Get ahead of the cold and prepare your home for this winter so you don’t have any surprises.  The list below provides some quick, easy and inexpensive ways to help eliminate any issues this winter.  Whether you want to tackle them yourself or hire a handyman make sure to get it done before the snow comes.  
Eliminate drafts in doors and windows:
1.    Door Draft Stopper or Draft Snake will help keep the warm in and those cold drafts out.  You can purchase these at most retailers or make your...
The National Association of Realtors had it right when they stated that some metropolitan areas in the Midwest including Grand Rapids are going to see an increase in home buying from the millennial generation.  In fact, according to realtor.com, 46% of the mortgages written in Grand Rapids were from ages 25 to 34.  Since this past summer, despite record low inventories of homes, the real estate market in GR has seen sales soar.  With the combination of an increase in employment and home prices...
Grand Rapids is home to some of the best education opportunities in the nation. Unfortunately, quality education isn’t cheap but there are countless chances for scholarships that Grand Rapids residents can take advantage of.
To help make your search easier, we’ve made a list of over 80 scholarships and grants funded for West Michigan residents with information on requirements, how to apply and awarded value.
Please let us know in the comments section if there are other local scholarships not on...
Love fresh and local food?  The May Group does too and recommends checking out the Fulton Street Farmers market and Farm to Fork restaurants around GR.  Michigan is full of great farmers that provide the best fresh food that will spoil your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied.  Eating seasonally is the best way to go and here is an easy guide we have provided so that you can use the freshest of ingredients all year round.  This guide will also tell you what items you should buy organic...
Fall is here and before we present you a list of every Starbucks in the city of Grand Rapids to easily navigate where you will be able to get your “PSL” fix, we decided to make a list of some of the best ways to experience fall in Grand Rapids.
Robinette's Apple Haus and Winery
That goes without saying that a fall favorite among Grand Rapidians is making an annual visit to a pumpkin patch/orchard in order to enjoy apple cider, fresh donuts, and pick out the prettiest and largest pumpkin of the...
It's been just over a year since Uber launched their service in Grand Rapids, and business seems to be booming. The city's blooming downtown scene and growing population have made Grand Rapids a top place to visit, which has been great for the growing ride-sharing service. More people have been signing up to be Uber drivers, making virtually almost every Grand Rapids neighborhood accessible and changing the travel time of residents. So just how Uber-friendly is Grand Rapids after a full-year of...
ArtPrize is back and better than ever, encompassing 3 square miles of art displayed in downtown Grand Rapids.  It is a 19 day event, from September 23rd thru October 11th, featuring artists competing for the public vote which determines who takes home the top prize. This event started about 7 years ago and has become so popular attracting crowds from all over.  Below are ways in which you can tour the art:
 
New in 2015!
ArtPrize tonight is a new series that will allow the event to extend the...
There are about 4,000 species of spiders in the United States. Of those thousands of species, most of them produce venom.  However, not all of these venomous spiders pose a threat to humans. The good news for us Michiganders? According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there are only two species of poisonous spiders in Michigan. Despite that fact, there still seems to be a common fear of these eight legged creepy crawlers and most are not welcomed in our homes and offices. This...
Grand Rapids Area High Schools
Home to the best-testing high schools, Grand Rapids focuses on the success and growth of its students from day one until they are ready for college. Grand Rapids has continually been claimed as the best city to raise a family, one of the factors being the school systems. Many area schools rank in the upper rankings in the state of Michigan, two high schools placing in the 99th percentile, and others following very closely.
High schools have been increasing their...
Grand Rapids Area Middle Schools
Grand Rapids has been celebrated as one of the best cities to raise a family, and the school districts reflect that statement. With school systems ranking in the upper percentiles, the Grand Rapids area school districts prove that they to focus on their students first. Four middle schools rank in the 99th percentile based on test scores, and three of these middle schools are in the Grand Rapids Public School district.
Area schools are focused on providing...

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