Shopping centers, openings/closings, technology and innovation


Ecommerce retailer launches spice store

November 27, 2014
A niche online seller of vanilla baking products is expanding into multiple culinary markets with the launch of a new brand and online store with more than 400 “hard-to-find” spices and cooking ingredients. Read More

An alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

November 26, 2014
Big sales and long checkout lines are the trademarks of the day after Thanksgiving. Many people love to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping by participating in Black Friday, or skip the crowds and shop online on Cyber Monday. However, in between these two shopping “holidays” is a very important day — Small Business Saturday. Read More

Grand Rapids steakhouses rate among tops in US

November 25, 2014
A global restaurant reservation website has rated a pair of steakhouses in downtown Grand Rapids among the best of their kind in the nation. Read More

Construction supplier creates 'Top 100' tool

November 25, 2014
If you’re looking for a present for a new homeowner who loves do-it-yourself projects, a local company might have the tool for you. Read More

Nothing normal about Black Friday chaos

WMU prof says craziness is actually part of the allure.

November 21, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Robert Harrison is actually something of an expert on the single most chaotic shopping day of the year. Read More

'Take-'n'-bake' pizza chain cooks on 28th Street

November 20, 2014
An international pizza franchise that pioneered the "take-'n'-bake" concept has opened its next location in the market. Read More

Bank expands footprint with $4M acquisition

November 19, 2014
A bank in the region has acquired a one-branch bank in a $4-million deal to expand its presence near the lakeshore. Read More

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses produces Black Market

November 19, 2014
The two-day Black Market is returning this weekend. Read More

Pizza buffet warms 28th Street

November 18, 2014
A national chain of western-themed buffet restaurants featuring pizza is opening its next location in the region. Read More

H&M fashions next store

November 14, 2014
An international “fast-fashion” retailer is opening another store in the area. Read More