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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 2018 WAVE Award nominees. Winners in bold.

    2018 WAVE Award Nominees


    • Chantell LaForest, Grand Rapids Chamber
    • Erin Zacek, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    • Amanda Sikkema, 20 Monroe Live
    • Brandon Belote, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
    • John Dingledine, Grand Rapids Beer Trolley

    Lodging 150 rooms or more

    • Marithes Jacobus, JW Marriott
    • Brian Mullan, JW Marriott
    • Brittany VanderWal, Amway Grand Plaza
    • Linsay Jarvis, Amway Grand Plaza
    • Chelsea Hudson, JW Marriott
    • Jacob Cohen, Country Inn & Suites East Beltline
    • Samantha Schwanz, JW Marriott

    Lodging 150 rooms or less

    • Taylor Robinson, CityFlatsHotel
    • Prentis Hearn, Homewood Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
    • Noreen Rose, Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport
    • Katrina Powell, Hilton Garden Inn
    • Cleo Conklin, SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids West

    Restaurants and Breweries

    • Edward Price, Creston Brewery
    • Michele Ary, One Bourbon
    • Amanda Wilkinson-Brown, Creston Brewery
    • Danny Gilchrist, Cygnus27
    • Monica Moore, Sundance Grill & Bar Downtown
    • Ron Como, Brewery Vivant
    • Tyler Tooley, Reserve Wine & Food
    • Scott Leone, Brass Ring Brewing
    • Jeffrey Burns, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
    • Jessica Yount, Breton Village Omelette Shoppe/ 4GR8Foods, Inc.
    • Lindsey Lee, Cedar Springs Brewing Company
    • Brianne Ross, Creston Brewery
    • Dominique Aouad, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine LLC
    • Nada Aouad, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine LLC
    • Hope Berghuis, Ferris Coffee & Nut
    • Gabrielle Sorge, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine LLC
    • Rachel Schaedel-Patchava, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine LLC

    Retail and Service

    • Felicia Brooks, The Gordon Group- JH Realty Partners
    • Laura Traxler, Grand Rapids Chamber
    • Gordon Rivera, Delta Airlines
    • Faith Kuzma, John Ball Zoo

    Volunteer in Hospitality

    • Joni VanderTill, Experience Grand Rapids
    • Jeff DeRegnaucourt, West Michigan Archery Center
    • Dee Tokarski, West Michigan Sports Commission
    • Deb & Wes Scholten, ShowSpan Inc.
    • Sally Schaafsma, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park