The 12 Best Bargain Bin CDs

Written by Mark Deming | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:16 |

Being this is Revue’s Cheap Issue, let’s celebrate the current state of the back catalog CD, starting with this list of a dozen inarguably great bargain-bin albums you can pick up at several chain bookstores and big box emporiums for just five or six dollars a pop. Your locally-owned indie record shop usually has a pile of these titles, as well.

Thrift Store Scores: A Beginner’s Guide to Second-Hand Decorating

Written by Elma Talundzic | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:13 |

Congrats! You’re moving into a new space or maybe just modernizing the interior design of your current crib. Either way, it’s time to get shopping. Whether you’ve just parted ways with your longtime roomie or have just finally decided to retire that tattered Bob Marley poster in the living room, it’s never too late to step into a sleek, mature look.

Can’t Buy Me Love: Cheap Valentine’s Date Ideas

Written by Mayra Monroy | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:12 |

Perhaps it was a turbulent holiday season or maybe you’re just strapped for cash. Either way, prepping for any date, especially Valentine’s Day, can be a stressful task in itself. Those extravagant dates can empty your wallet. Take our advice: Don’t order a pizza and stay in. Treat your date to some of Grand Rapids’ finest locations without breaking the bank.

Treasure Hunt: West Michigan Thrift Gems

Written by Audria Larsen | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:10 |

For the budget minded, or the impossibly hip who prefer to hunt for treasure in lieu of the instant gratification of online shopping, West Michigan has fabulous frugal finds.  Whether you jam on vintage shops offering curated gems, enjoy the charm of a fine antique store, or prefer chic scores strictly available in higher-end resale and consignment shops — here’s where to start.

It’s safe to say Grand Rapids has cemented its place as a growing, up-and-coming city. Of course with big-city culture comes big-city prices. Sure, it’s satisfying to splurge on gourmet $15 burgers or $6 tacos — it’s also easy to let it break the bank. Never fear: The Cheap Bastard is here to save you some dough.

Just Getting Started? Here’s Some Expert Advice

Written by Jayson Bussa | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:04 |

If you’re not the gym type but have been looking to change your lifestyle, you’re probably realized there’s no shortcut to a fit bod. But to help nudge you along, Revue tracked down some experienced personal trainers and fitness experts and asked them how to get off the couch and stay motivated.

Get Outdoors and Out of Town

Written by Mike Coletta | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:19 |

Take advantage of the frigid, white weather by tackling the great outdoors.

Gazelle Sports Brings Runners Together During Winter Run Camp

Written by Lauren Belle | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:16 |

When the alarm vexingly sounds at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the natural instinct is to remain in the warm cocoon of blankets. But as the alarm pierces the silence, members of the Gazelle Sports’ Run Camp skip the snooze. They know what they have to do: Get up, do a few quick stretches, grab a quick bite and head out the door. Their tribe is waiting.

Local Teacher, Mom, Wife ... Marathoner: ‘I want to run far.’

Written by Steve Miller | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:11 |

A good chunk of the 212 Michigan runners that finished the New York Marathon in Nov. came from West Michigan. Most all of them have stories. Why do they do it? Maggie Wilkinson finished in three hours 45 minutes, averaging 8:37 a mile.  She’s the mother of four, a high school math teacher from Middleville, the wife of Sam, a triathlete and 3rd grade teacher.

Yoga Turns Up the Temp

Written by Mayra Monroy | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:08 |

Yoga is often depicted as a slow, soothing workout – a stress reliever. But when it comes to achieving weight-loss and toned muscles, the yoga movement has proven itself as a viable exercise regimen. One way to guarantee an intense sweat session: Hot yoga. 

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