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  1. This is fantastic! Thanks for posting the application, Veloise...totally psyched to see our very own Nessy! It's little leaks like this that will help get people excited and interested to see what else Art Prize artists have planned for our fair city! Bring on the art! *fish
  2. They've got the live feed set up and running, pre-event. check it out - sound is going in and out, but when it's on you can hear people just chatting away. *fish
  3. We're really hard up for some development news, aren't we? Reading everyone's "speculation" has been fun, it brings me back to the big mystery project days when I first joined UP! All the pre-hub bub though has me feeling a bit skeptical. Wasn't there some big deal about a cow sculpture downtown that ended up just being about coffee at McDonalds? Seyferth was involved in that too. I'm just saying. I hope it's a bigger deal than that. *fish
  4. I was there and had a great time! The soups were interesting and tasty. Definitely lots of friendly people running businesses on Wealthy. As well as lots of friendly people who came out to support. It was a little crowded, but to me, that just added to the fun. Congrats to the Sparrows for taking the Soup Challenge title with their Chilled Strawberry Soup. It was delicious! Rhino, I saw you, but didn't get a chance to say hi! *fish
  5. Nothing specific, but it has to be soon. My work pals and I are frequent visitors to the Qdoba on 28th and they've stepped up their game in the last few weeks, giving away free samples, chips & queso and T-shirts, (usually on Wednesdays) Yesterday it was guacamole! Think they're anticipating encroachment on their burrito turf?! Menu seems very similar - haven't eaten at Chipotle, but have heard it's good. *fish
  6. Walked by Bloom this evening between 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. and there were plenty of people in there. Didn't notice the signs written about. *fish
  7. I caught that too and thought - "you've got to be kidding me, again with the nefarious activity?!" Have official charges even been brought against him for the other boat finance scheme gone wrong? *fish
  8. I live nearby and haven't noticed any sort of movement on the corner of Fulton & Carlton.
  9. That Circle Theater building is basically brand new - it's not like it's a dump or surrounded by vacant/boarded up houses! If someone thought they were in the "ghetto" they don't venture out much! People amaze me everyday... *fish
  10. These look great! So maybe if we just photoshop Grand Rapids enough to how we want to see it, the right people will take note and it will get done?! It worked in this case, right?! *fish
  11. Always up for trying new pizza! Good news for the nieghborhood too!
  12. Thanks for posting this, I was getting ready to when I was reading the previous posts. And one other thing, being that Michigan ranks like 9th in the country for the most obese adults, couldn't we all use a little extra exercise? Walking two blocks should not be seen as a "hardship" (granted it is for some). Change perspective and say - "Cool, I get to get out and stretch my legs for a couple blocks!" Look up in the sky and count cranes while you walk. Notice different architectural styles while you walk. Heck, take those couple minutes to think about the kinds of retailers you'd like to be walking past, then go home and e-mail them a suggestion to locate in GR. *fish
  13. Has anyone ever been to Cosi? There's one in East Lnsing. I'd LOVE it if we'd get a Cosi downtown - it blows Panera out of the water! I've e-mailed them before about locating in Grand Rapids...nothing yet though! *fish
  14. The PR firm is local too. Doesn't look like they list Meijer as a client though. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Clearly the recall effort failed. Seems like the involved parties would be in more hot water if it had been successful. The whole deal is sketchy though! Not sure, but do we want to combine this thread with the discussion already in progress in the Coffee House Meijer thread? *fish
  15. They were on the Today show this morning, too apparently.
  16. Thanks for the reminder about Marie's pasties. I don't think I've ever had hers - but since her place was in Houghton, she's got pasty-street cred! Maybe for dinner tomorrow!
  17. Can't help you with the hunting...but if you may find some useful pasty info here. You can order pasties to be delivered via FedEX! My mom (a Finn from Marquette) makes the best pasties, so we rarely buy them. All I know is watch out for the places who put broccoli in them - not authentic! *fish
  18. Nice detective work, twoshort! You're the resident property/records pro! I would venture a guess that the attempted sale of this property *which I've ridden by hundreds of times on my bike* is related to this guy's legal issues! Why do some people with more think they need more and at the expense of others? *fish
  19. If I owned a vacant storefront on Monroe Center, I'd rather have someone commit to something short term, on a testing the waters kind of basis, than have my property continue to collect dust! On a sort a related note - I've been reading all the recaps of our meeting with the DA folks...and want to say - we offered our energy to no avail. Let's regroup and find other folks to reach out to - maybe on a more individual basis this time...we're a group, we've got ideas, why not do our own recruiting/organizing! Viva la RTF! *fish
  20. For Polaski, I was a first timer at Fifth Street Hall...upstairs, they mixed in a little polka music with the standard DJ tunes. There was a lot of this: (I've always wanted a reason to use that one!) which I was expecting. Overall, it wasn't quite my scene, but had a fairly good time. The whole no fresh air thing can become a problem though...too much smoke, not enough (if any) ventilation! Have fun and be safe if you're heading out that way this weekend! Oh, and go early to the halls, if you want to avoid waiting in lines. *fish
  21. Anyone heading out for Polaski Days fun tonight or this weekend? *fish
  22. If it gets torn down, which I think would be a shame, I have my eye on some building "artifacts"! What they need do is move the post office somewhere else, demo that dump and put something there that would complement a renovated Rowe. The Rowe could have main floor retail with floor to ceiling windows...it would be a great gateway to the Monroe North area. There's sooo much potential on that corner! I want to see retail windows like this (RIP Marshall Fields):
  23. latest sketchy news - they're investigating a body found in a trunk at ottawa & pearl...no other details yet. is it me or are we averaging about one TOTALLY sketchy situation a week lately?!?! i'm completely creeped out! *fish
  24. Me four... next week sometime? Wednesday or Thursday work for anyone? *fish
  25. The downtown site??? Or out here in no-man's land. I'm actually having trouble envisioning either!
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