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GR's HopCat to open second location in E. Lansing

Grand Rapids' beer bar HopCat to open second location in E. Lansing.

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This location will have 100 taps, and BarFly Ventures -- the umbrella company that owns HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., McFaddens and Stella's Lounge -- expects to create more than 75 jobs when it opens later this summer.

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Founders heads across the pond

Founders announces distribution of their beer to the U.K.

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Founders Brewing Co. continues its rapid international growth, announcing Tuesday the brewery will begin distribution in the United Kingdom in June.

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Pill Pouch and hunting tree stand are the latest Start Garden investments

Start Garden invests in Pill Pouch and REV, a tree stand for hunters.

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The Revolution, or REV, a hunter’s tree stand that has the ability to pivot 270 degrees in a seat that can rotate a full 360 degrees, is one of two product ideas that received funding from Start Garden last week. 

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2013 looks positive for tourism industry

A study by researchers at MSU indicates growth for Michigan's tourism industry in 2013. 

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An annual outlook from MSU projects tourism spending to grow 5.5 percent in 2013 and travel volume to increase 3 percent. This year’s growth will come after a 2012 travel season where travel spending grew by 6 percent and hotels in the state recorded their highest occupancy rate since 2000.

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Pure Michigan announces best ROI yet in 2012

Pure Michigan generated its best ever ROI in 2012. 

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The Pure Michigan tourism campaign generated its best return ever in 2012, drawing an estimated 3.8 million people to the state that spent more than $1.1 billion during their stay, according to new research data.
 

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$54M renovation underway for Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed broke ground on a $54 million renovation this Tuesday. 

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The three existing buildings will be renovated and a new 190,000-square-foot structure be built and in use by the fall of 2014.

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Lowbrow art gallery, painting business app next recipients of Start Garden funds

Start Garden invests in a lowbrow gallery and a painting business app. 

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The Start Garden team selected the paint-production app, Paintware CRM, a web based customer relationship management platform that allows users to manage all the aspects of a painting business...

The Start Garden community selected Ice Cream Gallery and Grill, which would serve as a “destination restaurant/gallery/gift shop/ice cream parlor, celebrating Americana and lowbrow art,” writes idea creator Ronnie Edison on his Start Garden page.

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Grand Rapids and Detroit need to work together

Tom Walsh's editorial in The Detroit Free Press talks about how Grand Rapids and Detroit should work together for a stronger Michigan. 

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In a post-recession Michigan, business leaders from Grand Rapids and Detroit realize they must cooperate like never before to survive and grow. Together, they're providing money to fledgling start-ups, helping each other with sister initiatives to recruit and retain young talent, infusing respective city cores with new development and retail, and recognizing they are stronger if East and West are both thriving.

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The Rapidian offers new specialty internships

The Rapidian offers new, specialty internships to all majors as well as the general public. 

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Imagine spending your summer keeping tabs on our local breweries and sitting down each week to learn a brewer's story. And then sharing it with your community.

Or imagine visiting with our local farmers. Or nonprofits. Or the wide variety of people that make up our creative class.

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$4M renovation planned for Cornerstone University building

Cornerstone University has a $4 million renovation planned for the professional and graduate studies building. 

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The private Christian university’s plan to completely gut, renovate and extend the outdated building will begin this summer -- with hopes of completion by February 2014, said Robert Simpson, Cornerstone associate provost.

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Eastown's Wilcox Park wins a $50K makeover

Wilcox Park wins a $50,000 makeover through My GR City Points. 

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Grand Rapids residents had the opportunity to donate their My GR City Points to their favorite park, and thousands of contributors donated more than 4 million points during the contest.

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VAI scientist receives prestigious honor

George Vande Woude of the Van Andel Institute receives a prestigious honor. 

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George Vande Woude,
 the founding research director of the Van Andel Institute, is included in the first group of scientists chosen by the American Association for Cancer Research in its newly formed Fellows of the AACR Academy.

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City Lights tickets on sale this week

Tickets for Grand Rapids' annual City Lights Music Festival went on sale this Tuesday.

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The electronic dance music event will take place July 19 and 20, once again on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are $25 for a two-day general admission pass for ages 16 and older.

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Wealthy Street Bakery to open second location

Popular Wealthy Street Bakery plans a second location. 

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Wealthy Street Bakery, a celebrated local bakery housed at 606 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, has what will essentially be another Wealthy Street Bakery in the oven.

WSB is getting ready for its first addition to the family by renovating the space at 1200 Hall St. SE in Grand Rapids, with plans to put another bakery in the ground floor and two apartments upstairs.

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Great Lakes Cider competition in GR

The eighth annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition took place in Grand Rapids at the Courtyard Marriott downtown. 

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The competition, put on by the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, has grown to be the second largest hard cider competition in the world. Hard cider producers from across the country and Europe have submitted their products for judging.

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