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    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
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    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
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    The Insider Experience

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    Grand Rapids is proud to sing, “we are family” with sister city Perugia, Italy. The “Cittă Gemelle” relationship established in 1993, made Perugia the third of Grand Rapids’ five sister cities. Dwight Eisenhower founded Sister Cites International in 1956 after World War II as a way to increase bonds between people in cities around the world. Sister city relationships are cooperative relationships through which cultural, educational, business, and technical exchanges take place. When cities are looking for a sister city, they typically look for commonalities. “When Grand Rapids initiated the Sister City program locally, their goal was to say ‘welcome’ to the world, come visit us, work and play with us and share in both the goodwill and economic vitality of a globally centered city and region,” said Leonardo Tombelli, chair of the Perugia committee who has been involved with the program for 19 years.... Read More ›
    Even when the weather outside is frightful, there’s no shortage of ways to create warm memories during the holidays with friends and family in Grand Rapids. There are so many events, for all ages, that we can’t possibly describe them all in one post. We thought we’d describe 11 awesome events and link to a whole bunch of others. So gather your favorite peeps and get ready to create holiday memories you’ll treasure. 1. The Local Epicurean (days/hours vary) The Local Epicurean, at 111 S. Division, is a gourmet foodie’s dream. This is the perfect time of year to treat yourself to one of their chocolate truffle making classes, where you’ll learn the secrets to creating these delicious treats for the holidays. They also offer an organic infused-butter making class—another great gift idea—as well as classes that teach you how to make homemade pasta. Click here for more information, pricing, and Local Epicurean class reservation information .... Read More ›
    Just because the temperatures are dropping, doesn’t mean the people of Grand Rapids are hunkering down and staying home. We like to be involved and Grand Rapids gives us plenty of options, regardless of the weather. Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you news on what’s happening around town during the holiday season, including shopping events, activities for family & friends, and where to go for great food & cocktails. We’re kicking off the series this week by highlighting 5 art-related events you won’t want to miss. 1. Window Wonderland Design Competition... Read More ›