Sports in Grand Rapids

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In Grand Rapids you can experience top-tier sporting events with half of the “big city” cost. Tiffany and Luke break down the athletic scene in Grand Rapids from the professional teams to local fitness clubs. It’s the most sporty episode of the podcast ever! PLUS Tiffany and Luke share their interesting sporting stories.

Grand Rapids Sports Resources

Grand Rapids Griffins

West Michigan Whitecaps

LPGA Meijer Classic

Grand Rapids Drive

Grand Rapids FC

November Project GR

Lyon Street Run Club

Grand Rapids Sports & Social Club

Grand Rapids Gaelic Football

Other Notes

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Theme song performed and written by John and Jamin Ferris

Mudpenny: Grand Rapids' Best Coffee Shop in 2019

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During March Madness season iheartGR fans voted in a “bracket” style tournament for the best coffee shop in Grand Rapids. In a Cinderella upset for the ages, Mudpenny defeated Madcap in the final round. Tiffany and Luke stopped by Mudpenny’s new brick and mortar location in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood to discuss the victory. PLUS learn the meaning behind Mudpenny’s name and their Abraham Lincoln mascot.

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Argos Book Shop

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Book stores are an integral part of any neighborhood, especially in Eastown where Argos Book Shop has been serving the community for over 40 years. Luke sits down with owner James “Jim” Bleeker to discuss owning a small business, why brick and mortar book stores matter, and an 18th century book on syphilis.

Visit Argos Book Shop

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Starting a Business in Grand Rapids

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Got an idea for a business? Where do you start? Where do you go? And how do you make it in Grand Rapids? Tiffany and Luke discuss all things entrepreneurship and business in the 616. This includes the pros and cons of starting a business in Grand Rapids as well as helpful tips and resources. PLUS Tiffany hands out some advice you can’t print on a poster or use as an Instagram bio.

Listen to the founders of Woosah and Outside Coffee Co.

Listen to the founders of boldSOCKS

Rapid Growth Entrepreneurship Series Article

Grand Rapids Public Library Small Business Resource Center

Inspiration From Local Business Owners

“Not everyone will understand or appreciate your idea. And that's okay. Never give up on something you believe in because your resiliency will be one of the keys to your success.” -Janine Thomas, founder of  Ysanne

“When your idea first comes to you and that vision starts to take shape, that vision being a business built around that idea, it better be a "hell yes" I'm doing this. If your not all in, you can negatively affect yourself and and those around you. “ -Hugh Ingalls, founder of Ingalls Pictures

Announcing the iheartGR Podcast Theme Show Contest

Are you a local band or artist? We need you to write a new intro song for the podcast. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Record a song or tune (at least 30 seconds long) that best represents the iheartGR Podcast. It can be any style and contain lyrics (or no lyrics).

  • Send your song in an .mp3 format to iheartgrandrapids@gmail.com with your band name and contact info.

  • The winner of the contest will be recognized on every episode, have their music played for a wide audience, and come on the show for a feature episode all about your music

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John Sinkevics on the Grand Rapids Music Scene

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If you want to learn about the local music scene in Grand Rapids you have to go to the source-- John Sinkevics. Luke sits down for a 1 on 1 interview with the mastermind of Local Spins before his live weekly show at SpeakEZ Lounge. John shares about the transformation of Grand Rapids music, why he supports local artists,  and the worst concerts he’s covered. Plus Luke gets John’s opinion about the controversial and dynamic Michigan rock band Greta Van fleet. John’s commitment to growing local and up-and-coming artists is contagious and will make you want to head out to a local venue, grab a beer, grab and friend, and surrender yourself to the music.

Announcing the iheartGR Podcast Theme Show Contest

Are you a local band or artist? We need you to write a new intro song for the podcast. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Record a song or tune (at least 30 seconds long) that best represents the iheartGR Podcast. It can be any style and contain lyrics (or no lyrics).

  • Send your song in an .mp3 format to iheartgrandrapids@gmail.com with your band name and contact info.

  • The winner of the contest will be recognized on every episode, have their music played for a wide audience, and come on the show for a feature episode all about your music.

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Luke Ferris and John Sinkevics at SpeakEZ Lounge

Luke Ferris and John Sinkevics at SpeakEZ Lounge

Community Development in Grand Rapids

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What is community development? It sounds nice in a press release or printed brochure but what does it actually mean for Grand Rapids neighborhoods? Tiffany and Luke discuss the four sectors that influence community development and the challenges facing our city. Plus they break down the "G-word” (gentrification) and celebrate success stories of community development in Grand Rapids. 

iheartGR x City Built x YOU

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Making Friends in Grand Rapids

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Making friends as an adult is hard, especially in a close-knit community like Grand Rapids. Per our listeners’ request, Tiffany and Luke chat about the challenges and opportunities to build a lasting friendship in the Grand Rapids community.

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Parking in Grand Rapids

Photo evidence of Tiffany’s recent experience parking in Grand Rapids.

Photo evidence of Tiffany’s recent experience parking in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids’ most controversial topic—parking! Tiffany and Luke escape the Michigan winter at The Plant Parlor to discuss the logistics, finances, and culture of parking in Grand Rapids.

City Manager and Grand Rapids Parking

Grand Rapids Parking Data

Mobile GR 2018 Parking Demand Study

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Parking meter locations in Grand Rapids.

Parking meter locations in Grand Rapids.


Grand Rapids Stories to Follow in 2019

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Don’t miss the Grand Rapids stories you need to follow in 2019. Tiffany and Luke return to one of their favorite locations—the Grand Rapids Public Library—to discuss what you should look forward to this year. Topics include the new city manager, food trucks, new businesses, ArtPrize, parking, and more.

MLive story on the new food truck policy

Grand Rapids Public Library Small Business Resource Center

Revue Magazine’s 50 Things To Do

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