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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.


    Congratulations to the following 2016 WAVE Award nominees. Nominations for the 2017 Wave Awards are now open.

    2016 WAVE Award Nominees

    Winners are noted in bold.


    • Don Dekker, Steelcase (Meyer May House)
    • Dean Gust, Van Andel Arena
    • Katelyn Kronshage, Grand Rapids Art Museum
    • Alysia LaBonte, UICA
    • Chantell LaForest, Downtown Market Grand Rapids
    • Jeff Smith, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    • Erin Spaanstra, DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center

    Lodging 150 rooms or more

    • Norina Cadili, JW Marriott
    • Jaclyn Edinger, JW Marriott
    • Britt Frantz, JW Marriott
    • Erika Goins, Courtyard by Marriott
    • Janet Johnson, JW Marriott
    • Ryan Nousen, JW Marriott
    • Laura Pennings, Country Inn & Suites East Beltline
    • Fayez Radwan, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Lodging 150 rooms or less

    • Justin Bombul, Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown Grand Rapids
    • Zachary Gaule, CityFlatsHotel
    • Alisha Reichert, CityFlatsHotel
    • Benjamin Skillman, Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
    • Iesha Young, Sleep Inn & Suites

    Restaurants and Breweries

    • Erin Alley, Malamiah Juice Bar
    • Matthew Batten, Fish Lads
    • Jen Brown, Amore Trattoria Italiana
    • Diego Calderon,
    • David Cole, Wheelhouse
    • Leonel Corea, Lindo Mexico Restaurant
    • Sara Dalrymple, Cedar Springs Brewing Company
    • Daniel "Elvis" Emshoff,
    • Alondra Garner, Wheelhouse
    • Natalie Maloney, Brewery Vivant
    • Jackie Mumper, Twister Rooster
    • Claudia Reyes, El Granjero Mexican Grill
    • Thomas Ryan-Stout, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
    • Drew Schneider, San Chez Bistro
    • Jeff Smith, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    • Aiden Vandoren, Rocket Pies
    • Rachel Wier, Crooked Goose
    • John Wilson, The Chop House

    Retail and Service

    • Paulie Abissi, Higher Ground Rock Climbing Centre Ltd.
    • Erin Alley, Malamiah Juice Bar
    • Nicholas Crowell, Field & Fire
    • Hanna Watters, Destination Consultants

    Volunteer in Hospitality

    • Anna Curcuru, Aquinas College - Student
    • Tom McGrail, Experience GR