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My Town GR West: Mitten Brewing Co. expanding production

My Town GR West: Mitten Brewing Co. expanding production

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—To keep up with high demand, The Mitten Brewing Co. is expanding its production to another facility.

According to the business’ website, The Mitten Brewing Co. has had trouble keeping its taps running since opening in October 2012, despite brewing at full capacity. The business says it was reduced to just one beer this past Sunday, because of demand.  That’s why the owners are expanding production to a facility across the street.  

“Although the problem is a good problem to have, it’s still a problem,” Co-owner Max Trierweiler said. “As we continue to grow, we have undoubtedly turned away patrons due to our lack of product. This upgrade will help us meet that demand.”

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

WYOMING, Mich.—The LEAGUE Michigan is looking for more schools, organizations and businesses to help encourage literacy through a statewide book drive.

“Read n’ Give” is focused on boosting literacy among youth.  Schools, organizations and businesses collect K-5 books, which are donated to students involved in literacy programs with Camp Blodgett, The Salvation Army and Schools of Hope, which includes the Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights school districts.   When students are finished with the books, they are encouraged to donate them back into the program the next year, to foster the continuous cycle of giving.

Bridget Knight, who works with The LEAGUE Michigan, says participants in last year’s program collected 65,000 books statewide.  More than 39,000 books of those books came from West Michigan.  Knight says the goal this year is to collect 70,000 books.

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

HOLLAND, Mich.— Kopi Luwak coffee beans costs up to $600 pound, but is the taste worth the price?

That’s the question a panel of coffee experts attempted to answer during a blind taste test this week.  “The Great Kopi Luwak Cupping Challenge” unfolded at JPs Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland.  Owner Jack Groot ran the test, pitting Kopi Luwak against other regional Sumatran coffees prices around $16 pound.

During the test, one Kopi Luwak sample rose to the top, scoring 76 points out of 100.  However, two of the less expensive, non-cat poop coffees ranked within a half-point of Kopi Luwak and the others were very close.

“It’s a very good coffee, but not worth $600 a pound.  If you bought it in a coffee shop, it would cost you $50 a cup,” said Andy Timko with Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee.

My Town Grand Rapids: New Partners for Racism-Free Community

My Town Grand Rapids: New Partners for Racism-Free Community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nine more businesses and organizations have joined the Partners for Racism-Free Community in the journey to become racism free.

The following institutions successfully completed the program to become a full partner:

  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Sports Grille
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders
  • The Source
  • Tall Turf Ministries
  • Family Futures (formerly Child & Family Resource Council)
  • YWCA West Central Michigan
  • St Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Grand Valley State University

To become a full partner, these organizations addressed six key areas to help eliminate racism in the workplace, including:

  • Leadership Engagement
  • Internal Policies, Practices and Processes
  • External Collaborations and Relationships
  • Contractor, Supplier and/or Vendor Practices
  • Client, Congregation, Customer an

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

The Michigan Department of Transportation unveiled a new traffic plan last Monday, regarding a turnabout at the intersection of Wilson Ave. & Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker, MI.

The current intersection will be removed and a 180-foot diameter roundabout will be built in its place beginning next June, 2015. The entire reconstruction of this busy intersection could take up to 6 months to complete.

This intersection has been the scene of many accidents and most of them are serious ones. In studies over the past 10 years, roundabouts take away the possibility of a head on collision and T-bone accidents. It will also help ease the congestion of rush hour traffic.

Shuttered bar's liquor license now up for auction

Shuttered bar's liquor license now up for auction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If you ever wanted to open a bar or restaurant in Grand Rapids, now’s your chance to land a liquor license.

The license that formally belonged to Jukes Bar on Leonard Street NW is up for auction.  That auction will happen online on Repocast next Tuesday. 

The sale of the license must meet conditions established by the state and city, and must be approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.