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Meijer Gardens Shatters Summer Attendance Records

+-*More than a quarter million people visited Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park this past June, July and August, making it the best summer for attendance in the organization’s 20 year history. Officials credit the opening of the eight-acre Japanese Garden and the monumental acquisition of Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree as two main factors for the spike in attendance. “We’ve had an extraordinary summer […]

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Downtown Market Adding Michigan Pantry

+-*The Downtown Market Grand Rapids will soon welcome another new tenant. Holland, MI-based Market Pantry, which specializes in Michigan-made and produced food and gifts, is planning to open inside the Market Hall September 10. Owned by Holland-native Robin Nash, is the original Michigan Pantry is currently located on River Ave. in downtown Holland. The store launched in 2013 with a vision to support […]

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Engaging the ‘SENSE’s

+-*Prepare to have all of your senses engaged at the UICA’s ArtPrize Seven exhibition, opening September 12. Appropriately named SENSE, six large scale installations will appeal to taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight and even a sixth sense, intuition, in a way that aims to challenge the traditional practice of experiencing art. “I wanted to honor the theme SENSE, a theme chosen […]

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ArtPrize Piece Takes a Look at Grand Rapids’ Past and Present

+-*ArtPrize visitors will be able to take a unique look at Grand Rapids’ past and present–simultaneously–thanks to an installation planned for the Amway Grand Hotel. “Time & Again” will feature three 5ft x 3ft fabric pieces surrounding the fountain inside the historic Pantlind Lobby. Historic black and white photos of downtown landmarks printed on sheer silk will hang in front of present-day color […]

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GRNow Weekend Guide August 28-30, 2015

+-*Polish Festival, Red Hot Pachanga and the inaugural West Grand Block Party top another fun weekend of events around Grand Rapids. Friday, August 28 Polish Festival – The annual celebration of Polish heritage in Grand Rapids returns to Rosa Parks Circle Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the free event, check out live music and polka dancing, activities and entertainment for […]

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New Flagship Store to Help Fuel South Division Resurgence

+-*Another local shop will soon join the retail resurgence along South Division. Brothers Leather Supply Co. is planning to open its first retail space and flagship store in September at 15 South Division, next to the UICA. The approximately 1,000 square foot space will showcase Brothers’ line of leather bags, journals, wallets and accessories, all designed and engineered in Grand Rapids. The company […]

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New Bookstore in the Works for South Division

+-*A new co-op style bookstore offering affordable used and rare books will soon make its home along the Avenue for the Arts. Bombadil Books is planning to launch this fall in the historic Herkimer Hotel Building located at 315 South Division, and will offer services ranging from binding and restoration to community events and workshops. The concept is the brainchild of Tim Albon […]

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GRNow Weekend Guide Aug 21-23

+-*Summer’s not over yet! Check out the Metro Cruise, Movies in the Park, Backyard Bourbon & BBQ and much more this weekend! Friday, August 21 28th Street Metro Cruise – Now in its eleventh year, see thousands of cool cars cruise along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade both Friday evening and Saturday. Special events include a pin-up contest, workshops, […]

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SiTE:LAB Eyes Entire Neighborhood for ArtPrize

+-*SiTE:LAB’s ArtPrize entry will be on a larger scale than ever this year. Over the next six weeks, more than a dozen artists will begin using ten vacant structures along Rumsey Street in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood for large-scale, site-specific installations. “It will be entirely different from anything ArtPrize visitors have seen before,” said SiTE:LAB curator Paul Amenta. Among […]