Viceroy Closed to Make Room for Expanded Stella's Lounge E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

The Viceroy on Commerce Ave SW has been closed to make room for an expansion of Stella's Lounge next door. The converted space will become a dance party area featuring a different local DJ, Thursdays through Saturdays.

"It'll be pretty unique in Grand Rapids - an edgy, adult place to dance rather than a pickup joint/night club. Think Reptile House but a little less grungy," said BarFly Ventures partner Mark Sellers, owners and operators of Stella's and Viceroy.

The Viceroy doors were officially shut on September 8, and work has already begun on the conversion. In fact, Sellers hopes to have the construction completed in two days, in time for a September 13 opening. "This is probably the shortest, fastest construction project we've ever be involved in. Less than a week from start to finish," he said. " The customers probably won't notice there's any construction going on at all."

The decision for the switch simply came down to popularity. "Stella's is a lot more popular, and seems to resonate with customers more. The Viceroy never really caught on except for a small niche audience. It was mostly an overflow room for when Stella's got too crowded. Many of the customers weren't really there for The Viceroy," Sellers said.

The new club area will be open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays with DJs like Todd Ernst, Colin Clive, and DJ Kermit spinning retro dance tunes from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

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Kendall Building May Finally Have New Life E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

*Confirmed on September 10, 2012*...616 Development has purchased the Kendall Building and will turn it into apartments, offices and ground floor retail space.

Here's the official press release:

616 Development today announced a $4 million plan to restore the five-story, 122-year-old Kendall Building, bringing new life to a long-vacant downtown location.

616LoftsattheKendallrendering The 616 Lofts at the Kendall project will restore a landmark building at one of the city’s busiest intersections with 12 market-rate apartments, offices and ground-floor retail space. A rooftop deck will also be added for residents of the Kendall and other 616 Lofts buildings to use.

“This is a project we have dreamed about for years as we walked and drove by this amazing, but neglected building,” said Derek Coppess, founder of 616 Development. “This building gives you the best access to everything downtown has to offer, and it’s literally across the street from public parking ramps and public transit. In short, it has everything we look for in a 616 Lofts building.”

The Kendall building has been mostly vacant and boarded up for more than two decades, despite its location overlooking the intersection of Fulton Street and Division Avenue. A company controlled by 616 Development closed on the purchase of the building last week.

“Having a proven developer announce this project as we prepare for improvements to the adjacent Veteran’s Park, Monument Park and Monroe Center streetscape will result in a remarkable change at this historic center of Grand Rapids,” said Kristopher Larson, executive director of the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. “Redevelopment of the Kendall building along with other improvements in the area will help reconnect Monroe Center with the eastern end of downtown.”

Apartments at 616 Lofts at the Kendall are expected to start at about $800 for a studio unit. There will be three two-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units and three studio units inside the top three levels of the building.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 4-9, 2012 E-mail
It's that time of the year! Make the most of non-stop events from now through Halloween. The season kicks off with Celebration on the Grand, Fashion's Night Out, the Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair, Hispanic Festival, hayrides at Robinette's, the Grand Valley Pow Wow, GVSU's Black Out Game and much more.

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Recent:
* Opening Soon: Maru Sushi on Cherry Street
First Tropical Smoothie Cafe in GR set to open soon
Celebration on the Grand fireworks postponed until Saturday evening
*Photos: Fashion's Night Out 2012 at AK RIKK's
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to visit Ottawa Hills High School
WMCAT's Make It Take It returns Sep 18
*Now Open:RitaGirl's Mobile Bakery
*Sneak Preview: Perrin Brewing Company
Waterfront Film Festival may not be in Saugatuck in 2013
LaughFest will be back in 2013; over $200K raised for Gilda's in '12
*Sneak Preview: The Mitten Brewing Company
Bob Dylan concert details released


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Celebration on the Grand and Wheatland: Celebrating West Michigan’s burgeoning musical talent E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Summer’s not over yet, Grand Rapidians, not by a longshot.

cranewives1 For more than three decades, West Michigan has had ample reason to celebrate the second weekend in September in riveting musical fashion.

And this year, in particular, more local bands and solo artists than ever will find the spotlight in two of the region’s biggest, most popular end-of-summer bashes: Celebration on the Grand and the Wheatland Music Festival.

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The Mitten Brewing Company: Unique brews with a baseball flair E-mail
by Chelsea Slocum

539260_10151148593594105_857232839_n Max and Chris, founders of The Mitten Brewing Company have hit this one out of the park. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a top to bottom renovation of the old firehouse on Leonard in the Westside of Grand Rapids. Personally restoring much of the building themselves, they have transformed this historical landmark from an underutilized space to a top notch brewery, restaurant, and local baseball hangout.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 27 - September 3, 2012 E-mail
This week, new restaurant Saburba officially opens in Ada, Wynton Marsalis wraps up Meijer Gardens' Summer Concert Series and the Whitecaps host their last regular season homestand. Plus LaborFest and the Grand Crossings Bridge Walk return for the Labor Day holiday.

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Recent:
LaughFest will be back in 2013; over $200K raised for Gilda's in '12
City of GR will cut the ribbon on a pickleball facility
*Sneak Preview: The Mitten Brewing Company
Bob Dylan concert details released
*Photos: Saburba restaurant opening day
Photos from the 28th Street Metro Cruise
*Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids
*Photos: Sneak preview of the new AK Rikk's


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GRNow Photos on Flickr & Facebook
See Grand Rapids' history on Pinterest
Past Popular Links

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John Sinkevics: The eight best concerts of summer 2012 E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Every summer starts with so much promise for a banner concert year in West Michigan.

grace2 Between the ever-expanding summer series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and major outdoor festivals – from Electric Forest at Rothbury and the B93 Birthday Bash in Martin to Founders Fest, Cowpie Music Festival, Buttermilk Jamboree and Rock the Rapids, plus new downtown events such as GRandJazzFest – my seasonal calendar becomes a messy palette of scrawls, chicken scratchings and underlined “must-attend” shows.

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GRPD Will No Longer Enforce Panhandling Statute E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids announced today that the Police Department will no longer enforce a Michigan panhandling statute as the result of a Federal Court case decision. The Federal Court held that begging and panhandling qualifies as free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Here's a look at exactly what the City Attorney's office released:

On Friday, August 24, 2012, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued an opinion in the case of James Speet and Ernest Sims v Bill Schuette and City of Grand Rapids, et. al., Case No. 1:11-CV-972.

In this lawsuit, plaintiffs James Speet and Ernest Sims challenged the Michigan penal statute that makes begging / panhandling in a public place a criminal misdemeanor offense. MCL 750.167(1)(h). Because there is currently no City of Grand Rapids ordinance that prohibits begging / panhandling, the Grand Rapids Police Department has enforced only Michigan law regarding this issue.

In its Friday ruling, the Federal Court held that begging / panhandling qualifies as speech protected by the First Amendment, and held that the Michigan penal statute is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

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