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What will become of Grand Haven's Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. factory site?

Talk of redevelopment surrounds Grand Haven's old Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. factory, currently undergoing demolition. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Now that crews are finally demolishing sections of the factory to clear the site — a project that started earlier this year — any future redevelopment plans could have an easier path to success, sources said, especially given a much improved credit climate.

“It’s going to take a special person to develop it,” said Joy Gaasch, president of the Chamber of Commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.


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Mrs. B's Focaccia being made in Eastown

Chef Michelle Barnes has been operating as Mrs. B's Focaccia out of Eastown's Uptown Kitchen. 

According to an excerpt from the article: 

Barnes has Italian roots and remembers from her earliest years the singing and cooking her family did together in the kitchen.

“We cooked everything, and we were always singing,” says Barnes. In addition to her culinary talents, she practiced medicine for many years, taught cooking lessons, and became a mother and grandmother along the way.

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Brick Road Pizza adds full-service bar

East Hill's Brick Road Pizza adds a full-service bar. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Talbert’s new 800-square-foot bar seats about 13 people.

It offers a menu of cocktails and 12 brew taps, which are mostly Michigan microbrews, including brewery names like Founders, Dark Horse, New Holland and Perrin.

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Restaurant proposed for former Rockford museum

The property formerly belonging to the Rockford Area Historical Museum (soon to be housed in the former county building) may become a new restaurant. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The proposal in question, which lays out plans for a restaurant with outdoor seating space overlooking the Rockford Dam, was submitted by local lawyer and entrepreneur Thomas Cronkright, who was given an opportunity to present his proposal to the City Council earlier this week. Cronkright is the founder of numerous businesses, including Jade Clothing, created in 2003 with his wife Julie, and Cronkright Ventures, a commercial real-estate renovation company.

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Two new residential projects proposal for SE side

Two new residential projects are proposed for two vacant properties on Grand Rapids' SE side. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The second is at 220 Eastern Ave. SE, a three-story vacant building with 8,400 square feet of space. It was built in 1915 and also most recently used by Cherry Street Health Services, as housing for Project Rehab, a substance abuse operation. Cherry Street Apartments wants to convert the building into a dozen rental units, with one one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom units.

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UICA hires new full-time curator

Grand Rapids' Urban Insitute for the Contemporary Arts (UICA) has hired Alexander Paschka as its first full-time curator in its 36-year history. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Alexander Paschka, a past ArtPrize artist and 5x5 Night winner, joins UICA as exhibitions curator beginning July 29, 2013.

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Comic book store coming to downtown GR

Comic book and game store Vault of Midnight is opening up a location in downtown Grand Rapids. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The downtown location that formerly housed Van Hoecks Shoes will be renovated and split into two suites, said Curtis Sullivan, Vault of Midnight co-owner.

About 2,500 square feet will be for his comic store, he said, and about 2,000 square feet will be available for other retail.

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Dirty Girl Mud Run now in GR

A new women's 5K is expanding to include Grand Rapids as a location. 

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“It’s a 5K course. It’s non-competitive. It’s for all women. It’s absolutely just a blast and a way for you to get together with your girlfriends and come together for a girls day out,” said Andrea Neukom, Dirty Girl Mud Run marketing director. “It’s about challenging yourself, but only as far as you want to go.”

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New wine bar to open in Muskegon theatre

The Community Foundation for Muskegon plans to open Smash Wine Bar in the lower level of Muskegon's Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

According to an excerpt from the article:

The foundation has hired long-time Muskegon restaurateur David Biesiada to develop and manage the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro in the lower level of the Frauenthal Theater lobby. It is the space that had housed the City Café and most recently the 411 Bistro-Lounge.

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Wolverine Worldwide has a great day in the stock market

Wolverine Worldwide's stock hit a record high of $60.35 this week.

According to an excerpt from the article:

The Rockford company apparently pleased Wall Street when it raised its full year forecast for adjusted earnings per share to be between $2.60 and $2.75, up from previous expectations of $2.50 to $2.65. The company anticipates full-year revenues of between $2.7 billion and $2.78 billion while analysts expect earnings of $2.69 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
 

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Founders to release a beer for ArtPrize

Founders Brewing Company will release a Black IPA this summer as part of a beer sponsorship with ArtPrize.

According to an excerpt from the article:

ArtPrize’s five-year partnership deal with Founders Brewing Co. will kick off in late August with the release of the first of a series of annual special beers that will benefit the Grand Rapids art competition.

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Hudsonville Ice Cream releases Pure Michigan flavor

Hudsonville Ice Cream  has selected Double Berry Pie as its 2013 Pure Michigan flavor. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

“Pairing Hudsonville ice cream with Michigan blueberries and strawberries is a great way to get a taste of Pure Michigan agriculture,” said Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director. “With June being dairy month, and the kick off of Michigan's fresh fruit season, I thank MEDC and Hudsonville for their ongoing support of the state’s food and agriculture industry.”

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More bike parking in store for downtown GR

The DDA has approved $41,100 to be spent on additional bike parking downtown. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The funds will be used to install up to 90 new bicycle-parking U-racks and four new on-street parking corrals at various locations throughout downtown.

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Arena Place releases plans for downtown mixed-used construction project

Arena Place Development LLC has plans for a 20,000-square-foot mixed-use development in downtown Grand Rapids.

According to an excerpt from the article:

The company’s $28 million mixed-use project is the first new construction on its way to approval after the adoption of the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority’s Arena South Visioning Plan. The project calls for a mix of market-rate apartments, ground-floor retail and offices in the area just southwest of Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

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City Commission meetings will be translated and broadcast in Spanish

Starting in July, City Commission meetings will be translated and broadcast in Spanish. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Live transmission of City Commission meetings in Spanish is scheduled to start in July. There will be three new ways to hear Spanish-language interpretation of the commission’s twice-monthly Committee of the Whole meetings, if the commission approves a funding request.

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