West Michigan Biz Beat: February 2020



Bro’s Doughs arrived in full force with dozens of mini doughnuts in hand. The shop at at 2042 E. Beltline Ave., Grand Rapids is owned and operated by Brodie “Bro” Hock and his wife, Meghan. They offer all kinds of premade creations — or make your own, choosing from more than 50 flavors, including monthly specials. They may be small, but they pack a flavorful punch.

The owners of Carvers and Fish Lads decided to carve out some more space in the Downtown Market with High Tide Soda, featuring more than 900 craft sodas. Grab one to go or make your own six pack — beer drinkers don’t get to have all the fun.

Speaking of pop, POPantics is a new tattoo shop at 5424 S. Division Ave., Kentwood. The shop is full of pop culture lovers and art, making it the perfect place to go for a tattoo of your favorite videogame, anime or superhero. Don’t worry though: They do all kinds of tattoos; it’s not just for nerds like me.

If you’re already starting to fade on your New Year’s resolutions, Lunar Cycle is the place to kick you back into high gear. The indoor cycling joint opened in Midtown at 601 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids,
offering all kinds of classes. You can lose yourself in the cycle with Hypnos, or party hard with Moonbeats, or train for a marathon with HIIT! It’s a great place to spin all winter, without spinning out.

Brunch Lounge arrived in Grand Rapids at 122 S. Division Ave., serving up super affordable breakfast, brunch and lunch. Head there for dishes like the Farmhouse Benedict, with chipotle corned beef carnitas on toasted ciabatta bread, spinach mélange, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Studio Park keeps filling up, now with Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse opening a new location in the district at 122 Oakes St. SW, Grand Rapids. Head there to stretch, sweat and let it all out. Then you can take your blissful self for some juice at Malamiah or catch a movie at Celebration.



Grand River Cigar Lounge closed rather unceremoniously. According to a post on Facebook, former owner Rob Day did everything he could to keep the cigar lounge at 144 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids open, but it just wasn’t in the cards. If you want to smoke a claro in West Michigan now, there are precious few places.

Home and Company, a gift and home décor store in Holland, just closed its doors after 14 years of business. The owners also own a clothing store, though: Jean Marie’s, and they plan to convert the space at 190 S. River Ave. to a third location of that concept, in order to make their lives easier. Whatever works!