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15 Must Visit Black-Owned Businesses in Grand Rapids

In honor of Black History Month, we at IHeartGR wanted to take this as an opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic Black-Owned businesses in Grand Rapids! We are sure that you will quickly add these businesses to your list of favorites after visiting, we love them and so will you. Before we get to the list of these amazing businesses, we did not want to neglect telling you about the Black History...

A Winter Day Spent in Grand Rapids

There are two things at the moment that feel very restricting: The COVID pandemic and the cold of the winter months. The misconception that having a fun and safe day out with friends in Grand Rapids can be hard right now is fairly easy to make, however, Grand Rapids is a city full of endless options amidst all of the obstacles! This city makes it so easy to plan an exhilarating day in GR with...

Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Shopping Small this Holiday Season: Local Gift Guide

Looking to shop small this holiday season? You've come to the right place. We've put together thirteen different guides with some of our favorite Grand Rapids local businesses so that you can get your holiday shopping done for anyone and everyone AND do it locally! Here you'll find gifts that are unique to Grand Rapids from locally owned businesses who are crushing it and deserve all the love! What...

3 Things to know BEFORE you build

Friends!This week is one of my favorites of the year in West Michigan.Non-Pandemic years the ArtPrize would be announced, it’s also that week where the weather abruptly changes into Fall AND the GR Home Builders Association hosts the Parade of Homes; an open-house for builders to show off the best of their latest builds.This year the Parade features both in-person and virtual showings to...

Hudsonville has way more to offer than just a great ice cream company!

One of my first tasks when moving to West Michigan in 2008 was to locate my go-to radio station. I will never forget driving in my car, scrolling through the dials, and being completely confused that the early morning content was the daily agriculture report. AGRICULTURE REPORT?! Where in the world to I just move to?! Long story short, I was abruptly introduced to West Michigan’s nutrient rich resources...

Heritage Hill has our Heart

Heritage Hill how do we love thee? Oh, let me count the ways!I love thee to depth, breadth, and height.Okay… seriously though. Heritage Hill is truly spectacular AND our feature for this week!As you may have guessed from the name, it’s located at the top of the hill, just east of Downtown, and is one of the largest historic districts in the entire US!It is mostly residential with an an...

Let’s Celebrate! It’s Fall In GR!

We did it! We made it to my favorite time of year here in GR! At the beginning of this year I was aching for the first day of Fall because that meant the return of ArtPrize, and outdoor Apple Orchard adventures with the fam. We all know how ArtPrize turned out but here’s a few items I am looking forward to exploring instead: Patios in GR yes friends, it’s true! Patio season and social zone...

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