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Treehuggers to add package-free bulk vegan food grocery store

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 05-10-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

There is a saying that goes, “There is no such thing as a free lunch," meaning that every meal costs something to make. This applies when one considers the amount of resources it takes to manufacture the packaging of a frozen pizza, for...

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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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Fork Fest 2011: Local First's moveable feast, close to home

by (Rob Cole)

Submitted 10-14-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

“At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.” ~ Michael Pollan   Food activist Michael Pollan isn't alone: knowing the story behind the food we eat is important to a growing number of Grand Rapidians as well, as...

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Beyond the poll: join the "shop local" conversation

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 10-11-2011 under OPINION

Normally the weekly Rapidian poll is designed to stand on its own: created for fun, to offer an idea for quiet consideration, or to encourage brief exchanges between fellow Rapidians. This time though, I want to personally encourage everyone to use...

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Local First to Host 2012 BALLE Business Conference in Grand Rapids

by (Local First)

Submitted 09-07-2011 under NONPROFITS

Local First will host the 2012 BALLE Business Conference in Grand Rapids, May 15-18, the organization has announced. Organizers anticipate that approximately 700 entrepreneurs, economic developers, sustainability experts, and community and...

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The Local Beet: Wholesome Pet Treats That Will Make Pigs Fly

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 02-21-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Green living isn’t a just a growing trend for people. More and more, pet owners are going natural for their animals especially when it comes to their food, treats and toys. Kelly Jansens Boos, founder and owner of local shop Green Dog Pet...

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Local Economy = Living Wage

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 11-05-2009 under OPINION

Grand Rapids is doing relatively well riding the storm of the economic downturn that has crippled much of our state. Among the many reasons for this there is a primary one, being a vibrant local economy supported by businesses, residents, and non-...

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All Souls Community Church Forum: Ethical Consumerism

by (ascc)

Submitted 10-28-2009 under NONPROFITS

  All Souls Community Church of West Michigan is a local Unitarian Universalist congregation. As Unitarian Universalist, we hold to certain core principles such as the inherent worth and dignity of every person and, in our human relations we...

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Local First Seeks Volunteers

by (Local First)

Submitted 09-23-2009 under NONPROFITS

Are you interested in supporting local business, encouraging sustainability, and strengthening community? If so, Local First wants YOU to join its volunteer team! We are a non-profit organization supporting the West Michigan economy by promoting...

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