The Rapidian

Economy & Business

Celebrating growth of women-run businesses in Heartside neighborhood

Submitted 02-02-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Three women-owned businesses are creating new attractions in downtown Grand Rapids, featuring smart reuse, creative making and exciting shopping alternatives.


Data reveals need for creative solutions as Eastown rent, home ownership costs rise

Submitted 01-26-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

As walkability and safety continues to trend in real estate desirability, forecasted data shows that Eastown's renters are spending about 45% of their monthly income on rent.


Food Bank announces third-consecutive record year

Submitted 01-18-2016 under NONPROFITS

More food was distributed in 2015 than in any of the past 34 years, says Feeding America West Michigan.


Ten least expensive houses sold in 2015 in Kent County

Submitted 01-13-2016 under OPINION

In response to MLive's Ten Most Expensive Homes in 2015 Sold in Kent County, we've assembled a list of the 10 least expensive ones sold last year. If you lived here you'd be home now.


Food Bank helps hunger-relief agencies amplify impact

Submitted 01-13-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Hundreds of local food pantries and after-school programs have a hidden connection: Feeding America West Michigan.


New butcher shop brings locally sourced meats to Wealthy Street Business District

Submitted 01-12-2016 under NEWS

Owners Matt Smith and Cynthia Esch of Louise Earl Butcher are happy to be participating in the local indie food retailer growth. They will be selling pastured meats sourced from area farms and creating daily sandwiches.


Building four-season neighborhoods: Snowmen, skating rinks, safe roads, sidewalks for everyone

Submitted 01-12-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Creating a neighborhood that brings neighbors together year round includes many elements- from safety to fun activities- and can be achieved through large organized efforts as well as by you and your neighbors.


Preventing displacement in Heartside

Submitted 01-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

A recent Rapidian article discussing Heartside and gentrification sparked a response from Dwelling Place Executive Director Dennis Sturtevant. Sturtevant has over 37 years working in Heartside and has been Executive Director at Dwelling Place for 27 years.


New coffee shop, art collective to join East Hills

Submitted 01-05-2016 under NEWS

Lightfast Coffee Bar + Art Collective will be opening later this month in the East Fulton Business District, showcasing rotating art from local artists and brewing French press, Chemex and Woodneck coffees.


Overwhelmed by medical bills, family finds help at food pantry

Submitted 12-30-2015 under NONPROFITS

Food insecurity affects one in seven people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, including those with jobs.