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Grove, Green Well, Bistro Bella Vita invite guests to get "In the Spirit"

Submitted 11-18-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Essence Restaurant Group has created a cocktail recipe book in time for the holiday season, providing seasonally inspired beverages for all year round, with sales going to support two local causes.


Flat Lander's creates own line of craft spirits for Barstillery™ concept

Submitted 11-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The Midtown hillbilly chic establishment shines a light on the taste and quality of their line of organic and local craft spirits.


GRAM exhibit "Marks of Genius" reveals how artists think

Submitted 11-11-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

This exhibition of drawings is a deep collection of master works that span the middle ages to contemporary art thoughtfully organized in such a way to allow the viewer a thorough understanding of what drawing can be.


Bloom Ferments embraces growth, raises kombucha awareness in community

Submitted 11-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

After a year of tremendous growth and change, local kombucha brewer Emily Helmus is setting her sights on expansion, and giving back to the community.


Fork Fest Dishes Up Fall Flavors

Submitted 10-31-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Local First hosted the 4th Annual Fork Fest, spotlighting fall flavors from over 40 West Michigan vendors, farms and restaurants.


Wholesale food hub makes local ingredients more accessible to restaurants

Submitted 10-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Through FarmLink, Grand Rapids restaurants can showcase local food on their menus. FarmLink started three years ago with the goal of creating beneficial relationships between chefs and farmers.


Local brewing clubs join forces to raise awareness, camaraderie

Submitted 10-15-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

This past weekend home brewers gathered in Midtown to brew beers focused on one secret ingredient. In six weeks a winning beer will be chosen for the public to enjoy at Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery.


ArtPrize 2014 Awards: Anila Quayyum Agha wins hearts of jurors, public

Submitted 10-11-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Artist Anila Quayyum Agha, of Indianapolis, won big at the 2014 ArtPrize Awards, winning the Installation category award as well as both Grand Prizes, taking home $300,000 for her installation “Intersections.”


ArtPrize Off the Beaten Path: MoDiv

Submitted 10-08-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Shops at Monroe Center and Division offer various local vendors and ArtPrize entries as a 2014 Venue


Experts take to panel to discuss both public, juried top 20

Submitted 10-07-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

On Monday, October 6 art experts lead the conversation around the public and juried top 20 ArtPrize candidates for 3-dimensional and time-based categories.