Posts Tagged:Westside Rising

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A Rebound Takes Root in Michigan, but Voters’ Gloom Is Hard to Shake (New York Times) Another blustery Midwestern winter approaches, but along a blue-collar stretch of Leonard Street in this conservative, famously button-down city, an economic springtime has arrived. The Mitten Brewing Company, less than three years old, has grown to 40 employees from…

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Craft Distilleries Bring High-Quality Spirits To Grand Rapids’ Booming Beverage Scene (Experience Grand Rapids)

Grand Rapids has nurtured craft beer lovers for around a decade now, calling all types of beer drinkers to appreciate the subtlety of just four ingredients.  Breweries have covered the region and bolstered the tourism and restaurant industries immeasurably.  Now, the spotlight turns to the next tier of craft beverage production as local businesses like…

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Long Road Distillers advocates west side revitalization (Rapidian)

This fall Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids’ first and only craft distillery, will join the ranks of established and upcoming businesses peppering the Leonard Street corridor. The two story brick building, a former clothing store at 537 Leonard Street NW, is currently under renovation to house Long Road, which the entire operation- from milling the…

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Distillery sets sights on west side (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

The city’s west side is about to get a craft distillery. The Grand Rapids Planning Commission approved Long Road Distillers last month, and co-owners Jon O’Connor and Kyle Van Strien said work is underway to rehab the distillery’s future home at 537 Leonard St. NW. The 8,000-square-foot space will be renovated to include a retail…

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Distillery coming to Grand Rapids’ Westside (WZZM)

You can soon add craft spirits to Grand Rapids’ craft brewing reputation. The Grand Rapids City planning commission unanimously approved West Michigan’s second craft distillery on Thursday. Long Road Distillers leased space on West Leonard Street and now they have the go-ahead to establish a micro-distillery, tasting room, and special event space. Long Road Distillers…

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Partners plan to open craft distillery on Grand Rapids’ west side (MiBiz)

Partners behind a fledgling craft distillery in Grand Rapids think the city’s reputation as a haven for craft beer drinkers plays well into their marketing of small batch vodkas, rums, gins and whiskeys. Kyle Van Strien and Jon O’Connor, the two public partners behind Long Road Distillers LLC, have a vision to tap into local…

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Grand Rapids’ first West Side distillery of fine spirits could be just months away (Rapid Growth Media)

Entrepreneurs Kyle Van Strien and Jon O’Connor have some spirited plans to bring Grand Rapids its first neighborhood distillery and tasting room. The pair and a silent partner purchased an 8,000-square-foot building at 537 Leonard St. NW on the corner of Leonard and Quarry St. NW, and have begun the process of converting it into…

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