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Downtown bars work toward sustainability with zero waste initiative

Submitted 03-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The BarFly Ventures group of downtown bars, like Stella’s and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, are working to lower their impact on the earth- from decreasing all of their waste output to raising awareness about fracking.


Scholarships enable wider range of attendees at Downtown Market

Submitted 03-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Downtown Market has a need-based scholarship program to ensure access to local produce and food education.


PussyCat Beer Guild brings women, beer together

Submitted 03-10-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

One of the oldest women-only beer enthusiast groups in the U.S., PCBG allows for women to share and grow their love of beer. The local Guild meets every month at HopCat.


Amore Trattoria to support citizen journalism with one-night special menu

Submitted 03-10-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

On March 18, Amore Trattoria will host the spring Rapidian Night Out at 6:30 p.m. A generous portion of every ticket goes to supporting The Rapidian.


Women in beer community to be celebrated at Downtown Market

Submitted 03-04-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Women of Craft Beer, a panel hosted by the Downtown Market, will address women's role in the beer industry.


Fulton Street Farmers Market continues legacy as community gathering space

Submitted 03-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The event "Soup @ Fulton Street Farmers Market," coming up on March 21 during regular Market winter hours, is just one of many ways that community is built at our largest and oldest farmers market.


Nourish Organic Market expands with free delivery of food baskets

Submitted 02-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Nourish Organic Market, a small grocer that provides local and organic food, now offers free delivery for their Fresh For You food baskets as a way to make groceries more accessible and supporting local farmers easier.


Restaurant opening brings new barbecue style to Grand Rapids

Submitted 02-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Friends by chance, business partners by choice: Two Scotts Barbecue wants to bring flavors of the south to Michigan with their restaurant.


Chef Zack Sklar to open Social Kitchen & Bar at Downtown Market

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

The new restaurant, featuring a casual ambiance with refined comfort food, is expected to change with the seasons by utilizing vendors from our Farmers Market and indoor Market Hall. Watch for a grand opening at the end of the summer.


Winter Beer Festival to pour over 800 kinds of local beer varieties

Submitted 02-17-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Tickets are still available for Friday festivities at the popular beer festival that takes place in a baseball stadium parking lot in the dead of winter. The two day event will feature over 100 Michigan breweries.