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...
Condos may be changing the landscape of downtown, but that’s not the only thing changing in Grand Rapids. There has been a lot of commercial development in Grand Rapids and another area about to see new growth is Byron Center.  In a couple short weeks from now on July 31st the Tanger Outlets is set to have a spectacular Grand Opening.  Just in time for back to school shopping! Don’t miss this Grand Opening, which will host a meet & greet with HGTV’s Property Brothers stars Jonathan and Drew...
Grand Rapids Area Elementary Schools
Grand Rapids is home to a diverse, highly-ranked school system. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country and in 2012, Forbes named Grand Rapids the number one best city to raise a family, and was listed again in 2014. The area is home to several school districts with a variety of elementary schools, each with the same objective of teaching, learning, and growing. The elementary schools in the area have high test scores, enrichment...
Jun 30, 2015 |
Downtown Grand Rapids is getting a facelift with several new residential development projects taking place that will enhance the overall quality of living for residents with more options for downtown Grand Rapids condos and apartment living. Some locations, untouched for years, are seeing redevelopment to modernize living to fit that urban uptown appearance. The Morton House and the Rowe Hotel, both hotspot hotels in the early 1900s, have sat vacant for years. The Morton House, also dubbed the...
Jun 24, 2015 |
A few weeks ago we discussed neighborhoods that are hot in Grand Rapids.  Being a sellers market in Grand Rapids is great for sellers obviously, but what is also trending is a lot of for sale by owners popping up all over the city.  If you have the time and knowledge doing a for sale by owner could be a great option for some people, but for many it’s not.  Given there are a lot of research tools out there for someone who is new to this venture, without experience these tools cannot be utilized...
Jun 11, 2015 |
West Elm opens new location in Grand Rapids June 11th
     West Elm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan location is scheduled to open their doors on June 11th! West Elm is one of the newest commercial developments to open their doors this year in Grand Rapids along with Fresh Thyme, a grocery store featuring natural and organic foods, and Tanger Outlets located in Byron Center both scheduled to open at a later date this year. Both commercial and residential Real Estate in the Grand Rapids area are seeing...
Jun 8, 2015 |
In recent news Grand Rapids has been highlighted as one of the fastest growing economies in the state of Michigan and overall 
compared to the rest of the US. In fact, Grand Rapids is ranked 69th among the 300 largest metropolitan area’s in the world. These findings were discovered by Brookings Institutions Metropolitan Policy Program. 
The economy growth is due to the 3.3 percent growth in employment in 2014 and will continue to increase between 2.8%-3.5% in 2015. This is thanks to the effort...

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