Our 20 Favorite Projects in GR for 2020 (A Letter)

Ionia Avenue looking from the new Residence Inn under construction   Dear family, friends and loved ones near and far, Happy New Year! It’s once again that time of year to give you an update on the exciting new projects going on around town, and of course, our favorites! Our little city continues to grow and bloom and there are […]

Our 19 Most Anticipated Projects For GR for 2019

  With the year ending with stock market volatility, political turmoil, affordable housing debates, parking debates and many other things to give us all a bit too much anxiety, we thought it would be a great opportunity during this holiday season to celebrate the continued growth in our thriving community. While many local development gurus expected that 2019 would slow […]

Grand New: “Canopy by Hilton” hotel unveiled for Studio Park development on Ionia in Heartside District

The Hilton Hotel chain announced this week that their new concept, the Canopy by Hilton, will anchor the Eastern portion of the Studio Park movie theater and mixed use project planned behind the Van Andel Arena. The fledgling hotel line will be the “first of its kind” in Michigan according to the developers. The eight story 164 room hotel will […]

“Opening Soon”: A sign of the times on Wealthy Street

Wealthy Street has built a reputation in the past 10 years as a food and drink destination, with over 40 new businesses that didn’t exist a decade ago. But if you haven’t been on Wealthy Street lately, you’ve missed its recent explosion of retail stores, with a slew in the process of opening soon; many in time for the holiday […]

Perched High Above Downtown Grand Rapids

Pioneer Construction and Ericksons Crane were nice enough to invite GRNow up for a birds-eye view of construction going on the new 16-story apartment tower 601 Bond, in Monroe North in downtown Grand Rapids. The tip of the crane sits at a stomach-churning 280′ above the deck below. Come along with us, if you can stomach it!   The halfway […]

Three new Michigan-based pubs joining Bridge Street on the West Side

  The West Side of Grand Rapids continues to boom, particularly Bridge Street, and it’s set to become one of the biggest foodie and beverage-loving destinations in Michigan. Greg Lobdell, owner of North Peak Brewing Company of Traverse City, has filed applications with the city of Grand Rapids for a new restaurant called North on the first floor and a […]

Grand New: The Sparrows Coffee and Newsstand and Books & Mortar Expand to the West Side

There’s nothing like the smell of books and coffee in the morning…or afternoon..or any time. Two local small businesses that have made quite a name for themselves in the East Hills neighborhood, are partnering and have expanded to the West Side of Grand Rapids. The Sparrows Coffee and Newsstand has become quite a staple on Wealthy Street since it opened […]

Monroe North is Getting Hot!

Just about everywhere you go in Grand Rapids these days, you see construction going on: new apartments, new college campus buildings, new hotels and office buildings, and yes roads! While the West Side, East Hills and Michigan Street have been getting much of the attention and projects in the last 10 years, the Monroe North area sat quietly with its […]

New “Hancock” restaurant proposed for the old Wealthy Street Station location

Plans have been submitted to the City of Grand Rapids’ Historic Preservation Commission for a new restaurant called Hancock at the corner of Wealthy Street and Fuller Avenue to replace the Wealthy Street Station, which closed in 2015. Paul Lee, owner of Winchester and Donkey Tacqueria proposed the restaurant at a Start Garden event that same year, which would feature […]