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DEAR GUEST, Welcome to West Michigan! Welcome to Grand Rapids! Whether you visit often or this is your first time in the area, there’s a good chance you have some preconceived notions about our city and its place in the world. Maybe you think of it as a quiet little city, modestly focused on classic Midwestern qualities like thrift and hard work. Or perhaps the region came onto your radar more recently, as its reputation has grown in certain realms like contemporary art, craft beer, and sustainability. The truth is, Grand Rapids has been evolving into a world-class city in many exciting ways. This issue of SOLACE will open your eyes to how the city is making a name for itself in the world. Did you know, for instance, that Grand Rapids can claim the nation’s first LEED-certified art museum (p. 11) and ballet theater, which is home to the state’s only professional ballet company (p. 24)? Or that one of the top-five beers in the world is brewed here, at Founders Brewing (p. 31)? This is also where you’ll find the nation’s largest 25K road race, the Fifth Third River Bank Run (p. 15). For many people around the world, West Michigan has entered their consciousness through any of the large, international brands that were founded in the region and continue to be based here (p. 51). Foodies across the country have been jealously watching the design and development of the new Downtown Market,
which will solidify the city’s reputation for fresh, local, organic foods (p. 39). And for many, Michigan is synonymous with water and the mitten-like shape created by the world’s largest freshwater source, the Great Lakes (p. 61). Being a world-class city also requires those less obvious but clearly necessary factors. It might be a world-class restaurant led by a bold personality (p. 17), or a renowned event like TEDxGR that gathers big thinkers and big ideas in West Michigan (p. 18). Most likely it’s a combination of all those things—that inexplicable but palpable energy you sense when you get outside to explore our city. Dana Friis-Hansen, director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, does a great job at describing what he loves about Grand Rapids, after living in many cities around the world (p. 11). As executive corporate director of marketing for Amway Hotel Corporation—the operator of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott—I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to West Michigan through the stories and photographs in this issue of SOLACE. Please use SOLACE as a guide to your time here, and be sure to take it home with you to enjoy after your visit.
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FORWARD FOCUSED He’s lived all over the world, but Dana Friis-Hansen has fallen in love with the creative momentum he’s discovered right here. I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit every continent. At different points in my life I’ve also been lucky enough to live in metropolitan areas as diverse as Boston, New York, Houston, Tokyo … and recently I chose to live in Grand Rapids. I have to admit, when I was being recruited two years ago to become the director/CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), it started out as a tough sell. I was settled where I was, leading the art museum in Austin, Texas, and ignored the recruiter’s first phone message. Grand Rapids? Not on my radar at all.
Our downtown is broken into zones spiraling out from the core. Heartside, Hillside, and Westside are home to distinct restaurants and shops, all wonderfully walkable from your hotel. The heart of Grand Rapids, from my perspective, is Rosa Parks Circle and Ecliptic, a public park designed by Maya Lin, in the center of downtown. It’s a place that comes alive year-round and helps us mark and celebrate the changing seasons—with wintertime ice skating, and, in warmer times, swing dancing, live music, and café seating.
and smaller creative endeavors are all pushing at the boundaries and provoking the imaginations of everyone who lives here and visits. At the Grand Rapids Art Museum, in our striking LEED-Gold certified building, we explore centuries of art and design with creative, 21st century approaches. For example, the recent exhibition GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2012: Encore! highlights works from last year’s art competition by juxtaposing those contemporary works with pieces from the Museum collection and unique architectural spaces. On Friday nights we welcome the community with music, a cash bar, and Creative Conversations. The exhibition Five Centuries of Masterpieces from the Jansma Print Collection includes Durer, Rembrandt, and Manet, and is accompanied by a digital catalog downloadable as an iPad App from iTunes.
Like many people outside of West Michigan, I was ignorant of this great American city and surrounding regions, with its natural beauty, its stable economic base, and its lively creative community. Now, I love Grand Rapids and have discovered that it’s a much more cosmopolitan city than I imagined. It’s worldly, engaging, and inspiring.
Another thing I really appreciate about this region is the focus on future-oriented creativity and innovation. It gives the area an unmistakable dynamic edge and vitality. When I see a team of 30-somethings sitting at the newest gastropub or localvore restaurant, it’s safe to guess they might be designers, innovators, or entrepreneurs from one of several local design and ideation hubs, the research centers on Medical Mile, or an independent tech company that just had its IPO.
One of the things I love about Grand Rapids is its distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and history. I personally love living downtown, which makes it easy to ride my bike to work when the weather is nice, but I also enjoy exploring all the surrounding neighborhoods.
The creative community here embodies that same forward-focused vibrancy, attracting global attention. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), the city’s own ballet, symphony, and opera, as well as independent
Grand Rapids Art Museum 101 Monroe Center Street NW artmuseumgr.org A short walk from your hotel.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 1000 East Beltline Ave NE meijergardens.org An 8-minute drive from your hotel.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art 2 West Fulton Street uica.org A 5-minute walk from your hotel.
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Dana Friis-Hansen took the helm as director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum in July 2011. He’s an accomplished curator, writer, and editor, as well as a natural at sharing his knowledge about the things he loves. In June he will lead GRAM Members on an Art Adventure to Venice, Italy, to see the Venice Biennale and classical architecture, as well as to enjoy some of his other favorite things: great food, wine, and shopping.
LaFontsee Gallery 833 Lake Drive SE lafontsee.us A 5-minute drive from your hotel.
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Even if you’ve visited cities all over the world, like I have, I know you’ll be impressed by Grand Rapids. The city is at once cosmopolitan and down-to-earth—an unusual blend of traits that you’ll experience for yourself as soon as you get out into the city, walk the streets, and meet the people.
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By Roberta F. King Collage by Frances Close Photos courtesy of Fifth Third River Bank Run
RUNNING THE RIVER The Fifth Third River Bank Run has found its stride as the country’s largest 25K. Running 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) is significant for any runner, whether a weekend warrior or serious competitor. For a novice planning to run Grand Rapids’ annual Fifth Third River Bank Run in May, training for this distance begins months in advance—in other words, during this thing Michigan calls winter. Cold, snow-packed sidewalks and streets, and near-zero wind-chill temperatures make keeping a training schedule … well, interesting. But when May’s relatively lovely spring weather comes around, people line up in droves in downtown Grand Rapids to demonstrate what they can do with 25 kilometers. In 2012, about 7,000 runners finished the race, much of which runs along the Grand River. “Training for the River Bank Run through the winter is a real test of one’s mettle as a runner, and is truly the ultimate in saying ‘Yes to Michigan!’” jokes Dennis Schultz, a resident of nearby Rockford who has run every Fifth Third River Bank Run since the race began in 1977. “I keep coming back year after year, because the River Bank Run is one of the premier road runs in the country. The 25K is a unique distance that challenges you mentally and physically.” Among the only 18 U.S. Track & Field Certified 25K races in the U.S., the Fifth Third River Bank Run is the largest. The race attracts people from across the country and around the globe, as well as many local runners, wheelers, and elites. Elites run the race in large part for its prize purse. Last year’s overall male and female winners—Robert Letting, a Kenyan, and
Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, from Rome, Georgia—took home $7,000 each. CherobonBawcom will return to the race this year. Wheelchair racer Josh George also took home a first-place cash prize in 2012, in spite of a significant setback. “I’ve had a rough history with the River Bank Run,” he says. “The first time I raced it was in a downpour. I finished a sniffling, shaking mess. Then, last year, I flatted my tire before the halfway point, adding an extra challenge to the race.” While he’s not yet committed to the River Bank Run for 2013, if his racing schedule permits he says he’ll be back in Grand Rapids to race this year. The good experiences definitely outweighed the not-so-good ones. “It is a beautiful race and I’ve enjoyed Grand Rapids.” Many out-of-town runners and wheelers feel the same, according to Greg Meyer, who serves as the race’s elite runner recruiter. “The Fifth Third River Bank Run has a great reputation among runners,” says Meyer, a Grand Rapidian who is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon (1983) and has won the River Bank Run seven times. His job is to recruit a field of 40 elite runners to the race each year.
