Food & Drink

Best of 2017

Let’s recap some of the amazing places that opened in 2017. Looking back on last year we had some great additions to the restaurant scene and shopping. Here are a few of my favorite openings from 2017 and cheers to many more in 2018! Dining: Butcher’s Union When I’m dreaming of my days in Chicago a trip to Butcher’s Union does the trick. The atmosphere feels big city and the food is always spot on. I can’t wait to enjoy…

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The Southerner in Saugatuck Michigan
Events, Food & Drink

The 411 in the 616: Happy New Year

I’m back! I took a much needed break to reflect on some new intentions and goals for this new year, and I’m excited to show you what’s in store for The GR Guide. Thank you for your continued support…

Bagel Beanery Grand Rapids
Events

The 411 in the 616: Winter Wonderland

After a week spent in Vero Beach, Florida it’s been a rough adjustment to all this snow and chilly weather (take me back to the beach). But, I can’t wait for a white Christmas and excited to spend time…

Ando Happy Hour
Food & Drink

Top 10 Happy Hours in Grand Rapids

Cheap drinks and delicious food? Um yes please! If you’re looking for some of the best happy hour spots in Grand Rapids I’ve got you covered. 1. Palio I can’t get enough of the Italian food (specifically the fresh…

Grand Rapids Downtown
Events, Shopping

The 411 in the 616: Merry & Bright

It’s truly starting to feel like winter with our first snowfall last week in Grand Rapids. And even though I’m not a huge fan of snow I’m taking it all in this season and enjoying the snow covered trees,…

Gift Guide for Girls
Shopping

2017 Gift Guide: For Her

The last gift guide is for the ladies! If you still need gifts for your mom, grandma, sister, or best friend these are some of my top picks from local Michigan boutiques. Leland Gal ditty bag /6.25 Paper print…

Shopping

2017 Gift Guide: For Him

Let’s be honest – shopping for guys is tough. Trying to guess what they want or what size they wear isn’t easy. Thankfully I’ve got some great ideas (approved by Cory) for the men in your life. The best…

sunset winter michigan
Events, Shopping

The 411 in the 616: Hello December

Better late than never right? The 411 in the 616 took a back seat this past weekend after a getaway to Chicago – my other favorite city. It was great to enjoy the mild December weather to get some…

Kids Gift Guide
Shopping

2017 Gift Guide: For Kids

Need a gift for your kids, nieces or nephews? I’ve got you covered today with the kids gift guide featuring items from local Michigan boutiques. This gift guide has everything from clothes to toys to books that kids will…

Hostess Holiday Gift Guide
Shopping

2017 Gift Guide: For The Hostess

I’m sure you have quite a few holiday parties right around the corner so this gift guide for the hostess has you covered. These local gifts are great for the friend that loves to entertain, and a perfect way…