A hub for social enterprise, creative pursuits and arts and job training, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology helps teens explore creative careers and adults build sustainable futures.
Serving as Michigan’s only barefoot beer festival on the beach, festival goers can enjoy some of the finest craft beer found in the Great Lakes region, revel in local art and food, groove to local and national music acts—all while taking in the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Now in its ninth year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has more than 60 restaurants participating in the 12-day event. Each eatery creates a menu specifically intended to branch out and create something new while staying true to its core concept. It’s a chance for newcomers to try new restaurants and regulars to try new dishes, and it’s happening at nearly every restaurant in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
Since launching Blue Falcon Productions in 2012, Dan Campbell and Jude Walko have spent much of their time helping others produce movies and web series. But last month on July 31, Blue Falcon released its first feature film to iTunes, Amazon, Family Video and more.
In a way, all of Best of the West is about the people. We don’t have any categories for Best Automated Factory Robot — although, even if we did, it takes a human to design that robot. But in this section, we narrow our focus to the specific people who shine bright in our community, as well as the businesses who work hard to make our lives better.
From a self-diagnosed “stuff person,” I know the strong urge to buy all the things. In the quest to live our best lives, it takes some books, flowers, massages, health food goodies, the right footwear and clothes — lots of clothes. A look at the winner’s circle shows you the shops and people that are dominating the scene, providing great customer service and quality merchandise.
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