The Rapidian


Blue Bridge Games brings tabletop gaming to Uptown neighborhood

Submitted 02-12-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

Ken and Margaret Kleist opened Blue Bridge Games in early February. Located on Fulton street in the Uptown neighborhood, the store welcomes players of all ages and skill levels to experience the joy of tabletop gaming.


Happy Cat Cafe encourages visitors to socialize with cats up for adoption

Submitted 12-11-2018 under OPINION

The Happy Cat Cafe is a place where anyone is able to eat with and be around cats. Customers can pet the cats and also have the option of adopting one.


Local photographer showcases architecture of Grand Rapids neighborhoods at UICA

Submitted 11-27-2018 under NEWS

Grand Rapids photographer, Emily Najera, contributed her work with other Michigan artists in an exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Showcasing Michigan’s role in the artists inspiration, exploration, and creative development, Emily Najera’s series focuses on local architecture.


Where to get the finest brunch in Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

I reviewed five of my favorite brunch spots in Grand Rapids. What's yours?


Profile of drag culture and where it can be found in Grand Rapids area

Submitted 11-07-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Drag is open to everyone! In fact, that’s one of the cornerstones of drag culture: everyone is accepted.


Wealthy Theatre documentary premiere co-directed and edited by Grand Rapids’ Libi Hake

Submitted 09-07-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The documentary about Michael K. Paxton, an Appalachian Artist/Cancer Survivor, is produced and edited Ms. Libi Hake, who calls Grand Rapids her hometown.


Giving us more than we could ever give in return

Submitted 06-06-2018 under NONPROFITS

We often say that those we serve give to us more than we could ever give to them, and Loretta is one of our precious friends who has done just that.


Artist feature from UICA: Zachary Trebellas

Submitted 05-01-2018 under NONPROFITS

Learn more about performing artist Zachary Trebellas in this feature from UICA.


David Cope's latest 'American Elegy': The Invisible Keys

Submitted 03-28-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Former G.R. Poet Laureate David Cope will read from his just-released retrospective "The Invisible Keys, New and Selected Poems" on March 29 at the Kentwood Library and April 12 at Grand Rapids Community College.


Get to Know: Mercy Supply Co.

Submitted 03-28-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Rusty Zylstra, once a teenage punk musician, developed essential skills in the DIY culture that contributed to the skills he developed while starting his own handmade clothing and leather goods business.