We give them the freedom to mingle and get to know the other athletes. Late Saturday night you’ll see a group of them just hanging out and talking in the bar at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.” Each year, race organizers add features to make the event better and more competitive with other big road races. This year, a free smart phone app was created, with a music playlist, a calendar of events including training runs, a mileage tracker, and other goodies. Also new for 2013 is a two- or three-person relay for the 25K, and a $5,000 prize for an American woman or man who breaks the course record, as Cherobon-Bawcom did in 2012. The Fifth Third River Bank Run is most wellknown for the 25K race, but it also offers a 10K and 5K, too.
Fifth Third River Bank Run 53riverbankrun.com Striders 1551 Wealthy Street SE stridersrun.com A 10-minute drive from your hotel. Gazelle Sports 3930 28th Street SE gazellesports.com A 15-minute drive from your hotel.
“The problem is most of them want to come back each year, and we need to recruit new names. Our hospitality suite is terrific—we take the runners bowling, which is a real blast.
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By Tommy Allen Photo by Mitch Ranger
UNFORGETTABLE FLAVOR Chef Jenna Arcidiacono has a knack for banishing the bland, wherever she goes.
When she enters a room, Chef Jenna Arcidiacono has a way of both making a bold statement and seamlessly fitting in. One-half of the wife-husband team behind Amore Trattoria Italiana, Arcidiacono is perfectly at ease in bustling kitchens and the busy markets of Milan. But even here in Grand Rapids, among the flannel beer drinkers at Founders Brewing Company’s tap room where we met for our interview, she’s at home—in the setting, and in her own skin. Arcidiacono (pronounced R-CHEE-dee-ah-cohno) and her husband, Maurizio, opened Amore Trattoria Italiana, the much-awarded Italian restaurant in northwest Grand Rapids, in July 2010. The path she has taken to land at this somewhat unlikely location is a long tale of bold moves, beginning with a decision years ago to move from her hometown of Grand Rapids to San Francisco. There, she fell in love with a dark, handsome, Italian coworker, Maurizio, who swept her off her feet. Yes, they even ran off to Maurizio’s homeland, Italy, to be married and begin their life together. While living in the Milan area for three years, Arcidiacono not only learned to cook the heritage recipes of her in-laws, she also developed her signature largess-like bravado— a personality that only an Italian can pull off. Back in West Michigan, that big personality plays out in many facets of her life—especially those that call for an opinion. For instance, if you ask Arcidiacono what one mistake most people make that drives her crazy, she immediately says, “I hate bland pasta. Most folks don’t think it’s important to add salt to the boiling water, but honestly, the water should taste like the sea.”
This is one of the many life lessons she has passed on to her two young children, Gioia (9) and Giada (6), who choose to spend more time in the kitchen with their mother than in the living room with the television. “Because we are a small business, Maurizio and I have to co-parent our kids but also the restaurant,” Arcidiacono says of how the couple splits up their duties. “I feel lucky that I have children who are learning to cook like I did (as an adult) in that Milan family kitchen.” Although Grand Rapids is far from Milan in distance, it is similar in other ways. “When I was looking to open our restaurant, featuring the traditional dishes of Milan, I quickly discovered West Michigan’s region mimicked some of the same growing conditions in Milan,” Arcidiacono says. It was while driving on Alpine Avenue, just north of Grand Rapids, that Arcidiacono and her husband spotted the sign, “Restaurant For Sale, Bring Your Ideas.” Not wasting any time, Maurizio drafted Amore’s business plan while Arcidiacono headed to the kitchen to prepare a lavish meal for the sellers, who, during the dessert course, happily handed over the keys (and are now some of Amore’s biggest fans).
even famous ones—who often feel compelled to spread the love. “Having Snoop Dogg tweet to his followers about my cooking was really an unexpected plus,” says Arcidiacono of the tweet heard around the world, when Snoop shared with his more than 10 million Twitter followers after he dined on her cooking. (A photo of Snoop and Arcidiacono hangs proudly in the restaurant.) It’s these types of connections with customers that are Arcidiacono’s favorite part about running a successful restaurant. “My favorite thing is when I get a request for a hug after a meal—often from grown men who ask ‘to please send momma out.’” It might seem like a curious request, but it makes perfect sense to Arcidiacono. “Honestly, you just feel great when you eat good food. Who wouldn’t want a hug?”
Amore Trattoria Italiana 5080D Alpine Ave NW amoretrattoriaitaliana.com A 10-minute drive from your hotel.
The boldness that characterizes Arcidiacono’s personality seems to reflect the flavors and philosophies behind their menu, which was the first in the region to receive the International Slow Food Snail approval seal for its farm fresh ingredients, often grown just steps from the restaurant. Whatever magical mix of flavors and personality and heart are at play in the Amore kitchen, it definitely catches the attention of food-lovers— SOLACE
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WORLD OF I D EAS By Roberta F. King Illustration by Ryan Greaves
GROWING BIG IDEAS TEDxGrandRapids has built an international reputation for bringing a world of inspiring ideas to West Michigan. Imagine growing a packing material, like styrofoam, that’s actually a fungus. Can someone invent a religion and find real-life followers via the Internet? How does a person survive the physical and psychological wounds of a mass killing and go on to promote peace through art? People in West Michigan gather to ponder these big ideas and more each year at TEDxGrandRapids. On May 9, when TEDxGrandRapids opens its third event (one of 179 similar events scheduled for the month of May alone, around the world), it is likely to be sold out of all 750 seats the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre provides. The 2012 event was full. And for an event that requires not just a $100 fee, but also an application that asks how a participant will contribute and what unique perspectives he/she will bring to the event, that’s saying a lot. “People go to TED events to be inspired,” says Bill Holsinger-Robinson, event organizer. He’s a veteran of six TED events and a couple of TEDxs. All have given him a perspective that helps shape the Grand Rapids event. “Each year I come back with a notebook full of names and interesting possibilities for community connections.” TED stands for Technology Entertainment Design, and the x designates the event as a TED licensed program produced by a community or group. The events are geared toward inspiring creativity, ideas, and change.
One thing that sets TEDxGrandRapids apart from other TEDx events is that it brings in speakers who are almost exclusively from outside the area. “Only one speaker (scheduled for the 2013 event) is from West Michigan,” says Holsinger-Robinson. “We would rather have local people in the audience participating in the conversation.” Whatever the approach to organizing the event, it seems to work. TEDxGrandRapids is recognized as one of the top TEDx events globally. “In terms of community participation—the underwriting we secure, the quality of the feedback we get from attendees, the number of videos watched—there is a whole set of measurables to look at,” he says. “But what really matters is the longer-term impact—what are we contributing to the community? That’s what we are really interested in.” One aspect of TEDxGrandRapids that is different is its Livestream for Education. Two years ago, TEDxGrandRapids committee member Dalin Clark was concerned that there were so few educators and students able to access the event. She created Livestream, a free service that allowed nearly 50 school districts with more than 800 students to participate in 2012.
“I think we’re world-class because our event reflects the community around us,” says Holsinger-Robinson, referencing the team of 30 people, all volunteers, that creates the event. “They’re passionate about Grand Rapids and creating a platform to broadcast the great things and talent we have. They see ‘being involved’ as an opportunity to experiment and go big in ways that their day job might not allow.” Integration of the event and speakers into the community is another part of what makes TEDxGrandRapids different. “It isn’t just about giving the TEDx talks. We’re working to connect speakers with people in the community who they might not otherwise meet,” he explains. Often a speaker will meet with industry or discipline leaders outside of the conference. “We want the speakers to understand the community, create personal connections, and leave behind evangelists for Grand Rapids,” Holsinger-Robinson says.
