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Cigarette counter and greenhouse microcomputer selected as new StartGarden investments

StartGarden has selected a microcomputer for greenhouses and a cigarette pack counter as its two new investments. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The Start Garden team put $5,000 into Pi Garden, an idea to incorporate microcomputers into hydroponics, allowing for a “plug-‘n’-play” environmental control unit for greenhouses.

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Local breweries rank among top 15

Two West Michigan breweries have ranked onto USA Today's list of the "Top 15 Craft Breweries in the USA."

According to an excerpt from the article:

Founders Brewing Co. ranks No. 4, and Bell's Brewery ranks No. 8 -- out of the more than 2,500 breweries in the U.S.

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New $3.2M apartment complex for seniors

Citizens for Better Living opens on Delaware St. SW. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Wolverine Building Group recently finished construction of a new three story, 26-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors in Grand Rapids.

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Restaurant Week begins

Reporter John Gonzalez takes on Restaurant Week!

According to an excerpt from the article:

In yesterday's Top 5 list of things to do this weekend, I said I would be checking out many of 60-plus restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, which kicks off today and continues through Aug. 24.

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New projects for East Hills' Tree Huggers

Celebrating three years in business, Angela Topp of eco-friendly Tree Huggers' in East Hills implements new projects. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Topp and her team at Tree Huggers are launching a new service this week. It’s a big project that Topp says seems to be a logical extension of Tree Huggers’ eco-friendly philosophy. Topp will be providing a consulting service for people that want to reduce their carbon footprint but aren’t sure how to go about making those changes.

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Quilting convention draws 21,000 visitors

QuiltWeek is expected to draw 21,000 visitors next week. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

More than 21,000 people are expected to visit Grand Rapids as part of QuiltWeek, which will be held Aug. 14-17 at DeVos Place.

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Want to be an ArtPrize volunteer?

ArtPrize is looking for over 1000 for the 2013 event. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

This year, their kickoff event for volunteers on August 14, the "Volunteer Field Camp," invites past and future volunteers to join them to learn more about volunteering while being among the first to sample the brand new Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company.

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New coffee shop opens downtown

A new downtown coffee shop combines coffee and art. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Maria Federico and her husband created PaLatté Coffee and Art to marry both their love for painting and of coffee. Both are active in the art community and have particapated in Artprize.

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What's next for the rapids?

A recent presentation suggested that the riverfront could mean "magic" for GR.

A well-managed riverfront could be pure magic for Grand Rapids.

That was the heart of a presentation given recently at Kendall College of Art and Design by Alex Krieger, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm.

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Internet Cat Video Festival coming to ArtPrize

ArtPrize plans to screen the Internet Cat Video Festival. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The idea, in fact, came from Minneapolis and the Walker Art Center. Last summer, some brilliant mind in Minnesota created the first Internet Cat Video Festival -- and more than 10,000 people watched the screening, gaining international attention. #duh #catsruledogsdrool

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Plans for new residential development in Eastown

Plans for a new, 36-unit residence in Eastown emerge. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The plan Wheeler outlined to MiBiz consists of two buildings. Early designs call for one three-story, 16-unit building at 1415 Wealthy St. and another three-story, 20-unit building at 1400 Wealthy St., which is currently home to CarLovers carwash. 

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Local beers to help local trees

Local breweries create beers inspired by trees to benefit the local tree canopy. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

To support Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and their Urban Tree-Planting Project, 17 local breweries created tree-inspired beers that they will be selling August 4-10. Purchase of the special beers raises money to increase the tree canopy in every part of the city. 

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Centre for Plastic Surgery celebrates 30-year anniversary with makeover

The Centre for Plastic Surgery celebrates its thirtieth decade with new digs. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The Grand Rapids surgery, skincare and cosmetics practice is now located in southeast Grand Rapids, at 2060 East Paris Ave. SE.

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New barbershop opens downtown

Foremost Barbershop opens in downtown Grand Rapids. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

Andrew Theile, the owner, recently signed a three-year lease and opened his barbershop last month at the 945-square-foot space, at 152 Fulton St. E.

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TEDxGrandRapids offers talks online

TEDxGrandRapids has released all the talks from the 2013 event online. 

According to an excerpt from the article:

The full-day conference included 14 speakers, all sharing stories of creativity, inspiration and overcoming obstacles to change the world.

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