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Posts from September 2015

Whether you are visiting Grand Rapids or looking for a new place to sit down and grab a good cup of java, there are plenty of local coffee shops for you to explore.  A name on the tip of many coffee lover tongues since it opened in 2008 is Madcap Coffee. The ever-bustling shop specializes in pour over coffee brewed with their own beans. Coffee is their focus and it shows on the faces of their satisfied customers. Rowster Coffee, another local favorite, features house-roasted coffees and house-pressed almond milk. Voted the Best Coffee Shop in Michigan by Business Insider, the shop is a cozy hangout for coffee lovers in the Wealthy Street neighborhood and beyond.... Read More ›
EDITORS NOTE: ArtPrize Eight is September 21 - October 9, 2016 ArtPrize 7 With over 1,500 pieces of art dotting downtown Grand Rapids, taking your family to ArtPrize can be exhilarating - and overwhelming. Thankfully, we've got the scoop on helping you maximize your family's ArtPrize 7 experience. PLAN YOUR PATH Take a moment to consider the ages and interests of your kids before setting out. Be sure your route includes exhibits that align with your child's interests. Local parenting website, GRKIDS.COM, publishes a Family's Guide to ArtPrize each year, complete with a map and exhibit descriptions. I recommend printing a copy of the map and using a highlighter to mark the exhibits you want to see. Or, use the interactive, online version. Either way this map will help you navigate ArtPrize with kids. If you're squeezed for time, consider following the Stroller & Field Trip Route. It's a great option if you're worried about fitting a large stroller into tight spaces.... Read More ›
When the 7 th annual ArtPrize kicks off on September 23 this year, downtown Grand Rapids will swell with visitors—more than 400,000 people are expected to take part in the conversation about art that surrounds this annual event. For local business and associations, ArtPrize provides an opportunity to host unique networking or celebratory events for their employees, clients, and or vendors. The Michigan Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is doing just that. For the third year in a row, they’ll bring members together for an ArtPrize scavenger hunt, complete with clues, matching t-shirts, goodie bags and prizes. “It’s a pretty involved event. We have a committee that meets every other week starting in May to organize everything,” explains Mary Bamborough, IIDA, NCIDQ who is a Sr. Client Relations Consultant at Haworth as well as an IIDA Michigan Chapter Past President.... Read More ›