To listen to the great TEDxGrandRapids talks mentioned above, visit tedxgrandrapids.org. • • •
Sam Harrington “Innovate: Ultra-Rapid Renewables” (2011 talk) Vikram Gandhi “Become a Story Now” (2012 talk) Linda Ragsdale “Picturing Peace” (2012 talk)
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EXCLAMATION POINTE With emphasis and spark, Michigan’s only professional ballet company keeps pushing boundaries and growing its reputation. When the curtain rises at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, audience members enter into a cultural experience shared by just a handful of other cities in the Midwest. As Michigan’s only professional ballet company, the Grand Rapids Ballet is a standout in the region. And at 41 years old, the company’s best years may still be ahead. The organization that began as the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet has experienced steady growth since 1971, offering its first contracts to professional dancers in the 1990s, renovating an old bus garage into its permanent home in 2000, and building a $7.5 million expansion in 2007. Since 2010, the company has been led by Patricia Barker, a former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Grand Rapids Ballet’s marketing director, Misty Hendricks, says having an artistic director who is widely considered one of the world’s most gifted ballerinas has many benefits. “Having Patricia here is really exciting for us. Everyone in the industry recognizes her name and knows she’s here, and dancers come from all over the world to work with her,” says Hendricks. “It’s very inspiring for them to have that caliber of coach, a highly accomplished performer who recently came off her own professional dancing career.” Currently, the Ballet features 24 professional dancers from locations representing Japan, Hungary, South America, and across the U.S., including Grand Rapids. As Executive Director Glenn Del Vecchio points out, “There are no weak links in our company, and because of the drawing power of Patricia, we can afford to select only the best dancers, choreographers, and artists.”
Not content to simply cycle through the classics, the Grand Rapids Ballet has been pushing the boundaries of what a night at the ballet can mean. Last year, it put a new twist on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with its world premiere of Black Swan/White Swan, an edgy, special effects-strewn piece that performed to critical acclaim. Many Grand Rapids Ballet performances lean toward contemporary ballet—including a recent piece choreographed to Philip Glass—and no two shows are alike. “Patricia is working to expand our dance education by showing audiences a little of everything,” says Hendricks. “It helps break the illusion that ballet is tights and tutus and nothing else. It can be jazzy. It can be funny. There are so many aspects dance can take, and ballet is the perfect conduit to show them all.” Most performances take place in the company’s own theater, which features an intimate, 300seat performance hall and multiple studios. Local philanthropist Peter Wege, whose father founded furniture giant Steelcase, Inc., agreed to fund the theater through The Wege Foundation on two conditions. First, it had to be LEED-certified, an honor it achieved in 2007. And second, after seeing the joy his own daughters experienced through ballet lessons, it had to have an educational component. “It was very important to him that all children have access to the arts,” says foundation CEO Ellen Satterlee. Today, the Ballet runs a highly popular dance school with over 200 students from ages 3–19, along with a new Junior Company started in 2012. The company also offers an adaptive dance program for children with Down
Syndrome, and it partners with local schools to offer weekly Dance Immersion programs for children who would otherwise have limited access to the arts. The Grand Rapids Ballet schedules over 50 shows per year, including a growing number of collaborations with other arts organizations, including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Meijer Gardens’ “Butterflies Are Blooming” event, and the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Lollipops concert series for kids. Audiences are diverse, ranging from long-time supporters and other professional artists to first-timers, students, and families who make a tradition of attending The Nutcracker. “Ballet is a very accessible art,” says Hendricks. “You don’t have to speak the language. You don’t have to know the story. Anyone can appreciate it.”
Grand Rapids Ballet Go to grballet.com to learn more about it, or visit experiencegr.com/events to find a list of shows and exhibitions happening now.
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IT’S WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST
Founders isn’t the only brewery in Grand Rapids making waves. In fact, there are so many breweries in the area making great beer (and so many great bars serving an
With a Breakfast Stout that’s ranked as a top-five beer in the world, it’s no surprise that Founders Brewing is growing big and strong.
impressive selection of beers from around the world) that
Each spring, thousands of beer lovers flock to West Michigan—some from thousands of miles away. They stand in long lines, often in less-than-desirable-weather, for one reason: They’re on the hunt for a very special beer—the Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
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Let’s be clear, most of these beer lovers would tell you this is not just a beer. The Breakfast Stout spends a year aging in oak bourbon barrels in old gypsum caves below the city. It’s ranked in the top five beers in the world by just about every beer website and periodical around. And it’s such a popular beer that most who seek it out come up empty-handed.
“The past five years we’ve seen an average annual growth rate of 72 percent,” says Stevens. “Growing is all we know right now.”
the city now owns the title of “Beer City USA.” Here are the other breweries that call the city home.
1 Ionia Avenue SW grbrewingcompany.com A short walk from your hotel.
Overall, craft breweries in the United States still only account for less than six percent of all beer sales, but that adds up to about an eight-billion-dollar industry. In the competitive field, the kind of beer Founders produces sets them apart. The Kentucky Breakfast Stout is joined by more than a dozen other styles in the Founders arsenal, which is mostly known for big beers with high alcohol content (such as the 10.5 percent ABV Imperial Stout, ranked #5 by beeradvocate.com).
Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Drive SE harmonybeer.com A 10-minute drive from your hotel.
Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry Street SE breweryvivant.com An 8-minute drive from your hotel.
HopCat “I think there’s exclusivity around our product simply because we can’t even come close to satisfying the demand,” says Mike Stevens, co-founder, CEO and president of Founders Brewing. “People who want it really have to work for it.” Stevens is the first to tell you that he’s not sure how such demand and renown came about. This is a far cry from the year 2003, when he and his business partner Dave Engbers owed big money to the bank and were given six days to pay up or call it quits. It’s even a big leap forward since 2008, when Founders had just 20 employees. Today, there are more than 130 people who help run the Taproom on Grandville Avenue and work to supply the ever-increasing demand from the 23 states Founders was supplying when this publication went to print (the number keeps growing).
All the popularity means big business for Founders. This year they’re hoping to produce 135,000 barrels of beer—a tally that would put them in the top 40 microbreweries in the country. It’s a very respectable production rank, but they’re not stopping there. A multimilliondollar expansion to the facility is under way right now. New towering brew tanks and fermenters will give Founders the capacity to brew 340,000 barrels a year. That would put them in the top 10 of all breweries in the U.S. (a level they don’t expect to actually reach for another five years).
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Even so, for Stevens this isn’t about world domination—at least not without ensuring the heart of the company remains.
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“We’re building a brewery to build great product, we’re not doing this to build volume,” Stevens says. “ … as long as it feels right and we’re making great product, then we’ll keep growing.”
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Cities across the nation have watched Grand Rapids with a keen eye, as the city transforms block after block of outdated, underused spaces into vibrant urban centers. The Van Andel Arena. The Medical Mile. And now, a new project that brings double meaning to growth and greening: the 25,000-square-foot Downtown Market. Scheduled to open its outdoor market on May 4 and the rest of its two-floor facility on July 1, the Market will replace a crumbling collection of buildings with a bustling year-round hub of activity focused on local food and healthy eating. Itâ€™s an initiative so creative, so widely supported, and so economically promising that tenants, vendors, and community members are clamoring for ways to take part, and even The New York Times has taken notice.
