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Local Gifts to Give from Grand Rapids

When it comes to making sure you have something special for everyone on your list, it’s easy to stop by a chain store when you’re working through your list. But, there’s nothing more charming than the small businesses and local attractions that make our community more unique and creative. This…

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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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A Local's Guide to Grand Rapids-Area Coffee Shops

Not only is Grand Rapids widely recognized as a top 10 Foodie City and Beer City USA, but its locals also praise its many unique coffee shops. Though you’re not far from popular coffee chains like Starbucks and Biggby in the Grand Rapids area, there are plenty of local places that any coffee lover…

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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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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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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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