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Ada and Grand Rapids apple cider judged the best in Michigan

Ada and Grand Rapids apple cider judged the best in Michigan

Apple cider made in Ada and Grand Rapids won the top three awards at the 15th annual Michigan Apple Cider contest.

 

1st Place:  Sietsema Orchard & Cider Mill in Ada.  This was the first win for Skip Sietsema of Sietsema Orchard & Cider Mill.

2nd Place:  Jim Hill of Bill Bros.

Downtown Grand Rapids welcomes Corazόn Taqueria/Cafe

Downtown Grand Rapids welcomes Corazόn Taqueria/Cafe

Grand Rapids, MI – Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m., the new restaurant Corazόn Taqueria/Cafe is celebrating its Grand Opening with Mayor George Heartwell officiating. The community is invited to meet the owners Ryan Burns and Andy Serba, and to sample the offerings of both the restaurant Corazόn and catering company Afternoon Delight.

“Fresh, local, and affordable” is the main mantra of the restaurant, and cooking with as few preservatives and additives as possible.  Favorite menu items include pumpkin molé brisket tacos, and feijoda stew—a Brazilian specialty of chorizo black beans, chicken, and pork, and there is specialty gelato from Fennville’s Palazzolo for dessert. For gluten-free options, try any of the many signature tacos.

Local business donates $36,000 to support Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids

Local business donates $36,000 to support Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids

We may be living in difficult times, but that hasn't stopped one local company from stepping up and supporting three local charities. Grand Rapids based Pridgeon & Clay is giving back to the Greater Grand Rapids community by making a generous donation of $36,000 to support Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Senior Neighbor's Center and the Dwelling Place - Liz's House.

Local First Online Holiday Auction starts Thursday

Local First Online Holiday Auction starts Thursday

From: http://www.localfirst.com

West Michigan's locally owned businesses have so much to offer during the holidays - and we can make a real impact by supporting them. This year, we're thrilled to present the first-ever Local First Online Holiday Auction - a great way to discover what's available this season from our local retailers, restaurants, and service providers.

WHAT: Local First Online Holiday Auction

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3 - Wednesday, Nov. 23

WHERE: Online Auction Powered by Bidding for Good

Auction Participants

DIY Recording with Matt Ten Clay of Skull Studio

DIY Recording with Matt Ten Clay of Skull Studio

By Kevin VanAntwerpen

Some recording studios are born in the wake of a college education, driven by technique taught on a dry erase board. That’s not the case with Grand Rapids-based Skull Studio. Its sole operator, Matt Ten Clay, learned all he knows by working in the trenches of the Grand Rapids music scene for over 14 years, performing in bands and recording wherever he had the opportunity.

“I sort of naturally evolved into recording,” Ten Clay says. “Before I had the studio, I had my own band -- The Howlers -- and I sort of geeked out on all the gear. I realized I’m not much of a frontman, and moved to playing bass in The Wildfire. But I discovered I like the actual behind the scenes studio work a lot more. It’s less on the spot pressure, and it’s a lot more personal.”

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

By Jason Lester

There is much talk these days about sustainability: sustainable business practices, sustainable farming and the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. Sheri Rop wants to see if this idealistic concept can be put into actual practice. Nourish Organic Market is her experiment to see just how sustainable sustainability is.

MIOSHA Seminar on “Effective Safety & Health Training” Offered in Grand Rapids on September 21st

News Release:

August 29, 2011 – Many MIOSHA standards require employers to provide employees with training.