Three days a week, visitors can stroll through an outdoor market where nearly 90 vendors will sell produce, bread, jams and jellies, salsas, and other local food products. From the eagerly awaited first strawberries of spring to colorful heirloom tomatoes, fragrant herbs, fresh eggs, and armloads of cut flowers, the colorful stalls will beckon people from the surrounding sidewalks to explore the sights, smells, and flavors of West Michigan.
and doing old-world butchering. It’s more than shopping. It’s an experience.” Chris McKellar will be among the first tenants in Market Hall when Love’s Ice Cream opens its doors this summer.
Michael VanderBrug, owner of Trillium Haven Farm and the popular new Grand Rapids restaurant of the same name, will be among the vendors at the outdoor market. A longtime champion of fresh local food, he says, “I really like the vision of having a central place downtown that acts like a food hub, where a lot of different growers can bring their products.”
“Every day will be a chance to see inside the operation—there are no closed doors,” McKellar says. “We’ll be churning batches of ice cream (both dairy and nondairy), sorbet, and baking delightful confections right in plain view. Everything is from scratch, so much so that we are sourcing raw milk from Grassfields certified organic farm in Coopersville, pasteurizing it, separating off cream, and making our products on site. The most important thing for consumers is that they can really get in touch with exactly where their food comes from.”
After choosing from the freshly harvested goods outside, visitors can enter the Market Hall, where aromas of baking bread and roasting coffee will mingle, and local meat, honey, cheese, and ice cream will be offered for sale. Mimi Fritz, president/CEO of the new market, explains, “You’ll be visiting the actual production spaces for these businesses, so you can watch them baking, roasting coffee,
“I’m ecstatic to be able to work alongside passionate producers from our area and learn from them, establish lasting relationships, and enjoy watching the change of our city’s food culture unfold in real time,” he adds. “I’ve already had conversations with other tenants of the market about collaboration products. It’s something I feel strongly about, and it was written into my business plan from day one.”
I’m ecstatic to be able to work alongside passionate producers from our area and learn from them, establish lasting relationships, and enjoy watching the change of our city’s food culture unfold in real time. — CHRIS MCKELLAR
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What’s been happening in this city with local food has been amazing, and we intend to build on that energy with a place that will draw the community and visitors to Grand Rapids. — MIMI FRITZ
Beyond the retail/production spaces, the Market’s main floor will also host a farmto-table restaurant as well as a brewing and distilling company that doubles as a full-service restaurant. In addition, space has been set aside for a wellness center, and there will eventually be commercial office space for retailers who have direct ties to food, health, and wellness. Venture up to the second floor, and you’ll find a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse, an incubator kitchen where anyone in the food industry can rent space, a banquet room with a permanent demonstration kitchen, and one of the most unique features of the building: a six-person teaching kitchen for kids. It’s the only teaching kitchen in the country that features work surfaces, sinks, and cooking stations mounted on hydraulics, allowing each student to work at a safe and comfortable height. While the Downtown Market plans to schedule many of its own classes, any of the secondfloor rooms, including the kids’ kitchen and greenhouse, can also be rented by tenants and people in the community for weddings, meetings, classes, and other events. Education is expected to be a major component of the Market, according to Fritz. “We’re in the process of building an educational foundation that will focus on food, health and wellness, and agriculture,” she says. “We plan to offer all kinds of culinary classes—some focused, some general. We can target our teaching to children, adults, seniors, people with specific health concerns, eating fresh, cooking on a budget … the list goes on.” The activities at the Market may generate the most excitement in the community, but the architecture is also worth noting. The facility was designed by Hugh Boyd, a worldrenowned market designer from New Jersey, in consultation with Ted Spitzer of Market Ventures in Portland, Maine, and the Grand Rapids-based firm Progressive.
“Our architects and consultants work on markets all around the world,” says Fritz. “They took all the most successful features of every one they’ve worked on and brought them all together in this project.” Environmental responsibility played a large role in the design and strategy for the building. “We are aiming for LEED-Silver certification but hoping to earn Gold,” explains Fritz. If they succeed, the facility will become the first LEED-certified market in the country, joining the nation’s first LEED-certified art museum and ballet theater, both in Grand Rapids. Green details will abound throughout the property. Wood and concrete were salvaged from the original buildings on the site, to use in the new construction. The Market will use geothermal wells to help heat and cool the building and power the snow-melt system, and rain gardens will supply the water for plants in the greenhouse. Recycling and compost areas will help to reduce any waste produced in the building, and tenants will be required to recycle as a condition of their lease. When asked how the Downtown Market will contribute to the area’s reputation as a champion of local food and beer, Fritz says, “What’s been happening in this city with local food has been amazing, and we intend to build on that energy with a place that will draw the community and visitors to Grand Rapids. Hopefully we’ll even have people come especially to see us, and then discover all the other attractions and great restaurants in the city. I expect the Downtown Market to play a large role in what’s going on with food and local eating in Grand Rapids.”
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Even if it’s your first time visiting Grand Rapids, chances are you’re already familiar with one or more of the products produced by some of the region’s leading corporate citizens. If not that iconic, ergonomically pleasing chair at the office, then perhaps it’s the comfortable walking shoes you slipped on for that leisurely evening stroll along the Grand River, or the steam cleaner you used to clean your carpet. West Michigan is home not only to one of the largest makers and sellers of floor care products in Bissell Homecare Inc., it’s also where you’ll find the headquarters for the world’s thirdlargest shoemaker, Wolverine Worldwide, and the “Big Three” office furniture manufacturers, Steelcase Inc., Haworth Inc., and Herman Miller Inc. There’s also the corporation that has given millions of people worldwide the ability to run their own business by selling products directly to consumers, Amway. All six globally recognized brand names are homegrown businesses that were started generations ago by local entrepreneurs. Gradually, those businesses grew into industry leaders that do business globally yet retain their deep roots in West Michigan. “They are really world-class, bedrock companies in West Michigan,” says Birgit Klohs, chief executive officer of the economic development organization The Right Place Inc., in Grand Rapids. “They are not only large employers, but they are committed to the region.”
“To me, their influence is really incredible, and I think about how very fortunate this region is to have those six in the area,” Klohs adds. “They were born and raised here. These are companies founded by entrepreneurs many years ago, and through innovation and creativity (they) continue to thrive and continue to reinvent themselves.” All of the companies rank among the leading global brands in their industry. In office furniture, Steelcase, Haworth, and Herman Miller account for about half of the industry’s North American sales. The three today carry on the “Furniture City” legacy of Grand Rapids, that dates back a century when Grand Rapids was home to several companies producing home furnishings. Each produces a range of products for the modern office, and while not everybody knows their names, “they know their work,” says Bill McKendry, founder and chief creative officer at the advertising firm Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids, which specializes in creating brand identities. Take, for instance, Herman Miller’s sleeklooking Aeron chair. It changed the industry when first introduced in 1994, and today it sits on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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“There are so many people who know that design, but not really its name. I always joke it’s not the Herman Miller Aeron chair, it’s ‘that chair.’ People just refer to it, ‘There’s that chair. The chair that I love,’” McKendry says. Look closely at any television show or newscast, and chances are you’ll spot an iconic Aeron chair in the background, or maybe Steelcase’s Think chair or Haworth’s Zody. And how much do people love and connect with a good office chair? Think about it: When you move your office, what do you take with you? It’s probably not the filing cabinet.
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Amway amway.com Wolverine Worldwide produces 15 different footwear brands that include Hush Puppies, Merrell, Keds, Patagonia, and Cushe shoes and Wolverine boots, some of which are “among the most desirable, most fashionable brands in retail today,” McKendry says. Wolverine has gone from what McKendry calls a “frumpy brand” defined by Hush Puppies, to footwear today that is “extremely fashionable,” with brands such as Cushe and Sebago. Bissell, now in its fourth generation of family management, makes carpet cleaners and vacuums that are sold at major retailers such as Target and Best Buy and have made the company what McKendry calls a “retail powerhouse,” thanks to its “beautifully designed” products. Amway, founded in 1959 by Rich DeVos and the late Jay Van Andel, has a network of more than three million distributors who sell health, beauty, and home products in more than 100 countries. The company was built around an innovative model that allows people to run their own business as an Amway distributor. It’s that business model of opportunity, more than the products, that became Amway’s brand identity, says McKendry. The Amway brand is not only global, it has probably become bigger in Asia than the U.S, Klohs says. Two-thirds of Amway’s $11.3 billion in sales for 2012 came from Asian markets, where the company has been expanding quickly for years.
