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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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