Michigan Road Trips: A guide to visiting the state’s hidden gems

Written by REVUE Staff | Friday, 29 July 2016 10:33 |

This summer, resist the urge to sit in your air-conditioned abode. Get out of town and hit the highway before the roads are iced over once again. 

To get you started, Revue’s staff offers up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations outside of West Michigan.

The Style Issue 2016

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 29 February 2016 18:54 |

Welcome to Revue’s first ever STYLE Issue! This inaugural special section spotlights some of West Michigan’s most fashionable people, places and (locally-made) products.

While there are not enough pages to feature every worthy local fashionista, Revue chatted with 11 style mavens from various areas of expertise: Local fashion bloggers, boutique owners, personal shoppers and more. 

From there, Revue delves deeper with our West Michigan Style File, highlighting a sample of what other chic natives have to offer. From interior designers to bakers of fabulous treats — it’s a mixed bag of fab!

Chic on the Cheap

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 01 February 2016 11:12 |

Being stylish yet frugal is a fine line to walk — especially in stilettos. Likely, you want one stop shopping where digging is minimal and selection is top-notch — like your rich friend’s closet. If you can’t swing that, here’s the next best thing: reBlue, located at 1423 Lake Dr. SE in Eastown.

Affordable art

Written by Nicole Rico | Monday, 01 February 2016 11:09 |

If you’ve got a burning desire to take in a museum and admire expensive pieces of art, but are still trying to pay off those shockingly high overage charges on your cell phone bill, here’s a shortlist of artsy West Michigan hotspots that won’t wipe you out.

A Shortlist of Free Live Music Events

Written by Nicolette Chambery | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:19 |

Revue let's you keep rockin' in the free world with this list of free local music events.

The 12 Best Bargain Bin CDs

Written by Mark Deming | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:16 |

Being this is Revue’s Cheap Issue, let’s celebrate the current state of the back catalog CD, starting with this list of a dozen inarguably great bargain-bin albums you can pick up at several chain bookstores and big box emporiums for just five or six dollars a pop. Your locally-owned indie record shop usually has a pile of these titles, as well.

Thrift Store Scores: A Beginner’s Guide to Second-Hand Decorating

Written by Elma Talundzic | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:13 |

Congrats! You’re moving into a new space or maybe just modernizing the interior design of your current crib. Either way, it’s time to get shopping. Whether you’ve just parted ways with your longtime roomie or have just finally decided to retire that tattered Bob Marley poster in the living room, it’s never too late to step into a sleek, mature look.

Can’t Buy Me Love: Cheap Valentine’s Date Ideas

Written by Mayra Monroy | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:12 |

Perhaps it was a turbulent holiday season or maybe you’re just strapped for cash. Either way, prepping for any date, especially Valentine’s Day, can be a stressful task in itself. Those extravagant dates can empty your wallet. Take our advice: Don’t order a pizza and stay in. Treat your date to some of Grand Rapids’ finest locations without breaking the bank.

Treasure Hunt: West Michigan Thrift Gems

Written by Audria Larsen | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:10 |

For the budget minded, or the impossibly hip who prefer to hunt for treasure in lieu of the instant gratification of online shopping, West Michigan has fabulous frugal finds.  Whether you jam on vintage shops offering curated gems, enjoy the charm of a fine antique store, or prefer chic scores strictly available in higher-end resale and consignment shops — here’s where to start.

It’s safe to say Grand Rapids has cemented its place as a growing, up-and-coming city. Of course with big-city culture comes big-city prices. Sure, it’s satisfying to splurge on gourmet $15 burgers or $6 tacos — it’s also easy to let it break the bank. Never fear: The Cheap Bastard is here to save you some dough.

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