Rapid Growth Media Article: “WinterWest 2014: The Big (Second) Weekend”


“True to its mission, WinterWest truly is successful more and more each year because of their community’s hospitality to guests who venture over snowy streets to arrive at this beautifully forested park just west of the Grand River. “



Grand Rapids, MI – The 4th Annual WinterWest, a 2-week winter-themed festival held at Richmond Park on the City’s west side, kicks off Friday, January 24 and will run through February 9, 2014. The current and forecasted cold… Read More

Westside Neighbors Unite for Post-Flood Community Clean Up this Weekend

The Clean-up Crew!

With the recent flooding along the Grand River, one local neighborhood is organizing and taking action. Westside neighbors will come together for the 5th Westside Community Clean Up this Saturday, April 27th. City dwellers from the downtown residential… Read More

Women for the Westside Event, Thursday, March 7


You are all invited to a happy hour meet and greet next week called, Women for the Westside.  The purpose of this event is to create an opportunity to celebrate women, diversity, unity and our love for the… Read More

Downtown neighbors work together to clean up 10,000 lbs of garbage and invest in the cities West Side!

The Clean-up Crew!

Downtown neighbors are teaming up on Saturday May 19, to pick-up the trash left behind the cities’ West Side during the long winter months. The fourth annual West Side Community Clean Up will mobilize volunteers and arm them… Read More

Despite unseasonably warm weather, WinterWest planning continues!


Despite the unusually warm temperatures of the past month, organizers of the annual WinterWest event are pressing on with plans for the event which will be held at Richmond Park on Grand Rapids’ Westside from January 27 –… Read More

WelcomeWest – Rock the Rapids Ticket Give Away Contest!

WelcomeWest – Rock the Rapids Ticket Give Away Contest WelcomeWest is teaming up with Rock the Rapids for a Ticket Give Away Contest to highlight the event AND promote Westside businesses. Winners of the WelcomeWest-Rock the Rapids Ticket… Read More

LiveWest Home Makeover – Before and After

Check out the Before and After pictures from the LiveWest Home Makeover!

Where I “LivedWest” in May


The Month of May has come and gone and our hyperlocal experiment, LiveWest, has now wrapped up.  Just as we had hoped, new discoveries were made and we’ve added a few establishments to our regular Westside rotation. Not… Read More

Vintage Bowling

WelcomeWest hosted a vintage Rock’n’Bowl night at Wenger’s Bowl last Friday – what a blast! All told, 30-35 people showed up dressed in their best vintage duds, most of which was found right here on the Westside at… Read More