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Blue 35 creates high tech office, conference spaces for rent

Submitted 07-29-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Blue 35 offers office and conference space for a day, a month or a year- and members then have access to Bluescape, a new technology that makes real time global connectivity possible.


Diverse food cultures intersect at Downtown Market

Submitted 07-29-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Downtown Market emphasizes cultural diversity as foundational to market infrastructure. From Thailand to Costa Rica, Downtown Market offers a variety of ethnic culinary dishes.


Story Matters: Terrell Cornelius shares what it's like to live on the West Side

Submitted 07-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

Terrell Cornelius shares what he loves about living on Bridge Street, what he'd like to see happen on the West Side and Grand Rapids as a whole- and his dreams for the future.


Story Matters: Black Hills resident Kapriona Smith compares Grand Rapids to Detroit

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Kapriona Smith just moved to Grand Rapids this spring, and says the economy alone makes it a great place to live. She talks about what it's like to live in her current neighborhood of Black Hills.


Story Matters: Diana Dixon compares Brooklyn life to new life in Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Diana Dixon used to live in Brooklyn, New York. In this video she compares the two- and what it's like for her now when she goes back.


Cupcake shop opens brick and mortar across from Pew Campus

Submitted 07-22-2014 under NEWS

Located in the Southwest Area Neighborhood, Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery specializes in gourmet cupcakes offering a unique variety of flavors.


Story Matters: Megan Clawson shares what it's like to move to Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-21-2014 under NONPROFITS

Megan Clawson and her husband chose to move to Grand Rapids out of anywhere else in the state. She shares what she's noticed about joining a new community- including a noticeable pride in products made in Michigan.


Why GR Forward: Preparing for smart, explosive growth takes citizen involvement

Submitted 07-16-2014 under OPINION

As the Grand Rapids community is rapidly evolving, I am excited to help us plan with "Design Thinking" as I serve on the GR Forward Steering Committee.


Neighborhood cupcake, ice cream shop adds savory to sweet with expansion

Submitted 07-15-2014 under NEWS

Sweet Mellisa's, a two year old Alger Heights shop, has recently completed the development of its interior cafe complete with new menu.


Maker space fosters diversity, continues to encourage cross pollination

Submitted 07-15-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

GR Makers space is a 9,000 square foot workshop/lab on the West Side that fosters collaboration and ingenuity.