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"Hometown Champ" helps bring business to town

by (Experience Gran...)

Submitted 08-07-2019 under NONPROFITS

When I moved to New York City in 1999, I was all but certain I’d never move back to my home state of Michigan. However, after 12 great years of dream jobs and amazing opportunities in NYC, I found myself reconsidering, and jumped at the chance...

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River City Cup and Cake brings espresso, pastries to Grand Rapids food truck scene

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 10-06-2015 under NEWS

River City Cup and Cake is a new espresso and pastry food truck in Grand Rapids. Lorin W. Tate opened on August 30 and has been busy ever since, serving ArtPrize visitors downtown. Currently he's located on the riverside behind DeVos...

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East Hills to host third Made in Michigan Day April 25

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NEWS

The East Hills Business District is hosting its third Made in Michigan Day on Saturday, April 25. There will be a scavenger hunt showcasing local stores and products. Scavenger hunt participants will use a card and look for a Michigan item in one of...

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Discover six locally owned alternatives to Trader Joe's

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 02-12-2015 under OPINION

There is something really wrong with the idea of a national chain store opening being a sign of progress. Maybe we will really “hit it big” if a Cheesecake Factory opens downtown!) But that’s another story. In the meantime, I would...

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Grandwich 2014 sampled: Rapidian team reveals five favorites

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-14-2014 under OPINION

Last week, in four day's time, our team of four local food lovers tried 32 out of the 34 Grandwich sandwiches competing to be this year's Grandwich winner. You can read our individual assessments of the sandwiches on days one, two, three and...

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Local restaurants, businesses help The Rapidian thank investors

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-22-2014 under NONPROFITS

This year, for The Rapidian's third annual spring fund drive, over 28 local restaurants and businesses have provided gift certificates to their establishments. These gift certificates, used to thank donors at the $25 level and up, provide a...

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Join us in supporting local economy

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 05-17-2013 under OPINION

When it comes to the economy, I try to pay attention to information on trends and predictions, and do my best to understand the effects of interest rates, tax incentives and the GDP. But to be honest, I have a hard time maintaining my interest in...

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Fork Fest to champion harvest of local foods and beverages

by (Holly)

Submitted 10-17-2012 under NEWS

This Thursday night, Romence Gardens will be transformed into a walking taste-test playground for local food lovers by local business ownership advocates Local First of West Michigan. With over 35 local food and beverage vendors all...

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The Local Beet: Growing a crop of smart, healthy Grand Rapidians

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 04-05-2010 under OPINION

Food, food, food – the topic of food has hit mainstream. Many of us have heard of the latest food blockbuster, Food Inc., listened to food expert Michael Pollan on Oprah, or have heard the British super chef Jamie Oliver, who is looking to remake...

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Local Food Premiere: "Eating In Place"

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 04-04-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Can we eat our way to a healthier economy? That’s the question asked by Eating in Place, an hour-long documentary produced by the Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities (GRACH) and Calvin College.  Eating in Place premieres at 7 pm,...

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