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West side businesses throw block party (GR Business Journal)

When Mitten Brewing Co. was getting started in 2011, owners Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler were a bit apprehensive as they attended the West Grand Neighborhood Organization Christmas Party. They meekly told then-executive director Nola Steketee they were the guys opening the brewery on Leonard Street. “She gave us a big hug and cried about…

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Long Road takes long view with trio of expansion plans (GR Business Journal)

Distillery gains approval for full kitchen, rooftop deck and expanded production area. The city’s first distillery has set its sights on some big expansion projects. Long Road Distillers went in front of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission last week seeking approval for three projects, all of which gained unanimous approval. The planned expansions include a…

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Two months after opening, Long Road Distillers seeks to double production space (MiBiz)

While Long Road Distillers LLC just opened a little more than two months ago, the maker of craft spirits already plans to expand in Grand Rapids’ west side neighborhood. The company will go before the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 13 with a special land use request to add 1,200 square feet to…

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ArtPrize 2015 welcomes distillery, sporting goods store to 7th annual event (MLIVE.com)

ArtPrize 2015’s new venues include a distillery, a sporting goods store and a new public space. A total of 180 venues have signed up to participate in the seventh annual exhibition in Grand Rapids. Some 30 first-time venues will be a part of the $500,000 competition opening Sept. 23 for the 19-day exhibition. A total…

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Learn the craft or hire for experience? West Michigan craft distilleries take two paths to ramp up production (MiBiz)

When the founders of Long Road Distillers LLC decided to bring in an experienced professional to manage the launch of its spirits production later this year, they realized they needed to look beyond the local talent pool for help. That realization led partners Kyle Van Strien and Jon O’Connor to recruit Brian Pribyl as the…

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New developments breathe life into GR’s west side neighborhood (MiBiz)

As new developments spring up throughout Grand Rapids’ west side neighborhood, the district is at the center of a concerted effort by a range of business interests looking to revitalize a long-neglected part of the city. Companies ranging from new breweries and restaurants to upscale retail stores and residential developers have invested tens of millions…

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Name Drop in the New York Times

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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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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