Our network

Arts & Culture

My Town: New business brings vegan handbags, fashion benefits to Grand Rapids area

My Town: New business brings vegan handbags, fashion benefits to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Vegan handbags named after Michigan cities are just some of the items you’ll find on the shelves and racks of Grand Rapids Township’s newest business.

“We wanted to be part of a growing community and offer a boutique that carries items customers won’t find in other West Michigan stores.  With seasonal runway fashion shows, style consultations and impeccable service, Ally’s Boutique will provide men and women a fashion experience they have never had before,” says owner Ally Bakrow.

Ally’s Boutique is celebrating its grand opening with a fashion show at Louis Benton Steakhouse Thursday, March 6.  More than 60 styles will be showcased during the ticketed event, which will benefit Autism Support of Kent County.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Cascade: Academy of Music in Grand Rapids celebrates new space

My Town Cascade: Academy of Music in Grand Rapids celebrates new space

CASCADE, Mich.—One of the largest private music schools in the community is celebrating its grand re-opening.

Friday afternoon, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on the new home of the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, located at 6159 28th St SE, Ste 24 in the Cascade Business Center. The new site caters to the growing school, with more than double the number of teaching studios. In several of the 14 classrooms, teachers can now wirelessly connect their mobile devices and mirror them on screen, allowing for a more modern, engaging lesson. The facility also features LED monitors and Apple TV in classrooms. The waiting area features Wi-Fi and USB ports, activities for children and a coffee bar for adults.   Director Barbara Hendricks says there’s also enough space for the academy’s new baby grand Kawai piano.

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The community is invited to Ally’s Boutique's first runway fashion show,  taking place on Wednesday, March 6 at Louis Benton Steakhouse, located at 35 Ionia NW.

This is a ticket only event, with all proceeds supporting an autism charity of Kent County.

The VIP Cocktail Hour will run from  6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the fashion show beginning at 7 p.m.  After the event, LB's Lounge will host an after-party with hor d’oeurves donated by Louis Benton.

General admission is $35 per person;  VIP admission is $50.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced by calling  Ally’s Boutique at (616) 717-0004 or Louis Benton Steakhouse at (616) 454-7455.  

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

My Town Ada: Date set for Arts in Ada Festival

My Town Ada: Date set for Arts in Ada Festival

ADA, Mich.--   The date is set for an artistic tradition in Ada.

The Arts in Ada Festival will take place Saturday, May 10.  The Ada Township Board recently approved shutting down Bronson Street from Ada Drive to the historic covered bridge for the event.

Each year, approximately 60 artisans participate in the Arts in Ada Festival, displaying their work or performing live for visitors.  Visitors can also enjoy food and children’s activities.

Frederik Meijer Gardens to welcome butterflies next week

Frederik Meijer Gardens to welcome butterflies next week

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Butterflies will soon be blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, despite the snow.

The first shipment of tropical butterflies for the park’s annual exhibit will arrive next week, on Thursday, Feb. 20.   Meijer Gardens will receive more than 800 tropical chrysalides per week during the exhibition, which runs March 1 through April 30.

The chrysalides will be placed in the Butterfly Bungalow.  When the butterflies emerge, they will be released into the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory to fly freely amongst guests.   Butterflies are Blooming draws nearly 150,000 guests each year.