Shopping centers, openings/closings, technology and innovation


Restaurateur opens Korean/Japanese cafe in East Hills

The former Gaia café in East Hills now is home to a Korean and Japanese eatery.

Meijer injects $500K into Rende Progress Capital

Meijer Inc. is putting $500,000 into operational support and lending capital for the local racial equity lender Rende Progress Capital.

Hudsonville Ice Cream adds limited-edition fall flavor

A local ice cream maker is debuting its next limited-edition flavor in time for fall.

New Holland announces fall-inspired Dragon’s Milk Reserve for 2020

New Holland Brewing Co. is releasing an updated throwback Dragon’s Milk Reserve bottling for fall-inspired enjoyment.

Private equity firm acquires Cheeze Kurls Inc.

A local snack food manufacturer was acquired by the private equity firm Kilroy Partners.

Metro Detroit furniture retailer pulls up West Michigan stakes

Farmington Hills-based Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design announced it is closing its Grand Rapids showroom.

Black-owned fashion retailer opening in downtown Grand Rapids

Mel Styles on Monday announced the grand opening of its first physical studio this weekend.

Interphase, Haworth reveal details of West Side design hub

Haworth dealer Interphase Interiors last week unveiled its plan to move its entire operations to a new, $5 million global design hub that’s under construction on Leonard Street NW.

Atwater Brewery adds fruity IPA to year-round roster

Detroit's Atwater Brewery announced its fruit-forward IPA POG-O-LICIOUS exceeded initial sales projections and, as a result, will remain on tap and on store shelves as the newest addition to the brewer's year-round craft beer portfolio.

AC Hotel transforming lounge into tropical pop-up

The AC Hotel by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown is putting a tropical twist on its cocktail lounge.

SpartanNash offers free COVID-19 tests (update)

SpartanNash announced select Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market pharmacies in West Michigan now offer free COVID-19 testing.

Seafood chain opens Grand Rapids-area location

The Saucy Crab, a Louisiana- and Cajun-style seafood chain, now has a location in greater Grand Rapids.

Founders announces Michigan-only beer release

Founders Brewing Co. announced a new Michigan-exclusive release of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Detroit furniture company opens two stores in West Michigan

Loves Furniture & Mattresses announced the grand openings of seven new Michigan locations with more stores to open in the coming weeks.

Jump Ahead L3C selling hats at Bridge Street Market

A youth-focused organization that is working toward opening a community center is selling hats in the Bridge Street Market.

Sock brand expands presence with new business deals

Grand Rapids social enterprise iNFable announced two major deals to help boost the brand.

Eastern Kille Distillery named Michigan Whiskey Distillery of the Year

A Grand Rapids-based distiller was named Michigan Whiskey Distillery of the Year upon receiving its first double gold award from the New York International Spirits Competition.

Michigan bowling alley closing after more than 50 years

BROOKLYN — The new coronavirus has knocked down the pins at a Michigan bowling alley.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet hosting job fair

A store geared toward hobby farmers, homeowners, sporting enthusiasts and rural shoppers is looking to fill about 100 positions for its new store in the Standale/Walker area.

The Candied Yam wins $25K through Discover Eat It Forward program

A Southern food restaurant in Grand Rapids was randomly selected as the winner of $25,000 through a program created to support Black-owned restaurants during COVID-19.

Big Lake Brewing donates beer proceeds to Holland Hospital

Holland’s Big Lake Brewing announced a $2,500 donation to Holland Hospital in proceeds from sales of the brewery’s specially crafted Healthcare Heroes beer.

City Built drops hip-hop-themed beer series

City Built Brewing Company announced its Crown Series, a new release of beers that pays homage to hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

Earth Fare in Portage reopening under new management

Earth Fare in Portage will reopen this fall, according to an announcement from the Hinman Company.

Friends of GR Parks, Uptown GR partner to build tables for social zones

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is best known for planting trees with volunteers throughout Grand Rapids, but on Thursday, volunteers are working with wood for another purpose.

Restaurateurs open Eastown pizza joint

Defying the COVID-19 pandemic, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman opened a pizzeria in Eastown called Quarantino’s.