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Uptown adds a bit of Elder & Sage

Uptown adds a bit of Elder & Sage

“To remain healthy, you need ten hugs a day,” explained current Naturopathic Institute of Therapies & Education student Asher Thayer at a recent free community workshop about natural healing remedies. 

Held at the newly-opened Elder & Sage Herbs and Natural Remedies, 944 Fulton East near Diamond, the workshop provided participants with a wealth of knowledge regarding essential oils and Bach flower essences including a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer and a personalized test to identify flower essences to suit their needs. 

Adtegrity: Cheerleaders of Innovation

Adtegrity: Cheerleaders of Innovation

By Audria Larsen

Adtegrity.com features glossy online promotion with a hearty dose of local integrity. At a glance, the web-based advertising network displays a sleek look and big city promises. Yet, Adtegrity is centrally based in downtown Grand Rapids allowing the nationally focused company to nurture its regional roots and foster a sense of community.   

Scott Brew, President, CEO and founder of Adtegrity.com, is not a native Grand Rapidian, but you would never guess it. "I grew up in the Chicago area," Brew says. Living in Grand Rapids for well over a decade, he has noticed that "the changes within the city have been significant."

Connect Four: Sparkeology

Connect Four: Sparkeology

By J. Bennett Rylah

I'm sitting on Sly, working on Duane. Manny is nearby, Wally is in the window.

Duane, I hear, is "a team player, always ready for action." Duane is also a table. Resin workstation, divided in the center with a number of sockets and ports for USB devices, iPods and iPhones. Manny is a round ottoman with a built-in power hub, surrounded by smaller ottomans for seating. Wally is a portable, scalable, reusable signage unit. And Sly is a chair.

These pieces of furniture from Sparkeology sit in our new office. Our first week up and running, this issue is the first to be completed in the space. Thanks to the benevolence of Sparkeology and a little paint work courtesy of Rapid Growth publisher Jeff Hill, it's starting to look like home.

Big City Nightclub in Grand Rapids

I finally got a chance to go to The Pyramid Scheme last night, and this first thing I noticed going into the backroom where the dancefloor is how much it reminded me of the ones I'd seen in New York City. The biggest difference was that the Pyramid Scheme's was actually bigger. The decor and atmosphere was fantastic, with plenty of room, and the place was absolutely packed. It was easily the most impressive club I've seen in the Grand Rapids area.

Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

By Stephanie Doublestein

Garrick Pohl is so busy he forgot to eat breakfast. The 38-year-old Holland resident is a father of four and a tech entrepreneur who is six weeks into launching Zipments, an innovative, hyper-local delivery system in West Michigan. Wearing a T-shirt with the Zipments logo and a pair of jeans, Pohl sits in The Sparrows coffee shop on a Wednesday morning in June, eats an M&M cookie as a substitute for that forgotten breakfast and happily explains how his start-up is turning the standard delivery model on its head.

"Basically, Zipments connects any business or individual that needs to move something across town with a community of local couriers that can do those jobs," explains Pohl.  

New organic market opens in Grand Rapids

(WZZM) - The newest organic market has opened in West Michigan.  Nourish Organic Market in the 600 block of Wealthy Street will sell organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as grass fed meats and dairy and other locally made products.

Sheri Rop, the owner of the market, says she opened the store because she is passionate about providing healthy food and educating people on what they eat and where their food comes from.  On the shelves with the products are information cards that explain how the product was made and the producer it came from.

Rop plans to hold classes and cooking demonstrations.  The market will hold its official grand opening ceremony in the fall.

Nourish Organic Market is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 2pm.  The market is closed on Sunday.  To learn more about it, check out the website by clicking

The Ever-Evolving Jukebox

The Ever-Evolving Jukebox

By J. Bennett Rylah

Brian Hoekstra has a jukebox in his house. Unsurprising, as Hoekstra's worked with Grand Rapids-based AMI (American Musical Instruments) Entertainment Network, Inc. for seven years at Music Content Manager.

Founded in 1909 with coin-operated player pianos, AMI now features touch-screen digital jukeboxes, the sort you'll find in local watering holes like Mulligan's or Jukes, where users can search through nearly one million songs. Specializing in on-premise digital distractions, AMI is also responsible for games like MegaTouch. These coin-operated machines, usually mounted to the bar itself, allow patrons to play any number of digitized touch-screen games like PhotoHunt, cards and crosswords.