Bissell Homecare bissell.com Haworth haworth.com “I always tell people that are new to Grand Rapids, or are visiting, that Grand Rapids, in its design and craftsmanship, is almost like a European city. There’s just the high appreciation for design and craftsmanship in this community that really isn’t seen in too many places,” McKendry says. “There are not many groups of companies that bring products to market as well as they do, from a design standpoint and a craftsmanship standpoint. To see them all here says something about this community in general.
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“This community just really, really cares about creating things that are just great-looking products.” The legacy of each company reflects West Michigan’s history, business-friendly culture, and a work ethic that goes back to its Dutch roots of the 1800s, says Ben Rudolph, a retired marketing professor at Grand Valley State University. “It goes back to the entrepreneurial spirit that you get with Dutch heritage,” Rudolph says. “The Dutch are famous as entrepreneurs and business people. If you look at it, it really is an amazing story. It’s such a relatively small country in the world.” WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE / cat footwear
Just like Grand Rapids is a relatively small city, full of more entrepreneurship and vision than many might expect.
“When I flew into China the first time years ago, I get out of the airport and what do I see? An Amway sign,” Klohs says. While Amway is driven by its business model, the other big West Michigan brands share a “standard of excellence” in product design and innovation that elevated each into leading global positions within their industry, McKendry says.
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with Dutch heritage. The Dutch are famous as entrepreneurs and business people. BEN RUDOLPH
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Growing up in a state surrounded by the world's largest source of fresh water can leave an indelible mark on a person. For many native Michiganders, water almost seems to course through our bodies like an alternate bloodstream, always with us, even when we aren’t at the lakeshore or on the banks of a river. At least that’s how Rachel Hood feels. She thinks of Michigan’s water sources as the thread that connects people across time and space. “In Michigan, water is our blue thread,” Hood says, putting a twist on the ancient Chinese “Red Thread” proverb. “It connects us to generations of people who were here before us, and to our history of tourism and manufacturing. Ultimately, our water connects us to the world.” When Hood considers her love for Michigan’s lakes and streams, it’s difficult to separate her professional focus—as the executive director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council—from the emotional attachment that comes with living in Michigan her whole life. Not only has Hood always lived in Michigan, but several generations of her family were rooted in the Great Lakes region.
“My family has been very deeply connected to the Great Lakes for three generations,” Hood says. “My great-grandfather, who was an avid fisherman, used his hand as a map to teach his grandchildren where each of the Great Lakes is located. He always told my mom that she should never leave Michigan, because it’s one of the most special spots in the world.”
Hood agrees with her great-grandfather. As a teen, she and her brother developed a love for sailing, on the Detroit River. As an adult, she moved to Grand Rapids specifically so she could spend more time on Lake Michigan—a desire that hasn’t faded a bit over the years. Now, during the summer months, she and her family are at the Big Lake “at least once a week.” After moving to Grand Rapids, Hood dove into community-based nonprofit administration work, learning about environmental issues along the way. In 2006, she was hired by WMEAC, an organization founded by two avid outdoorsmen. From its beginnings in 1968, the organization seemed as destined to focus on protecting water as the people of the state are destined to love water. “West Michigan is deeply connected to water,” says Hood. “It’s part of our identity, which makes it a great tool for engaging people in the environment and teaching them about ecosystems.” Education is an important part of WMEAC’s work. Hood says the light bulbs go on and people get involved when they begin to understand that the groundwater system under the city is part of the stream, which is part of the rivers and the small lakes, which are connected to the Great Lakes. “When people realize that, they begin to understand that what we do to our water becomes, ultimately, what we do to ourselves.” Much of that education is focused on students, through WMEAC’s partnerships with schools. There’s a place-based watershed educational program, which gets kids into streams, learning about water science and even helping with research. WMEAC also has a rain garden program, and a variety of groups and events dedicated to keeping rivers and streams clean.
No matter what type of water is the focus, that water eventually ends up in the Great Lakes. “The Great Lakes are a huge part of Michigan’s identity. They literally define us, geographically—everyone can find Michigan on a map,” says Michelle Begnoche, public relations manager for the Pure Michigan campaign. “They’re also a big part of our economy,” both through industry and tourism, Begnoche adds. While the Mitten State has long been a popular vacation destination, tourism has grown steadily since the Pure Michigan national advertising campaign was launched in 2006. The very first advertisement, titled The Potential of Water, set the tone—most of the ads created since then focus in some way on water. But even great marketing can’t do the lakes justice. Vacationers who didn’t grow up in Michigan, Begnoche says, seem inevitably surprised by the sheer size and splendor of the Great Lakes, no matter how many facts they’re given and photos they’ve seen.
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“People hear ‘lake’ and it’s deceiving,” Begnoche says. “They just don’t picture hundreds of miles of golden sand and blue, sparkling water. You almost have to see it to believe it.” Once people have seen it, they tend to be hooked. “If we can get people here to take a vacation, we’re confident they’ll come back. The beauty of the state does the work.” And if it really does its work, the beauty of Michigan’s freshwater resources will motivate more people to work to preserve them. “We take air for granted, but our memories here are rooted in water,” Hood says, adding that in many ways the future health of the Great Lakes is dependent on the tug of those memories. Because there’s a lot of work to do—from reducing pollutants in the watershed and creating rain gardens, to regulating fracking and finding ways to slow the heating of the Great Lakes.
With all the complex issues at hand, making a dent in the problem can seem like an overwhelming task to be charged with. When asked to paint an ideal picture of the Great Lakes after she retires, Hood responds by saying she first wants to paint a picture of what could happen if we don’t devote ourselves to protecting our state’s greatest resource.
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“Water levels would continue to decline and water resources would continue to heat up. The number of invasive plant species and creatures would grow, until the Great Lakes would become so algae polluted that we could no longer enjoy swimming and fishing in them. Eventually, the lakes would lose so much oxygen that they couldn’t breathe. They would die.
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“But my hope is that WMEAC—and all of us who love our water—can prevent that. My hope is that one day I’ll be on the beach watching my grandchildren, who are delighted to be rolling in the sand and splashing in the water, just like generations before them. My hope is that the lakes will continue to be that blue thread that ties our families and memories together across time.”
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ta q u e r i a s an jose I N PAR I S , F R AN CE We sometimes donâ€™t realize how lucky we are in the States to have the best Mexican food right in our backyard. But in Paris, the gastronomy capital of the world, Mexican food is as foreign as Tibetan food on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. If I could choose to open a restaurant in Paris, then it would have to be a taco joint, preferably Taqueria San Jose. TSJâ€™s carne asada and lengua tacos with a perfectly roasted jalapeno would be a hit in the City of Light.
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m a d cap cof fe e I N SÃO PAU LO, B R A Z I L Believe it or not, for a city with such a rich coffee history, finding a great cup of local Joe is almost impossible in this region dominated by the coffee giant Nespresso. How I would love to find a corner in the upscale Jardin district and plant a MadCap amidst the skyscrapers and helicopter traffic. I would add a second location in the Liberdade area—São Paulo’s Japanese district—and design a MadCap branch that highlights the contribution of Japanese immigrants to the Brazilian coffee industry.
