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  1. Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    The restaurant seems to have a following and generally has good reviews, but I think it may be time for a new concept, and a overhaul of interior/exterior. It's a hot corridor, and it appears the owner is ready to cash in. The building is under utilized too.
  2. Wealthy Street Needed Renovations

    I don't blame these business for moving from Division to Eastown, but its a shame. That stretch of Division, arguably, has some of the best early 20th century commercial architecture anywhere in the city. NOTE: I'm not trying to nor do I think we should open up another discussion about Division here....
  3. Wealthy Street Needed Renovations

    Woosah Outfitters is moving to Wealthy somewhere near The Winchester, but, I'm told not in the new Terra Firma storefront.
  4. Beer

    I agree, thought it was odd...
  5. RFP - 201 Market

    The Mayor and the city commission know exactly what is going on, but I don't fault them for knowing.
  6. You think that is crazy. We stayed at the Homewood Suites last year when we brought a bunch of Chicago friends to AP. The crazy rooftop bar was closed when we tried to access it one night at about 11pm. What kind of bar is closed at 11pm??
  7. Heritage Hill / Cherry Hill / Wealthy Street Updates

    Orion's Heritage Place apartment project is underway on College Ave. Ground was broken yesterday. Should open in summer of 2018, Not the most original name.
  8. Beer

    Gravel Bottom is considering opening their Grand Rapids location at the former MC Sports location in the Plainfield Plaza, according to the GRBJ. This would complement operations in Ada, and include a restaurant. Very visible location, next to 1-96 interchange. Would give a nice shot in the arm for the area.
  9. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    I picked up a pack of the Green Zebra at the local Binny's last weekend. I was enjoying it before dinner last night, and said to the wife and kids, "I'm already enjoying a little bit of ArtPrize!" It's pretty tasty, IMO.
  10. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    Well, count my family of 4 in! Coming from Chicago to help bolster the GR economy by buying food, gas, ice cream, maybe a t-shirt, and of course beer! Luckily lodging is free.
  11. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    My guide to ArtPrize 2107 just popped up on Mlive 9 minutes ago. Thank God!
  12. 234 Market, former Lady Godiva's

    Because of Hope College? I think there is something about orange and the Netherlands, but orange IS the new black you know. Seriously, I think it's just happens to be an in color right now. Maybe not Brady Bunch orange on your kitchen counters in, but its in. It will get old in a few years and they will change it.
  13. ArtPrize - Grand Rapids

    I did notice the incredible lack of coverage from the Press, but they still are the "Official Provider of the 2017 ArtPrize Event Guide." I understand that's not the same as a media sponsor, but they are the local paper. I personally would prefer over the top coverage that absolutely no coverage. I'm coming in this weekend, and believe it or not still rely on Mlive for info on whats going on.
  14. I think what it means is DeVos, Frey, and Canepa, are retiring AS A GROUP in terms of leading the charge on big initiatives in the city. Both DeVos and Frey in their comments to the GRBJ, relay a confidence that someone or some group will step forward on taking the "mantle." I would image that Dick DeVos, David Frey, Peter Secchia, and others will still be very involved in public/private initiatives in the city for a while. Some good questions to ask, however, is the next generation of these families stepping up to the plate when the current generation dies off? Are there companies in the area that are growing to be the next Steelcase, Meijer, or Amway, and will they help facilitate growth, and philanthropy? I don't know how big Founders, for example, will become, but I would say this "new" company is stepping up to the plate in support of the community in many ways.