Development and investment are common themes in many of Grand Rapids' 30-plus neighborhoods these days. Projects on Grand Rapids' West Side, in Madison Square, and along the Wealthy St. and Plainfield corridors are changing the landscape of the city.
In the historical Southeast Community, which is home to Butterball Farms, Notions Marketing, and the best-kept-secret-that-is-no-longer-a-secret, La Taqueria San Jose, Deksia
is expanding its investment in the neighborhood and positioning the firm for future growth.
The Grand Rapids-based marketing and branding agency officially opens their new, expanded office at 120 Stevens St. SW on May 14. The larger office space reflects the firm's steady growth and the need to create more room for the new jobs that are being added.
Aaron VanderGalien, one of the three partners, says the firm has been in the community for three years and the expansion will accommodate the current 12-person team plus job openings for web developers and business development positions.
VanderGalien says the decision to invest in the Southeast Community neighborhood was purposeful. He says the company wanted to be part of a community that could use encouragement: "We found an old building that was a bit run down but had incredible walls, had great aesthetics and was built almost 100 years ago." He says the neighborhood is a terrific place for businesses to thrive and has seen a lot of growth in the last three years, especially their neighbor. "When we first moved here you could easily get a table at La Taqueria San Jose; now it is always packed," he says.
To learn more about Deksia, you can visit their site here
or their Facebook page here.
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor.