West Michigan Biz Beat: January 2020



You may have not seen it hidden behind all the construction, but Mosby’s Popcorn is now open at 15 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids. The gourmet popcorn company is run by a local husband and wife team, selling more than 125 flavors of popcorn. There’s just about every flavor you can imagine, from Buffalo ranch to pineapple, perfect for offering an interesting variety at a special event or party.

When one door closes, another opens: Kelvin and Co. BBQ opened a second location in Portage, shortly after their shop in Grand Rapids shuttered due to building issues. The new location at 7083 S. Westnedge Ave. offers the same smoked meats, sandwiches, and amazing mac ‘n’ cheese we’ve all come to know and love. You can also still visit their original location, at 5167 West Main in Kalamazoo!

Your favorite nail salon has come to Grand Rapids, on the ground floor of 38 Commerce Ave. right next to Two Beards Deli. Posh Nails and Spa is now even more convenient to visit if you live near downtown. The salon is known for its upscale setting and professional staff.

After 10 years of catering in West Michigan, the owners of YoChef’s decided to open a storefront. YoChef’s Café exists partially to support its staff when the catering season gets slow and primarily to provide Kentwood with an excellent breakfast, lunch, and coffee spot. The café at 34 44th St. SE offers a large menu of sandwiches, salads, smoothies, breakfast items and coffee drinks.

Sometimes, a store is doing so well it can’t be contained by the internet. Oh, Hello Co. has been an online business since 2014, but owners Kayla and Alex Benda just opened a location in 40 Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Their specialty is unique planners, notebooks and stickers, making it the perfect place to get 2020 off to a creative, organized start. They also offer stationery, greeting cards and just about anything to do with paper. 

Motu Viget Spirits has arrived, currently offering a brut champagne created by St. Julian Winery. The brand’s goal is to create affordable, yet high-quality craft spirits and wines in partnership with local companies. So far, the brut is in 30 bars and restaurants around West Michigan, available to drink for any occasion. The name comes from Grand Rapids’ motto, which means “strength in activity” in Latin.

The axe-throwing craze is spreading, with FlannelJax recently arriving in Grand Rapids, right by the downtown YMCA. Have any post-holiday rage to let out of your system? Maybe you’re just feeling competitive. Either way, don your plaid and gather your friends to go throw some sharp axes at big wooden bull’s-eyes. Sinking the edge into the wall is every bit as satisfying as you’d think.

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