Exploring Grand Rapids, MI

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Grand Rapids, Michigan is known to many as a large city with a small town feel. With something exciting going on each week Grand Rapids can be a great location to start a life, raise a family, and explore new things. Originally known for manufacturing fine furniture it is now known as the “furniture city” but it has so much more to offer. From new and growing businesses, to great art, fabulous eats, and shopping Grand Rapids has something for everyone.

 The diverse community of Grand Rapids has a population of around 190,000 with Michigan’s total population at 9,876,187. It has become a great place to start a business or relocate a large corporation. With the support of its community and investors Grand Rapids hopes to be the home to nearly 1000 start-up companies in the near future through the support of venture capitalists. With the economic well-being and population flourishing in Grand Rapids many large corporations are looking to hire new employees for an optimistic future.

Some of these major employers include Meijer, Steelcase, Amway Corporation, Van Andel Institute, Herman Miller, and Perrigo. With the help from these employers and new startup companies that choose to call Grand Rapids home, the city is on a bright path for growth and prosperity.

Of course Grand Rapids isn’t all business and no play! Ranked the number third city in the nation for fun and recreation anyone is bound to find something they enjoy. If you love a day at the museum or an afternoon of viewing fascinating art pieces, Grand Rapids is sure to keep you entertained. Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is home to one of the largest outdoor venues for sculptures as well as indoor and outdoor gardens.

If you are looking to broaden your historical knowledge the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will not let you down. Grand Rapids is home to our 38th president Gerald R. Ford and the Museum showcases exhibits from the former President’s life as well as exhibits from the entire Presidential library. In addition to these and many other museums Grand Rapids holds the largest art competition in the world, ArtPrize. Happening every fall ArtPrize is the host to artists from nearly 60 different countries who compete for the grand prize of 200,000 dollars. The winner is decided solely on public vote, and it is an event that you would not want to miss!

If art is not up your alley Grand Rapids offers several other activities such as some of the best golf courses, bike trails, places to fish or hunt, and the beautiful beaches will surely satisfy your need for some sun and fun. The sandy lakeshore and clear fresh waters stretching out for miles are the perfect get away to relax and enjoy the scenery. Two of the most popular beaches in West Michigan, Grand Haven State Park and Holland State Park are conveniently located just over a half hour outside of downtown Grand Rapids. After a day of soaking up the sun, you can easily enjoy a night out on the town.

After one night out in Grand Rapids you will want to see all that the city has to offer. From great burger joints to the classy and sophisticated dining experience At Cygnus 27 on top of the Amway Grand Plaza, any of the city’s restaurants are sure to satisfy your taste buds.  After enjoying a great meal, Grand Rapid’s nightlife is just a few steps away. With almost all of the bars and nightclubs located within walking distance it gives you no excuse to try them all!

Some popular nightlife spots include The Woods, which features a spacious patio and several live bands, Dr. Grins, a comedy club where you can enjoy a different comedian every weekend, and Eve nightclub, a late night cosmopolitan lounge where you can sip a tasty cocktail overlooking a view of the city.

And if shopping is your thing, well Grand Rapids has that too! The Fulton Street and Wealthy Street farmers market offer an array of farm to table fresh foods that support area farmers. As far as shopping for a weekend outfit or a special gift Grand Rapids is also home to two fabulous malls: The Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings Mall. Both shopping centers offer stores where you can find basically anything you may need.

With all of these aspects of an aesthetically beautiful city Grand Rapids is the place to be. If you are considering relocating here you have made a great choice. With something fun and exciting going on during all times of the year, you will never be disappointed and will find yourself happy and proud to call Grand Rapids home!