Tag Archives: Grand Rapids

Images of Art Prize 2018 in Grand Rapids


Some of the approximately 1,200 works of art currently on display in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Advertisements

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Ten cool urban tree canopy maps


Below are a cool and coloful assortment of urban tree canopy maps from around the United States to enjoy on these cold, snowy, and gray days. Each of the maps is unique unto itself, but all clearly depict the green infrastructure … Continue reading

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It’s the only way to fly!


Kudos to Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who announced this past Thursday that Bell’s Brewery will be opening a new brewpub in the Great Hall pre-security shopping/dining portion of the airport terminal. With fantastic beers like Oberon, … Continue reading

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More “GRand” engine houses


After my initial post last week about three grand engine houses which had been preserved in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two readers noted some other ones that I had missed. Thank you John and Dave for the suggestions. : ) Ever … Continue reading

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Grand engine houses of GR


The following photos show three absolutely stunning and historic fire engine houses in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each has been lovingly cared for and restored. Their fine architecture is as impressive today as when they first opened in the latter third … Continue reading

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Smitten by Mitten Brewing Company


Last evening, Alison and I decided to have dinner and drinks at a brand new brewpub in Grand Rapids that opened this past October. Mitten Brewing Company is located in lovingly restored 1890 historic landmark fire station (Engine House #9) … Continue reading

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In the land o’ lake o’ffect snow


Over the past several weeks I have had my first prolonged opportunity to experience what it is like to live in the land of lake effect snows. Just last Friday evening and overnight we received 15 inches of new lake … Continue reading

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GR’s “Wealthy” home of tasty treats


Located just southeast of downtown Grand Rapids is a delightful third place full of sweet and tasty treats that first opened in 2002. The Wealthy Street Bakery was one of the first places Alison took me in Grand Rapids after … Continue reading

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The sweet harmony of beer and pizza in Grand Rapids


On Saturday night, we had a chance to stop by a fairly new brewpub in the trendy Eastown Business District of Grand Rapids. Harmony Brewing Company opened its doors approximately a year ago near the intersection of Lake and Wealthy … Continue reading

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HopCat abounds with beer and more


HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids is rightfully touted as being rated as one of the best beer bars in the world. It is a top-notch venue and serves up a ginormous selection of beers including 49 on tap and 200 … Continue reading

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