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. […]

Oct 252012

Girlfriends Weekend Getaway to Minnesota’s Nature

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012|Blog, Events & Attractions, News, Shopping|

Fall is a great time for a Girlfriends Weekend Getaway to Minnesota’s nature.  Grand Rapids is known for its large volume of arts & crafts shows, bazaars and holiday open houses starting deer hunting opener weekend.  This year there are hundreds of vendors showcasing arts, crafts, homemade food items, and a wide variety of delectable dining options.  The entire town comes together, showcasing their very best, to kick off the holiday season.  This is a truly unique experience.  Lodging properties are ready to roll out the red carpet to host visitors coming to celebrate in the festive season.  Take a look at the Visit Grand Rapids website to view the full range of overnight lodging options, and numerous shopping and dining choices.  […]

Sep 242012

Fall Color…It’s in Minnesota’s Nature

Monday, Sep 24, 2012|Blog, Nature, News|

The winds of change that are happening in the Grand Rapids, MN area are upon us.  As we move into the official fall season here in Minnesota’s nature, we want to celebrate what mother nature has blest us with.  Here in Grand Rapids we have a lot of natural amenities that surround us every day.  These golden opportunities are here to experience.

The beautiful fall foliage that surrounds our communities is something we tend to take for granted.  Grand Rapids is unique in that whatever roadway, trail or path that you take you will find  brilliant fall foliage color.  According to the Minnesota Department of Resources the Grand Rapids, MN area is between 25%-50% peak.  […]

Sep 52012

Golf Giveaway Winner Announced

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012|Blog, News|

Thank you to all who entered the Visit Grand Rapids Blog Golf Giveaway. Congratulations to the Golf Giveaway winner Kristen Campos!

Aug 92012

Grand Rapids To Host Hockey Day 2013

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012|Blog, News|

On June 26, 2012 the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North announced that Grand Rapids, Minnesota will host the 2013 Hockey Day in Minnesota.  Hockey Day has become a hockey tradition in Minnesota, and Grand Rapids is proud to be the host for the 2013 event.  The 2013 Hockey Day in Minnesota will be the seventh annual event.

Aug 82012

Thousands Celebrate Tall Timber Days

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012|Blog, Events & Attractions, News|

One of the annual events in Grand Rapids that always draws a large crowd is the Tall Timber Days festival.  This year’s event was held on August 3-5, 2013 in historic downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This year’s event drew a large crowd partly due to the additional entertainment options and more vendor booths than in year’s past.  The Tall Timber Days has become a long standing annual festival for Grand Rapids residents and visitors alike. Many families plan their vacations around this annual event.   […]