Urban House, the downtown furniture store and design shop launched by Klingman’s Furniture alum Rock Kaufmann a decade ago, is settling into a new home on Cascade Road, with a new name: RockHomeStudio.
Interesting, this. Just when the city’s urban landscape has evolved to the point where Kaufmann’s clients are as likely to live within blocks of the
Recall that Kaufmann was one of the original investors in the downtown renaissance, as noted in the
“I’m really a believer in downtown and I wanted to support it,” Kaufmann said at the time. “We are more unique than any other store in town so we sort of have to be downtown because it makes us a little different from everybody else. It’s more of a destination point. I’m sure I could make a lot more money out on
- It had to be the Inside Track. Weeks after sitting for the Business Journal’s signature profile on June 19,
JohnBall Zoo Director Bert Vescolani was happy to announce that June was the zoo’s best attended month in 10 years. The 69,569 people who walked past the iconic statue of JohnBall narrowly missed the high mark of 69,982 visitors from a month in 1996.
According to Vescolani, June is supposed to be a slow month for the zoo. Attendance for the first six months of 2006 is up 24 percent from 2005, with a projection of 350,000 visitors for the year.
Hmm, maybe it will boost the fundraising numbers?
- Speaking of summer fun,
professor Jeffrey Neumann used the first months of his break to complete a 906-mile bicycle trip around Grand Rapids Community College Lake Michigan. The electronics instructor circled through , Mackinac, the Traverse City Upper Peninsula(where this year’s global warming-ish heat wave has finally melted the snow), , Manitowac (in Green Bay , now), Wisconsin , Milwaukee , Chicago , and finally home to Gary, Ind. . All this in seven days. Grand Rapids
- Local technology firm NuSoft Solutions was honored as a finalist in Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Partner of the Year Awards for its work with Grand Rapids Internet startup Spout.com.
The award recognizes the work of certified Microsoft partners from across the globe in 14 categories. Finalists are considered to be the top companies in each category that are working with Microsoft architecture today.
NuSoft was the only
“This was a true David versus Goliath victory,” said NuSoft President
- The American Chamber of Commerce Executives has named the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 10 chambers in the nation for membership growth.
The chamber was recognized in two areas for performance statistics in 2005: Total New Member Dues Revenue and Total Number of New Members.
By themselves, membership statistics don’t mean a lot, assured chamber president
- One thing the Wyoming-Kentwood chamber hasn’t done is sign on with the boys of 23 is Enough, the
lobby adamantly opposed to the expansion of tribal gaming in Grand Rapids West Michigan. Those who have signed on include the chamber, gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos (who may or may not be funding Michigan Decency Action Council’s strip club lobbying in Holland ), and former President Gerald R. Ford Grand Rapids
This Saturday, July 29, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, built adjacent to an Indian burial ground, will be the site of an event celebrating the 1855 Treaty of Detroit.
Cosponsored by the museum and the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, the short program will unveil the treaty before a feast at
It in no way addresses tribal gaming, but did end the threat of removal from
Grand River Bands Chairman Ron Yob is emcee of the event, taking time off from a fight for fast-track recognition from
After viewing the treaty, take a swing out to
According to a recent editorial board meeting with 23 is Enough member and State Rep.