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Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine closes doors

A Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids closed down.

SpartanNash expands benefits for Fast Lane subscribers

The Byron Center-based grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash is expanding the benefits available for its Fast Lane subscribers.

Coppercraft Distillery partners with Detroit Tigers on gin

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery announced Monday the release of an exclusive gin crafted in partnership with the Detroit Tigers.

Ferris State University helps people of Myanmar through Anu Sushi contract

A sushi supplier to Ferris State University is making an impact providing meals to orphans and employing refugees from Myanmar.

Former Michigan football player Charles Woodson launches whiskey brand

Former University of Michigan football player and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson released a new craft spirit line, Woodson Bourbon Whiskey.

Wedgwood’s Employment Training Program launches Etsy shop

A social services nonprofit that serves youths launched an online shop through which the products teens make in its Employment Training Program can be purchased.

Downtown Holland opens social district

The Downtown Holland Social District, which will be open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., launched Friday.

Michigan lifts indoor capacity limits, mask requirements

LANSING — Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

Mokaya brings unique chocolate to Grand Rapids

Mokaya, a Grand Rapids chocolatier known for high-tier chocolates, partnered with a South American producer on a unique product.

SpartanNash offers telemedicine service at all pharmacies

SpartanNash has partnered with Bonum Health to provide telemedicine services at all company-owned pharmacies.

Rockford gobbles up slices of old-school pizza pub

After being live for about a week, Rockford Brewing Company’s Kickstarter campaign to engage the community with its restoration of the historic 1866 building is now complete.

Advisers see bright future for West Michigan real estate

Coming into the post-pandemic era, West Michigan remains vibrant and growing, according to the latest market reports from Bradley Company.

Ophthalmology practice doubles Kalamazoo location

Vitreo-Retinal Associates is expanding its West Michigan location in Kalamazoo.

Pop-Tarts launches dessert flavors inspired by America’s favorite treats

Pop-Tarts is calling all dessert-for-breakfast lovers with three new toaster pastry flavors inspired by some of America’s favorite sweet treats.

Pringles rolls out Wavy Pineapple Habanero chips

Pringles is introducing its next limited-edition chip flavor.

Kentwood Farmers Market opens Thursday for summer

The Kentwood Farmers Market will return for its seventh season, starting Thursday and ending Aug. 26.

Kellogg, Little Debbie partner on mashup cereal

Kellogg and Little Debbie are joining forces to transform a childhood treat into a cereal.

Herman Miller launches new retail website

Furniture designer and manufacturer Herman Miller rolled out a new online purchasing experience for its customers.

Bell’s Brewery launches tropical spin on Oberon

Bell’s Brewery is taking Oberon fans to new shores with a tropical take on the summer beer.

Furniture leaders speak on pandemic impact

During a 15-month period with an unusual level of disruption, the West Michigan commercial furniture and design industry rebounded faster than expected, but according to three local CEOs, challenges remain.

Michigan bills look to tighten the definition of marijuana

LANSING — Legislation to close a gap in Michigan marijuana law that has allowed some untested products similar to marijuana to be sold passed Thursday in the state House.

Rockford Brewing owners plan pizza pub

A new pizzeria, distillery and brewery will open inside a historic building in downtown Rockford following an extensive restoration.

Pringles partners with Wendy’s on spicy chicken-flavored chip

Pringles is harnessing the flavors of Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich in its newest limited-edition chip flavor.

Meijer offers $10 coupon to customers who get vaccinated

To encourage eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Meijer will give customers a $10 coupon off any purchase when they complete the vaccination process at a Meijer store.

City commission approves new social district for West Fulton

Grand Rapids’ newest social district soon will be coming to Fulton Street on the city's West Side.