Nov 212012

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24)

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012|Blog, Community, News, Shopping|

Shop Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012.  Small businesses contribute towards the health and well-being of their communities.  American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 to help spur holiday business for small businesses that were trying to survive the recession.  This annual event has grown to local communities all over the country, just like Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  In 2011 100 million people across the country participated.  There have been additional programs created to help promote shopping at your local small businesses; like 3/50 Project that promotes spending $50 at three small businesses each month to burst the economy.  Of every $100 spent at small businesses $68 stays in that community.  Small business owners are great supporters contributing both financially and in-kind commitment which leads to healthy communities.  American Express purchased advertisement through radio and television as well as facebook in its early years.  As this event has grown, social media has been a low cost and effective way to marketing to consumers.  The Grand Rapids Downtown Business Association has a Facebook site to promote their annual event.


Nov 162012

Murals Depicting Minnesota’s Nature

Friday, Nov 16, 2012|Blog, Community, News|

Three communities have come together to share their Minnesota’s Nature vision.  The communities of Deer River, Grand Rapids and Coleraine/Bovey have come together to depict their community through three individual murals.  These murals are located on the south side of the MacRostie Art Center building in downtown Grand Rapids. […]

Jul 302012

Inspiration For The Arts

Monday, Jul 30, 2012|Blog, Community, Nature|

Grand Rapids natural setting creates an inspired spirit for you to experience. Come discover the many exhibits and performances, both indoors and out.


Jul 262012

Souvenirs, Antiques & Unique Shopping

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012|Blog, Community|

Vacationing in Grand Rapids, MN means you will have access to a variety of shops to meet your needs.  Grand Rapids is the regional hub in Itasca County which provides many shopping options to meet everything from basic needs to the vacation souvenirs.  Grand Rapids offers many unique specialty and antique shops in the area. From Antiques to  Vacation Souvenirs, Grand Rapids has all your shopping covered. […]