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Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Lightfast coffee shop opens in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new coffee shop in Grand Rapids is celebrating its first day in business.

Lightfast Coffee Bar + Art Collective served its first customers Monday. In addition to serving coffee, the shop hosts work from a different local artist each month. There'll be an opening party for each new show.

Lightfast is on Fulton near Diamond. Its open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Retro Trend Hits the Camper, Travel and RV Show in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It may still be cold outside but it is never too early to start planning for the spring, summer and fall camping season in West Michigan.

The annual Camper, Travel and RV Show at DeVos Place this weekend offers promises of warmer days ahead. A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 100 RV lines are part of the show.

A newer trend you'll see at this year's show are vintage, retro and 1950's style campers.  Many models boast the "old school" look inside and out.  Some with retro style booth seating inside, vintage looking kitchenette countertops and old fashioned-looking exterior showers.

And there is so much more to see at the show! Tickets for adults are $10, children (6-14) are $4 and children five and under are free.

Startup Weekend in GR a frenzy for entrepreneurs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For hopeful entrepreneurs, it's a 54-hour frenzy.

Emerge West Michigan's Startup Weekend is happening right now in Grand Rapids.

It started Friday night at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Participants first pitch an idea for a startup. They only have until Sunday night to build a team and create a presentation they'll give to a panel of judges.

Pop Scholars Improv Show at Wealthy Theatre


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you want to get in a good laugh this weekend, there's a show going on Friday night that should do the trick.

Pop Scholars is a four-man, Grand Rapids based, fast-paced improv team. They've been doing improvisational comedy for over five years in Grand Rapids, but have performed all over Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and most notably, Chicago's iO (formerly Improv Olympic).

They perform public shows at Wealthy Theatre monthly and have been involved in Grand Rapids' comedy festival, Laughfest, each year as well.

The show is on Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids.

FOUND: Boy, 14, reported missing in Grand Rapids


Update from Grand Rapids police at 11 a.m.: Benjamin Edwards has been located and is in good health. Thank you for your assistance.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are asking for your help to find Benjamin Daniel Edwards.

Benjamin, 14, is 5’11" and weighs 150 lbs. and is considered missing and endangered by the Grand Rapids Police Department.

He was last seen wearing a dark brown knit hat, coyote tan Carhart style jacket, tan khaki pants and boots.

Benjamin was reported missing Thursday around 7 a.m. from the area of Luten Ave SE and Lake Dr. SE.

Grand Rapids officers plan to begin patrolling on horseback


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Police in Grand Rapids plan to begin patrolling on horseback.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is partnering with the Kent County Sheriff's Department for some city officers to work with the mounted unit.

The police department notes there are several benefits of having officers on horses, including offering a better vantage point, controlling crowds and interacting positively with the public.

Officers involved in the effort will participate in training sessions.

Police Chief David Rahinsky says there's no new cost to the city. The sheriff's department has several horses in its mounted unit.