West Michigan News

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

December 02, 2010
A multi-use residential and commercial complex along the waterfront of the St. Joseph River and Paw Paw Rivers will be the next phase to be developed at Harbor Shores and MCL Companies has been chosen to do the work.


Category: Community, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

November 18, 2010
It's reported to be the most technologically advanced building on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus and features an automated storage retrieval system (ASRS) that enables the school to house tens of thousands of books in a fraction of the space required by traditional library shelving.

Construction on the $70 million Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons begins May 5, 2011, and project leaders at Pioneer Construction are in the throes of wrapping up subcontractor vetting for the proposed LEED-NC Platinum facility.
Category: Community, Education, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

November 11, 2010
What people will see when traveling down the new Commerce Avenue SW are neat brick-lined sidewalks, 50 freshly planted trees, new bike racks and attractive decorative lighting. Commerce Avenue reopened last week after six months of intensive reconstruction and it's more than just a pretty face.


Category: Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

November 04, 2010

During the week of Nov. 15-19, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages in West Michigan will have a smorgasbord of opportunities to learn, network and be inspired.

As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Grand Valley State University's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will be facilitating a series of 16 events including business plan training, speakers and pitch competitions to help celebrate and inspire imagination and creativity.

Category: Community, Design, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.



Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
Brighton-based McKenzie Bay International launched 12 years ago as a mining company, then made the switch in 2004 to alternative energy. The company eventually ran out of money and a major wind turbine project stalled, but President and CEO Kevin Cook says the firm has not only rebounded but has re-launched as an alternative and renewable energy "research and development visionary."


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

October 07, 2010
ArtPrize is this spectacle -- this dawning, slowly encroaching season, now an integral part of Grand Rapids' autumn. A casual walk for a Grand Rapidian to the bank or a local watering hole reveals a statue that wasn't there before, a mural slowly spreading across the side of a building, a painted piano on a street corner, a pop-up shop in what used to be an unused space. And then it happens. Crowds of people, spilling through crosswalks, strollers everywhere, parties, queues, non-stop discussion, every update of Facebook or Twitter revealing more opinions over individual pieces, crowds, votes and ruckus.

ArtPrize doesn't just appear. It's carefully planned by a team of masterminds, who have successfully turned ArtPrize from an idea into a successful reality for the second year in a row.


Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan

September 19, 2010

Dog owners now have a new place to shop for doggie treats with the opening of Just Dogs Gourmet in downtown Grand Haven.

Located in the former Bodacious Babes store at 107 Washington Ave., owners Jillaine Bunday-Geldersma and her husband, Bryan, offer a delectable selection of gourmet and market treats just for pooches, along with dog collars and leashes.

 

Category: Community, Innovation, WestMichigan

September 16, 2010
"Dog-tired" would be an especially fitting adjective for the members of Dog Story Theater's Board of Directors. The five of them, all unpaid volunteers, have been working beastly hours -- 17 per day spent painting walls, sweeping floors, hanging curtains, installing lights and generally ignoring their bodies' need for sleep -- all in order to fix up their theater's new location in time for the inaugural events held there the weekend of September 10 and 11.


Category: Arts&Culture, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, WestMichigan
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