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Local First to celebrate fourth year of local pride

Local First will host its annual meeting and LocalMotion awards on Tuesday, January 28. Local vendors and community members will celebrate this year's award winners.

Local First Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards

WHEN: Tuesday, January 27

TIME: 5:00- 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Goei Center

Visit the Local First website to purchase tickets.


2014 Nominees:
(Triple Bottom Line, Mover & Shaker, and/or Change Agent)
616 Lofts & 616 Development
Allegro Coaching LLC
Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Aquinas College
Art of the Table
Bartertown Diner
Beene Garter, LLP
Brewery Vivant
Butch’s Dry Dock
Celebration! Cinema
Coast 3
Connie’s Cakes
Crane Dance Farms
Downtown Market Grand Rapids
Eighth Day Farm
Eikenhout, Inc.
EPS Security
Essence Restaurant Group
Flavor616 Magazine
Founders Brewing Co.
Globe Design & Vision
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Homes of Hope
I Love Bread and Butter
Image Design, LLC
Jeffrey Richard Salon
John Boros Productions
Koeze Company
Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
Lemonjello’s Coffee
Meritage Hospitality Group
Montello Meat Market
New Holland Brewing Co.
Nourish Organic Market
Pfeiffer Lincoln
Presto Print
Simpatico Coffee
The Green Well
 “The Nest” (Homes of Hope)
The Winchester
Tree House Community Garden
Triumph Music Academy
Twisted Rooster
Uptown Kitchen
Vigh Landscape
Wylie Electric Motor Service
Local Hero 2014 Nominees:
Cindy Brown (Hello West Michigan)
Dan Pfeiffer (Pfeiffer Lincoln)
Daniel Melnyk
Erin & Amy Wilson (Wealthy Theatre)
Holly Bechiri (The Rapidian)
Jamiel Robinson (Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses)
Jason Spaulding (Brewery Vivant)
Keith Charak & Sue McIlwaine (Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast)
Luke Malski (Local Harvest)
Louis Wm. Romence Family (Romence Gardens & Greenhouses)
Marie Catrib (Marie Catrib’s)
Mark Rumsey
Melissa Hillman (Showspan)
Mike Chase (Eikenhout, Inc.)
Reb Roberts & Carmel Loftis (Sanctuary Folk Art)
Rob McCarty (The Image Shoppe)
Rod Glupker (Flavor616 Magazine)
Seth Getz (Business Mastery)
Sue Stauffacher (StirthepotGR)
Tony Larson (Montello Meat Market)

Local First will host its fourth annual LocalMotion Awards on Tuesday, January 28. The event is designed to celebrate the creative geniuses behind the scenes of the Grand Rapids local food and drink industry and come together in name of local pride.

Local First Executive Director, Elissa Hillary, says the LocalMotion Awards were created to recognize businesses and individuals leading the way in building a vibrant, sustainable community. The awards, she says, are a tool to help shift the “norm” towards sustainable business practices and to educate the community on the unique ways locally owned businesses impact our region.

“It is both a networking opportunity and a chance to be on the forefront of Local First updates from 2013 and news about 2014,” says Hillary. “Many of the nominees for LocalMotion awards are from the Grand Rapids area and are businesses that Grand Rapidians love to stand by. Our nominations are submitted by community members and they can be the first to know who of the nominees will win this year.”

The attire for the evening is business dress, which “makes it the perfect event to come to right after work,” Hillary adds. In its fourth year, Local First event is billed to be an evening full of music, food, drink and inspiration.

“Seeing ‘what could be’ inspires and motivates people,” says Hillary. “We’re seeing business norms change rapidly; people are reducing their waste, changing their sourcing and increasing their involvement in the community. It’s exciting!”

Food vendors will include Connie’s Cakes, Essence Restaurant Group, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, Love’s Ice Cream, Madcap Coffee, Propaganda Doughnuts, Supermercado Mexico, TerraGR and Twisted Rooster. Drinks will be catered by Art of the Table. Food is included in the ticket price and drinks will be available for purchase for $5.

Tickets will be sold on Monday January 27 until midnight, and will also be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased online on their website.

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