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West Michigan Biz Beat: A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News, February 2019

Written by  Joe Boomgaard
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Grand Rapids’ newest and perhaps only boutique plant shop opened at 1059 Wealthy St., behind Forty Acres Soul Kitchen. The Plant Parlor offers a range of potted plants for sale, as well as workshops, plant consultations and events. Have a terrarium that needs some TLC? The owners have you covered. 

Here are three words that always go together: Liquor, food and gaming. That just so happens to be what the name of Kalamazoo’s only video game bar, LFG, stands for. The retro gaming lounge opened in the former Casa Bolero space at 116 Portage St. in downtown Kalamazoo. Play your favorite arcade games, board games or old school video game consoles while sipping on game-themed cocktails and munching game-themed finger foods. 

Frankly, it’s about time West Michigan got a pegacorn-themed brewery. Guardian Brewing Co., which held its grand opening in January at 657 63rd St. in Saugatuck, features a range of in-house beers, including the Pegacorn Porter, Nahual Coffee Pale and Golden Phoenix IPA, plus guest taps from the best breweries in Michigan and beyond. The brewpub occupies the former Red Barn Theater and features an internationally inspired seasonal menu. Did we mention they also plan to offer yurt rentals? 

Many places offer a casual, fun environment to enjoy happy hour drinks and quality pub fare. But are those places in a mansion in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood? Of course not, peasant. The former Mangiamo! and current Paddock Place special events venue opened at the end of January as The Pub at Paddock, featuring a full bar and pub eats. The Gilmore Collection spot at 1033 Lake Dr. SE in Grand Rapids will be open to the public on Tuesdays through Sundays, while also offering a venue for hosting parties and weddings. 

Wildroast Coffee Co. opened early January in a renovated century-old building at 4035 Chicago Dr. SW in downtown Grandville. The cozy shop brews beans from Owosso-based roaster Foster Coffee Co., as well as offers a limited menu of croissants, sweets and sandwiches.


After three years in business, grilled cheese and tomato soup shop chain Tom + Chee has served its last bowl at 3060 44th St. SW in Grandville in an outlot in front of Cabela’s, near the RiverTown Mall. Apparently, Cabela’s shoppers aren’t in the mood to carb-load on soup and sandwich combos after bagging their best deals on ammunition and doe urine. For Tom + Chee, the move came as the company also closed locations in Lansing and Southeast Michigan. No soup for you, Michigan! n

—Compiled by Joe Boomgaard

If you have any closings, openings or other business news for REVUE, e-mail josh@revuewm.com.

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