Tuesday, 27 December 2016 12:16

West Michigan Biz Beat: Openings, closings and other local business news for January

Written by  Josh Veal
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A new brewery, Graffiti Brewing Co., wants to manufacture and bottle beer in Grandville, with no plans for a taproom at the start. The company hopes to have all necessary permits by mid-2017.


The owners of Ada Pour House have begun work on The Blue Moose Sports Pub (6240 28th St., Grand Rapids), a new farm-to-table sports bar concept where the Cascade Sports Bar and Grill once stood.



Adored Boutique (968 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids) has opened next door to the Pickwick Tavern. Adored carries modern women’s apparel and accessories that have only been produced by ethical manufacturers. On top of that, 15 percent of profits go to charity partners.


A few doors over, Kava Kasa (962 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids) opened doors, bringing the kava craze to West Michigan. Kava is a root from the pacific islands, which alleviates anxiety and gives a feeling somewhat similar to alcohol except without the intoxication. The cafe also serves tea and cacao and is open until 2 a.m. on weekends as a social alternative to the bar scene.


Squibb Coffee Bar (955 Wealthy St. SE) opened in Grand Rapids’ Eastown. The Squibb family intends for the shop to be a community space, soon offering wine and cheese in addition to the coffee, tea and pastries it currently has available.


Mercy Supply Co. (634 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) has a new shop next to Rowster Coffee and Mokaya. The company has become known in the area for its handcrafted goods, from leather hats and wallets to canvas vests and craftsman aprons.


Other changes:

Italian restaurant Tre Cugini (122 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids) was acquired by Uccello’s Hospitality Group, which currently runs five Uccello’s locations around West Michigan and Herb & Fire Pizzeria. Tre Cugini closed on Dec. 17 and the new owners’ plans for the business are still unknown at this time.


Palazzolo’s Artisan Gelato & Sorbetto has released a new line of gelato in new “collectable” metal tins, with all corn syrup removed and replaced by dairy solids for texture.


New Holland Brewing Co. (66 E. 8th St., Holland) announced a partnership with Pabst Brewing Co., in which the Los Angeles domestic beer company will use its extensive distribution network to distribute New Holland’s beer all over the country. Pabst will take a cut of the profits, but no money was exchanged up-front and New Holland will remain independent. (More on that here.)


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


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