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Local First names nominees for LocalMotion Awards

January 16, 2014
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Local First names nominees for LocalMotion Awards
Elissa Hillary, right, of Local First, stands with Amy Ruis, of Art of the Table — a previous winner of the Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award at Local First’s LocalMotion Awards. Courtesy Local First 

Local First has released its list of nominees for its fourth annual LocalMotion Awards.

The LocalMotion Award winners will be announced on Jan. 28 at Local First’s Annual Meeting at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.

"We have an excellent group of nominees for LocalMotion Awards this year,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Grand Rapids-based Local First. “These businesses and individuals are pillars in our community. They lead the way in sustainability, collaboration and neighborhood revitalization and demonstrate how to truly live local. With their contributions, West Michigan is a better place.”

A committee comprised of local business and community leaders will select the award winners.

Local First’s annual meeting will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres from various local businesses and beer and wine from Art of the Table.

Music will be performed by Marcel & Cindy of Under the Sun.

Tickets to the LocalMotion Awards can be purchased online, and everyone is welcome.

A description of each award and previous winners is online.

2014 LocalMotion Awards nominees

Triple Bottom Line, Mover & Shaker and/or Change Agent

616 Lofts & 616 Development
Allegro Coaching LLC
Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Aquinas College
Art of the Table
Bartertown Diner
Beene Garter, LLP
Brewery Vivant
Butch’s Dry Dock
Celebration! Cinema
Coast 3
Connie’s Cakes
Crane Dance Farms
Downtown Market Grand Rapids
Eighth Day Farm
Eikenhout, Inc.
EPS Security
Essence Restaurant Group
Flavor616 Magazine
Founders Brewing Co.
Globe Design & Vision
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Homes of Hope
I Love Bread and Butter
Image Design, LLC
Jeffrey Richard Salon
John Boros Productions
Koeze Company
Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
Lemonjello’s Coffee
Meritage Hospitality Group
Montello Meat Market
New Holland Brewing Co.
Nourish Organic Market
Pfeiffer Lincoln
Presto Print
Simpatico Coffee
The Green Well
“The Nest” (Homes of Hope)
The Winchester
Tree House Community Garden
Triumph Music Academy
Twisted Rooster
Uptown Kitchen
Vigh Landscape
Wylie Electric Motor Service

Local Hero

Cindy Brown (Hello West Michigan)
Dan Pfeiffer (Pfeiffer Lincoln)
Daniel Melnyk
Erin & Amy Wilson (Wealthy Theatre)
Holly Bechiri (The Rapidian)
Jamiel Robinson (Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses)
Jason Spaulding (Brewery Vivant)
Keith Charak & Sue McIlwaine (Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast)
Luke Malski (Local Harvest)
Louis Wm. Romence Family (Romence Gardens & Greenhouses)
Marie Catrib (Marie Catrib’s)
Mark Rumsey
Melissa Hillman (Showspan)
Mike Chase (Eikenhout, Inc.)
Reb Roberts & Carmel Loftis (Sanctuary Folk Art)
Rob McCarty (The Image Shoppe)
Rod Glupker (Flavor616 Magazine)
Seth Getz (Business Mastery)
Sue Stauffacher (StirthepotGR)
Tony Larson (Montello Meat Market)

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