December calls for an array of holiday events that will get you in the holly-jolly spirit of the season. With festive lights, crafts and music, these events are sure to spread the cheer.
The Granola Mom loves her children, nature and eating healthy — in that order. She wants to teach her kids about the wonders of the world, whether that be flora, fauna or natural formations. These gifts aren’t just for her — they’re for our future.
The Beer Geek has somehow transformed alcohol into a fashionable hobby a-la, “It’s OK Mom, I’m drinking art.” They chase the cutting edge of beer trends, lapping up any barrel-aged beet gose they can get their hands on. Still, a good Beer Geek knows a good time is simple: put some friends and a few pints in the same room, and voila, fun.
Our last-minute gift guide will help you come in strong with that 11th-hour gift. You know you waited too long, but don’t let anyone else catch on. Just for you, we’ve gathered some crowd pleasers that work in a pinch.
As we look back on the year behind us, some beers stand out more than the others. Whether they’re complex and creative or balanced and refined, it’s hard to forget those brews that shine. Here are some of our favorites.
Even with businesses closing here and there, we have more dining, drinking and shopping options than ever. Restaurants are opening so fast, they’re having trouble finding workers, but it’s all to the diner’s benefit. The food scene here is increasingly diverse, with cuisine from all around the world finding a home in West Michigan. Here’s a look back at all the restaurants, breweries and other shops that have arrived or shuttered in 2018.
After more than 25 years in the theater community, Scott Mellema got to play a dream role earlier this year: Shrek.
As 2018 drew to a close, one of the hottest headlines in all of music was whether Michigan’s own Greta Van Fleet deserves the chart-topping attention it’s getting as the second coming of Led Zeppelin. Regardless of the polarizing opinions of publications like Pitchfork, the healthy discourse drew overdue attention to the truly original sounds emanating from our state. Artists with longstanding ties to West Michigan in particular, like Nashville transplants Nathan Kalish and Lindsay Lou, both released outstanding LPs this year to widespread acclaim.
There are some gifts you just can’t find on Amazon Prime. The best gift is a homemade gift, but let’s be honest, you’re no expert. Luckily, West Michigan has plenty of quality artists, crafters and chefs creating one-of-a-kind gifts for you to take home this holiday season. Here are just a few of the many markets around town where you can find the perfect present.
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