The Rapidian


Local band Bigfoot Buffalo infuses genres, musical styles to make original sound

Submitted 07-30-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The folk-rock ensemble, founded in 2014, mixes elements of jazz, americana, bluegrass and more to make its own style of music.


Local market creates access to fresh food in urban neighborhood

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market, run by Our Kitchen Table, sells locally-cultivated produce and goods in the southeast community of Grand Rapids. It aims to foster social justice, with the market as just one area in which that mission is lived out.


New pastry shop brings taste of France to Cherry Street

Submitted 07-07-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The newly opened Le Bon Macaron aims to create a unique, Parisian-styled experience through its food, drink and service.


Saint Laurent film to portray life of fashion icon at UICA

Submitted 07-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

For the first time, the UICA will be showing the documentary that will show a glimpse of the fashion world and the life of a world renewed fashion designer from July 17 until July 30th 2015.


Three coffee shops, three different enviornments

Submitted 07-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Go Java is geared more towards regulars, and business people on Ionia street. MadCap is more for sitters and people who are coming in to work on things and talk. Mayan Buzz is open 24 hours and attracts students.


Little free libraries trend popping up in Grand Rapids

Submitted 06-30-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Grand Rapids neighbors place little libraries in front of their homes for people to indulge in free books.


Doughnut shop's new design creates gathering space for community

Submitted 06-30-2015 under NEWS

After a change in management, Propaganda Doughnuts aims to create an inviting space while continuing its dedication to serving quality doughnuts to the Heartside and Grand Rapids communities.


Living Authentically

Submitted 06-28-2015 under VOICES

Chronicles of my journey coming to live an authentic life and my coming out process.


Teen community center offers leadership opportunities

Submitted 06-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

Open Doors Center for Self-Directed Teens offers Grand Rapids teens the opportunity to develop programming based on their own passions and interests.


Weekly swing event continues to attract hundreds, even with shifting locations

Submitted 06-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids Original Swing Society continues to provide opportunities for swing dancing downtown every Tuesday night from 7-10 p.m.