Shopping centers, openings/closings, technology and innovation


Brewery expands distribution map

August 18, 2014
A maker of craft beer and spirits is growing its national distribution footprint by four states. Read More

‘The works’ can include the dog, too

Thunder Mountain car wash chain has a self-serve dog wash sideline.

August 15, 2014
When Leo Schlesinger stresses that his Thunder Mountain Full Service Car & Dog Wash locations in West Michigan are “full service,” he really means it. Read More

Expensive beef, less boozing, beautiful barns

A food service veteran deals with continuous change in the wedding reception business.

August 15, 2014
Catering professional Tom Doyle, a former long-time partner in the Brann restaurant chain and the new owner of Distinctive Catering by Brann’s, deals with a lot of change and challenges in what people want for their wedding receptions. Read More

Religious affiliation can act as a buffer for companies

GVSU study finds customers were more forgiving of a service failure.

August 15, 2014
Consumers are likely to cut some slack for companies with a religious affiliation, according to a study led by a West Michigan professor. Read More

Restaurant Week heats up

August 14, 2014
The 5th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicked off Wednesday night, allowing the public to sample three-course meals for $28 at more than 60 area restaurants. Read More

National sports retailer eyes Holland

August 13, 2014
A Tennessee-based developer has its sights set on bringing a national sports retailer to Holland. Read More

Downtown grill seeks liquor license

August 13, 2014
An Ottawa Avenue restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids began its quest for a liquor license this morning by successfully winning the unanimous support of the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Read More

Sushi bar serves lakeshore

August 8, 2014
A new sushi bar is planning to fill a culinary void in the heart of a lakeshore town. Read More

Adult day care chain builds on East Beltline

August 7, 2014
A national chain of adult day care centers is expanding its presence in the area by building a location at a popular shopping center. Read More

Developer travels south for outlet mall

August 6, 2014
A developer has completed a fully leased outlet mall in the Bluegrass State. Read More