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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Jack Stanley

    Jack Stanley

    Video and Digital Content Creator

    AKA: Visual Visionary
    (616) 233-3567

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    Creating visual content that engages with, and inspires people to explore the great city of Grand Rapids.


    B.S., Film and Video Production, Business Minor, 2018, Grand Valley State University
    CTA: Certified Tourism Ambassador

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    This is my first position in the Tourism Industry

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I’m a Grand Rapids local and wanted to create engaging video content in West Michigan. When I graduated from GVSU in April of 2018, I saw the perfect opportunity to do just that at Experience Grand Rapids. Now I get do what I love in the city I know best!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Leland Michigan. I’ve been going there every year since I was born! Kind locals, beautiful outdoors, great food, and endless activities.

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Grand Rapids has so much to offer. Step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Grab a craft beer at a local brewery, try a new cuisine at one of the amazing eateries the city has to offer, or just get out and explore the city! You never know what hidden gems you might find!