The Rapidian


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.


New owner of The Urban Mushroom expands grow rooms, becomes certified forager

Submitted 06-02-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The new owner of The Urban Mushroom, Mary Ann Faulkner, has expanded the business in under a year with her recent certification as a mushroom identification expert.


Dutch Girl Brewery works to bring new feel to local beer scene

Submitted 06-02-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids resident Kelly Finchem, the owner of Dutch Girl Brewery, is hoping the brewery comes into its own as a neighborhood staple.


The Transformation of My Life by Robert Tennie

Submitted 04-28-2015 under NONPROFITS

Robert Tennie's powerful story of civil war in his home country and moving to Grand Rapids


GRFC finding its niche in the GR community

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NEWS

A new semi-pro soccer team is making a name for itself in the Grand Rapids community