• Joshua Solas: Crossing Boundaries and Influencing Minds

    Joshua Solas: Crossing Boundaries and Influencing Minds

    Originally from Bull Bay, Jamaica, Joshua Solas moved to Grand Rapids to pursue an education at Kendall College of Art and Design and stayed for the opportunities and artistic community. His work uses a variety of mediums to tell stories and talk about today’s issues. After graduating, Solas launched his own art brand, SolasInk, and continues to create logos, murals and paintings while traveling the world. Read More
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  • Last Call: New Hotel Mertens Last Call: New Hotel Mertens

    Patrons of New Hotel Mertens may notice that the French restaurant’s cocktail menu is original to the erstwhile hotel in the 1940s. It’s a classic, pre-prohibition era menu gracefully updated with both modern and internationally renowned spirits. 

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  • Brut IPA: The real champagne of beers Brut IPA: The real champagne of beers

    With a newly created IPA variation, craft brewers are offering a novel way to showcase hops in a style that falls on the opposite end of the spectrum from the much-hyped New England IPAs. 

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  • Suburban Satisfaction: Fantastic eateries on the outer edge Suburban Satisfaction: Fantastic eateries on the outer edge

    Jell-O salads, 44-oz. drinks, Wish Bone Italian dressing, John Cheever — these seemingly disparate items conjure up nothing if not our preconceived image of the suburbs, in all its milquetoast glory. 

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  • Sip, Savor, Sample: A firsthand preview of Restaurant Week 2018 Sip, Savor, Sample: A firsthand preview of Restaurant Week 2018

    Now in its ninth year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has more than 60 restaurants participating in the 12-day event. Each eatery creates a menu specifically intended to branch out and create something new while staying true to its core concept. It’s a chance for newcomers to try new restaurants and regulars to try new dishes, and it’s happening at nearly every restaurant in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

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  • 10 Local Bands to Watch in 2018 10 Local Bands to Watch in 2018

    There’s no better time than the New Year to discover some great new music. West Michigan continues to overflow with an absolute wellspring of creative talent and the abundance of artists on the brink of breaking out has never been greater. So as you’re making New Year’s resolutions to broaden your horizons and welcome 2018 with fresh eyes and ears, take note of some of the names on this list — you might just end up listening all year. 

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