Grand New: 601 West Opens Doors in West Side Neighborhood

Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood has officially welcomed a new residential building that is perfect for those looking for a unique, modern and centrally-located place to call home. 601 West, located at 601 Lake Michigan Drive, recently announced that it is officially welcoming residential tenants to lease available apartments. The brand new building features 63 units and 8,500 square feet […]

Grand New: Body By Choice Expands to New, Larger Studio

It is almost officially beach season in Michigan and that means a lot of people are going to be stepping up their fitness game in the next month or so. Just in time, Body By Choice, a premier personal training studio in West Michigan, has moved and expanded into a larger studio located at 4070 Lake Drive, Suite 103. With […]

Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Dinner Blog

This past week I attended the 2018 Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Dinner, hosted by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, at The Cultural Center at St. Nicholas. The evening was a wonderful coming together of the West Michigan community to honor the 2018 award recipient, and all around wonderful person, Shelley Irwin, the well-known and loved radio host […]

Local Reporting, National Impact: Marisa Kwiatkowski on Breaking the USA Gymnastics Story

The first annual Robert Mayberry COMM-UNITY Series will be hosting journalist Marisa Kwiatkowski as its first speaker on Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium. Kwiatkowski, a 2005 GVSU Journalism alumna and IndyStar reporter, first broke the investigative story on Dr. Larry Nassar and the sexual abuse within the USA Gymnastics organization. The […]

Created by kids; Gifted by you

As the holidays approach, so does holiday shopping and the pressure to give the perfect gift. Hint: It’s not fruitcake (it’s never fruitcake). How can you possibly top the nuts you gave last year? Trust us, you can. If you have kids or really creative nieces and nephews, put them to work creating products that will be perfect under the […]

Russo’s International Market: Wine Frappe

Summer is meant for frozen spiked beverages, right? Ok – Summer does include other things but they are all much more enjoyable with a beverage of the alcohol variety. Sweeten up your summer by trying Russo’s International Market’s unique, thirst quenching, wine frappe recipes (Hint: Frappe means “slushie” in Italian). Even if you are not a wine drinker, you need […]

29th Annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival

The 29th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival hosted by the Grand Rapids Pride Center (GRPC) is taking place this week! Events will take place everyday this week leading up to Saturday’s headlining concert featuring Billy Gilman, star of The Voice, at Calder Plaza. Opening acts include Bonnie McKee, DJ Citizen Jane, Liptick Jodi, DJ Keller Shaw, Dymond Denae Rumors House Divas, and […]

Grocery Store and Restaurant to Open This Summer Downtown

This summer Russo’s International Market will be expanding to a 4,500-square-foot second store location, located at 241 W. Fulton St, a space that was previously occupied by Bagger Dave’s. The second location will feature catering, grocery, delivery, curbside pick-up and a 60-seat indoor and a 40-seat outdoor restaurant. Russo’s International Market is proudly run by the 3rd and 4th generation Russo family members. […]

Russo’s International Market: Wine & Pairings, Part One

According to the Wine Institute, 913 million gallons of wine were consumed in the United States in 2015, or roughly 3 gallons of wine consumed by each U.S. adult. Long story short: That’s a lot of wine. Since we are drinking this much vino, we obviously need to have accompanying noshes. So, what are our choices? Local wine distributor, Russo’s International […]

Recap of Uncut, Student-Produced Documentary, “Rhythm & Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids”

On Tuesday, February 28, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) premiered its uncut, student-produced documentary, “Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids.” The first premiere of the documentary drew a packed-house at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Attendees of all ages and walks-of-life attended the premiere, many of which experienced the racial […]