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West Michigan Biz Beat: Openings, closings and other local business news, June 2018

Written by  Josh Veal
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Pulp & Stem, from the owner of The Paper Studio, has opened in the Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids). The store focuses on gift items, such as fresh floral arrangements, potted plants, cards, stationery, kitchen items, garden items and more. Owner Abbey Fowler also will create custom stationery and invites for special events like weddings.

Birch Lodge (732 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids) finally has reopened after much trial and tribulation. Last July, an electrical fire tore through the kitchen, forcing the bar to close for nearly a year. Most of the historic building was salvaged however, and now the “lodge” is back with food, drinks and Church at Birch (free tacos on Sunday).

After operating as an Etsy store for some time, TENDEN (19 N. 7th St., Grand Haven) now has a physical location open on the lakeshore, featuring a large line of products made by one man, Todd Hancock. The store offers pants, totes, aprons, hats, belts, lanyards, rolls, duffels and more, all handmade in the shop.

Linear Restaurant (1001 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids) is now open on the Grand River, on the ground floor of Homes at River’s Edge. The restaurant is serving up experimental, modern, seasonal American cuisine, such as the vegan farro risotto with adzuki beans, black barley, pistou and grain-ola, or the stuffed quail with pork sausage, rapini, honey and fennel pollen. You’ll also find a large beer, wine and cocktail menu.

Fruition (1405 Lake Dr., Grand Rapids) opened its doors next to E.A. Brady’s in Eastown, featuring green juices, fresh smoothies, bagels, wraps and acai bowls. Acai is a palm fruit, which is then frozen, mashed and topped with granola and other ingredients to make the bowl.


Construction is complete and Gravel Bottom Brewery’s (452 Ada Dr. SE Suite #100, Ada) new location is open for business. The new bar has 20 taps, a larger production facility, more room for customers and a new kitchen with locally sourced, seasonal dishes. Gravel Bottom also plans to acquire a vintner’s license, bringing wine, mead and cider to the taproom.

Ridge Cider (351 W. 136th St., Grant) has begun canning ciders, including Porch Sittin’, with whole bean vanilla and cinnamon; Berries, with strawberries and blueberries; and Raspberry. The 12 oz. cans will be available in stores and at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Concerts. n

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