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.
New Businesses for Families to Check Out Around West Michigan
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!
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! If you become a member, you 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.
Hammer & Stain Studio in Grandville
It’s like a craft studio for grown-ups! Located in Grandville, Hammer & Stain is great place to spark your enthusiasm for DIY projects. They offer plenty of wood projects for your to paint, stain, and finish to perfection.
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!
momHive Co-Working Space in Grand Rapids
Set to open July 1, 2019, 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 (with childcare coming soon).
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.
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.
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.
Rise Authentic Baking Co. | 1220 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | This is the place to go if you have any sort of food allergy and also love donuts. Everything (EVERYTHING) is vegan and gluten-free–and still so delicious. I’ve been gluten-free for 6 years and these are seriously the best baked goods you can get.
Sacred Springs Kombucha | 1059 Wealthy St SE Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | Some of the best Kombucha around–with options to try a flight or grab a bottle and go. Often features live music!
Wildroast Coffee Co. | 4035 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418 | Cozy new coffee shop in Grandville with a homey feel. Thrilled to have a place to get good coffee on this side of town!
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:
- Alkalign Studios
- Allegan Event
- Beer City Barre
- Drip Coffee
- Forty Acres Soul Kitchen
- Great Lakes Glow Golf
- Jolly Pumpkin
- Kid to Kid
- NOCO Provisions
- Pottery Lane
- ROAM by San Chez
- Square Play Cafe
- To and Fro Shop
- Two Guys Brewing
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!