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Local Life

Meet civic investor Rachel Lee: Investing in neighborhood vibrancy

Submitted 04-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Rachel Lee heads up the neighborhood association in one of Grand Rapids' most walkable neighborhoods. She's intent on keeping her neighbors engaged and involved, as they work together to create a vibrant urban environment.

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Choo Choo Grill still wows with its burgers after 68 years

Submitted 04-22-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Located on the corner of Plainfield and Leonard, the Choo Choo Grill allows visitors to indulge in classic cheeseburgers in a tight-knit environment.

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A Pleasant Dog works to help dogs, their owners thrive

Submitted 04-22-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Rapidian Jenn Gavin has made dog training her career by starting a training business called A Pleasant Dog. She focuses on helping dogs and their owners learn how to excel in an urban environment.

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Meet civic investor Rick Beerhorst: Investing in the city as muse

Submitted 04-20-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Rick Beerhorst talks about what Grand Rapids means to him and why he has chosen to invest in his community. After finishing grad school in the late '80s, Beerhorst moved back to his native Grand Rapids and began to see the city with new eyes.

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Meet civic investor Eric Bouwens: Investing in the city's health

Submitted 04-19-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Dr. Eric Bouwens is the first physician at Spectrum Health's new health clinic for patients without health insurance downtown. His philosophy: listening and patience are the greatest investment you can make.

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What's On Tap: April 17-23

Submitted 04-17-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

You may be celebrating at our Community Celebration on Friday evening but check out what's going on at local pubs for the rest of the weekend.

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Local knitting group seeking new home

Submitted 04-16-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

After the closing of Schuler Books on Alpine Avenue, the Naughty Knitters and Hookers knitting and crochet group have found themselves without a place to gather.

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East Hills chef reflects on community involvement, experience in global cooking

Submitted 04-15-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Hailing from the other side of the globe, Chef Roman Petrack of Kangaroo Kitchen and Catering has seen growing community involvement in his four years in the city.

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Storytellers spin tales for elementary classrooms, public events

Submitted 04-15-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Story Spinners of Grand Rapids have created an elementary program focusing on fables that they will present in addition to continued appearances at events like Festival of the Arts.

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Meet civic investor Tami VandenBerg: Investing in the other

Submitted 04-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Tami VandenBerg believes that we all should have access to a great city. Her work at Well House as well as starting both The Meanwhile Bar and The Pyramid Scheme are all a part of making Grand Rapids great- for all.

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