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m ar i e cat r i b â€™s I N PALE R M O -SO H O, B U E N OS AI R E S What better place to locate a restaurant that offers some of the most eye-popping salads and crafty sandwiches than in the meat-loving city of Buenos Aires. Palermo-Soho is the capital of trendy boutiques and nightclubs where the artsy PorteĂąos choose to live and play.
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s i x .o n e . s i x I N CH E STE R , E N G L AN D Chester is one of my favorite places in the UKâ€”the two-mile long Roman wall that wraps the center of town, the Cathedral, the serene river Dee, and the charming canal boats that line the outskirts of the wall. With an abundance of local produce and livestock in the county, the addition of a farm-to-table restaurant such as six.one.six at the JW Marriott will fit perfectly in this scenic town.
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This mahogany beauty in the Pantlind Lobby of the Amway Grand Plaza packs more class per square foot than any other watering hole in the city. Original works by American painter, Mathias Alten, and original movie studio black-and-white photos make this Grand Rapids classic a perfect fit inside the historic Beverly Wilshire hotel.
Munich is arguably the beer capital of Germany. Big biergartens dominate the landscape and during the annual Oktoberfest celebrations, some who wish to lay low could find refuge in the friendly confines of Harmony Brewing, where its “civilized” atmosphere and array of homemade pizza could be safe refuge from the chaos outside.
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St. Barts is one sexy destination teeming with the aura of the ultra rich and celebrities who just can’t get away from the limelight. I would plop Bar Divani right smack in the center of the action in Saint Jean and allow the very knowledgeable staff of Bar Divani to seduce the jet set with their curated wines and delectably crafted array of global tapas such as the homemade paneer and BBQ ribs.
Japanese businessmen are well known for their all-night beer binges after work, and what better way to accommodate their thirst for American nostalgia than frosted mugs of PBR and Stroh’s on tap in the buzzing Shibuya district. This is where Stella’s comes in with its lineup of pinball machines, ’80s video games, and a burger guaranteed to perk one up for the next business day.
Taqueria San Jose 1338 Division Ave S An 8-minute drive from your hotel. MadCap Coffee 98 Monroe Center Street NW madcapcoffee.com A 4-minute walk from your hotel. Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Drive SE mariecatribs.com A 7-minute drive from your hotel.
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Bar Divani 15 Ionia Avenue SW bar-divani.com An 8-minute walk from your hotel.
Stella’s 53 Commerce Avenue SW stellasgr.com A 9-minute walk from your hotel.
Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Drive SE harmonybeer.com A 10-minute drive from your hotel.
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SAVOR guide to hotel dining
Whether youâ€™re looking for a snack on-thego, a happy-hour hot spot, or a fine dinner created from fresh, local ingredients, our selection of restaurants and bars deliver. (In fact, you might start wishing there were more than three meals in each day.)
CYGNUS 27 Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Enjoy the skyline as you dine atop the Glass Tower in Cygnus 27. Indulge on a variety of globally influenced dishes at this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant for an epic casual dining experience. Casual attire, no jacket required. Private dining also available. 616.774.2000 x6525 cygnus27.com facebook.com/cygnus27
SIX.ONE.SIX Located in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Those looking for highly inspired cuisine in a stylish, cosmopolitan setting, look no further than six.one.six. With its unique combination of globally influenced tastes to regional favorites fashioned from local produce, six.one.six offers a feast for the senses without even having to leave the area code. Free validated parking is available. 616.242.1500 ilove616.com facebook.com/ilove616
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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel At Ruth’s Chris Grand Rapids we’re picky about our steaks. That’s why we serve only the ﬁnest USDA Prime beef available. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, choose from our Chef’s Seasonal Specials, fresh seafood selections, classic sides, and homemade desserts. Casual attire. Private dining also available. 616.776.6426 ruthschris.com facebook.com/RuthsChrisGrandRapids
BENTHAM’S Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel At Bentham’s you can enjoy great breakfast and lunch options along with a view of the Grand River. Bentham’s offers an amazing luncheon buffet with a grand array of salads, breads, soups, and roast beef and poultry carved to order. Not to mention pasta and stir-fry stations with fresh vegetables, meats or seafood, and unique sauces. Casual attire. 616.774.2000 x6533 amwaygrand.com
GP SPORTS Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Three large screens, 30+ HD flat screens, pool tables, video games, outdoor patio seating, pizzas, signature burgers, and more. The best place to unwind, enjoy a casual meal, and catch all the sports action! 616.774.2000 x6528 amwaygrand.com facebook.com/GPsports
THE BISTRO Located in the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott Eat. Drink. Connect. Serving American food, bistro-style, whether it’s grab-and-go for someone on-the-run or guests dining in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Bistro offers fresh seasonal options that are satisfying favorites. The Bistro serves Starbucks beverages and has a full-service bar, known as the S-Bar. 616.776.3400 ourcourtyardgr.com
CORNUCOPIA DELI Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel For bites on-the-go that don’t sacrifice flavor, Cornucopia’s international deli-style setting boasts fresh pastries, gourmet pizzas, deli sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. 616.774.2000 x6527 amwaygrand.com
LUMBER BARON BAR Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Settle into the warmth and charm of this historic bar— complete with fireplace, leather club chairs, and a large selection of premium drinks and appetizers. The Lumber Baron is a grand choice for the beginning or the conclusion of a night on the town. 616.774.2000 x6522 amwaygrand.com
GARDEN COURT LOUNGE Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel The Garden Court Lounge is an excellent choice for a quick drink with friends, or when you simply desire a few moments relaxing with a fine glass of wine. The Garden Court Lounge offers a fine array of beer, wine, cocktails, and liqueurs. 616.774.2000 x6524 amwaygrand.com
MIXOLOGY Located in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Casual, upscale service and atmosphere invite guests to enjoy the comfort of the solarium and the views. This type of service allows guests to complete business tasks while still enjoying the accessibility to great food and libations. 616.242.1448 ilove616.com/mixology.htm
STARBUCKS® COFFEE Located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott Stop in to Starbucks for a morning or afternoon treat. It is the perfect place to enjoy a large selection of your favorite made-toorder specialty coffee drinks, teas, pastries, and much more. 616.774.2000 x6565 amwaygrand.com 616.242.1500 ilovethejw.com 616.242.6000 ourcourtyardgr.com
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EVENTS local happenings
City Lights Festival photo courtesy of Downtown Alliance
We might be a small city, but thereâ€™s never a shortage of big things to do here. From art, theater, and live music, to sporting events and productions kids will love, our region offers a full range of tantalizing options.
STEPHEN FRYKHOLM: HERMAN MILLER PICNIC POSTERS
WMEAC FILM SERIES: POWER SURGE
THE JANSMA COLLECTION AT GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM: FIVE CENTURIES OF MASTERPIECES
FASHION & TEA
June 7 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Walk through the galleries with three staff members as they explore Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan from their own perspective. Discover interesting personal interpretations of sculpture that you may have never thought of before. Feel free to participate in discussion; it’s not necessary to be an art expert to find deeper meaning. For more information, call 616.957.1580 or visit www.meijergardens.org.
48TH ANNUAL REEDS LAKE CLOTHESLINE ART FESTIVAL
June 7 through June 9 John Collins Park, East Grand Rapids The best of the best from all over the country come to this event juried by Grand Valley Artists. Over 100 booths line the streets of East Grand Rapids filled with every art form imaginable, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.grandvalleyartists.com.
Through May 12 Grand Rapids Art Museum View the complete set of iconic posters—by Stephen Frykholm, creative director and vice president at Herman Miller—designed for the company’s annual picnic between 1970 and 1989. For more information, call 616.831.1000 or visit www.artmuseumgr.org.
