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Look Good, Stay Warm with These Small Businesses

If there is one thing 2020 has brought, it is change. This winter season is no exception. For one thing, I’ve noticed I’ve been spending more time outside, including dining out. Yes that’s right –…

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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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Gardener’s Guide to Grand Rapids Greenhouses and Markets

Spring has finally sprung in Michigan! Whether you have an established garden or you are trying something new this season, here are five well-loved stops in the Grand Rapids area to guarantee your garden is at its best this season. With the recent shopping restrictions lifted for greenhouses and…

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Winter Fashion Guide in Grand Rapids

I often feel that the excitement of the holidays gets me through the first bout of cold weather in West Michigan. But, after the festivities and twinkle lights have disappeared, some of my tolerance for winter weather disappears too, and I start to find the chilly temps and mounds of snow tedious…

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Places in Grand Rapids that Give Back

Among the great nightlife, variety of restaurants, fantastic museums, and friendly people in Grand Rapids, you’ll find businesses large and small committed to giving back to the community. With a focus on philanthropy, these businesses are part of what makes Grand Rapids so special. Not only are…

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Shopping Experience at the Woodland Mall

Since I can remember, Woodland Mall has been a shopping destination for anyone living in the greater Grand Rapids area, as well as those visiting. With some notable additions and updates to longstanding staples, this Kentwood mall seems poised for an exciting new start. Exciting Changes PREIT, the…

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Grand Rapids Alternatives to Big Box Shops

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story included Brother's Leather Supply Co., which switched to an online-only operation, brothersleathersupply.com, on December 23, 2017, Denym, and Slate Clothing, which closed May 2019. It’s December, and we’re all-in on holiday shopping. Our city is full…

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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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Local's Guide to Fall Fashion in Grand Rapids

Whether you’ve visited Grand Rapids before or if this your first time here, it can be hard to figure out what to put into your suitcase as you get ready to travel. As someone who is local to Grand Rapids and into fashion, I’m here to help with my style guide driven by local hotspots to help you get…

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