The Rapidian


Local videographer's Kala Project highlights beauty, strength in adversity

Submitted 08-14-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The Kala Project, a Grand Rapids-based charitable organization, searches and shares stories with hopes to inspire those around them.


Artists collaborate to raise awareness of area design talent

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NEWS

Jody Williams and collaborators have created The Citizen Project, an initiative to shed light on area talent.


Story Matters: John Rossano gives back by volunteering at Disability Advocates

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

John Rossano decided to volunteer for Disability Advocates because he wanted to be able to help others, just as he had received help himself. He encourages everyone to volunteer.


Hard cider industry expanding in West Michigan

Submitted 07-30-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Local ciderists like The Peoples Cider Company, Sietsema Orchards, Vander Mill Ciders and Virtue Cider are all part of the growing craft cider industry.


Blue 35 creates high tech office, conference spaces for rent

Submitted 07-29-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Blue 35 offers office and conference space for a day, a month or a year- and members then have access to Bluescape, a new technology that makes real time global connectivity possible.


Supporting Our Leaders: preparing students for the future

Submitted 07-28-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The Supporting Our Leaders, SOL, program helps students prepare for their education and gives them opportunities to explore life after high school.


6.25 Paper Studio crafts custom wedding invitations, greeting cards

Submitted 07-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Abbey Fowler of 6.25 Paper Studio creates custom design pieces on Monroe Center. The shop offers crafting classes and hosts unique parties.


Vendor Spotlight: George Wietor

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Issue Press creates handprinted artist publications with clean, minimalist designs offering a collection of carefully curated artists. He talks about running an independent publishing house, favorite spots in Grand Rapids and what documentary you should be watching.


Sweetie-licious expands pie passion to East Grand Rapids location

Submitted 07-22-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Linda Hundt, owner of Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe, is opening a third location in Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids, joining Mary Ann's Chocolates.


Cupcake shop opens brick and mortar across from Pew Campus

Submitted 07-22-2014 under NEWS

Located in the Southwest Area Neighborhood, Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery specializes in gourmet cupcakes offering a unique variety of flavors.