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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.”

Sight Optical Boutique Offers More Than Fabulous, Fashionable Frames

Sight Optical Boutique Offers More Than Fabulous, Fashionable Frames

By Victoria Mullen

It was the neighborhood’s synergy that enticed Michael McConnell and Corey Van Duinen to open Sight Optical Boutique at 924-C Cherry St. SE in the East Hills Business District last March.

“We chose East Hills because it has a good, independent vibe,” says McConnell, 40. “It’s amazing -- 10 years ago, there was nothing here. Now there are independent retailers, good food and great art. We excited to be a part of it.”

The feeling appears to be mutual. It is not uncommon for McConnell to hear customers say, “Grand Rapids really needed this,” or, “This store is on-par with the shops we have in Chicago.”

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.

Fred Quillin and the Grand Rapids Shirt Company

Fred Quillin and the Grand Rapids Shirt Company

By J. Bennett Rylah

Celebrating the Grand Opening of Division Park Avenue and Serrano Lofts

Celebrating the Grand Opening of Division Park Avenue and Serrano Lofts

October 11, 2011 (Grand Rapids, MI) – After successfully restoring 101 South Division building into one of the first mixed-use LEED buildings in Historic Heartside business district, Brookstone Capital LLC once again contributes to the revitalization of the South Division Avenue corridor.  Project partners MSHDA, PNC Bank, The City of Grand Rapids Community Development, Downtown Development Authority, Economic Development office have teamed with the historic renovation of three buildings in the two hundred block of South Division Avenue into affordable workforce housing.  

Haylea Gray of One Girl's Treasure: Reincarnating Fashion

Haylea Gray of One Girl's Treasure: Reincarnating Fashion

By Marie Lockerd

Grand Opening of Nourish Organic Market

Grand Opening of Nourish Organic Market

Local businesses are a big deal in Grand Rapids.  We even have an organization called Local First!