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1349 Lake Drive SE, Sondag's Pastries in 1944

Neighborhoods of GR: Eastown a hip, connected community

Diverse. Hipster haven. Former streetcar through fair. Eastown, as one of the oldest established neighborhoods in GR, is an ever-evolving, tight knit community with a rich history explored in this edition of Neighborhoods of GR.

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One potato, two potato: Grocery retail loan projects aim for food access for underserved areas

Two Grand Rapids projects just received funding from the Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million public-private loan fund that finances good food businesses that increase access to affordable, healthy food in Michigan’s underserved communities.

Lewis Williams, left, and  Darel Ross II in front of the future site of Forty Acres.

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen: Celebrating community and culture with unapologetically good food

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen seeks to launch in late fall 2017/early winter 2018. With great food, quality service and an up-scale dining experience, this soul-food venture seeks to create a community gathering place and impact wealth creation and minority-owned entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan farmers markets are open throughout the year and many have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables. They build community. 

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Incubator kitchens help launch new Michigan food businesses

A small commercial kitchen equipped with the basics could cost $50,000, beyond the reach of most beginning food business owners. Luckily, food incubators across the state give them a place for their businesses to grow.
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