Camper, Travel & RV Show Opens Jan 17 E-mail
If you’re in the market for a trailer, motor home, or for a place to people-watch, head downtown to DeVos Place this weekend for the 2008 Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show. The largest such show in the state will have a dozen West Michigan RV dealers displaying more than 125 RVs ready for inspection. Travel trailers, fifth wheels, truck campers, and folding camping trailers will also be exhibited.

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New Bar in Town Not Like the Others E-mail
Mark Sellers, a native Grand Rapidian, loves beer. “You want a well-poured, well carbonated beer with a nice layer of foam at the top,” he says, “that’s the best taste you’re going to get.” I suggest you take his word for it, because he knows what he’s talking about. Lucky for us, Mark opened a bar.

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Small Town Band Meets Big Time Success E-mail
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a piece on a documentary featuring Grand Rapids restaurant Yesterdog. In the article I quoted founder Bill Evans as saying, “Don’t worry about getting a lot of variety. Just find your niche and do it well.” Three weeks later I found myself interviewing a band that has taken that Midwest philosophy to heart--and on the road. They don’t bother themselves with the latest trend or popular sound. They found their niche, and they do it well. That is for sure.

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Bar Scene Remains Unchanged (Meanwhile….) E-mail
Here is my usual experience when I go “out to the bar”: I pay too much for bad drinks, there is nowhere to sit, and I am assaulted with bad music, neon beer signs, and several football games I don’t care about.

Here is my experience with a new bar in town: I buy a couple of delicious Michigan beers for my wife and me at a reasonable price. Eclectic music fits nicely into the background while we have a chat with some friends. I’m talking about The Meanwhile Bar on the corner of Wealthy and Diamond.

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GRNow Catches Up with Jim Brickman E-mail
He’s won multiple songwriting awards. He’s produced gold and platinum records. He’s the most successful performer you may have never heard of. He’s Jim Brickman and he’s coming to town December 26th and performing at Devos Hall.

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Grand Rapids' Holiday Tradition E-mail
As far as Holiday traditions go, few can stack up against The Nutcracker Ballet which has positively stood the test of time by being nearly synonymous with the Christmas season. This year, the Grand Rapids Ballet will continue it’s more than thirty year tradition of performing the Ballet for Grand Rapids audiences at the Devos Performance Hall.

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Hopcat Opens January 12 E-mail
Hopcat will be opening in the former location of the Sierra Room at 25 Ionia on January 12. The beer bar will have 49 beers on tap and 125 bottled beers, including a wide variety of Michigan microbrews. Hopcat will also have its own mini-brewery for guest brewers who will create custom beers on a monthly basis. In the winter, a fully enclosed heated outdoor smoking area will be offered and canvas siding will be pulled away in the summer to create an open-air beer garden. Local band Jimmie Stagger will open as part of the January 12 festivities.

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Go Java Gets Going E-mail
Coffee lovers in the Heartside neighborhood will no longer have to walk as far for their daily fix, now that Go Java has opened on Ionia Ave. The coffee shop takes over the former Hava Java Deli location next to Bar Divani and will focus on a traditional line of coffees and espressos.

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