So much growth has happened on Grand Rapids’ WestSide in such a short period of time. It’s a mecca of services, specialties and wildly inventive shops. Now is the time to get in on the ground level and experience the boom firsthand. This scene here is all about “history, tradition and pride,” says Mark C. Lewis, President and CEO of Neighborhood Ventures. “People really identify with the WestSide and value the investment and new businesses and are cognizant of what’s happening as things move forward.”
Swoon over summertime with happenings for humans and pets alike. Gaze upon golden treasures, watch your pooch perform in agility challenges, or just sit back with a decadent drink and enjoy the soothing sonic majesty only a spinning vinyl record can yield.
When you’re not busy skipping around a maypole and sucking down a Whitsun Ale, you can frolic off to a bevy of events sure to give gusto to your spring fever. This month, you can witness glassblowers battle it out, watch lowriders bounce into West Michigan and support a good cause led by local lady BAMFS.
In the event Amy Zyck and her husband should ever decide to leave Grand Rapids, she’s already made it very clear wherever they go next will be contingent on the town’s roller derby ranking. “I told him, ‘These are the towns I will move to because they are ranked better than Grand Raggidy,” Zyck said. “I will move up, I will not move down.”
Let’s be honest: We all have a little sinful itch that needs scratching every now and again. But you don’t need to be named Dante or traverse the nine circles of Hell to experience the seven deadly sins firsthand. Fortunately for you, West Michigan has you covered.
As millennials and their predecessors continue to push tattoos and body piercings into the mainstream, it begs the question: How necessary are workplace restrictions on these visible forms of identity? Three West Michigan residents tell their stories about tattoos and body modifications in the professional world.
This month is all about satisfying the urges of spring. Go outside. Hike under the stars, discover your own drum beat, vibe on new jams and emote with creative storytelling.
From an epic Irish bonanza and avant garde mimes to clover clad pets and post-modern dancers, this month is going to be weird, wild and wondrous.
February is the longest shortest month either because we live in a Yeti paradise or because we are all love hating monsters. Nonetheless, cold-hearted bastards can still have fun. Race away your angst, discover bygone and potentially deadly beauty accessories, get drunk on sake or actually find a joyful glimmer in your soul when gazing upon masterful dancers.
You can only stay indoors so long before cabin fever sets in. You can't escape the Michigan winter, so you might as well bundle up and have some fun outdoors. Our state takes winter activities seriously, too. There are 51 ski areas and resorts, with 6,500 miles of snow mobile trails and 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails, according to Pure Michigan's website.
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