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Tree arrives for GRAM holiday ceremony

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Art Museum has begun decorating for Christmas, with its tree arriving to Rosa Parks Circle earlier Tuesday morning.

The museum originally canceled this year's tree in October because of the cost of replacing the lighting but the next day, local business leaders raised money to cover the $50,000 expense.

The GRAM is slated to host its 10th annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.


Mayor Heartwell to travel to Paris for climate summit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Despite a worldwide travel warning, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will make a trip to Paris this week.

He will be one of several mayors joining leaders from across the world for a United Nations-sponsored summit on climate change. Heartwell has been active for years pushing for international policies on the issue.

Mayor Heartwell said it would be foolish not to be concerned, and he is not going to let terrorists dictate what he does.

Renovations planned for Oakwood Manor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The new owners of the Oakwood Manor Apartments in Grand Rapids have some renovations planned for the building.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports the group wants to return the building to its original character.

The seven-story apartment building on Cherry Street near College opened in 1923 with 94 apartments, with ground-level retail and a restaurant. The plan is to restore that retail space -- as well as renovate both inside and out -- and re-landscape the property.

Once finished, the building would be renamed "The Oakwood."

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Guiding Light serves annual Thanksgiving meal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – For some, the holiday season serves as a reminder of what they don't have: a roof over their heads, a holiday meal on the table and friends and family who live nearby.

But a local mission works to change that.

The Guiding Light Mission hosted its annual 'Thanksgiving Community Meal' Sunday, which served nearly 200 patrons who needed a helping hand. The traditional dinner was free and open to anyone and was staffed by a group of volunteers, including members from several nearby churches.

The event caters mainly to the Heartside neighborhood homeless community.

The Guiding Light dinner lasted from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The shelter will continue to collect food and coat donations throughout the season. It is located at 225 S. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids Antiques Market wraps at DeVos Place

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you're going for a vintage look this holiday season, check out the Grand Rapids Antiques Market at DeVos Place.

There are many definitions for the word vintage and it's becoming a more popular term every day. At the Grand Rapids Antiques Market, anything 25 years or older can be considered vintage.

With Baby Boomers retiring and downsizing, a great mix of vintage from the 1950's and 1960's is coming out of basements and attics all over Michigan, the Midwest and beyond.

This year's Grand Rapids Antiques Market showcases 150 vendors of both antiques and vintage. The show is November 21 and 22, 2015 at Devos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids. The show opens Sunday at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

Art Van Santa Parade Saturday morning in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- With snow expected Saturday, it should look a lot like Christmas for the Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Monroe Avenue at Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids. It will continue down Monroe, past Rosa Parks Circle, and end just past the intersection of Fulton and Monroe.

This year's theme is "Unwrap the Magic."

You can expect marching bands, floats, balloons, and special guests.

Kava House closes its doors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A staple in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood closed its doors Friday night.

The mother and daughter behind Kava House are getting out of the coffee business. Their shop opened on Lake Drive 23 years ago.

Customers took to social media to say their goodbyes and share pictures of the Eastown business's final day. They also stopped in to say goodbye.

Earlier this month, the owners announced the sale of the business, first telling employees and then the public.

"I expected today to be like this: loud, and boisterous, and laughing, and busy, because that's what the Kava House has been over the last two decades," said co-owner Leigh Vandermolen. "It's kind of like a greasy spoon, a bar. That's the feeling you get. You get to know your customers really really well."