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Michigan's craft beer industry up 20 percent

Michigan's craft beer industry experienced a growth of 20 percent in 2012.
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Michigan’s craft beer industry grew by 20 percent in 2012, according to a “state of the industry” report from the Demeter Group Investment Bank of San Francisco.

Michigan added 17 breweries last year and outpaced the average national industry growth rate by 12 percent. New breweries opened in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Marquette and Lake Leelanau, for example.

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Southwest links network with AirTran, more flights for GRR

Southwest Airlines announced this week that it has linked its network with AirTran Airways. 

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The move means fliers using AirTran in Grand Rapids will, starting April 14, be able to plug into Southwest's larger network, said Phil Johnson, Ford Airport's deputy executive director.

According to Southwest, the network meld means fliers are able to access the carriers' combined 97 locations.

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Subway, Biggby, salon announced for Tapestry Square on Wealthy

Three new businesses have been announced for the Tapestry Square development on Wealthy St. SE. 

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Franchise locations for a Biggby Coffee and Subway sandwich shops were announced Tuesday, March 19, for the ground floor of the existing multi-use buildings at the Tapestry Square development on the 100 block of Wealthy.

Also announced was the Chasing Vanity Salon & Spa.

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Population of Metro Grand Rapids now over 1M

Grand Rapids now boasts a metro area of over one million people.

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Recent census data shows that Grand Rapids now consists of a population of more than 1 million in the metro area, which could make it more desirable and competitive in attracting businesses to the area.

Metro Grand Rapids now includes 1,005,648, compared to a 2010 population of 774,160.

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Muskegon's RC Productions expands to Grand Rapids, gets new name

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It’s a month of transition for RC Productions. The Muskegon-based company is now operating under the name RCP Marketing -- and has expanded with a new Grand Rapids location.

It also has launched a new website, rcpmarketing.com, to accompany its transition, growth and new branding.

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$29M to be invested in Herkimer Apartments

Renovation plans are in store for Divison Avenue's Herkimer Apartments. 

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Dwelling Place COO Kim Cross said $20 million of that amount is going toward the construction project that will convert all the building’s 122 residences into one-bedroom apartments. The work also will add a new five-story structure called the Herkimer Commerce building to the site and will feature offices and community space.

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Embassy Suites planned for Monroe North Business District

Suburban Inns has plans for an Embassy Suites in the Monroe North Business District. 

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The proposed site is on a vacant parcel at the intersection of Monroe Avenue and Newberry and Sixth streets, overlooking the Grand River. The hotel had been in the discussion stages for several years, but financing reportedly fell through during the recession.

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Muskegon gets first certified Crossfit facility

Kris Maddox opens Muskegon's first certified Crossfit facility.

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Located inside the 2,300-square-foot structure that once housed a heating and cooling business, the gym claims a 25-person membership ranging from pre-teens to adults in their 60s. Crossfit's ranks continue to grow weekly since it debuted, according to Maddox, a father, athletics coach and state prison sergeant.

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Directory of minority, women-owned businesses published by West Michigan Chambers

Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, and Muskegon Chambers produce a list of minority- and/or female-owned businesses. 

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The coalition, made up of chambers of commerce from Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon, published an online version of the directory last week that can be found at http://www.harborhouse.com/digital/minority.htm.

The directory lists businesses that are at least 51 percent minority- or female-owned, both alphabetically and by business category.

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LINC eyes blighted properties for demolition

LINC and ICCF eye vacant properties for demolition, some to make room for new development. 

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More than 40 buildings in Grand Rapids -- including a popular neighborhood taco spot and a historic but vacant South Division movie theater -- are being eyed for demolition this year using state blight elimination funding harnessed by a pair of local nonprofits.

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Siciliano's Market plans May brew event for Calder Plaza

Siciliano’s Market plans a brew event at the Calder Plaza for this May.

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With the American Homebrewers Association’s national convention coming to town, Siciliano’s Market has announced it will host an AHA Big Brew event on May 4 at downtown Grand Rapids' Calder Plaza.

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Start Garden invests in five ideas, totaling $70,000

New mobile apps, a new kind of water board, a landscaping business, and an online butcher shop round out Start Garden's most recent investments. 

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The three ideas that reached the $20,000 level of funding on Update Night were Marcuski, a new water sport board; Cunable, an e-book retail model allowing for direct publisher-to-public exchange; and Benefit, a mobile commerce platform that combines shopping with charity.

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Michigan beer invades Chicago

Michigan beer is a hit in nearby Chicago. 

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Not only are the beers quenching the thirst for good beer in Chicago, the Michigan industry also helps make for an easy weekend getaway from the big city. The Chicago Tribune has run several stories in the past year on Michigan beer, including two recent articles about Grand Rapids brewing in the past six months.
 
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Get Michigan tomatoes all year long

Mastronardi Produce’s greenhouse in Coldwater produces Michigan tomatoes all year long and makes them available at Meijer stores.

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The Coldwater greenhouse is the first of its kind in the Midwest, utilizing unique grow lights, water filtration systems and alternative energy sources that create an internal climate that ensures optimal growing conditions 12 months a year,  according to Meijer.

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Industrial, retail, and office real estate markets all up in West Michigan

Industrial, office, and retail markets in West Michigan all showed growth in 2012. 

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While the area’s industrial real estate market showed strong signs of activity during the fourth quarter of last year and the office market showed steady and slow growth, Colliers International of West Michigan said the retail market had a banner quarter.

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