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The Bitter End provides coffee oasis for West Side

Submitted 08-21-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

The Bitter End Coffeehouse on West Fulton Street serves over 100 varieties of flavored coffee beverages. The building's vintage feel derives from a rich history.


Ricardo Martinez: Advocating for youth

Submitted 08-20-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Ricardo Martinez, Youth Advocate at Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, shares why he enjoys helping the youth get what they need to be successful.


Sneak behind the scenes at Marge's Donut Den

Submitted 08-18-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Marge Wilson is the owner of Marge’s Donut Den on 28th Street in Wyoming. Wilson shares how each donut is made and her passion for baking.


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.