an important role in reviving the Wealthy Street business district, and here he chats about neighborhoods, ethnic food, city-living, and fatherhood.
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