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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.

    Kelly Messerly

    Kelly Messerly

    Marketing Content Manager

    AKA: Editorial Ace
    (616) 233-3558



    Basically, I help tell the stories of all the amazing things that are happening in the Grand Rapids area. That means, I manage two of our blogs, oversee the production of our annual visitor guide, make sure that our content gets shared with Pure Michigan, and I also support our sales team with marketing materials.


    BS, Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in psychology from Ohio University
    MA, English Literature with an emphasis on literary theory from Ohio University
    Certified Tourism Ambassador

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    Five years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I used to work for a park district and we would frequently partner  with our area visitor's bureau. That's when I first discovered what an important role these organizations play--not just in marketing a place, but also in making it great for everyone.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    If it's warm and sunny with either a beach or a pool, I'm interested.

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

    My advice would be: get ready to be amazed! Grand Rapids has an incredible food, beer, music and art scene. And, even though it's a city, it's so easy to get around. Also--make sure you take a trip out to Lake Michigan. We're not lying when we say it's a freshwater ocean!