Spoke Folks introduces tricycle work bench at ArtPrize

Submitted 09-24-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Jay Niewiek and company have teamed up with Terra Trike of Grand Rapids to build a mobile workbench.


Mercy Leather brands unique process, style in genuine leather goods

Submitted 09-10-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rusty Zylstra balances customer and craft, creating individualized canvas bags, wallets, accessories and more on site at his studio.


Our Fresh Local envisions community gardens, energy efficient housing

Submitted 08-27-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Grand Rapids native Jenny Bongiorno's passion for farming has taken her as far as Costa Rica and back. Her focus now is on improving community life in Grand Rapids through unique community gardens and energy efficient housing.


Story Cafe builds community through storytelling

Submitted 08-13-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Billy and Marcia Angel bring community drama and storytelling to Grand Rapids using their coffeehouse, Story Cafe, for a stage.


Shen Dojo promotes healing, neighborhood connection, self-empowerment

Submitted 07-30-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Daniel Muschiana is dedicated to martial arts, establishing niche Heartside Neighborhood


Local entrepreneur designs notebook for productivity

Submitted 07-16-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Design entrepreneur Sung Yi has created a notebook designed to help people gather and organize their thoughts on index cards.


Armentality designs classes intended to build trust, connection, joy

Submitted 06-20-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Laura Armenta is dedicated to making dance accessible to everyone, whether through the physical act of dance or experiencing dance itself.


BLOOMferments paves path for fermented foods

Submitted 06-18-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

A new local organic business is creating healing concoctions through various forms of fermentation.


Rockford Construction works to practice what they preach in new headquarters on West Side

Submitted 06-04-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rockford CEO Mike VanGessel discusses the keys to Rockford's success and why they chose the West Side as their new home.


Rylee's considers neighborhood needs, aesthetic with growth to West Side

Submitted 04-18-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rylee's Ace Hardware replaces abandoned gas station on West Fulton with a new neighborhood store, bringing more employment opportunities and hardware solutions to the West Side of the city.