The votes are in. Revue’s inaugural Best of the West poll came to a close on June 25, meaning we’ve had a month to tally the ballots and analyze the results. 

We asked anyone and everyone passionate about West Michigan to vote for their favorite local establishments and/or people in 127 categories, from New Restaurant and Best Bartender to Farmers’ Market and Best Record Store. Find out who won!

Michigan Road Trips: Roads worth traveling

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 29 July 2016 10:40 |

Any road trip that’s worth a damn must include roads that are fun to drive. 

And if we’re being honest, we need to drop this bombshell: Despite being the state that put America on wheels, Michigan has precious few engaging roads for the discerning driver. Here are three worthy and engaging “drivers’ roads” around Michigan that will get your heart racing, whether you’re piloting a capable sportscar or just a mundane family truckster.

Michigan Road Trips: A guide to visiting the state’s hidden gems

Written by REVUE Staff | Friday, 29 July 2016 10:33 |

This summer, resist the urge to sit in your air-conditioned abode. Get out of town and hit the highway before the roads are iced over once again. 

To get you started, Revue’s staff offers up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations outside of West Michigan.

This month in business news: new dining and drinking establishments, including Creston Brewery, Steel Cat Bar, and a re-opening for Supermercado Mexico.

Stacked Lineup: Stack Rapids Mixtape Spotlights GR Talent

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:36 |

After 28 years of life in Grand Rapids, hip-hop artist Ajax Stacks, aka Avery Jackson, has developed a fierce pride for the city and its culture.

That loyalty was the impetus for Stack Rapids, a free 20-song mixtape featuring 30 of the city’s busiest lyricists — from the up-and-comers to established GR names, like AB and Fable the Poet. The freshly released compilation features executive producer Stacks on every track, alongside a diverse cast of distinctive area talents.

“You’re a product of your environment, and this is my environment,” he said. “Especially with Chicago and Detroit being so close, it’s easy to lose track of who we are, rather than trying to find our own sound. Grand Rapids is an upcoming underdog and I want to represent that.”

On the Radar: 10 West Michigan bands to check out this summer

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 06 June 2016 09:50 |

From new bands on the brink of stardom to mainstays long overdue for the local spotlight, West Michigan is packed with fantastic musicians who deserve more eyes and ears. We’ve rounded up just a few of them here, spanning the wide range of sounds and styles you’ll find all over the region. Take a listen!

Beer, bikes and building: A trio made in heaven

Written by Nick Manes | Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:07 |

Cycling followed by a beer may not be a new combination, but a May 26 event in Grand Rapids will bring the two even closer together.

The Local Trades Alley Cat bike race, a free event designed for riders of all experience levels, will take attendees to venues all over the city, from bars and restaurants to construction company headquarters.
At each stop, riders will receive a hole punch in their card, and at the conclusion of the race, riders with the most punches have the most opportunities for prizes through a raffle.

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