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My Town Grand Rapids: New Partners for Racism-Free Community

My Town Grand Rapids: New Partners for Racism-Free Community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nine more businesses and organizations have joined the Partners for Racism-Free Community in the journey to become racism free.

The following institutions successfully completed the program to become a full partner:

  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Sports Grille
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders
  • The Source
  • Tall Turf Ministries
  • Family Futures (formerly Child & Family Resource Council)
  • YWCA West Central Michigan
  • St Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Grand Valley State University

To become a full partner, these organizations addressed six key areas to help eliminate racism in the workplace, including:

  • Leadership Engagement
  • Internal Policies, Practices and Processes
  • External Collaborations and Relationships
  • Contractor, Supplier and/or Vendor Practices
  • Client, Congregation, Customer an

Grand Rapids Downtown Market merchants offer Valentine's Day deals and specials

Grand Rapids Downtown Market merchants offer Valentine's Day deals and specials

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Merchants at Grand Rapids Downtown Market are getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

Aperitivo is offering Raclette for Two, a cheesy meal you can finish toasting at your table or take home.

Give your old wine corks new life with ReCORK

Give your old wine corks new life with ReCORK

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids restaurant is giving wine lovers another excuse to drink.

As part of its partnership with ReCORK, Houlihan’s is collecting old wine corks that will be recycled into sustainable footwear and other upcycled products.  The restaurant says even though cork is completely natural, renewable and biodegradable, most wine corks end up in landfills.   Since cork trees take up to 50 years to mature and can only be harvested every nine years, cork can be a hot commodity.

Houlihan’s is one of the few cork recycling drop-off locations in Grand Rapids.  Corks can be dropped off inside the bin located near the restaurant’s entryway.  Houlihan’s is located at 1968 Breton Road SE in Grand Rapids. The other drop-off locations include Art of the Table, 606 Wealthy St. SE and Haworth in Holland.

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First awarded exemplary businesses and individuals with the LocalMotion Awards at their Annual Meeting, presented by Eastern Floral and held at the Goei Center.

The LocalMotion Awards were created to recognize businesses and individuals leading the way in building a vibrant, sustainable community.  They’re a tool to help shift the “norm” towards sustainable business practices and to educate the community on the unique ways locally owned businesses impact our region. The awards were presented by Local First board members Andy Guy and Emily Loeks.

The winners:

The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business

Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrates a strong commitment to the TBL– either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Must be in business between two and five years. Previous winners include: Brewery Vivant, Dwelltech Solutions, MadCap Coffee

New plans for two properties detailed Jan. 13

New plans for two properties detailed Jan. 13

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Plans to transform two properties in Grand Rapids will go before the East Hills Council of Neighbors Board Monday night.

The new owner of 701 Wealthy St. SE wants to transform the former service station into a restaurant.  The plans call for an addition off the west side of the building.  Because the property is located in the Cherry Hill Historic District, the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission will have to approve the plans before construction can move forward.

Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

KENTWOOD, Mich.--- Total Health Chiropractic will host what it’s calling the first free health screening day for kids, as they head back to school this week.

The free screenings will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Total Health Chiropractic, located at 44th Street and Breton Avenue.  Doctors Christopher Miller, Melinda Bruxvoort and Amanda Dluzniewski will conduct the screenings, checking for scoliosis and spinal conditions that could lead to developmental disorders.  Admission is free and screenings are open to children 12 and under. 

 “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to offer this day to the families of West Michigan. Having grown up in Grand Rapids myself, I have made it my mission to better the lives of my community members through offering natural solutions to health problems and pain,” said Miller, president and founder of Total Health Chiropractic of West Michigan, PLLC.

Rare letter being auctioned off for charity

Rare letter being auctioned off for charity

BYRON CENTER, Mich.—A very rare letter signed by famous writer Jack London is being auctioned off for charity.

On Jan. 31, 1900, London wrote the letter to his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, giving the company a brief autobiography of his life.  London is known for his short stories including “The Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”.  To view the letter, click here.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Miedema Asset Management Group will put this letter up for bid with all proceeds going to The Gainey Foundation, in support of Two Moose Camp in Montana.  The Christian camp hosted Calvin College students during its first leadership training program in 2003.  Since then, it’s served Christian students nationwide.