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Founders creates two new beers for collaboration series

Founders Brewing Co. announced a new local partnership program: Crafted in Michigan Collaboration Series.

Entrepreneur feeds home growers’ market with organic worm castings

Using food scraps collected from over 300 households in Grand Rapids, Wormies produces organic, microbe-rich fertilizer for gardeners and an emerging industry of cannabis home growers.

Medical cannabis is family affair for WellFlower

Family-owned and 100% Michigan-made medical cannabis company The WellFlower not only is becoming a big player in the medical and recreational cannabis industry, but also is an advocate for medical-grade cannabis as an alternative to opiate use.

Mecosta woman files lawsuit against Meijer for contaminated food

Ven Johnson Law PLC recently filed a lawsuit in the Mecosta County Circuit Court against Meijer Inc. and Eagle Produce LLC, requesting more than $25,000.

Local entrepreneur creates lifestyle planner

Grand Rapids entrepreneur Kristian Grant launched her 2021 Game Plan Lifestyle Planner as well as The Making of a Game Plan, a digital companion workbook that helps identify and map out business and personal goals for the year.

Basalt launches Kickstarter for brick-and-mortar location

Mobile Tex-Mex food business Basalt is launching a crowdfunding campaign to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Downtown Holland announces changes to annual Girlfriends Weekend

Downtown Holland’s annual Girlfriends Weekend will return this year from March 5-7 but with changes in place to ensure public safety.

Recreational cannabis center opens in Sand Lake

New Standard Sand Lake, a new recreational-only cannabis provisionary, opened in Sand Lake on Jan. 23, making it the second New Standard cannabis dispensary in Michigan.

Local entrepreneur launches beauty line

Grand Haven entrepreneur Julie Armock launched a new startup company called Harvest + Harmony.

Waxology to open second location in Rockford

Waxology announced the opening of its second location later this month.

Woodland Mall hosts exhibit featuring artists of color and documentary

Woodland Mall will be hosting the LOVE.ART.HISTORY. exhibit and a screening of the documentary “In Between the Trees” over Valentine’s Day weekend in the mall’s center court between Kay Jewelers and Chico’s.

Apparel company launches online storefront for medical professionals

The founders of Professional Apparel Company announced the launch of a new e-commerce site for medical uniforms, The Right Scrubs.

Herbruck’s launches new fertilizer line

Green Meadow Organics, a division of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, is offering a new line of organic fertilizers at retailers.

Local artists create Black History Month T-shirts for Meijer

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy junior Elijah Brown and artist and West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology Teen Arts + Tech Program instructor Jasmine Bruce partnered through WMCAT to design and print nearly 4,000 Black History Month T-shirts for Meijer.

Meijer expands COVID-19 vaccination slots in Michigan

LANSING — Meijer said Monday that it is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations across Michigan with plans to administer up to 25,000 doses to people ages 65 and older by the week's end.

Downtown Market adds board members

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market added three new board members last month.

New Holland launches Watermelon Spritz

New Holland Brewing Company announced the release of Watermelon Spritz, a spring-friendly beverage that’s one part seltzer, one part sparkling ale and a splash of natural watermelon.

Legal online bets, gambling start fast

Momentum continues to bring more Michiganders into the world of online gambling and sports betting after it was legalized a few weeks ago.

Chef Jenna gives $1,000 tips to food workers

GRAND RAPIDS — A restaurant owner has been handing out $1,000 tips to stunned restaurant workers in the Grand Rapids area.

Downtown Market hosting brunch-themed events in February

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is making February the month of brunch classics at a recurring event.

Urban You adds quarterly subscription box service

A beauty and wellness spa is now offering a quarterly subscription box with products customers can use at home.

Perrin Brewing rereleases Flemish-style sour

Perrin Brewing Company announced the return of Roeselare Flanders red ale sour.

Muskegon provisioning center opens for adult use

Pure Options on Wednesday began offering adult-use marijuana sales at its provisioning center in Muskegon.

Local chef Jennifer Fillenworth wins ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ competition

A local chef and registered dietitian took home the grand prize of $10,000 after competing on a Food Network TV show episode that aired last month.

Meijer Simply Give donates $7.6 million to food pantries in 2020

As food pantries across the Midwest saw an increased need resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic, Meijer and its customers donated more than $7.6 million in 2020 to help them feed hungry families in their communities through the retailer's Simply Give program.