Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:35

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

Written by  Josh Veal
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Irie Kitchen now open in Kentwood. Irie Kitchen now open in Kentwood.


Kingma’s Market is opening its second location this month at the corner of Fulton Street and Ada Drive in Ada’s new village. The market’s original Plainfield location has become known for its Michigan-made products, fresh meat and craft beer selection. The new store will carry on that legacy, while also introducing a sushi bar and a new Rowster Coffee location.

Elliott’s News is opening back up in downtown Grand Rapids, this time in the lobby of McKay Tower (146 Monroe Center St. NW). The 105-year-old newsstand was the last of its kind when it closed in December 2016 due to renovations in its previous building, 50 Monroe Place.

Irie Kitchen (6630 Kalamazoo Ave. SE) has opened out in Kentwood, offering a straightforward menu of jerk- and curry-flavored chicken, pork, goat and tofu, along with classic Jamaican sides like plantains and festivals. Irie is all about serving up “healthy, organic” Jamaican food.

The Grand Rapids-based Joon + Co is launching Sept. 12. While the new “high-end, ethical,” women-owned fashion store will be online only at first, the goal is to someday open a shop in Grand Rapids.



As some doors open, others continue to close. Mangiamo! (1033 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids) had its last day on Aug. 20, despite last spring’s extensive remodeling and menu changes. The Gilmore Collection will maintain ownership of the historic mansion, instead converting it to a special-event space named Paddock Place.

Arcadia Brewing Co. (103 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek) is closing its downtown Battle Creek location this month, but only to open a new downtown location early next year. Arcadia began in the space 21 years ago, but founder Tim Suprise said the move is an effort to reinvigorate the brewery. Meanwhile, the headquarters and brewing operations in Kalamazoo will remain open.

Corner Bar (31 N. Main St., Rockford) suffered a massive fire last month, wreaking havoc on the 144-year-old building and community staple. The city has rallied around the bar, known for its chili dogs and Hot Dog Wall of Fame. The bar is determined to rebuild and reopen, though the cost and timeline of that undertaking remains unknown as of yet.


Other changes:

Macatawa Ale Company (102 S. River Ave., Holland) is seeking to acquire 8th Street Grille (20 W. 8th St., Holland), to move into the restaurant’s basement and open a brewpub. If successful, the brewing company will move all operations to the basement, while 8th Street Grille remains fully operational.


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