It's that time of year again: time to select a few last charitable organizations to support through end of year donations. Whether you're making donations from your own personal funds or on behalf of a company, giving is an important part of building and belonging to our community - on a hyperlocal, national and international scale.
This is the fourth installment of our "Why Grand Rapids" summer content series. In this issue, we sat down with Cliff Wegner, owner of up-and-coming web and app development firm Mighty in the Midwest, to talk entrepreneurship, collaboration and innovation in Grand Rapids' thriving tech hub.
Where do you buy groceries when you live in downtown Grand Rapids? The question is simple, but the answer is not. If you're looking for a single, one-stop-shop, the truth is that right now, we just don't have one. I work in urban development, so unpacking GR's "grocery problem" is a hazard I interact with all the time.
This is the eighth and final installment of our "Why Grand Rapids" content series. In this three-part installment, we sit down with Kris Larson, president and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (formerly known as the Downtown Development Authority), to gain an inside perspective on how our growing city is being rebuilt.
This is the fifth installment of our "Why Grand Rapids?" summer content series. In this issue, we sit down with Lori Slager, owner of the Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand, and Executive Director of the Creative Youth Center, a nonprofit organization which provides creative writing, journalism and tutoring to underprivileged youth in Grand Rapids.
DGRI's Downtown Ambassador program works to make life downtown better for residents, businesses and workers, while addressing the homeless and panhandling population. Downtown Ambassador, Veronica Aho, welcomes the people of Grand Rapids with a smile Most of us who live or work downtown have seen them: the Downtown Ambassadors.
This is the sixth installment of our "Why Grand Rapids?" summer content series. In this issue, we chat with Rebecca Dutcher, Director of Business Development for BluFish Consulting and a veteran of the downtown professional community.
This is part of a 12 month series of interviews with Grand Rapids business leaders and decision makers. Each of these influencers is connected by their pursuit of a higher purpose, whether that purpose is economic growth for this area; a diverse and healthy residential community; a revitalized and biodiverse Grand River; or the formation of a more socially responsible business culture.
If you heard a collective cheer coming from 208 Grandville Avenue this past fall, it was for Grand Rapids' first (and only) 24 hour coffee shop, Mayan Buzz. Located on the ground floor of 206 Grandville (aka 616 Lofts on Grandville), this Honduran-inspired cafe has a full menu of coffee, espresso, soups, sandwiches and pastries.
Welcome to the first installment of 616 Lofts' summer content series: Why Grand Rapids? From now through August, we'll be sitting down every other week to chat with influential Grand Rapidians who live, work or play (or all of the above) downtown, exploring their thoughts about our city's growth, its challenges and what it has to offer a generation of up-and-comers.