During the recent presidential election, there were myriad casual references to the upper Midwest "rust belt" states, usually brushing broad stroke about the regions' economic struggles. While nobody should downplay the challenges in transitioning... (Read More)
Geographically, it sits in a shadow between Detroit and Chicago but Grand Rapids is quickly growing into its own — indeed landing atop national lists for business climate and livability — thanks to having one of the country's most diverse... (Read More)
To gauge the commercial growth of Grand Rapids, or at least gain some perspective, consider this line from Chicago-based real estate brokerage firm Triad Real Estate as Michigan's second largest city "continues to exhibit some of the strongest... (Read More)
It's impossible to get through a day without being blanketed by some form of beauty product or health industry marketing, whether popping in our Google searches at work, cluttering our social media feeds or interrupting our favorite television... (Read More)
Stories and laments are legion about the loss of manufacturing jobs — indeed a gutting of the industry — across Michigan and the Rust Belt writ large. The most glaring flashpoint played out in Detroit, once one of America's most prominent and... (Read More)
In today’s world of purchasing virtually anything online and vendors that ship direct, it is more critical than ever to ensure a product is genuine. That is easier said than done, even if a product makes some declaration that it’s the real... (Read More)
2We take for granted the ability to stop at any grocery store or corner gas station to indulge our ice cream craving for a broad rainbow of flavors, from sherbet and mint to rocky road and Chunky Monkey.
But the origins of these colorful... (Read More)
Hailed for bringing democracy and a diversity of ideas to a realm sometimes tagged as elitist, ArtPrize has again succeeded in drawing big crowds — and their wallets — to West Michigan.
The annual Grand Rapids art show and open competition... (Read More)
Gazing upon shelves of our favorite spirits, it is often an afterthought about why a label looks the way it looks or what that might mean. But did you know the labeling on American whiskey bottles is also a window into American history?
Bottles... (Read More)