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Check Out These Black-Owned Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Celebrating Grand Rapids means celebrating the people, traditions, cultures, and of course, food! This story was first published in 2018 commemorate Black History Month, and Experience Grand Rapids has updated it every year since. This year, I'm happy be the one to help to make current the list of…

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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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A Local's List of Great Fall Places to Eat & Drink

In classic Michigan fashion, fall has arrived in full force, and quickly. Beers turn darker, cocktails turn toward hard spice, and we arrive at the penultimate season for hard cider. A good friend of mine, Pat Evans, wrote an awesome article on fall beverages a few years ago, which still holds…

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Your Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend Itinerary

As the hot humid air gives way to crisp cool mornings, Grand Rapids is ready for its glorious transition to all things fall… and so am I. Not only do the colors of the trees change, but so do the types of events and activities the Grand Rapids area has to offer. If you’ve been wondering what there…

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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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Fall Beers Worth Visiting Grand Rapids For

Happy fall, everyone! I’m Ben Darcie, and I’m a 12-year veteran of the Grand Rapids beer scene, including being a beer writer for 10 years and working in the beer industry itself for eight years. In short, I’ve spent the last 10 years getting to know the breweries of this great city, as well as…

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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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Weekend Itinerary for Shopping Local

When it comes to shopping in Grand Rapids, the variety of options can leave even the best shoppers wondering where to start. As a Grand Rapids native, one of the most commonly asked questions that I receive from out of town guests is “Where do I need to shop, and while I’m shopping, where can I…

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Grand Rapids Restaurants with Surprising Vegan Options

It's possible that no one in Grand Rapids knows more about vegan dining than Kolene Allen. She’s a leading voice in the Grand Rapids vegan community and an all-around vegan guru. Allen is continually updating her 4,800+ Facebook fans on Vegan Grand Rapids about new finds (like Justin’s peanut butter…

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