Local First

After nearly a decade Cabildo's party still going strong

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 05-31-2013 under OPINION

Grand Rapids band Cabildo are certainly one of the unsung heroes of the Grand Rapids music scene. Over the last decade the band has been a reliable presence; playing its heavy latin-flavored and groove laden dance music at wide variety of venues....

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Stoner Taco to provide unique offerings at Local First Street Party

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 05-29-2013 under OPINION

There will be several food vendors at the upcoming Local First Street Party, but the one that caught my eye was Stoner Taco. I can’t remember where I first found out about Stoner Taco. Was it at last year’s Local First Street Party,...

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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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King Arthur Flour vice president to speak at Sustainable Business Conference

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 03-18-2013 under NEWS

King Arthur Flour is the United State’s oldest flour company. As a B Corporation and ESOP business, King Arthur Flour continues an active role within the innovative business community. Sharing these intentional sustainable business practices,...

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Local First works to inspire, build relationships with upcoming event

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 03-12-2013 under NEWS

Local First is gearing up for its 5th Annual Sustainable Business Conference on March 27 at Aquinas College. The Sustainable Business Conference gathers local businesses to share and discuss effective ways to achieve triple bottom line policies...

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GR Beer Week begins Monday

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 02-18-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Down cobblestoned streets and along crowded city blocks, breweries across Grand Rapids are opening their doors for Beer Week 2013. This week includes a multitude of special events including tap takeovers and beer dinners. Awarded the title of...

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Local First celebrates a vibrant business community

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 01-30-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Exposed, raw wooden ceilings stretched out wide, restored wooden floors with the character of an old familiar face, a raised pond of Koi fish varying in brilliant orange hues. Stepping through the double doors of the Goei Center, warm earth tones,...

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Fork Fest 2012 provides chance to get to know local food system

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 10-19-2012 under NEWS

At first glance, it would be easy to think that Fork Fest was just a food fair where several restaurants were gathered at one spot for you to try their offerings. This casual observation quickly evaporates when you arrive at the venue. Romence...

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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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Taste of Michigan brings 20 food bloggers to Grand Rapids

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 10-08-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The event was the brainchild of Liz Della Croce, who blogs at The Lemon Bowl, and Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks. “It all started as a little idea of mine to get together with a few other Michigan bloggers for dinner or something,” said...

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