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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

Local First Sponsors Forum 2014 – The Power of Economic Opportunity

Local First Sponsors Forum 2014 – The Power of Economic Opportunity

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First is sponsoring Forum 2014, an event held by the Partners for a Racism-Free Community.

 Dr. Maggie Anderson will be the morning keynote speaker. In her recent book Our Black Year, she delves into racial equity issues in her community by chronicling her family's year-long effort to shop at only black-owned businesses.

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

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.

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, a Grand Rapids-based food delivery business is celebrating record growth.

Doorganics recently added another delivery van to its fleet to accommodate a record high number of organic food deliveries last month; nearly quadruple the number of orders it filled the previous year.

“This has been a very challenging winter to run a delivery-based business,” says Mike Hughes, owner of Doorganics. “Our delivery van has been pulled out of snow banks and we’ve had to increase our hours to keep deliveries running, but we are thrilled to be staying this busy to serve our largest customer base yet.”

Hughes credits word of mouth and a new online shopping system for the company’s growth.

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

G.R. Camper, Travel and RV Show sets attendance record

G.R. Camper, Travel and RV Show sets attendance record

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Organizers of the Grand Rapids Camper, Travel and RV Show say Thursday’s attendance was up 20 percent, setting a new opening day record for the event.

Organizers say the jump in attendance reflects rising demand in the RV industry.  According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, RV sales this year could top 335,000, the most in six years.  RVIA says improving consumer spending as well as housing and stock markets are fueling the increase, as well as low interest rates.

 The Camper, Travel & RV Show runs through Jan. 26.