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Classic Stereo makes comeback with resurgence of high fidelity

Jay-Z's Tidal and an uptick in vinyl music sales signal a growing demand for high-res audio.

Classic Stereo and Video returns to Grand Rapids

Bekins is bringing back the high-end retailer and its former management team.

Extraordinary Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire

In the recent blockbuster, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the title character, played by Ben Stiller, changes his timecard-punching life forever when he travels to hunt down a mysterious freelance photographer. It's no coincidence that his adventure quickly lands him in none other than Iceland, where the otherworldly landscapes and volcanic activity set the backdrop for an experience that changes Walter forever.

Top 10 West Michigan charities for 2013 donations

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.

Why Grand Rapids? Entrepreneurship, startup culture & collaboration - Cliff Wegner

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.

RapidBlog: No groceries downtown GR? Think again.

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.

Data test: how do Facebook's "promoted" posts REALLY work?

There's been a bit of a kerfuffle lately in the Facebook marketing community regarding the changes the platform has been making to its newsfeed algorithms. Late in September, business pages began to notice engagement rates with their posts dropping through the floor.

Why Grand Rapids with Kris Larson, Part 1: downtown freedom, rentable bikes & crowdsourcing ideas for community building

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.

Why Grand Rapids: Creative problem solving & unexpected adventures in nonprofit - Lori Slager

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.

Downtown Ambassadors strive to improve quality of life

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.

Why Grand Rapids: job hunting & career building in West Michigan - Rebecca Dutcher

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.

Serving Something Greater: Local Impact of the Triple Bottom Line, with Rob McCarty

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.

The people in your neighborhood: Madcap Coffee Company

Madcap Coffee Company's coffee and baristas have won international awards, but who's counting? When the coffee's this good, it doesn't really matter. Watch more videos in this series at 616Lofts.com/blog.

Local Review: Mayan Buzz 24 hour coffee shop perks up Grandville Avenue

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.

Why Grand Rapids? Live / work / play GR - Terry Johnston, photographer

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.

Why Grand Rapids with Kris Larson, Part 2: urban economics, critical mass & the future of downtown retail

This is part 2 of 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.

Why Grand Rapids: Downtown Market's boomerang seafood vendor uncovers a community of adventurous eaters - Jeff Butzow

This is the seventh installment of our "Why Grand Rapids?" summer content series. In this issue, we chat with Jeff Butzow, owner of the Downtown Market's new fish market, Fish Lads.

Why Grand Rapids? Community advocacy & place shaking - Josh Leffingwell

This is the second installment in our "Why Grand Rapids?" summer content series. You can read last week's post with photographer Terry Johnston here. This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Josh Leffingwell, a local digital marketer and an active community advocate.

Why Grand Rapids with Kris Larson, Part 3: on tactical urbanism & neighborhood creation

This is part 3 of the eighth and final installment of our "Why Grand Rapids" 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 talk about ways urban residents can use tactical urbanism to own and create their own cites.

Winter placemaking: how can Grand Rapids celebrate its snowy season?

Placemaking is always a rabbit hole of a topic - the ideas and directions just never end. So it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me, when I researched the topic, that winter city planning is a well established field of study in urban development. And why shouldn't it be?

Restoring the charm of old Grand Rapids

616 Development restores the charm of the old Kendall building for a night of storytelling, history and celebration. The 616 Development team For over 40 years, pigeons and bats have been the only tenants in the top four stories of the Kendall Building at 16 Monroe Center.

616 Vendor Profile: First National Bank of Michigan leverages community banking model to ABC

Development deals - like most complex transactions - never happen in a bubble. Here at 616, we are grateful to be surrounded by a superb team of advisors and vendors who, in many ways, make it possible for us to do what we do.