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Underwear and ring box cameras are the latest Start Garden Investments

The latest Start Garden investments include a men's underwear club and a camera for ring boxes. 

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Which would be better? Wearing the best men's underwear on the planet or having a video of the expression on your face the moment you got engaged to be married?

If both those ideas sound appealing, then Start Garden has got it covered. As of last week, both of those ideas -- Underwear Nation and YesCam -- are now Start Garden-funded.

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Co-working space opens in Holland

Holland gets a new co-working space. 

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A new Holland co-working space, Warehaus, hosted its grand opening last month in its chic suite in the Baker Lofts building, at 217 E. 24th St., Holland.

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Griffins win Calder Cup

The Grand Rapids Griffins take home the Calder Cup. 

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The Griffins, who took about the longest journey possible in the AHL playoffs, made an encore trip to Syracuse on Tuesday to finally win the Calder Cup with a 5-2 victory against the Crunch in Game 6 of the series and 100 on the season.

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Harmony's Cavendish Ale featured in Details Magazine

Details selects Harmony Brewing Company's Cavendish Ale as one of summer's "best weird brews."

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"Cavendish Ale smells like sweet, earthy pipe smoke, thanks in part to the addition of aged Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans during fermentation and to the aging of the brew in oak barrels that previously contained cherry bitters."

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DDA plans outdoor moving screenings

The DDA has purchased a screen to use for outdoor movie showings in city parks. 

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The inflatable screen, measuring 22 feet high and 40 feet wide, is capable of handling an audience of up to 1,500 persons, said Tim Kelly, a project manager for the DDA.

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Construction to rebuild Jefferson Ave. begins next week

Construction to rebuild Jefferson Ave. begins next week.

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Jefferson Avenue SE will undergo a $1.67 million reconstruction between Fulton and Cherry streets this summer as construction crews will rebuild water and sewer mains, add bicycle lanes and prepare for the Bus Rapid Transit system.

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Rock the Rapids begins announcing lineup

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Rock performers ZZ Top and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd are the first performers to be announced for this summer’s three day music festival at Fifth Third Ballpark.

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Mercantile Bank donates land to Habitat for Humanity

Mercantile Bank donates three vacant lots in Roosevelt Park to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. 

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“These donations will support Habitat Kent’s mission of providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families,” according to a press release announcing the donation on Friday, May 31.

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The Kent County Land Bank Authority hard at work

The Kent County Land Bank Authority has a full workload ahead. 

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The Kent County Land Bank Authority is getting ready to sell five properties, has at least two more listed for sale, and has three renovation projects in the works. All are residences in Grand Rapids.

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Michigan Film Office releases map of movie locations

The Michigan Film Office has released a map of multiple film locations throughout West Michigan. 

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The map features seven areas along and near Lake Michigan that have served as sites where movies have been shot. The city of Grand Rapids is on the map, as is the Holland-South Haven area.

In fact, the map shows 10 locales in Grand Rapids that have made it to the silver screen.

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Wall Street Journal discusses the rapids

Wall Street Journal discusses Grand Rapids' plan to restore the rapids. 

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In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder backed the plan and three-term Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said he's enthusiastic about the proposal to tear down or modify five dams and use excavators and cranes to install new boulders -- some as large as 10 feet wide -- to mimic white-water conditions on the river last seen in the 19th Century.

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UICA announces new interim executive director

Grand Rapids' Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has named Miranda Krajniak as its interim executive director. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Krajniak comes to the UICA from the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, where she served as the manager of education and exhibitions.

She has previously held leadership positions with the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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GRCC to become more energy efficient

Grand Rapids Community College is making some changes to become more energy efficient, resulting in an estimated $850,000 in savings over 15 years. 

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Steam purchased from Veolia Energy Grand Rapids, 156 W. Fulton St., will be used to power campus heating, hot water and air conditioning for nine college buildings, under a 15-year contract approved Monday by GRCC’s board of trustees.

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Venue app and gunfire detector the latest StartGarden investments

StartGarden's latest investments include a mobile app to buy concessions or merchadise from entertainment venues, and a device that detects indoor gunfire. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The acoustic surveillance system could be used alert a building's residents and local authorities, hopefully saving lives when a gunman is either in a building or on the loose.

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Report shows $700M increase in Michigan's venture capital industry

The venture capital industry in Michigan experienced a $700 million increase in 2012. 

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The results contrast the general national trend for venture capital and indicate “that Michigan is a destination where entrepreneurs and those that back them are thriving,” states an annual research report issued today by the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

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