Bartertown builds success on vegan offerings, local food, cooperative management

Submitted 03-18-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Bartertown Diner's collective management style and advocacy of vegan and vegetarian cuisine provides an interesting look at the restaurant business.


Grand Rapids Cooking School seeks Kickstarter funding

Submitted 03-01-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Engaging in the community as well as the local food industry, Grand Rapids Cooking School hopes to grow their culinary school.


616 Lofts fosters community in downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 01-25-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Derek Coppess and 616 Lofts are on a mission to create a tight knit residential community in downtown Grand Rapids


Global Infusion owners open up about shop's origins and future

Submitted 12-05-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The ladies of Global Infusion discuss the business' principles, as well as its transformation and future.


Stiletto Sweets turns hobby into sophisticated cakery success

Submitted 10-31-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Noddea Moore Skidmore, event coordinator turned baker, explores the non-traditional side of bakeries by starting her own, straight from her own kitchen.


East Hills food tour promotes local food and businesses

Submitted 09-25-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Purchasing and eating local food is a lifestyle choice adopted by many. For some individuals, knowing where to start can be the most difficult part. Tasty Adventures Food Tours aims to take the guesswork out of taking the first step.


GROW participant uses improvisation in business settings

Submitted 08-24-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Former GROW participant, board member and president Mary Jane Pories has taken what she learned from the classroom to uphold Fishladder Inc., an innovative business for the past 13 years.


Dance program makes art more accessible to children

Submitted 08-06-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Families with children who have always wished to dance, but have not been able to due to time or monetary constraints, may now able to experience the art form. Hearts in Motion offers a new type of dance studio.


Trillium Haven owners grow into restaurateurs, support local agriculture and economy

Submitted 07-26-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Trillium Haven co-owner Anja Mast discusses the farm to restaurant transition, the challenges faced along the way and the goals they hope to achieve.


ROWSTER owner steps in "Regular" direction

Submitted 06-25-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Local coffee shop owner Kurt Stauffer shares his journey of learning, owning and simplifying coffee.