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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 2017 WAVE Award nominees.

    2017 WAVE Award Nominees

    Winners are noted in bold.


    • Trent Allen, Grand Rapids Children's Museum
    • Collin DeKuiper, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
    • Candice Fleszar-Smith, Discovering Michigan
    • Susan Host, GVSU - Cook- DeVos Center for Health Services
    • Maleah Mursch, AMF Lincoln Lanes
    • Jacob Staal, Disc Baron
    • Sue Van Dame, Blandford Nature Center
    • Erin Zacek, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    Lodging 150 rooms or more

    • Norina Cadili, JW Marriott Grand Rapids
    • Janet Johnson, JW Marriott Grand Rapids
    • Nicholas Remes, JW Marriott Grand Rapids
    • Brandi Stanley, JW Marriott Grand Rapids

    Lodging 150 rooms or less

    • Rebecca Banfill, Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids SW
    • Corinne Ghaston, Sleep Inn & Suites
    • Prentis Hearn, Homewood Suites Downtown Grand Rapids
    • Daniel Martin, Sleep Inn & Suites
    • Natasha Parks, Homewood Suites Downtown Grand Rapids
    • Jordan Strah, Country Inn & Suites East Beltline

    Restaurants and Breweries

    • Mayra Bartolo, Lindo Mexico Restaurant
    • Bobby Edgcomb, BarFly Ventures LLC
    • Kasey Fields, Cedar Springs Brewing Company
    • Carmen Gehring, Cygnus27
    • Ruben Hernandez, Stella's Lounge
    • Myka Irvine, San Chez Restaurants Inc.
    • Alicia Rodriguez, Lindo Mexico Restaurant
    • Mary Van Dyke, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
    • Abby Wickenheiser, Love's Ice Cream
    • Todd Wiers, Social Kitchen & Bar

    Retail and Service

    • Cameron Cramer, Grand Rapids Downtown Market
    • KT Herr, Apertivo
    • Adeshola Makinde, Madcap Coffee
    • Will Olsen, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art
    • Kim Stauffer, Sweeie-licious Bake Shoppe

    Volunteer in Hospitality

    • Melissa Greko, Showspan
    • Barb Syrek, Experience Grand Rapids
    • Joni VanderTill, Experience Grand Rapids