West Michigan News

May 27, 2010
Harlan Byker is offering a window to the world that's a lot more efficient than yours or mine.

After 12 years of painstaking steps and blind alleys, Byker is ready to scale up manufacture in metro Grand Rapids of a film for windows that automatically dims when heated by sunlight -- potentially saving property managers of office buildings vast sums of money spent on air conditioning.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Design, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

May 20, 2010

You could say that it's the product of mud, sweat and tears -- a 7-acre park near the southern border of Grand Rapids devoted exclusively to mountain biking that opened last weekend.


Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

May 20, 2010

Randy Cleves set a goal last year to ride every foot of all the paved bicycle paths in West Michigan with his wife Colleen and then 5-year-old son Regan -- the equivalent of taking a bike ride from Grand Rapids to Philadelphia.

 

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

May 13, 2010
The rollers and berms on the pump track are in place, ready for the inaugural ride of Mayor George Heartwell during the Grand Rapids Bike Park grand opening Saturday, May 15. The mayor will lead his annual family-fun Mayor's Bike Ride after a morning of park cleanup by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks volunteers.


Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

May 13, 2010
Grand Valley State University has launched a new website, www.gvsu.edu/businessresource, to help entrepreneurs, business owners and economic developers find helpful community resources to grow their companies.


Category: Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Technology, WestMichigan

May 06, 2010
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (affectionately called "The Gilmore") is a biennial celebration of music -- specifically, keyboard music. With recitals by internationally renowned classical and jazz pianists, and a contest that awards one of the most coveted prizes for up-and-coming pianists in the world, the Gilmore is one of West Michigan's cultural gems.
Category: Arts, Culture, featured, Home, Kalamazoo

April 22, 2010
Kalamazoo has a thriving music scene, with dozens of bands and established local venues.

"Kalamazoo's ever-changing music scene can attributed to the fact that it's a student town, and students graduate and move on, he says.
 
"'Kalamazoo, more than any other college town, seems to be on the pulse of what's new,' Martin says."
Category: Arts, Culture, Kalamazoo

April 22, 2010
With the expansion of Bell's Eccentric Cafe, the imminent reopening of Kraftbrau Brewery and The Strutt gaining popularity almost by the minute, the music scene in Kalamazoo is on the move.

And if the past and present scenes are indicators, the direction it's headed in will be beyond labels.

Venues are changing to keep up with the new musical landscape. A $2.5 million renovation of Larry Bell's popular Eccentric Cafe is in the works. Signs have been hung outside the new home of Kraftbrau Brewery on Portage Street and more than 1,000 Facebook fans eagerly await the reopening of one of the favorite venue of the local-music lovers.
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

April 22, 2010
After 12 years at 24 E. 8th St. in Holland, the location for Kilwin's just wasn't working anymore. The confectioner was sandwiched between retail shops that closed early, greatly reducing customer traffic during the evening hours. And there wasn't enough room for the coffee shop that owners Darl and Judy Dalman wanted to add for Kilwin's new line of cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate.

Category: Community, Food, Holland, WestMichigan

April 08, 2010
It's all in how you look at it. And in an art gallery, looking is what you do.

When Midtown Gallery opened at 356 South Kalamazoo Mall in July 2009, some might have looked at it as business suicide.

Opening a new business in the midst of the most grueling economic times many of us have seen? Who will have a buck or a few hundred to spare for art?
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Design, Entertainment, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan
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