The Sovengard offers exclusive sneak peek before July 16 reopening
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Abby Poirier
23h ago
After “a super long journey” and two years of anticipation, Scandinavian-inspired  restaurant and foodie favorite The Sovengard is putting the finishing touches on its new home on the city’s west side.  Rich Muschiana, The Sovengard Restaurant owner Rick Muschiana gave Crain’s Grand Rapids Business an exclusive look at the new 5,000-square-foot space at 1232 Bridge St. NW ahead of Sovengard’s July 16 reopening. Muschiana said the long-awaited culmination of years of work “feels a little surreal.”  “It’s kind of funny, building a restaurant. You get to this end where you’re about ..read more
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Sad Little Town wants to make Lansing proud — one T-shirt at a time
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Jack Grieve
1d ago
Jen Estill bought the website domain sadlittletown.com in a late-night fury. It was nearly midnight, but she couldn’t stop thinking about those three words: Sad. Little. Town. A cross-state newspaper had published an opinion piece earlier in the day casting Lansing, Estill’s adoptive hometown, as exactly that. The author, who by her own admission visits the city as infrequently as possible, had argued Detroit, not Lansing, should be Michigan’s state capital. Estill dwelled on the ways the article missed the mark. “Lansing, if you ask me, is one of the best places to re ..read more
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Plan for 546 housing units at former Muskegon furniture plant moves forward
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Kate Carlson
1d ago
A plan to redevelop the former Shaw Walker Furniture Co. building near Muskegon Lake into 546 housing units, a parking garage and retail space has received initial approval from the city’s planning commission. The planning commission on Thursday night voted unanimously in favor of Parkland Properties’ planned unit development at 930 Washington Ave., which the company acquired in late 2022. The proposal now heads to the Muskegon City Commission.  A previous owner of the furniture manufacturing building redeveloped a portion of the site in the early 2000s into 55 condominium units known as ..read more
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Werkman Outfitters plans full-service fly fishing shop in Ada
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Abby Poirier
1d ago
Grand Haven-based fly fishing guide service Werkman Outfitters plans to open a store on the Grand River in Ada Township selling fly fishing gear and supplies.  The fly shop, located in a strip mall at 493 Pettis Ave., will be the first brick-and-mortar store for Werkman Outfitters, a fishing guide service that focuses on the Grand River, White River and Muskegon River. The company is owned and operated by Tom Werkman and his son, Max Werkman.  Tom Werkman, who had a career as a commercial banker, previously served on the boards of the Macatawa Greenway, Outdoor Discovery Center and t ..read more
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Grand Rapids approves 8 condos for prominent East Hills parcel
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Rachel Watson
1d ago
The city of Grand Rapids has approved a local developer’s plan for a condominium project that would add eight units of housing to a small parcel in East Hills. The Grand Rapids City Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a special land use request from an affiliate of Grand Rapids-based Construction Simplified to build four duplex condo buildings on a small triangular parcel at 638 E. Fulton St.  The approximately 0.4-acre property is at the corner of Lake Drive in East Hills, on the border with the Midtown and Heritage Hill neighborhoods. It is adjacent to the 0.1-acre Bald ..read more
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Kalamazoo firm uses AI to better understand how people perceive food, flavors
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Abby Poirier
1d ago
By using a “disruptive” artificial intelligence-fueled technology, a Southwest Michigan-based food ingredients manufacturer aims to better understand how people react to and experience flavors.  The new Italian technology has the potential to help Kalamazoo-based Kalsec Inc. reduce human error and produce more consistent flavor products, which is important when taking into account regional differences and controlling for other variables among its panel of sensory analysts.  In particular, Kalsec aims to use the new T-Box technology from Thimus, an Italian neuroscience company that cr ..read more
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Consumers Energy breaks ground on state’s second-largest solar project
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Andy Balaskovitz
2d ago
Jackson-based utility Consumers Energy broke ground today on what would be Michigan’s second-largest solar energy project, under a partnership with Muskegon County. Spanning nearly 2,000 acres at the county’s Resource Recovery Center, the Muskegon Solar Energy Center will be a 250 megawatt facility once operational in 2026. Ranger Power’s 347 MW Assembly solar project in Shiawassee County is Michigan’s largest solar project to date, while Chicago-based Invenergy last year brought online a 200 MW project in Calhoun County. The Muskegon County project is Consumers’ first self-owned large-scale s ..read more
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Franchisees scout for indoor pickleball club locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Rachel Watson
2d ago
A pair of Southwest Michigan business owners hope to tap the growing popularity of pickleball by opening two indoor courts in West Michigan under a new franchise agreement. Robyn Goodrich and Keith Goodrich Jr. have signed a franchise agreement with Miami Beach, Fla.-based pickleball chain PickleRage and are scouting locations for indoor courts in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Founded last year, PickleRage is currently building corporate-owned courts in Moorestown, N.J., Jacksonville, Fla., Glen Burnie, Md., and West Bloomfield, most of which will be located in outdoor shopping malls.  The ..read more
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Grand Rapids pool service provider acquired by Up North hot tub cleaner 
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by Mark Sanchez
2d ago
The business Cody Hendrickson started four years ago in Traverse City to clean and maintain hot tubs now has an entrance into taking care of pools as well.  Innovo Spa Services LLC closed in June on the acquisition of Poolcat Products & Service in Grand Rapids that cleans, maintains and installs swimming pools, including commercial pools operated by the city of Grand Rapids and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.  The deal moved Innovo Spa in an adjacent service category that Hendrickson believes can drive business growth. He said he’s often had hot tub clients who asked if he clea ..read more
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Scholten is first Michigan congressional Democrat urging Biden to step aside
Crain's Grand Rapids Business
by David Eggert, Crain's Detroit Business
2d ago
LANSING — First-term Rep. Hillary Scholten on Thursday became the first Democrat in Michigan’s congressional delegation to urge President Joe Biden to step aside and not seek reelection, saying it would be “for the good of our democracy.” Scholten, of Grand Rapids, represents parts of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties, including the cities of Muskegon, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids and Kentwood. “For the good of our democracy, I believe it is time for him to step aside from the presidential race and allow a new leader to step up,” she said in a statement, adding that she will respect his decision ..read more
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