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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

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GRBJ: Group uncorks restaurant on Cascade Road

GRBJ: Group uncorks restaurant on Cascade Road

CASCADE, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)-- A restaurant group is opening its newest restaurant today — with a 180-bottle wine list on the menu.

RedWater Restaurant Group’s Vintage restaurant in Grand Rapids will open its doors today, featuring steak, seafood and wine, at 5500 Cascade Rd. SE. The restaurant is located next to the group's Cork Wine & Grille.

Vintage was created to be a “top-shelf restaurant experience” and destination in the Ada and Cascade area, said Craig Smith, chief operating officer, RedWater Restaurant Group.

For more of this story, visit the Grand Rapids Business Journal's website here.

 

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A transformation is underway at a Grand Rapids Township restaurant.

RedWater Restaurant Group is renovating Malarkey’s Restaurant along the East Beltline entrance to I-196 into a new tap house restaurant. Construction began late last month.

The new restaurant will feature an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as fire pits and live music.  Executives say the restaurant will feature American pub fare and full entrée dinners, as well one of the largest selections of craft beer on draught in the state, with 64 taps.

“We are Beer City USA and we want to help add to the allure of this great distinction by capturing the attention of visitors coming to visit Grand Rapids, as well as serving our beer-loving community in style,” said Craig Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Redwater Restaurant Group.

The new restaurant is expected to open to the public in October.

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With the start of a new month comes the start of a new restaurant at Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Sushi Maki will open in Market Hall this month.  The casual bar will offer sushi, maki rolls, sashimi and seaweed salad made on site, as well as mocha and Japanese soda.

Shun Chen, owner of Fuji Yama on East Beltline, is a co-owner of Sushi Maki.  Co-owners Johnny Lin and Wen Wang will also serve as lead sushi chefs.

The sushi bar will be located near Fish Lads to promote potential collaborations between the two vendors. 

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Farmers Market will welcome shoppers for a fourth week this season on Tuesday, July 1.

Approximately three dozen vendors will be showcasing their foods and wares.

The market is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 28.  Visitors can find ample parking on site at The Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  For more information, visit the Ada Farmers Market website here.

My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting millions of dollars for safety upgrades.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced it is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the airport to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, rehabilitate runway lighting and build a deicing containment facility.

"Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from West Michigan is vital to the state’s economy," said Senator Debbie Stabenow. "This support will help ensure that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport can continue to keep people travelling safely and increase business activity to boost the economy."

“Airports are essential to tourism, economic development and cultural exchange,” Senator Carl Levin added. “This federal funding will ensure that a vital cog in the West Michigan economy keeps humming.”

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Pump House is celebrating the opening of its second frozen yogurt bar in downtown Grand Haven.

The new shop celebrated its soft (and tasty) opening June 6 inside the facility that formally housed Wirick Office Products, at 20 North Harbor Drive.  Construction crews spent several months renovating the 3,300 square foot space, creating a vintage beach shack atmosphere that complements the community.  The new yogurt bar features reclaimed wood, a toppings bar resembling a boat and Adirondack chairs and swings lining the facility’s windows.  The menu includes more than 100 toppings and 14 yogurt pumping stations.