YMCA breaks ground on new $30M facility in Cascade

When all is said and done, next fall West Michigan will be home to a new YMCA unlike any other in the country.Ground broke...

Inside Track: Contemplation leads to career change

Jeff Karger had several days of contemplation in San Francisco following 9/11, and it changed the course of his career.At the time, Karger was...

Inside Track: Even a spy couldn’t uncover Lister’s latest film role

Ralph Lister is about to become one of Grand Rapids’ most high-profile actors, thanks to a mysterious role in the upcoming Michigan-made blockbuster “Batman...

Van Andel Arena is a catalytic anchor

When Neil Diamond took the Van Andel Arena stage Oct. 10, 1996, everyone in Grand Rapids was there.At least, that’s how Sam Cummings remembers...

Familiar designer and builder of custom homes is back

After a brief sabbatical, Joel Peterson has returned to building customized homes. Sixteen years ago, Peterson was a founding partner of Insignia Homes, a firm...

Copyright infringement cases take a personal turn

Chris Baldwin, the University of Michigan sophomore whose utter shock and bewilderment was broadcast across the country repeatedly following Michigan State University’s defeat of...

Inside Track: From a humble beginning, Curt Mulder has found success

It’s fair to say that Curt Mulder swept his way into his executive position at one of the region’s top builders.Mulder has been a...

New Holland shifts strategy to market rollouts

Even with its new west-side Grand Rapids taproom and brewing facility a year away, New Holland Brewing Co. still had a big year in...

Inside Track: Move to organic milk was a good idea

It’s not too unusual for a cow in David Vander Zanden’s barn to have garlic on her breath. It may help keep her healthy,...

Cedar Springs Brewing acts as catalyst

David Ringler almost started a brewery in the 1990s.It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Ringler was educated in traditional German brewing and, had...

Inside Track: Interior design career is something of an odyssey

Marissa Iacovoni’s journey to having a successful interior design career began in Grand Rapids, her home city, and then took her all over the...

Inside Track: Entrepreneur finds satisfaction in working for others

Spencer Blanchard is a business owner who became so popular with his clients, he ended up working for them.Blanchard is a Grand Rapids native...

Inside Track: VanderKamp works to create his own future

Brett VanderKamp is perhaps one of the few former political candidates who doesn’t regret losing his bid for state senate.“It’s probably the best thing...

Morton House project is underway

Remediation work has begun on the final piece to complete the revival of Monroe Center. Rockford Construction has started engineering the pre-construction phase for the...

Independent hardware stores thrive in niche markets

One of the largest and most important sectors in the global market, the hardware industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years....

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April 19 — MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsKULLGREN, Donald A. et al, Ally Bank, Condo-Arbor Hills Site Condominiums, $207,500JIANG, Jinxi...

Explosive growth lands investment firm on list of top companies

In 2000, as a 20-year-old employee at Morgan Stanley in Grand Rapids, Jason Wenk witnessed one of the worst stock market plunges in recent...

Inside Track: Life’s in focus for movie theater exec

While working at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Eric Kuiper was most intrigued by the parts of church that involve storytelling.“The great comic...

House in Austin is home to Michigan products, music

Michigan is taking Texas by storm.During the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival — or SXSW, as it’s known —...

West Michigan film industry hits restart button

It’s been a rocky transition for the West Michigan film industry following Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s changes to the state’s film incentive program that...

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