I was born in Grand Rapids. I didn’t grow up here though.
I first “lived” in Grand Rapids in 1998. I started working here in 1997 while living in Newaygo. I commuted daily for work until I saved up enough money to get an apartment.
I lived in Grand Rapids until sometime in 2006. I left for many reasons. I came back in 2016. The entire time I was gone all I wanted to do was move back.
The things I loved my first decade in Grand Rapids are all gone. I worked at Media Play. I miss that store. I shopped for most of my music at Believe In Music and Aris’ Disc Shop, both long gone. Back then music and comic books were my biggest passions.
I drank coffee at Kava House in Eastown every chance I got. Now there’s a magnificent restaurant in its place, but it’s just not the same.
Most of the places I worked at back then (I hopped from job to job) are long gone; Pearle Vision in Woodland Mall, Moto Photo in Kinkos on 28th St, Brooknelle Kennels…
My favorite place to see live music was the old Intersection. The new venue has never been a place I enjoy, and Mulligan’s “The Other Side” just isn’t the same. I miss Radio Tavern and Ten Bells. I booked Music Revue nights at both of those venues and have fond memories. Even Music Revue is just a faded memory.
We’ll sometimes delve into the past in the future pages of the #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal, but you’ll get a taste of some of the best things of the present as well. I might miss much of the past in this little big city of ours, but I am definitely content in 2018.
Keep an eye on future blogs for these Letters from the Editor. This will be the place I reminisce, and I’ll also spend time telling you about the places I love that are still here and open and waiting for your patronage.
Until then, #supportgrandrapids!