Dynamic Variation:

A Local's Guide to GR-Area Playgrounds

The Makowski family loves flights. Not of the airplane variety, however. I’m talking about “flights” typically associated with beer, pizza, ice cream, dips, donuts, or really anything you can turn into a sampling of variations of things you love. For our family, that now includes playgrounds thanks…

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One Last Fling: 10 Ideas for Memorable Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties in Grand Rapids

Congratulations to the soon-to-be married couple! So many of my friends (and now my friends’ children) have tied the knot in Grand Rapids, and for good reason. Our setting, with plenty of outdoor space and a thriving riverfront, and our countless and varied venues, are gorgeous any time of year. But whether you’re getting married next month or next year, first you’ll want to host a Bachelor or Bachelorette party. Using one or a combination of the following ideas, Grand Rapids will deliver one to remember…

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A Vegan & Sustainable Weekend Itinerary for Grand Rapids

Veganism is continuously growing, and restaurants across Michigan are filling the demand, with Grand Rapids leading the way. Not only is Grand Rapids rising to meet the needs of people with dietary restrictions, but it has also been named “America’s Greenest City” by Fast Company Magazine. Some…

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Your Guide to the 2022 Grand Rapids Pride Festival

‘Together Again’ If you have never been to the Grand Rapids Pride Festival, you’ll want to check it out on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 10 p.m. at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. One of the largest one-day events in Grand Rapids, the festival continues to grow in popularity each year. After…

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Locally Owned & Operated LGBTQ+ Businesses to Check Out

Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQ+ businesses. The city is becoming a destination to live and work for people of all ages and identities as more inclusive businesses open within walking distance of the urban core. You’ll notice many bars, restaurants, and businesses…

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A Visit to Listening Room: Tips for a Night of Live Music

While there have been many things I’ve missed as a result of the pandemic, one of the things I’ve missed the most is seeing live performances. Now that theaters and concert venues are reopening their doors, I can’t wait to return to Listening Room on the second floor of Studio Park, essentially a…

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A Local's Guide to GR Comic Book Shops

There are many different “scenes” in Grand Rapids — performing arts, craft beer, food, history, and even comic books. Given the steadfast popularity of blockbuster superhero films and TV shows, I'd say we're experiencing a key moment in comic book culture. The Grand Rapids area is filled with comic…

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The 49507 Project Mural Tour

The 49507 Project is a liberated public arts project unlike anything that I’ve seen in West Michigan. The Diatribe, a Grand Rapids based nonprofit, partnered with local businesses and artists to raise awareness about redlining and disinvestment in the Southside neighborhoods, and they did so in a…

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The 49507 Project: Public Art in the Southside Neighborhood

Over the early fall of 2021, seven murals created by seven local BIPOC artists came to life in Grand Rapids’ Southside neighborhood. The driving force behind them? The Diatribe Inc., a local non-profit organization whose leadership is intentionally BIPOC and LGBTQ+ and whose mission is to use…

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