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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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