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Biz Beat: December 2021

Written by  Josh Veal and Revue staff
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OPENED: Bobcat Bonnie’s arrived from across the state in Breton Village, at 1968 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids. This beloved Detroit restaurant is known for a fun atmosphere, one-of-a-kind drinks and damn good food. Head into the Grand Rapids location for incredible tots, burgers, sandwiches, comfort food and more — not to mention brunch with legendary Bloody Mary and mimosa bars. 

OTONO opened doors at 317 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, nearby Basic Bee Boutique and Second Dance Formal Consignment. OTONO is a second-hand retail store and consignment shop, as well as a social enterprise. They exist not only to sell clothes, but to create community around culture, share joy, offer opportunities and have a positive impact on their Heartside community. Head there for clothes, shoes, accessories, homeware goods, kitchen and dining ware, and home décor.

Downtown Grand Rapids welcomed a new neighborhood wine shop in the form of Grand Vin at 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Suite 120. The shop strives to bring co-owners Tom and Kim’s shared love of wine and passion for hospitality to the city, using Tom’s sommelier expertise. Grand Vin showcases smaller production wineries as well as some locally made, specialty grocery items. Stop in for “real wine, made by real people.” 

Wahlburgers joined downtown as well, moving in at 10 Ionia Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, sitting on the ground floor of the new Residence Inn by Marriott. This restaurant chain was started by the Wahlburg brothers and has seen resounding success thanks to impressive burgers like the O.F.D. with two beef patties, swiss cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and tomato jam. 

Creston Brewery reopened at 1504 Plainfield Ave. Ne, Grand Rapids, under new management after being acquired by Saugatuck Brewing Co. Co-owner Scott Schultz remains the head brewer, so you can get all your favorites on tap, from Bokonon to GRale. The tap list also includes Saugatuck beer, however, and the food menu has been completely redone due to Covid. Check out the full story in this issue.

Lazy Dazy Coffee joined the mobile beverage scene in West Michigan, offering specialty beverages from Chai Tea Lattes to Caramel Macchiato. Head to @lazydazycoffee on Instagram to follow the truck’s journeys, or book Lazy Dazy for your private event of any size.

After years of waiting (personally speaking), K-ROK is finally open in downtown Grand Rapids at 169 Louis Campau Promenade NW, right across the walkway from Z’s Bar & Restaurant. From the people behind Emonae Korean BBQ comes this Korean BBQ restaurant and karaoke bar. Except, this isn’t your typical karaoke — this is private karaoke, where you can hang, eat, drink and sing in a room with just your friends.

Kalamazoo got a treat with the arrival of MI Boba, a new local bubble tea and dessert shop at 1750 S. Drake Rd. Suite B. Early reviews are great, with people loving the mochi, macarons, “hot bubble waffles” and more.

CANNA-NEWS

Grassy Knoll provisioning center opened doors in Muskegon at the end of last month, sitting at 2125 Lemuel St. This is Michigan’s first dispensary made of shipping containers, but you’d never know it once inside. Grassy Knoll was once a mere CBD shop, but with this move, they’re expanding into exceptional THC products as well.

Rair expanded into Lowell, marking its third West Michigan location and fourth location overall. Located at 2264 W. Main St., Rair is a special cannabis company that exclusively grows its flower through aeroponics — hence the name. That means no dirt, no toxins, only the good stuff.

Cannabis delivery service Eaze launched in Grand Rapids, in special partnership with Fluresh. Edibles, flower, concentrates, vapes, prerolls — they have it all, delivered right to your doorstep. “Whether you’re gallery-hopping with friends, hitting up a concert at Van Andel, or biking around the city, Eaze is ready to get your favorite THC and CBD products directly to your door, so you can enjoy Grand Rapids even more.”

SKYMINT acquired 3Fifteen Cannabis, a provisioning center chain with 12 shops operating around Michigan, including two in Grand Rapids. This makes SKYMINT the largest cannabis company in the state, with 27 locations and more on the way. If you’re a fan of their Short’s Brewing collaborations like the Soft Parade vape cartridge, this is good news.

Gage Cannabis Co. has put a lot of effort into attracting investors, and it’s paid off with a big acquisition by TerrAscend Corp. of Toronto. “Our team looks forward to joining forces with TerrAscend to create higher industry standards in cultivation, processing, branding, and consumer experiences, as mainstream demand accelerates throughout the country,” said Gage CEO Fabian Monaco. 

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