Parade reveals home-building surge

Thousands may have attended the 2015 Spring Parade of Homes, but in Nelson Van Elderen’s mind, there were generally only three kinds of visitors.It’s...

Inside Track: Buikema has overseen a sea change at Habitat

Mary Buikema knows owning a house can be a transformational experience for a family, which is why she is so passionate about her job...

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsYOUNG, Audrey L. et al, ChoiceOne Bank, Cedar Springs Village Replat, Lot 5, $256,000K7 LLC, Hastings...

Artistic minds pair well with cool spaces

Snapple bottles littered the vacant party store before it was transformed into Harmony Brewing Co. in 2010.For more than 10 years, the building that...

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsPOTTER, Steven et al, Independent Bank, Condo-Hillside Condominiums At Thousand Oaks, $250,000RETTIG, Daniel J. et al,...

Inside Track: Giving back to his tribe

Around 5 a.m. every Monday morning for six months, Kurt Trevan hit the road and made the three-hour drive from Grand Rapids to Chicago.During...

Pork farmers are thinking out of the box

A nationally organized protest against pork sold in Wal-Mart stores was seen in West Michigan last week when Mercy For Animals held a peaceful...

Inside Track: Rachel Hood leads fight for a sustainable community

The first known incident of advocacy in the life of one of West Michigan’s most influential environmental voices occurred when she was in 8th...

Street Talk: Water, water everywhere

As the national outrage over Flint’s water crisis grows more fervent — and the calls for Gov. Rick Snyder’s ouster more strident — let’s...

Inside Track: A knack for hospitality blossomed into marketing Tulip City

For more than 22 years, Sally Laukitis has welcomed travelers who come through her office door in downtown Holland looking for information, and for...

Street Talk: Another use for the fiscal cliff

It’s always about the money. Especially if you happen to be a congressman hanging off the fiscal cliff — or being thrown off.U.S. Rep....

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsRASMUSSEN, Jonathan et al, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Forest Hills No. 9, Lot 274, $205,000WIERS, Troy...

Street Talk: Beer with a view

City Built Brewing Company is taking full advantage of the two-and-a-half months of Michigan summer.Guests to the Monroe North brewery now can enjoy City...

Inside Track: Song of home draws Dubault back to Norton Shores

Cathleen Dubault had sipped wine in Rome and dined on guinea pig in Quito, Ecuador, but the Milwaukee native realized she still had problems...

Street Talk: Wyoming puts parks, public safety on the ballot

The Wyoming City Council recently took action to place two proposals on the May 2022 ballot that, if approved, would provide future funding to support public safety and parks needs, make the city more financially sustainable and minimize the overall tax burden of residents.

Inside Track: Bayard carries on historical legacy

George Bayard is safeguarding African American history.

1031 exchange transactions seem to be picking up speed

The Grand Rapids office of Cohen Financial extended its reach to arrange financing for a deal that involved a building in Cottage Grove, Ore.Cathy...

Inside Track: Stellar founder finds a better way

The founder and president of Stellar Broadband, recently rebranded from SpartanNet, has been in the industry long enough to remember when less than two megabits was considered broadband internet. Now, Richard Laing is delivering up to 10 Gigs for residents and businesses in West Michigan, East Lansing and beyond.

Founders’ focus: Just make beer

Is the mug half empty, or half full?2013 turned out to be a challenging year for Founders Brewing Co., according to co-founder Mike Stevens,...

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsWODAREK, James M. et al, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Glen Valley Estates No. 3, Lot 114,...

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