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‘Kitchen takeover’ business serves up fun

Some of Ben Price’s favorite cooking moments are when he can change someone’s mind about a food they used to dislike. One time a woman told him, “I hate Brussels sprouts and these are delicious.” Read More

MicroHouse

There are big plans for tiny houses

Downtown living is the talk of Grand Rapids, but local firm Urbaneer is banking on another mode of living to have national appeal. Read More

Field and Fire Monroe

Field & Fire prepares North Monroe location

When Field & Fire opened in the brand-new Downtown Market in 2013, Shelby and Julie Kibler imagined 90 percent of their revenue would come from retail sales. Read More

Paul Lemley

Inside Track: Long and varied career leaves Lemley something to offer students

Paul Lemley has worked on so many different kinds of projects throughout his life, people often ask, “Wait, are you 100 years old?” Read More

CannaLex

Firm prepares for legalization of marijuana in Michigan

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) As the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes across the country hurtles forward, it seems inevitable that one day, the Mitten State will have to take on the issue. Read More

Vander Mill GR

Vander Mill’s new GR facility features taste and capacity

Paul Vander Heide is excited about his culinary team at the newly opened Grand Rapids location of Vander Mill Cider. Read More

Firms devour downtown office space

Class A office space is at its lowest vacancy rates in more than seven years, according to the most recent market reports from NAI Wisinski of West Michigan. Read More

Parking shift begins in Arena South district

Businesses in downtown’s Arena South district already are being asked to relocate parking as a result of the newly announced Loeks Studio C! movie theater and 616 development project. Read More

Coppercraft Copper Blossom

Coppercraft’s Holland roots anchor its distribution plans

After nearly three years of production, Coppercraft Distillery is truly feeling it’s an integral part of the Holland community. Read More

County moves agribusiness to forefront

Already contributing more than $230 million in agricultural products to Michigan, Kent County now has an idea of how to better utilize its agribusiness. Read More

Dog with Veteran

Hospital program helps veterans with care — and aftercare

A West Michigan hospital group has launched a program to help veterans both during their stay and following their release. Read More

Insurer invests $3M in medication therapy management

An insurer is investing $3 million this year in medication therapy management following a successful pilot program with its Medicare members. Read More

State addresses dearth of IT workers

LANSING — A shortage of qualified information technology workers is hurting Michigan businesses, experts say. Read More

What’s on your personal list?

Everybody loves a list. Over the past several days, grbj.com has reported on West Michigan cities appearing on several complimentary lists for business and lifestyle. Read More

Talent attraction should be top priority

In my last post we looked at data on how young professionals have far different preferences in housing than previous generations of recent college graduates. Read More

Contractors ought to take notice of construction liens

West Michigan's building boom continues. In Grand Rapids, each month seems to provide a new medical building to the north of the Center City area or a new office tower to the south. Read More

It’s not the company, it’s the people in the company: It’s you

When you walk into someone’s place of business to shop or buy something, what are you expecting? Read More

Kalamazoo concrete company solidifies its presence in Greater Grand Rapids

A Kalamazoo-based concrete company is investing in its Grand Rapids operations, with a new fleet of ready-mix trucks, a Rockford plant and a second concrete batching plant at its Byron Center location. A specialty grinder from Italy also has been purchased for the company’s facility in Wyoming. Read More

GRPS plans to improve on its ‘solid foundation’

It’s been five years since Teresa Weatherall Neal assumed the office of superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, and in that time, she’s overseen some major changes. Read More

smoking ban

Group pushes repeal of restaurant smoking ban

LANSING — A group of Michigan residents and businesses is pushing to repeal a state law forbidding smoking in restaurants. Read More

Change Ups: Bethany manager has ties with agency

Bethany Christian Services’ new regional marketing manager, MeiLi Wieringa, has personal ties with the Grand Rapids-based global nonprofit adoption, child welfare and family preservation agency. Read More

Retailers’ sales and forecasts remain positive for spring

Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts remained positive in March while slipping only slightly from the previous month, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Public Record

April 22 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Down the drain

Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state’s biggest problem, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. Read More