Photos: Buckcherry in Concert at The Orbit Room E-mail
Check out photos from the Buckcherry concert at The Orbit Room.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 6-12, 2012 E-mail
Coming up this week: the all-new Rooftop Couture fashion event, the World's Largest Dog Wash, an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for largest swing dance, the Michigan Pirate Festival and more.

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*City of GR announces official 'Relaxation Day' *John Ball Zoo funicular now open *Online petition created to keep Skywalk Deli from closing
*Photos: Bistro Chloe Elan in Ada
*Announced: Ingrid Michaelson at Calvin College Oct 1
*Non-profits & volunteers will raise 20K+ lanterns for ArtPrize entry


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Sydney’s Boutique is bringing fashion to new heights in Eastown this September E-mail
by Chelsea Slocum

sydneyslogo Kristian Grant, owner and founder of Sydney’s Boutique, is a woman on the move. A compassionate woman with an eye for style, she began her career working in the non-profit/community development sector at both the United Way and the Dorothy B. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. “I’ve never worked a retail job in my life,” says Kristian, “but I’ve always considered fashion to be universal, it has become my passion.”

Two years ago Kristian began thinking about the growing fashion industry in West Michigan and wanted to make her mark. Sydney’s Boutique opened to an eager customer base in October 2011 and she hasn’t looked back since. “My family always says that when I get an idea I run with it,” says Kristian, “I’m a very driven person.”

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New Grand Rapids WhiteWater Project Details Revealed E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

More specific details about the project to restore the Grand River's downtown rapids have been released. The non-profit Grand Rapids WhiteWater (GRWW) group has been working with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to determine the feasibility of removing or modifying five man-made dams between the Sixth Street Bridge and Wealthy Street in order to restore the area to its more natural, original state.

GRWW hired Colorado-based RiverRestoration to complete Phase I of the feasibility study and the results were presented at today's DDA meeting. The group found that benefits from a restoration would include a 500% increase in fish holding habitat, the propagation of 100,000 mussels, space for an International Canoe Federation slalom course, one adjustable whitewater surfing wave and room for six to eight lanes for rowing competitions.

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GRNow Weekly Preview July 30-August 5, 2012 E-mail
Coast Guard Festival continues this week, plus a couple new restaurants open, it's time for Star Wars Swing Dancing and The Color Run debuts.

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*Announced: Ingrid Michaelson at Calvin College Oct 1
*PhotosG's Grill grand opening
*Non-profits & volunteers will raise 20K+ lanterns for ArtPrize entry


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Jam 'N' Bean Revitalizes Historic Cascade Building E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Doug and Paul Lee’s dramatic transformation of a long-vacant, 157-year-old building on Cascade Road SE into the gleaming new Jam ’n’ Bean coffeehouse with an elevated, outdoor concert deck seems impressive in its own right.

dougtomandpaulleeJamNBean But the brothers’ mission for the cafe and 200-seat “Cascade on the Boardwalk” entertainment deck may be just as extraordinary: 10 percent of proceeds from Jam ’n’ Bean go to support the Forest Hills Central Band Boosters to help bolster struggling school band programs.

And just as important, the coffeehouse and 3,000-square-foot deck have become a rallying point of sorts for the Forest Hills community, with young high school rock bands joining other local musicians in getting a chance to strut their stuff for audiences, often for the first time.

“People are star-struck by it,” co-owner Doug Lee says of the lighted deck and stage, which officially opened in June behind the coffeehouse at 6860 Cascade Road SE, just south of Old 28th Street SE. “It’s sort of re-generated and revitalized things. … It’s a beautiful environment in the woods.”

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Southern Eats and Local Art at Radix Tavern E-mail
by Brandy Arnold

334224_443350469043734_1013817487_o Balwinder Bal, owner of Radix Tavern and Bombay Cuisine, has gone back to his roots, both literally and figuratively. A food man at heart, Bal has transformed the Bombay adjacent Queen’s Pub into a new concept – the Radix Tavern. Radix, a southern-style eatery whose name means “root” in Latin, celebrates its grand opening August 3 and 4. It will focus more on farm fresh food, while still offering craft beer and cocktails with a southern twist.

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Riding the Funicular at John Ball Zoo E-mail
Check out video from the new John Ball Zoo funicular, opening to the public in just a few days!



 
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