Biz Beat January 2022

Brewery Nyx is on shelves now! This is Grand Rapids’ first fully gluten-free brewery, but they have a goal of drinkers being unable to even tell it’s sans gluten, as far as taste and body goes. They’re beginning with a limited supply at Bridge Street Market, featuring a stout and Bavarian-style lager, with many more flavors to come in the new year. Visit for more information.

5 Lakes Brew Pub moved from a quite remote location in Dorr to a new hotspot in Tanger Outlets, now located at 350 84th St. SW, Byron Center. Unfortunately, the bowling alley attached to 5 Lakes was forced to close by the pandemic, which was a big part of the decision to move. 5 Lakes also switched to a brew pub, allowing them to have outside beers on tap.

Stan’s Tacos opened a third location at 67 Ottawa Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, taking the place of Wheelhouse, which shuttered when the pandemic hit. This small local chain began as Stan Diego in Standale, before changing names to be more versatile. The new location is serving creative tacos, margaritas and snacks exclusively as a take-out spot until staffing improves.

Another new taco joint is Tacos El Cuñado, which just opened another location at 3140 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. We’re honestly not totally sure on the official connection between all the Tacos El Cuñados in town, but we do know that everywhere with that name has delicious, authentic tacos on the cheap, and we’re here for more of that.

Café de Miro is an excellent Kurdish-style Mediterranean restaurant in Breton Village, and has now expanded to the Downtown Market at 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. The eatery offers gyros, salads, falafel, baba ghanoush, and much more flavorful food. For those missing the likes of Marie Catrib’s, this is your new lunch spot.

Need some java? How about a massage to go with it? Head to Communitea Wellness, a new spot near the Creston neighborhood at 781 College Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. This wellness center features three highly trained massage therapists and a reiki practitioner, along with coffee and tea up-front from Lotus Brew Coffee. Feel free to stop in for just a drink — no massage needed!

The Darling Style is a new boutique open downtown Grand Rapids at 307 S. Division Avenue. This shop has been gathering followers with its unique, curated, feminine, classy style for years now, so a storefront only made sense. Head on in for just about every dress you could ever hope for.