Check Out These Companies New to West Michigan

You already know about all of the “old standbys” in West Michigan – are you are ready to try something new?

We’ve  done the scouting for you and have found these newer local businesses that you and your whole family can get excited about. (We did not include franchise businesses in this list.)

From food to retail to family activities, Grand Rapids is growing into a town that has something for everyone.

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New Businesses Near Grand Rapids for Families to Check Out

Ada Village General Store in Ada

This new addition to Ada carries locally made goods and plenty of treats. Take a trip back in time in this darling general store and get your sweet tooth fix while you’re here–they have ice cream, floats, and coffee, too!

Studio Park in Grand Rapids

The newest addition to the Celebration Cinemas family, Studio Park sits right downtown Grand Rapids. It boasts 9 theater screens, restaurants, shops, the Listening Room (an intimate concert venue), a hotel, and condos. It even has the old sign from GR’s iconic Studio 28 (cue the nostalgia).

Amped Reality in Grand Rapids

This virtual reality game center has everyone in Grand Rapids – and beyond – talking! Located just west of Woodland Mall on 28th street, Amped Reality is a fantastic spot for birthday parties, teen hangouts, and family adventures. No matter your interests, there are games and explorative activities for everyone.

momHive Co-Working Space in Eastown, Grand Rapids

momHive is an innovative new spot that gives moms a place to get some work done in quiet and without distractions. As a mom who works from home – this literally sounds like a dream come true! Memberships and drop-in rates available to use their shared workspace, and they even offer childcare!

Blue Bridge Games in Grand Rapids

This is a great local game shop located in Uptown Grand Rapids with something for everyone. You can purchase games (great for gifting), but you can also rent a game pass for $5 to play games in-store all day from their extensive game library!

Become a member to get free in-store game play and can rent games from the library to take home (games are priced individually–prices vary).

The Comedy Project in Grand Rapids

Get ready to laugh! The Comedy Project is Grand Rapids newest go-to for live improv and sketch comedy. This is a great addition to your next date night! Check their calendar to see when you can snag your next belly-laughs.

Epilogue Books in Rockford

Families in Rockford love shopping local, and now all us bookworms have a place to shop downtown. In addition to great adult book offerings, their adorable children’s section is your stop for birthday, Christmas or baby shower gifts.

Fowling Warehouse in Grand Rapids

Part football, part bowling — Fowling is here to stay with a new spot in Grand Rapids dedicated to this game. Fowling Warehouse offers a full-service bar as well, making it a spot for grown-ups to unwind and have some fun. They do offer select hours for all-ages play too.

The Honeysuckle Co. in Grand Rapids

The Honeysuckle Co. is the sweetest shop I ever did see. They sell vintage items and other fun homegoods. They also have a great space where they frequently host events or workshops–you can even rent the space to host your own party too!

Muse GR in Grand Rapids

Muse is a gallery space located in Grand Rapids that you can rent to host your next event. In addition to using it for your own event, Muse offers a variety of workshops and open-mic nights that are open to the public.

Rockford Riddler in Rockford

If a treasure hunt and an escape room had a baby–it’d be the Rockford Riddler. The Rockford Riddler uses the physical activity level of a treasure hunt with the mental challenge of an escape room. With no time limits, the pressure is off–but fastest times get posted online later for bragging rights.

Sperry’s Moviehouse in Holland

Dinner and a movie has never been easier with a restaurant attached to the theater! Sperry’s offers movies in a more intimate setting and hope to add local and indie movies to the lineup soon. There is even a theater with a playhouse in it so that you can take your kids along without them being a distraction!

 

Target Axe Throwing in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids’ first axe throwing range is here (file that under: sentences I never anticipated writing). Whether you like the focus and concentration that is required or you just need to get some frustration out after a long day of parenting–this is the place to go!

TENDEN in Grand Haven

TENDEN is the perfect spot to find a gift for that person who you never know what to get them; literally everything is one-of-a-kind. The items in the shop are handcrafted and beautiful. It’s not everyday you can find handmade jeans! Their market tote has been on my wish list for awhile now–I think I’m going to have to bring one home soon.

Tweed Baby Outfitters in Holland

Holland has your bases covered when it comes to shopping for the little ones in your life. Tweed Baby Outfitters is filled with darling clothes, fun books, and educational toys. Their Just a Dutch Kid in Holland t-shirt is my new favorite!

You’ve Gotta Try These! New Restaurants Around Grand Rapids

Who doesn’t love to eat? Grand Rapids is an exceptional place to live if you like to eat! It feels like we’re currently booming with new places to try. We’ve compiled a small list of newer restaurants and coffee spots in and around GR. Be sure to let us know if you’ve tried them or know of any others we may have missed.

The Commons | 547 Cherry St SE Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Low-key eatery with wood paneling & wallpaper offering American comfort staples, beers & cocktails.

Eklectico Greek Kouzina | 401 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | Classic Greek food located in Alger Heights.

The Friesian | 720 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | The Friesian is a casual neighborhood gastro pub that provides an eclectic twist on comfort food.

Ginza Sushi & Ramen Bar | 1015 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | A new concept, located in the heart of Grand Rapids on Michigan St., serves as the newest spot in town for modern-centric vibes and authentic Japanese cuisine.

Hancock | 1157 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | “where Nashville heat meets Michigan neat” – southern food at it’s finest here in GR. I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews of this spot.

Linear | 1001 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Cool, industrial-style hot spot with outdoor seats for seasonal American cuisine & craft cocktails.

Marcona on Lyon | 623 Lyon St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Modern Mediterranian food in Grand Rapids Midtown neighborhood.

MeXo | 118 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Modern takes on traditional Mexican cooking, plus tequila & mezcal, amid an arty, industrial vibe.

Morning Belle | 1600 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | A new must-try brunch spot with lots of yummy food options and (best of all) daytime cocktail concoctions.

Mudpenny | 570 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Cafe and catering company committed to making honestly good food + drinks that inspire creativity + to provide an experience that values relationships.

Poke Toki | 5150 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 |  an upscale, fast casual restaurant, specializing in collaboration of Japanese, Korean and traditional Hawaiian style POKE bowls.

Poquito | 90 West 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423 | Spanish style tapas in Holland.

The Pub at Paddock | 1033 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | Elegant mansion serves modern Italian-inspired cuisine with outdoor seating & live jazz music.

Toom | 5551 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 | Authentic Mediterranean food–shawarma, humus, and falafel–oh my!

Zivio | 724 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Bosnian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere with an essential selection of European and craft beers.

Other Recent Business Additions to the Grand Rapids Area

Maybe you’re like me and you just don’t get out as often as you’d like–here are some other recent additions (both business and restaurants) to the area in the past couple of years:

What new places are you excited about in Grand Rapids? We are always looking for the best spots for families, and we know word of mouth is the best advertising.

Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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