The Rapidian

Economy & Business

Alger Heights couple turns sweet hobby into community-focused business

Submitted 06-01-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Steve and Mellisa Verstrate put a unique spin on cupcakes in Alger Heights. They continue to expand their offerings while always keeping the community in mind by providing gluten-free and vegan offerings and sourcing their cafe with local ingredients.


Food trucks I'd love to see in Grand Rapids

Submitted 05-30-2012 under OPINION

In hopes of a "yes" vote on June 12 from our Grand Rapids City Commission for food trucks in our city, I came up with some suggestions of carts and trucks I'd love to see in our city.


Civil rights hero comes to Grand Rapids for documentary screening

Submitted 05-25-2012 under OPINION

A new documentary about Detroit featuring civil rights legend Grace Lee Boggs focuses on hopeful work being done by ordinary citizens of Detroit.


A Watershed Moment: National sustainable business conference comes to Grand Rapids

Submitted 05-16-2012 under NEWS

On today’s episode Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First, discusses the upcoming tenth annual BALLE Conference


Start Garden planted

Submitted 04-26-2012 under NEWS

Rick DeVos unveiled the details of his $15,000,000 venture capital fund on Thursday morning.


Grand Rapids restaurants give back during Dining Out for Life fundraiser

Submitted 04-23-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids joins more than 55 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada in Dining Out For Life® event.


Celebration Cinema ready to build downtown

Submitted 04-11-2012 under NEWS

60,000 sq.ft. proposal would mean more than just movies for the downtown area.


Grand Rapids vies for $1M grant in Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign

Submitted 04-09-2012 under NONPROFITS

Users can cast daily votes for Grand Rapids on Walmart's Facebook page.


Proposal aims to bring casino to downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-06-2012 under NEWS

Statewide group is hoping to change the state constitution to allow for more casinos.


Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

Submitted 03-30-2012 under NEWS

"Spinfully good" new bike shop offers maintenance and rentals as well as ordinary and custom build bikes to downtown cyclists.