West Michigan News

May 04, 2011
The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; 3 amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, featured, Food, Holland, Home

February 03, 2011
Habib Mandwee leans his chin into the palm of his hand and lets his mind wander to a dream. He remembers being a boy in Baghdad, Iraq, and spending long, lazy days watching the family cow graze. Perhaps, he muses, someday he might have a small farm. A cow or two grazing in the pasture, sheep, even goats...


Category: Community, Culture, Food, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

February 03, 2011
Malikah Pimpleton had an idea, a business plan and cash flow projections for a take-and-bake pizzeria -- take-and-bake meaning that low-income individuals could purchase a pizza using EBT because it would not be considered prepared food, as in a traditional parlor. Pimpleton was in her early thirties and on her way to a master's degree in business administration at Cornerstone University. She even had an "employee" who would volunteer several hours a week -- her mom, Betty Pimpleton.

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

December 02, 2010
From 1934 to 1985, the owner of the little red brick building on the side of the railroad tracks at 315 East Water Street pumped gasoline into the cars of Kalamazoo residents. In 1993, a bright blue sign with a rising sun advertised Water Street Coffee Joint, and the new owner of that little red brick building, Mark Smutek, began to pump steaming hot coffee into the residents of Kalamazoo.

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, Food, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

September 16, 2010
Billed as one of the Midwest's premier wine destinations, Reserve wine bar will open next week in downtown Grand Rapids. Inside, wine lovers can treat their taste buds to 270 wines while they treat their eyes to a mix of contemporary and vintage design elements as well as artist Ran Ortner's "Open Water No. 24," the first winner of ArtPrize.


Category: Community, Culture, Food, GrandRapids, WestMichigan

September 02, 2010
Grand Rapids' Midtown Neighborhood Association believes its Fulton Street Farmers Market is fertile ground for growing the 90-year-old open-air market into a $3 million all-season marketplace. The group unveiled its proposed plans for a LEED-certified market this week at a public event.


Category: Community, Entertainment, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

August 12, 2010
Ken Courts has 25 years of running Ionia's successful McCord's Farm Market in the bag, and now he and his son Aaron Courts are ready to open a similar fresh fruit and vegetable market in the former Alger Heights Foods location, 2420 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids.


Category: Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Food, Health, WestMichigan

July 29, 2010
A walk-in wine cellar greets diners as soon as they walk through the doors of Theodore's, but the aroma of gourmet dishes for vegans and meat-lovers alike is what beckons them in to enjoy an intimate dining experience.


Category: Entertainment, Food, Holland, Innovation, WestMichigan

April 22, 2010
After 12 years at 24 E. 8th St. in Holland, the location for Kilwin's just wasn't working anymore. The confectioner was sandwiched between retail shops that closed early, greatly reducing customer traffic during the evening hours. And there wasn't enough room for the coffee shop that owners Darl and Judy Dalman wanted to add for Kilwin's new line of cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate.

Category: Community, Food, Holland, WestMichigan

February 25, 2010
If Jason and Kris Spaulding have their way, local growers will drink the fruits of their labor at a new European microbrewery in the middle of the East Hills business district in Grand Rapids.

Brewery Vivant, a microbrewery specializing in French and Belgian beers, is the lead tenant in Locus Development's renovation of the former Spectrum Health Childcare property at 925 Cherry Street.

Category: Community, Culture, Food, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan
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