local business

Story Matters: Why Anthony Puzzuoli moved from volunteering to working at Local First

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 06-13-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. The Rapidian's...

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The Bandit Queen to provide taste of ramen at 11th annual Local First Street Party

by (lisadebone)

Submitted 06-03-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The 11th annual Local First Street Party, presented by Founders Brewing Company, will be kicking off summer this Saturday. The festival of local food, drink, entertainment and music will begin at 3 p.m. outside of Bistro Bella Vita. Small business...

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Wealthy Theatre to host 24th annual business awards

by (erictank)

Submitted 11-05-2013 under NEWS

Join the community in support of local businesses at the Wealthy Theatre on November 7 for the annual Neighborhood Business Awards. This year marks the 24th year of the awards ceremony presented by Neighborhood Ventures and The Neighborhood Business...

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Southtown Guitar works to impact music, community

by (Davis Dryer)

Submitted 06-24-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

When Dean Wiers-Windemuller decided to open a guitar store, he knew from the get-go that he wanted his business to be different. “I never liked guitar stores before,” says Wiers-Windemuller. "That’s why it feels really weird...

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Self- made Foremost Barbershop wants to hang out

by (Davis Dryer)

Submitted 06-20-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

For Andrew Theile, cutting hair isn’t just a job, but a way of life.  “Getting a pair of clippers when I was a kid,” he says about how and why got into barbering. “And never liking going to the barber because I never...

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Eat.Shop.Rock. to celebrate local economy with food, music

by (Cass LaMacchia)

Submitted 06-18-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Uptown business districts invite the community to the Eat. Shop. Rock. event this Thursday, June 20, for a night full of entertainment in Grand Rapids' most thriving business districts: East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street....

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Parking meters to get a raise

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-17-2013 under NEWS

The City's Parking Commission voted three to two to hike up rates by 25 cents per hour for all metered spaces in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The rate boost, voted on June 13 and waiting for a "green light" from the City...

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Join us: The Rapidian says thank you with hyperlocal donor incentives

by (Renato)

Submitted 05-14-2013 under OPINION

Our fund drive officially starts today! You may have noticed invitations already in your Facebook community or elsewhere that Rapidians are asking you to “Join Us.” Well, today, you finally can. Why should you join us? Maybe you value...

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Salty, crunchy, delicious: local tortilla chips put to the test

by (Vossj)

Submitted 04-19-2013 under OPINION

Established in 1975, El Matador Enterprise Inc is a long-standing tortilla chip manufacturer here in Grand Rapids. New competition has arrived for the once lone local corn chip factory. Charley's Pub & Grill, established in 2009 as...

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During annual Shop Hop, Eastown Antiques turns profit for hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 12-13-2012 under NONPROFITS

The four neighborhoods that comprise Grand Rapids' Uptown Business District were flooded with Christmas lights and crowds during last Thursday’s Holiday Shop Hop. But visitors would have been hard-pressed to find a spot more heavily...

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