Van Andel Institute Breaks Ground on Phase II E-mail
The Van Andel Institute formally announced its $170 million Phase II expansion project with a special groundbreaking ceremony April 12. Scheduled for completion late in 2009, the eight-story, 240,000 square-foot addition will triple available lab space and create approximately 550 jobs for the Grand Rapids economy.

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Clearly, It’s Spring E-mail
Each year as Grand Rapids welcomes spring to the area, thousands of butterflies are also being welcomed at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The Lena Meijer conservatory is home to over 40 species of butterflies from March through April during Foremost’s Butterflies are blooming exhibit.

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65 Monroe Center to Become Condos E-mail
'An exquisite boutique-style living experience' is what Virgin Soil is calling its newest project, 65 Monroe Center. Partnering with Rockford Construction, this development will house four condos on the main floor ranging in size from 750 to 1,100 square feet. A newly constructed third floor will feature one 4,000 square foot condo.

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Michigan Wine Tasting to Benefit Local Hospitality Scholarships E-mail
Michigan is home to more than 40 wineries that use locally-grown fruit to produce award-winning wines and ultimately contributing millions of dollars to the state’s tourism industry. To celebrate these facts, and to generate dollars for its hospitality scholarship program, the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) is hosting its 2nd Annual Michigan Wine Tasting on Tuesday, March 20 at The Heritage Restaurant at Grand Rapids Community College.
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Ultimate Sport Show Returns to DeVos Place E-mail
Casting back to 1946, Michigan’s oldest sports show once again returns to DeVos Place. The 62nd annual Ultimate Sport and RV show opens its doors on Thursday, boasting 350 exhibitors. This year’s exhibits will feature an 110,000 gallon indoor lake, fishing tackle, outfitters, boats, RVs and the opportunity to fish indoors.

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West Michigan Home and Garden Show Blooms at Devos Place E-mail
Devos Place is the perfect location to be this weekend if you’re tired of the winter weather. The West Michigan Home and Garden show makes it way to Grand Rapids; bringing with it a sense of spring. This year’s show boasts more than 400 exhibitors, several of those being landscapers and designers.

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Food & Wine Symposium Presents Tastes from Around the World E-mail
One of Grand Rapids' premier wine and food tasting events returns to the Public Museum Friday, February 23. Visitors will be able to sample more than 300 wines from France, Germany and Italy, as well as Australia, Spain and Israel.

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Boat Show Navigates into Grand Rapids E-mail
Michigan’s oldest nautical show returns to Grand Rapids for the 62nd time this weekend, bringing with it more than 400 boats and displays, demonstrations and live entertainment. The expo, running February 14-18 at DeVos Place, will also feature antique boats, a tow vehicle display and the chance to win prizes.

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