March 8 through September 1 Grand Rapids Art Museum Acquisition of the set of 18th-century prints by Tiepolo marks a milestone for the Jansma Print Collection by representing Christian art in five consecutive centuries of printmaking. For more information, call 616.831.1000 or visit www.artmuseumgr.org.
June 20, 2013, through August 18, 2014 Urban Institute for Contemporary Art The Chroma exhibition features artwork that focuses on color, or the lack of color, as the central element of expression. Is color scientific or ambiguous? Virtual or material? Illusion or truth? The artists in this exhibition have explored these topics and more to help express their ideas and provide a colorful exhibition for all to see. For more information, call 616.454.7000 or visit www.uica.org.
May 7 Grand Rapids Public Museum The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be partnering with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to host the WMEAC Film Series this spring. The fourth film to be held at GRPM is Power Surge, exploring green energy amidst the current climate changes. For more information, call 616.456.3977 or visit www.grmuseum.org.
May 16 and 17, June 6 through 8 Grand Rapids Public Museum Tour the Streets of Old Grand Rapids and learn about fashion from the Victorian Era. For more information, call 616.456.3977 or visit www.grmuseum.org.
Bernar Venet photo courtesy of Chuck Heiney
Through October Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to present a special, year-long exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor Bernar Venet. Demonstrating his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures are installed outdoors. This sculpture exhibition is unique to Meijer Gardens and will remain on display until October. This exhibition is made possible by the Bernar Venet Studio, New York, and Galerie Scheffel, Germany. For more information, call 616.957.1580 or visit www.meijergardens.org.
45TH ANNUAL FALLASBURG FALL FESTIVAL FOR THE ARTS
September 14 and 15 Fallasburg Park, Lowell Mark your calendars for this year’s 45th Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts presented by Lowell Arts! This picturesque festival under-the-trees offers a unique combination of art and crafts, food booths, musical entertainment, demonstrations of turn-of-the-century skills, and a children’s craft area complete with pumpkin painting. For more information, call 616.897.8545 or visit www.lowellartsmi.org.
September 18 through October 6 Downtown Grand Rapids Now in its fifth year, ArtPrize™ is an open art competition, giving away the world’s largest art prize. Part arts festival, part social experiment, downtown businesses, and public spaces exhibit the art, as the public decides the winner. For more information, visit www.artprize.org.
HEATHER MCGILL: OBLIQUE ANGLE MICHIGAN ARTIST SERIES
April 26 through July 14 Grand Rapids Art Museum Inspired by Detroit’s spirit of technological innovation, Heather McGill’s current series of highly patterned wall sculptures and drawings applies the materials of industry to modern art. One of the dynamic aspects of her work is her use of interference paints, which create color-shifting illusions. The paint’s effect is activated when the viewer moves to view the object at an oblique angle, suggesting a shift in our perceptual reality. Heather McGill is head of the Sculpture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. For more information, call 616.831.1000 or visit www.artmuseum.org.
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT GRAM
Every Friday Grand Rapids Art Museum Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, a cash bar, and good conversation. A rotation of guest speakers, gallery talks, and demonstrations takes place each week with $5 admission for nonmembers and free admission for members. For more information, call 616.831.1000 or visit www.artmuseumgr.org
TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION
Through July 7 Grand Rapids Public Museum On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology. In Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the ship’s debris field are showcased offering a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers. For more information, call 616.456.3977 or visit www.grmuseum.org.
GREAT LAKE SHIPWRECKS
Through November Grand Rapids Public Museum A rich and fascinating history lies in Michigan’s nearby freshwater lakes. Learn more about the Great Lakes and the early watercrafts that sailed them with this educational showcase. For more information, call 616.456.3977 or visit www.grmuseum.org.
For more events and information, visit downtowngr.org.
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Theater and Performing Arts MOVEMEDIA
April 12 and 13, April 26 and 27 Peter Martin Wege Theatre The Grand Rapids Ballet presents MOVEMEDIA—a dance series comprised of new works, merging visual elements of sets, props, costumes, and lighting with digital technology and media to enhance the body in space. For more information, call 616.454.4771 or visit www.grballet.com.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
April 19 through 28 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre A timeless, heart-warming story for all generations, this musical follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. For more information, call 616.222.6650 or visit www.grct.org.
ROMEO & JULIET
May 10 through 12, May 17 through 19 Peter Martin Wege Theatre The Grand Rapids Ballet closes its season with the return of its most requested new work, Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo & Juliet. This stunning contemporary look at the Shakespeare classic premiered to sold-out audiences in 2011. For more information, call 616.454.4771 or visit www.grballet.com.
May 14 through 19 DeVos Performance Hall All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s winner of three 2011 Tony ® Awards! When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off the course to true love in the show The New York Times called “Musical-Comedy Joy.” For more information, call 616.235.6285 or visit www.broadwaygrandrapids.com.
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
May 31 through June 16 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Never judge a woman by her hair color. Hot off Broadway, this story of Elle Woods’ journey from the mall to Harvard Law proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. For more information, call 616.222.6650 or visit www.grct.org.
June 7 DeVos Performance Hall Daniel Tosh’s Comedy Central show Tosh.O features razor-sharp humor and biting commentary, delving into all aspects of the Internet—from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious. Tosh brings his comedy to the stage along with special guest Jerrod Carmichael as part of The June Gloom Tour. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
June 11 through 27 DeVos Performance Hall Billy Elliot The Musical is a joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and whole community—and changes his life forever. For more information, call 616.235.6285 or visit www.broadwaygrandrapids.com.
Concerts CORONA LIGHT PRESENTS KENNY CHESNEY’S NO SHOES NATION TOUR
April 25 Van Andel Arena Named Artist of the Year by both CMT and AMA, Kenny Chesney performs in Grand Rapids as part of his No Shoes Nation tour after receiving the 2012 Billboard award of “Top Package” for his last tour. The country artist will be joined by the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves at this concert event. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
OPERA GRAND RAPIDS PRESENTS LA TRAVIATA
May 3 and 4 DeVos Performance Hall Parisian courtesan Violetta lives a life of grandeur, filled with parties and high-society thrills—until she falls for Alfredo and leaves the city for a quiet romance in the countryside. Alas, heartbreak lurks on the horizon for Violetta and Alfredo in this tragic Verdi classic. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: 50 YEARS ON THE CAREFREE HIGHWAY TOUR
May 6 DeVos Performance Hall After 50 active years of hit song-making and international album sales well into the multimillions, Gordon Lightfoot will feature his well-known hits like Rainy Day People, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and If You Could Read My Mind, along with deep album cuts and personal anecdotes. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN’S SOLEMN MASS
May 10 and 11 DeVos Performance Hall Beethoven regarded this monumental choral work as his crowning achievement. It combines powerful chorus and sublime composition, every chord stirring the soul. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR
June 20 Van Andel Arena At the end of 2012, Rush won both the “Band of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards at the Classic Rock Awards in London. This year, to the delight of patient Rush fans worldwide, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two months before this concert in Grand Rapids. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT
July 7 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park David Byrne was a founding member and principal songwriter of the American New Wave band Talking Heads. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, and nonfiction. Touring with Annie Erin Clark, better known as St. Vincent, an American singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. Together, St. Vincent and David Byrne released a collaborative album titled, Love This Giant. For more information, visit www.meijergardens.org.
Rush photo courtesy of SMG
The Color Run
photo courtesy of GRandJazzFest
photo courtesy of Downtown Alliance
TULIP TIME FESTIVAL
May 4 through 11 Holland This annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture is a multigenerational event that has something for everyone. Three amazing parades, traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theater, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, Tulip City Tours, and so much more! For more information, visit www.tuliptime.com.
