Friday, August 20, 2010

So unique Grand Rapids!

I thought this was super cool and very unique to our city!!

Nothing like a 500 ft Water Slide in the middle of the city!!! Event will take place Saturday and Sunday (Aug 21st and 22nd) on Lyon street and is FREE. Anyone can ride, however all under 48 inches must ride with an adult.

Come check it out and don't forget your bathing suit!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

West Michigan Schools come on top!

Wood TV 8 reported last week that three West Michigan Public Schools were ranked in the top 5 out of 3000 statewide!

According to excerpts from the report:

Forest Hills Public Schools' Eastern Middle School took the number one spot statewide among 3,000 schools ranked. Grand Rapids Public Schools' City Middle/High School came in fourth and FHPS' Northern Hills Middle School is ranked fifth.

Please click here for entire article

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michigan Success Story

An article today from CNN highlighting our wonderful Grand Rapids!!

Michigan Success Story

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yet another article showcasing why Grand Rapids is such a great place to live! Rapid Growth published THIS ARTICLE about MSU's college of Human Medicine locating in Grand Rapids. Below is an excerpt:

"Their eyes light up when we talk about quality of life in Grand Rapids," Rappley says. "That's not from me telling them about it. That's from their experience in visiting.

"Grand Rapids is making this part of my job easy. It's not a hard sell. It's really a great place to work and raise a family."

So true!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A little taste of West Michigan!

This past week, The Grand Rapids Press published an interesting article about the many ethnic restaurants popping up in our own back yard here in West Michigan. Living in Chicago for a few years really opened our eyes to eclectic foods and has been something that we missed and felt was always lacking here....not any more!! There are many wonderful places to enjoy and experience International cuisine.

For a helpful guide, please view: Ethnic Restaurants

Yet another reason West Michigan rocks!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Reeds Lake Waterfront Project

The first phase of the Reeds Lake Construction Project will be staring in April (and will end in October). It sounds like the project will enhance Colins Park making it more enjoyable (for fishing, docks and walking trails). For the full story, check out:

Waterfront Project

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens!

If you're looking for something fun to do this month, make sure to check out Frederick Meijer Gardens (Butterflies) to walk amongst over 40 species of butterflies from around the world! It's the "largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation" and it's here in West Michigan.

So, if you're looking to escape the cold for a fun, family friendly event make sure to come and experience over 60,000 free flying tropical butterflies!

Exhibit runs March 1st through April 30th.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Google in Grand Rapids?

Yet another reason why our town rocks!

Per Rapid Growth:

"Grand Rapids is one of dozens of cities in the country applying to be a test region for Google Inc.'s proposed experiment to test its super-high-speed broadband network with 50,000 to 500,000 users.

According to excerpts from the story:

Google Inc. is searching for a number of cities to be part of an experiment the company says would make internet access better and faster for everyone. The online media company has announced plans to build super high-speed broadband network for at least 50,000 and up to 500,000.

Grand Rapids is among dozens of U.S. cities applying to be a part of the experimental test market. "This is a good thing for us. This is a good thing for our community. It is a good thing for business and economic development in our region" said Paul Klimas, the Information Technology Director for the city of Grand Rapids.""

For more info on how you can help make this happen, check out:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

West Michigan makes the cut!!

Well, it just goes to show that the winter blues can't get us down! Holland-Grand Haven was voted one of the happiest places to live (in the Country, even above Honolulu!!). Below is the article showcased on World News last night:

View Happy Town

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

What a great way to see our wonderful town and makes a great date night idea for Valentines Day!!

"Grand Carriages LLC will be offering special horse-drawn carriage rides to celebrate Valentine's Day with 3 carriages decorated with heart lights and flowers. Scenic tours of downtown Grand Rapids starting at the corner of Monroe Ave & Lyon St in front of Fifth Third Bank Bldg. from 6pm to 11pm on Feb. 12, 13 and 14th for $60 per half hour or $90 per hour. Sit back and enjoy the sound of horse hooves while wrapped warmly in Amish carriage blankets. Please call for reservations 616-893-4984."- per

If you're looking for something unique to do with the kids for Valentines Day, The "Be my Valentine" show with the Verve Pipe might be an idea:

Description (per

The Verve Pipe performs a children's show in the beautiful Wege Theatre. They will be performing songs from their new "A Family Album" and also classic love songs from the Disney movies, and much more. Great fun for kids of all ages.

Tickets are $15
12 and under $10
3 and under free when sitting on a lap

More Info: 9B7D6575?artistid=980679&majorcatid=10002& minorcatid=12

Location Details...

Peter Martin Wege Theatre
341 Ellsworth Ave SW
Grand Rapids

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Baby it's cold outside!!

Even though it's been so cold these past few weeks, that doesn't mean that we all have to hibernate! We can still get out and enjoy all that West Michigan has to offer.

A fun, family friendly event coming up is the East Grand Rapids Kite Festival. It is taking place this Saturday, February 7th from noon to 4pm. All kites will be hoovering over Reeds Lake in EGR. Rose's Restaurant will be serving free hot chocolate and hot dogs. There will also be free kite building inside from 1-3 p.m. for kids under age 12. Check out: East Grand Rapids Kites! for more info.

Another great idea if you haven't done so already this season, is to check out Pando in Rockford! It's a great outdoor fun park with something for everyone! From tubing, to downhill and cross country skiing, it's a fun, adventurous way to spend an afternoon! Visit Pando Park for more info.

Or you could hit the hills and enjoy some good old fashion sledding! For a few popular spots, check out Sledding in West Michigan or if you have found a hill you'd like to share, you can post there as well.

These are just a few options to get out and enjoy our winter wonderland. Spring will be here soon enough, but we still have time to have some winter fun!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Haiti efforts in West Michigan

If you're like many, you're feeling very helpless with what you can do for the people of Haiti. It's been said that a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid. It's heartbreaking, devastating and very hard to believe. Well, even though we are hundreds of miles away, there still is something you can do here from West Michigan:

1) American Red Cross
You can donate by going to this link. American Red Cross
They're also taking donations over your cell phone. Just text the word "Haiti" to 90999 and $10 will be automatically charged to your cell phone bill.

2) Rays of Hope Haiti- based here in Grand Rapids (see link below):
They are looking for both physical and monetary donations.

3) Haiti Benefit Concert at the Intersection
January 28th, 2010
VIP Reception ($20.00 donation per person) from 5:00-7:00 PM where media celebrities, performers, and area dignitaries meet with VIP Reception donors.
Concert starts at 7pm.
For more information, please visit

For a larger list of charities, please feel free to visit:


It's truly unimaginable with what the Haitians must be going through and our hearts go out to all that have been effected.

Monday, January 18, 2010

2583 Lakeshore Drive, Fennville, MI | Powered by Postlets

Here is a new listing for a great house near Saugatuck, MI. There is private Lake Michigan access across the street.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


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