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Rick Jensen is a Grand Rapids native who has enjoyed growing up in the region and watching the city grow and evolve.  He currently works in healthcare communications and has also spent time working in higher education and arts and culture.  He and his partner Eric live in the Midtown neighborhood with their two cats and enjoy the downtown city scene including all things food, drinks, and arts and culture.  He is a regular contributor to Spectrum Health's Health Beat.
 

Enjoying the Downtown Refreshment Area with Your Dog

I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than taking my dog out on a date. My partner, Eric, and I love to grab dinner or a drink on a patio that welcomes our best bud, Walter. He’s the best boy and deserves a night out occasionally too. We have checked out many dog-friendly places around…

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Locally Owned & Operated LGBTQ+ Businesses to Check Out

With COVID-19 putting a halt to many pride celebrations around the world, Grand Rapids included, you may be looking for creative ways to celebrate June as Pride Month. Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQ+ businesses, and many of them have had their doors closed for months…

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10 Must-Try Spots Featuring Nonalcoholic Beverages

Being in Beer City, USA, it’s understandable that local breweries, bars, and restaurants focus on craft beer and cocktail options. However, there are quite a few establishments in Grand Rapids that also cater to patrons who might want to enjoy a night out without such a heavy focus on alcohol. The…

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Locally Crafted Hard Seltzer in Grand Rapids

Hard seltzer continues to attract new fans across the nation and is one of the hottest new trends in boozy drinks. Hard seltzer, or spiked seltzer, is an alcoholic beverage containing carbonated water, alcohol, and usually a fruit flavoring. These beverages have really made a comeback over the past…

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Dive Bars to Check Out in Grand Rapids

The term “dive bar” has evolved in meaning over the years. What once meant an uncertain destination for many now points to an off the radar, unpretentious spot that serves great drinks and is full of local character. If you’re looking for a lesser-known option that’s not as mainstream, Grand Rapids…

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Sample Exclusive Wines & More With This GR-Area Wine Tour

A new tour around Grand Rapids might be a perfect activity if you love wine and are looking for a fun way to spend time with friends or family. Raise a Glass Wine Tours is a new venture that chauffeurs guests around the greater Grand Rapids area for a luxury, one-of-a-kind local wine tour, beginning…

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Your Guide to the Grand Rapids Pride Festival

If you have never been to Grand Rapids Pride Festival, you’ll want to check it out on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 10 PM 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. In fact, there were more…

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Drag Brunch 101: A New Kind of Sunday Funday in Grand Rapids

One of the hottest new things to do on a Sunday around Grand Rapids involves high kicks, cartwheels, and spins. It’s known as Michigan Drag Brunch, and it’s the latest Sunday Funday event hitting Grand Rapids. Drag Brunch features live dance performances, fabulous outfits, and of course, delicious…

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