GREAT LAKES KITE FESTIVAL 2013
May 17 through 19 Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven Enjoy a day at the beach as the sky is filled with colorful kites of all types and sizes. World-famous stunt kite fliers perform to music on the center flying field while kites larger than a school bus hover just to the south. Bring your own kite to fly or test fly the year’s newest kites. This festival is free to attend. For more information, visit www.mackite.com.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2013
June 7 through June 9 Downtown Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts is truly unique: an arts celebration put on totally by volunteers; a feast of culinary arts, with lots of food booths presented as fundraisers for area churches and nonprofit organizations; a community-wide salute to the incredible talent in West Michigan. Enjoy Festival’s community showcase of the arts in all forms: visual, performance, culinary, and more! All Festival performances and exhibits are free of charge with lots of live entertainment on several stages throughout the downtown area. For more information, call 616.459.1300 or visit www.festivalgr.org.
6TH ANNUAL FOUNDERS FEST: A CELEBRATION OF BEER AND MUSIC
June 22 Founders Brewing Company Founders Brewing Company has been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and has grown its brewing tradition from its modest beginnings to being rated among the top breweries in the world. This year’s event will again feature local food vendors, as well as a “Local Artists Row,” which showcases the various works of the area’s finest artists and designers, as well as other strolling and surprise entertainers sprinkled throughout the day. This is an ages 21+ only event. For more information, call 616.776.1195 or visit www.foundersbrewing.com.
CITY LIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 19 and 20 Calder Plaza Calder Plaza transforms into an outdoor electronic music club for two hot summer days and nights featuring both local DJs and internationally acclaimed artists. For more information, visit www.citylightsmusicfestival.com.
AMERICAN QUILTER’S SOCIETY
August 14 through 17 DeVos Place Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be awarded in the quilt contest held during this show that exhibits hundreds of quilts and a 350-booth Merchant Mall with the latest in quilt-making supplies, antique and new quilts, and quilting classes. For more information, call 616.742.6500 or visit www.devosplace.org.
RESTAURANT WEEK GRAND RAPIDS 2013
August 14 through 23 Area Restaurants, Downtown Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will return with a selection of area restaurants offering “farm-to-fork” culinary delectables. Fresh local products will be used in creative three-course dinner menus priced at $25 per person, and, at some restaurants, two people for $25. Create a special culinary experience with your family, friends, and business associates. For more information, visit www.restaurantweekgr.com.
2ND ANNUAL GRANDJAZZFEST
August 17 and 18 Rosa Parks Circle The second annual GRandJazzFest will bring together notable jazz performers as well as highlight up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for this family-friendly musical event. For more information, www.grandjazzfest.org.
October 4 through 6 14 Local Polish Halls Celebrate Polish Heritage with the city’s annual three-day event in which the city’s normally private Polish Halls open their doors to the public for food, drinks, and activities, including the pageant for Pulaski Days queen. For more information, visit www.pulaskidays.org.
WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS BASEBALL GAMES
April 4 through September 2 Fifth Third Ballpark Enjoy the excitement and competition at Fifth Third Ballpark as West Michigan’s professional minor league baseball team competes against other teams in the Midwest League! Stop by the concierge desk for special ticket deals for hotel guests at the team’s 70 home games. For more information, call 616.784.4131 or visit www.whitecapsbaseball.com.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL through May 11 GOLF AND TRACK & FIELD through May 25 FOOTBALL begins September 7 WOMEN’S SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL begins September 6 The Grand Valley State University athletic program has earned the NACDA Directors’ Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation, eight of the past ten years. Grand Valley’s varsity athletic teams have won 14 national championships in seven sports. For more information, call 616.331.3200 or visit www.gvsulakers.com.
36TH ANNUAL FIFTH THIRD RIVER BANK RUN
May 11 Downtown Grand Rapids The 36th Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run will feature the largest 25K road race in the country, along with 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, and Junior events, and will play host to more than 21,000 participants. For more information, call 616.771.1590 or visit www.53riverbankrun.com.
THE COLOR RUN™
August 3 Downtown Grand Rapids The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates health, happiness, individuality, and giving back. Participants can walk or run the 5K at their own pace, and are asked to wear white—as they will finish covered in color from the packets sprayed on runners as they pass by. For more information, visit www.thecolorrun.com/grandrapids.
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ZUMBA at Rosa Parks Circle
photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Ballet
photo courtesy of Downtown Alliance
Rosa Parks Circle
ADVENTURES IN BALANCE
April 29 through May 22 Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Journey through the adventure jungle as you build a walkway over a bubbling lava pit, carefully cross the raging river, and walk on stilts to see over the tree tops. Stop by the Adventure Quest and have fun watching your reflection as you try your hand at juggling, balancing an egg on a spoon, or see how long you can stand on one leg. Put your balance to the test! For more information, call 616.235.4726 or visit www.grcm.org.
May 3 through 5 Peter Martin Wege Theatre The Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company season closes with an incredible new work by Attila Mosolygo. Celebrate childhood fantasy with the timeless tale of Peter Pan! For more information, call 616.454.4771 or visit www.grballet.com.
STUDIO CREATE ART CAMP
June 9 through 14, June 16 through 21 Urban Institute for Contemporary Art This camp environment encourages creative exploration through art-making activities for youth ages 7–13. Exhibitions provide children rich visual interactions with contemporary art and inspiration to create their own masterpiece. For more information, call 616.454.7000 or visit www.uica.org.
July 26 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre “High school has never been so mental” as it is in this new musical that’s delightfully bright and laugh-out-loud funny. Sing and clap along with all the classmates from Playa Sola High School, as they discover that sometimes the best way to figure who you are is by changing minds. For more information, call 616.222.6650 or visit www.grct.org.
GRAND HAVEN COAST GUARD FESTIVAL
July 26 through August 4 Grand Haven This national festival hosts a variety of activities for the entire family. Every day is packed with activities, events, and attractions for all ages. Many activities are free, and you will find plenty of fun and choices from Kid’s Day to the Street Dance and Cruise-In Car Show, to carnival rides, picnics, parades, and ship tours. On the final night of the festival, we light up the town of Grand Haven and its waterfront with our glorious Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information, call 616.846.5940 or visit www.coastguardfest.org.
12 DANCING PRINCESSES
July 26 through August 4 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre For generations, children have loved the enchanting story by the Brothers Grimm of the twelve beautiful princesses and the handsome young lad who solves the mystery of their tattered shoes. West Michigan playwright Max Bush retells the story in this new theatrical release. For more information, call 616.222.6650 or visit www.grct.org.
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS DRAGONS
September 19 through 22 Van Andel Arena Honoring The Year of the Dragon, circus performers from all over the world will assemble to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and athleticism in this fantastical celebratory tournament bringing together mystic dragon lore and authentic circus feats. Families can participate in interactive experiences like learning to juggle during the pre-show. For more information, call 1.800.745.3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
This summer, Rosa Parks Circle will be hosting daily activities for anyone to join! Times will vary but you can check in with www.downtowngr.org for more details.
Starting in June 7 p.m. Show up and join the party! Be ready to sweat and bring water. Classes are free! Sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and the Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department.
TUESDAY: SWING DANCING
April 9 through October 15 7 p.m. Join the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society and put your dancing shoes on! Anyone can come out and dance no matter the level, but the bulk of the dancers are just there to have fun.
WEDNESDAY: BLUES ON THE MALL
June 12 through August 21 Classic Rock 97LAV presents Blues on the Mall. Join in for free live music each Wednesday evening.
FRIDAY: GRAM ON THE GREEN/WERQ AND BALLROOM DANCING
Starting in June 5 p.m. GRAM on the Green features special activities with games and sketching on Wege Plaza, live music, and a cash bar on the Allen and Helen Hunting Terrace, along with art conversations. Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and the Downtown Alliance will offer a Werq dance fitness class (similar to Zumba) and Ballroom Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle. All activities outdoors are free of charge.
For more events and information, visit downtowngr.org.
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