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Uptown

East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown, and Wealthy Street are the four decidedly different districts flavoring Uptown, a mile east of Downtown. Pedestrian and bicycle friendly, the easily walkable areas offer an eclectic mix of shopping, dining of all sorts, markets, arts, galleries, yoga, several coffee houses, and breweries.

Where to eat: Yesterdog, a local legend, serves hot dog after hot dog to fans, friends, and admirers. Wealthy Street Bakery turns out artisan breads, pastries, and pizzas, and has a small dining area. Gaia Café, the city's elder all-vegetarian restaurant, offers self-serve coffee on the honor system. Brandywine is a cozy spot whose menu keeps it a breakfast an lunch favorite. Cherie Inn delivers a fine breakfast and lunch menu with a strong European influence. Wolfgangs is a creative, interesting, diner-style breakfast favorite. Maru Sushi strives to think green, shop local, and serve the freshest, finest ingredients.

What to do: Uptown Holiday Shop Hop, the first Thursday in December, is the neighborhood's biggest event, with close to 100 shops, restaurants, art galleries, and others participating with store promotions, special events, and food and beverage tastings. Another favorite is the Eastown Bizarre Bazaar, when dozens of artists, crafts people, designers, jewelry makers, potters, and sculptors take over the streets to showcase their wares.

Where to shop: Fulton Street Artisans Markets, Sundays at the Fulton Street Market site June through September, features dozens of local artists crafting knit goods, wood sculpture, felted art, soaps, lotions, glass works, beaded jewelry, Native American silver work, fabric art, paintings, and other designs. Literary Life celebrates all things literary- reading, writing, books, movies, and bookish conversation.

Artistic endeavors: Richard App Gallery showcases local and national artists in several mediums. The fine art gallery is also a popular venue for smaller events. Elements feature an always-changing assortment of unusual accessories, candles, seasonal objects, jewelry, and paper goods, collected and often created by its owner. Gallery 154 is artistic eye-candy on two floors. The small venue holds a surprising number of ornaments, gifts, wearables, and other well-chosen items.

To market: Newly renovated Fulton Street Farmers Market is the 91-year-old elder statesman of farmers markets in Grand Rapids. Fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, dairy goods, breads, pastries, unusual bead and stone jewelry, and woolens are among the regular offerings at this true taste of the city. Art of the Table houses a mix of artisan foods and beverages - many Michigan-made- and interesting items for the home. 

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Aligned Brands and Events

  • 2153 Wealthy SE, Suite 317
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 617-5028
  • Region: Downtown

Always, Betti

  • 1141 E. Fulton Street
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 458-8212
  • Region: Southeast

Art of the Table

  • 606 Wealthy SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 301-1885
  • Region: Downtown

Billy's Lounge

  • 1437 Wealthy St. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 459-5757
  • Region: Southeast

Located in the heart of Eastown. Bringing the best live entertainment to Grand Rapids. Blues every Friday and Saturday. Also featuring open mic nights, jazz, R & B, rock, funk, folk and reggae bands. MORE >>

Bitter End Coffee House

  • 752 W Fulton St
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 451-6061
  • Region: Downtown

Bluedoor Antiques & Elements

  • 946 E. Fulton St.
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 456-7888
  • Region: Southeast

Bombay Cuisine

  • 1420 Lake Drive SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 456- 7055
  • Region: Southeast

Brandywine - Grand Rapids SE

  • 1345 Lake Drive SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 774-8641
  • Region: Southeast

Brewery Vivant

  • 925 Cherry Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 719-1604
  • Region: Southeast
Local First

Delicious handcrafted beers inspired by the countryside of Belgium and France, and a made from scratch menu to match - all housed in an old chapel from the early 1900's. We've quickly become a local favorite, and are excited to share our passion of beer and food with you through our interpretation of the traditional and artistic approaches of the great breweries of Belgium and Northern France. Our food is made to pair with beer, while staying casual and approachable to anyone. Come on in! MORE >>

Brewery Vivant

  • 925 Cherry Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 719-1604
  • Region: Southeast
Local First

Welcome to Brewery Vivant! We are excited to share our passion of beer with you. We get inspiration from the small farmhouse breweries that dot the countryside in Southern Belgium and Northern France. We take notes from their artistic approach to brewing and explore our interpretations of traditional styles using a mix of old world and new world ingredients and methods. We operate a cozy neighborhood pub on-site at our brewery. MORE >>

Brick Road Pizza Co.

  • 1017 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 719-2409
  • Region: Southeast

Cherie Inn

  • 969 Cherry St. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 458-0588
  • Region: Southeast

Cherry Deli & Catering

  • 834 Cherry Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 459-6182
  • Region: Southeast

The Chez Olga Restaurant

  • 1441 Wealthy St SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 233-4141
  • Region: Southeast

City Antiques Resale Boutique

  • 954 East Fulton Street NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 776-5500
  • Region: Southeast

Clothing Matters/Hemp Goods Etc.

  • 141 Diamond Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 742-2818
  • Region: Southeast

Common Ground Coffee Shop

  • 1319 Fulton St. East
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 459-2999
  • Region: Northeast

Company of Art

  • 959 Wealthy Street Southeast
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 451-9650
  • Region: Southeast

East Fulton Art & Antiques

  • 959 E. Fulton St.
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 774-3320
  • Region: Southeast

Eastown Antiques

  • 1515 Lake Drive SE.
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 776-1076
  • Region: Southeast

Electric Cheetah

  • 1015 Wealthy St SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 451-4779
  • Region: Southeast

Erb Thai

  • 950 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Phone: (616) 356-2573
  • Region: Southeast

Fulton Street Artisans Market

  • 1147 E. Fulton St
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 258-4424
  • Region: Southeast

It is our goal to be a traditional, open market that is affordable and inclusive. We want to increase the City of Grand Rapids' visibility on the emerging artist and artisan scene. Our focus is giving a high profile outlet to artists who may not otherwise be able to reach their audience. *Open on Sundays 11AM-3PM June through September. MORE >>

Fulton Street Artisans Market

  • 1147 E. Fulton St
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 258-4424
  • Region: Southeast

It is our goal to be a traditional, open market that is affordable and inclusive. We want to increase the City of Grand Rapids' visibility on the emerging artist and artisan scene. Our focus is giving a high profile outlet to artists who may not otherwise be able to reach their audience. *Open on Sundays 11AM-3PM June through September. MORE >>

Fulton Street Artisans Market

  • 1147 E. Fulton St
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 258-4424
  • Region: Southeast

It is our goal to be a traditional, open market that is affordable and inclusive. We want to increase the City of Grand Rapids' visibility on the emerging artist and artisan scene. Our focus is giving a high profile outlet to artists who may not otherwise be able to reach their audience. *Open on Sundays 11AM-3PM June through September. MORE >>

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