Experience GR Wins Governor’s Award

Congratulations to Experience Grand Rapids for winning the Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration for the Cool Brews. Hot Eats. campaign!

Richett Media managed publicity for the two-week promotion that paired together local craft beer and food, generating media coverage and social buzz for more than 60 participating restaurants. Sales increased from 20-60 percent during the first week of the event, compared to the same week in 2012.

Click here to ready more about the award and take a look at some of our media coverage from Cool Brews. Hot Eatshere.



Cool Brews. Hot Eats.

Beer City USA is celebrating Cool Brews. Hot Eats. February 18 to March 2. Nearly 60 restaurants in the Grand Rapids area are offering beer-infused dining creations and craft beer pairings. You can also go on a brewery tour around West Michigan and find out why Grand Rapids was named one of the ‘Top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers.’ Take a look at what’s cookin’ during Cool Brews. Hot Eats.  on WZZM 13, FOX 17, WOOD TV8, REVUE Magazine & Take Five!

Doctors Launch babyQ App

Two West Michigan doctors are helping expecting moms around the globe with the launch of babyQ, a website and free iTunes app. The app has been downloaded by thousands of women from more than 20 countries since it launched in November. It works by generating a babyQ score based on a 22-question survey about the user’s lifestyle, exercise, stress and nutrition habits. The user then receives custom tips via text message or the babyQ website, to help make healthier choices that will increase overall maternal and fetal health.

“We can help women turn on the correct genes while their babies are still in the womb, setting the stage for better physical, emotional, and intellectual development, including IQ,” says babyQ co-creator, Dr. Gostine.

Dr. Gostine of Michigan Pain Consultants and Dr. Forde, formerly of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, were inspired to develop babyQ through their own research on nearly 40,000 deliveries in West Michigan. Dr. Gostine realized the importance of sharing these findings when his daughter was expecting her first child. As a soon-to-be grandfather, Dr. Gostine would text health tips to his daughter. She would forward the texts to her pregnant friends. The seed for babyQ was planted.

Read all about it in Rapid Growth Media, MiBiz or watch the latest stories on WWMT 3 & FOX 17.


Celebrate Spring in Downtown Grand Rapids

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The Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance invites the community to celebrate 30 Days in Spring!  Enjoy a multitude of experiences throughout one square mile in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids. From cultural spring break programming, spring fashion, fresh dining, healthy living and hotel packages, you’ll find many reasons to come downtown and explore. Take a look at the participating businesses and events at http://www.downtowngr.org/spring/

You can also watch some of the 30 Days in Spring media coverage from WZZM, FOX 17 & eightWest.


Conduit Studio Designs iPad App for Grand Rapids Art Museum

 Art iPad App Downloaded in 16 Countries in First Week

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Grand Rapids-based design firm Conduit Studio and the Grand Rapids Art Museum are celebrating the launch of The Jansma Print Collection iPad app. The app was released on iTunes March 8 and downloaded in 16 countries the first week, including China, Mexico, France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. The app offers an interactive experience for museum visitors and digital users worldwide. Users can dive deeper into the collection and explore the exhibition with this user-friendly resource presented by GRAM and designed by Conduit Studio.

“GRAM is fortunate to have these unique old master prints in our collection, but because of their delicate nature, we must limit the time they are on view,” says Dana Friis-Hansen, Director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  “Working with Conduit Studio to create an iPad app and special website, we have made our collection and our scholarship accessible for independent learning at any time and in any place—we’re so excited to find that by expanding our digital media program, GRAM is growing a truly global audience.”  

“The Jansma Print Collection is an important and significant addition to the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, including masterworks from Rembrandt and Manet,” says Creative Director of Conduit Studio, John O’Neill.  “It was an honor to be able to collaborate with the GRAM on their first App and to see the global reach it has achieved in just its first week. As designers, it was great to spend so much time immersed in the artwork of these masters.” 

The Jansma Print Collection iPad app was recently featured in MLive, The Grand Rapids Business Journal,  FOX 17 & WGVU. It is available for free on iTunes.

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