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Catalyst Radio: DDA's Kris Larson enthused about Grand Rapids' future

Submitted 09-07-2012 under NEWS

Kristopher Larson, new executive director for the Downtown Development Authority, is optimistic about Grand Rapids' assets and potential.


GROW participant uses improvisation in business settings

Submitted 08-24-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Former GROW participant, board member and president Mary Jane Pories has taken what she learned from the classroom to uphold Fishladder Inc., an innovative business for the past 13 years.


Local First kicks off Eat Local Challenge, reporters to share experiences

Submitted 08-15-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Local First is encouraging Grand Rapidians to take the 10x10 Pledge. Rapidian reporters are invited to add their experiences and could win a pair of tickets to Fork Fest for their contributions.


Fishing and entrepreneurship: Miles Smith and the BAHRS

Submitted 08-09-2012 under OPINION

Miles Smith's unconventional journey to creating The Break Away Hook Release System (B.A.H.R.S)


Dance program makes art more accessible to children

Submitted 08-06-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Families with children who have always wished to dance, but have not been able to due to time or monetary constraints, may now able to experience the art form. Hearts in Motion offers a new type of dance studio.


Maru Sushi to open in East Hills

Submitted 08-01-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Robert Song, owner of Maru Sushi in Okemos, plans to go back to the basics and focus on quality food and the customer experience in the opening of his new location.


Trillium Haven owners grow into restaurateurs, support local agriculture and economy

Submitted 07-26-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Trillium Haven co-owner Anja Mast discusses the farm to restaurant transition, the challenges faced along the way and the goals they hope to achieve.


Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources held at Aquinas College

Submitted 07-25-2012 under NEWS

Youth Policy Summit of Great Lakes Water Resources is being held at Aquinas College July 22-28. Companies provide support and students present solutions.


Radix Tavern to focus on more than food

Submitted 07-03-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Radix Tavern, a new restaurant that will specialize in traditional Southern style cooking, will open in Eastown on the site of the former Queen’s Pub. The owner and executive chef plan on bringing both quality food and local sourcing into light.


ROWSTER owner steps in "Regular" direction

Submitted 06-25-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Local coffee shop owner Kurt Stauffer shares his journey of learning, owning and simplifying coffee.