The Rapidian

Spreading the Woosah: one print at a time

Submitted 08-25-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Erica Lang, artist and founder of Woosah Apparel and Print Shop talks about the development of her art, business and new shop space on Division Avenue.

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Long time Westsider works to build community as Union High School's new football coach

Submitted 08-11-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rick Angstman sees building up the local football team as a way to give back to the community he loves and build a stronger neighborhood for the kids who live there now.

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New app-driven bike sharing program comes to Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-28-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Spokefly bikes can be used all over Grand Rapids and parked at any bike rack since the entire transaction is through the Spokefly app.

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Building legacy now: GR Current works to strengthen startups, investors with impact investing

Submitted 07-14-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Grand Rapids community is known for all of its startups, entrepreneurs and impact investing. It's in our culture to give back- but how do we do it in a way that builds impact and legacy- now and in the future?

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Little free libraries trend popping up in Grand Rapids

Submitted 06-30-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Grand Rapids neighbors place little libraries in front of their homes for people to indulge in free books.

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New food co-op forming in Grand Rapids

Submitted 06-16-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Local community organizers seek to bring a centrally located food co-op store that is accessible to all of Grand Rapids.

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New owner of The Urban Mushroom expands grow rooms, becomes certified forager

Submitted 06-02-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The new owner of The Urban Mushroom, Mary Ann Faulkner, has expanded the business in under a year with her recent certification as a mushroom identification expert.

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Local dojo works to increase community wellness with Kickstarter

Submitted 05-19-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Shen & Kyoseikan Dojo is working to increase wellness accessibility in its new neighborhood and transform care for cancer patients and survivors.

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Community Cleanup champions placemaking, neighborhood love, inclusive growth

Submitted 05-05-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

In early spring 2008, Brian and Erica VanEe were on a walk in their neighborhood and decided to get some friends together for a little pick up of the area and some fun together afterward. Now, the WestSide Community Cleanup has grown to a diverse event with over 300 participants.

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How working with people on the streets turned me into a drug policy reformer

Submitted 04-21-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

When I dove into work with our homeless communities 15 years ago, I began to understand that another way of helping our neighbors dealing with homelessness and drug addiction is needed- one based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

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