local business

Global Infusion owners open up about shop's origins and future

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 12-05-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

“Well, we make the best chai in this city... but that really goes without saying,” jokes Joana Hively, co-owner of local fair trade shop Global Infusion. Hively and her best friend Beth Grilley have co-owned Global Infusion since they...

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Eastown Antiques supports food bank during Shop Hop

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 12-03-2012 under NONPROFITS

Eastown Antiques, which stands like an anchor on the corner of Lake Drive and Wealthy, has long been one of the prime destinations in the annual Uptown Holiday Shop Hop. This year, Eastown Antiques is doing something different: Along with the...

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Andrew Castagne opens up The Shallows Art Gallery to community

by (campbelletara)

Submitted 11-01-2012 under OPINION

  Andrew Castagne was born and raised in Sault Sainte Marie, MI before moving to Grand Rapids three years ago to attend Kendall College of Art and Design. Castagne’s artistic and creative gears have always been turning at high speed. He...

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GROW participant uses improvisation in business settings

by (lizstudt)

Submitted 08-24-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Mary Jane Pories knew she was an educator and she knew she was creative. When she felt a particular need within the business community around her, Pories took a leap and founded Fishladdder Inc., a business that teaches other businesses and...

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Harmony Brewing Company set to open

by (nickmanes)

Submitted 01-24-2012 under NEWS

After a long and sometimes contentious battle with a variety of factors, Harmony Brewing Company is going through its final preparations and is set to open by the end of January  at 1551 Lake Dr. SE, in a one-time liquor store that has sat...

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Locally owned or chain restaurants: Does it really matter?

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 11-23-2011 under OPINION

A hot new chain restaurant opens up in town. Some are excited. Others are dismayed and prefer to only dine at locally-owned restaurants. Does it really matter? According to Melissa English, Administrative Coordinator at Local First, yes, yes it does...

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Taking lessons from R.I.T. Music

by (tylersteimle)

Submitted 11-11-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Frank Nawrot, lead singer and guitarist for local band Absinthe, and a lifetime Grand Rapids resident, started playing guitar as a teenager. He grew up in the Creston district and took lessons from long-time R.I.T. Music guitar instructor and...

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Get Gifting

by (Heartside Busin...)

Submitted 11-15-2010 under NONPROFITS

Tis' the season for giving and Heartside businesses and organizations  are bustling with preparations for the holiday season. The HBA is proud to present the Heartside Holiday Gift Guide in place of our November Newsletter. The Guide features...

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Bikestock Dos aimed at more than just cyclists

by (seely)

Submitted 07-01-2010 under NEWS

Bikestock Dos, kicking off at noon July 17 at Rosa Parks Circle, is about much more than just bicycles. Organizer, activist, student and U.S. army veteran Michael Tuffelmire wants to be clear about that. A quick look at the represented businesses...

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Windmill building in Eastown being put to use

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 01-30-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

It is always nice to see a local business go into a building that is vacant; such is the case of 1436 Wealthy, a building shaped like a windmill. It sits across the street from Yesterdog in Eastown. For years, the building was occupied by ...

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