Weekend Guide May 29-31

+-*Enjoy another fun weekend in Grand Rapids with Kielbasa Idol, the Crank Bike Festival, New Kids on the Block, Avenue Q, Griffins playoff hockey and much more. Friday, May 29 Avenue Q – The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre opens the multi-Tony Award winning play that features a human and puppet cast, plenty of pop culture references and adult humor and […]


Taking the Long Road to Grand Rapids’ First Craft Distillery

+-*What started as an idea more than 18 months ago has finally come to fruition for two local entrepreneurs. At 5 p.m. tomorrow, May 28, Jon O’Connor and Kyle Van Strien will officially open the doors to Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids’ first craft distillery. Located at 537 Leonard St NW in a renovated 19th century building, Long Road will begin offering […]


West Side Bar Named in Illegal Gambling Report

+-*The Grand Rapids Police Department the Liquor Control Commission are currently coordinating an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling in Kent County. The report about the investigation alludes to several sites, but specifically mentions Putt-Putt’s Bar on West Fulton, along with the residences of the suspects believed to be involved in the illegal operation. Search warrants were executed on May 19 at […]


New Eatery Opens in Eastown

+-*A new eatery has opened its doors in the center of Eastown. Peaches Cafe, located at 410 Ethel SE in the former Eastown Deli spot, is serving up healthy wrapped sandwiches with a Mediterranean flair. Diners can order from chicken or roast beef wraps or salads off a temporary menu currently being tested out during the soft opening phase. A full menu that will include […]


New BBQ Restaurant Opens in Downtown GR Today

+-*A new restaurant is celebrating its grand opening today in downtown Grand Rapids. Located at 333 Grandville Ave SW across from Founders and the Grand Rapids Ballet, Horseshoe Smokehouse is now serving BBQ and Southern favorites like beef brisket, buttermilk fried okra and chicken wings from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily every day except Sunday. Diners can also enjoy 1/2 […]


To Drink or Not to Drink…

+-*The world of flappers, bootleggers and organized crime will come alive at a new museum exhibition opening in Grand Rapids later this year. Beginning September 26, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” will explore one of the most colorful and complex constitutional hiccups in U.S. history, spanning from the start of the temperance movement and through the Roaring ’20s, until the amendment’s […]


Weekend Guide May 22-25

+-*Memorial Day Weekend features tons of local parades, plenty of bbq, live music, outdoor activities and much more! Friday, May 22 West Michigan Whitecaps – The ‘Caps take on the Dayton Dragons for a four game series this holiday weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark. Friday is Summer Grilling Night and fans will receive a free multi-tool spatula. Fireworks will follow Saturday’s […]


2015 Grand Rapids Area Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

+-*Honor those who gave up their lives for America’s freedom at parades and Memorial Day commemorations around Grand Rapids and West Michigan Monday, May 25 (Grand Rapids parade is May 30): Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade  – At noon on Saturday, May 30, the annual parade in downtown Grand Rapids will have a new route, stepping off at Monroe & Lyon. The […]


Gita Pita Making a Fresh Start

+-*A Middle Eastern eatery that built a loyal following in Cascade will make a fresh start in Downtown Grand Rapids. Gita Pita is planning to open its doors in early June at the corner of Fulton & Jefferson, and will serve fresh Mediterranean cuisine in a fast-casual environment. “Everything including the bread is made from scratch,” said owner Ramzy Kader, who operates […]