Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown hotel achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation — the gold standard for prepared facilities.

To achieve the accreditation, Hyatt Place Grand Rapids was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Accreditation will be complemented with regular internal and third-party auditing.

“Hyatt was the first hospitality brand to commit to GBAC STAR accreditation earlier this year, and Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown is proud to earn this recognition,” said Lindsay Jarvis, general manager of Hyatt Place Grand Rapids. “Our team members received training as part of this process. …


Modern Home Interior

As we close out the year 2020, it’s easy to say that it was a year that defied expectations. The emergence of the pandemic early in the year created new realities that were unimaginable only a short time before. Most real estate insiders re-forecasted for a year that would be marked by 10%-15% declines in the overall market. However, it also was right at this time that we saw the real estate community and the market do some amazing things.

First, the real estate market was not frozen during shelter-in-place orders. In fact, real estate activity in the weeks from…


Founders Brewing Company announced Maple Barrel-Aged Frangelic Mountain Brown will be the 16th release in the taproom-only Mothership Series and the first release of 2021.

Frangelic Mountain Brown is aged in bourbon barrels that previously housed maple syrup, adding complexity to the existing sweet and nutty coffee notes of this brown ale. Courtesy Founders Brewing Co.

Frangelic Mountain Brown is aged in bourbon barrels that previously housed maple syrup, adding complexity to the existing sweet and nutty coffee notes of this brown ale, according to Founders.

“Brown ales aren’t usually considered a flashy beer style, but this one certainly has some flair,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, Founders brewmaster. …


The former Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts building in downtown Grand Rapids is officially on the market for $8.7 million.

The four-floor, 39,418-square-foot building at 2 Fulton St. SW was constructed in 2010 and includes 3,000 square feet of common space including a bar area, a 1,000-square-foot art studio and a 195-seat movie theater, according to an announcement by commercial real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle IP Inc. (JLL), which is listing the property.

“This property features modern architecture, inside and out, that truly makes it stand out against other buildings in the urban core,” JLL Senior Vice President Jeff…


The city of Grand Rapids is teaming with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to introduce a communitywide project aimed at improving the quality of materials residents recycle in their curbside carts.

The Feet on the Street program is intended to increase the number of items accepted for recycling that are clean, empty and dry.

The city will launch The Recycling Partnership’s Feet on the Street cart-tagging recycling campaign in mid-September with communitywide education and outreach initiatives continuing through mid-November.

The Feet on the Street program is intended to increase the number of items accepted for recycling that are clean, empty and dry. Achieving the quality standard in recycled materials ensures they can circulate back in the recycling system to become new products or packaging while also reducing the number of nonrecyclables in recycling bins.

Feet on the Street also helps communities achieve economically efficient recycling programs, reduces the number of new resources used in…


Double Gold Rye - Eastern Kille Distillery

A Grand Rapids-based distiller was named Michigan Whiskey Distillery of the Year upon receiving its first double gold award from the New York International Spirits Competition.

Eastern Kille Distillery won double gold for its Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey. In the 10-year history of the international spirits competition, this was the first double gold awarded to a Michigan-based distillery.

Eastern Kille also earned a silver award for American Dry Gin.

The NYISC hosted its first virtual competition and received over 1,200 entries from over 30 countries. This year, judges were mailed samples to try in their homes.

Eastern Kille’s Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey was among 21 whiskeys awarded double gold this year.

“Our goal when we started Eastern Kille in 2014 was to create world-class whiskey in…


A logistics and transportation company was named the fastest-growing private company in West Michigan and the third fastest in Michigan.

Grand Rapids, DeVos Place

Inc. magazine annually ranks the fastest-growing private companies headquartered in the U.S. based on revenue growth over the previous three years. This year’s public data included company names, growth rates, industries and locations, with revenue figures behind a paywall.

Grand Rapids-based Ally Logistics earned the №139 spot this year, based on a growth rate of 2,658%.

Other highly ranked companies this year include Cascade Township-based ITPartners+ at №214, Cascade Township-based Sherpack at №231 and Hudsonville-based Shefit at №457.

This year’s ranking includes 79 Michigan companies, down from 82 last year and 93 in 2018.

West Michigan’s share of companies on…


Customers can expect to find the new label packaging across the brewery’s distribution footprint beginning in September. Courtesy Founders Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Co. unveiled a new look for Centennial IPA, one of the brewery’s longest-running brands.

The redesign is the first for the Centennial IPA brand, according to Founders. Customers can expect to find the new label packaging across the brewery’s distribution footprint beginning in September.

“As one of our longest-running and most-beloved brands, Centennial IPA was overdue for an updated look,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder and president of Founders Brewing. “We took time with the redesign to make sure all the fantastic things we love about the beer were visually characterized. We think our in-house creative team nailed it…


An active Grand Rapids housing developer is planning a six-story apartment building that includes repurposing a historic structure in the downtown Heartside neighborhood.

Karl Chew of Midland-based Brookstone Capital is proposing the housing project on a vacant surface parking lot along the north wall of an existing historic building at 78 S. Division Ave. Five floors of the new building are planned for residential use and the ground floor will be a parking garage.

The surface parking lot where the new construction is planned used to house a gas station. The existing three-story commercial building on the lot was built…


The city’s oft-delayed, $84.5 million biodigester project won’t be completed until March 2021, nine months after the previously set deadline.

In a Tuesday, July 21, memo to city leaders, City Engineer Tim Burkman wrote the latest delay pushing full completion of the biodigester from July 2020 to March 2021 is due to “revised phasing, extended equipment delivery schedules and COVID-related delays.”

So far, several parts of the project are completed, Burkman said. The biodigestion tanks themselves, as well as the natural gas recovery and phosphorous removal systems, aren’t yet finished.

No additional funding is being sought because of the delay, Burkman said.

The project to turn concentrated waste from businesses like Founders Brewing Co. into renewable energy is currently budgeted…

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