LocalMotion Award Nominees Announced

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Elissa Hillary, Executive Director Local First

Winners will be announced at the Local First Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards at the Goei Center on Tuesday, January 29th.

Grand Rapids, MI – Local First has announced this year’s nominees for the LocalMotion Awards. These awards are given to businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the local economy in West Michigan in 2012. Nominees were selected through an open call to the public. Any business that is locally owned, locally headquartered, and not publicly traded was eligible for nomination. Individuals eligible for an award must reside in West Michigan. Once nominations were closed, nominees were asked to complete an application and then an independent committee comprised of past winners and community sustainability leaders chose the winners. Over 130 nominations were made with 80 nominees completing the application process.

Presented by Eastern Floral, the winners will be announced at Local First’s Annual Meeting and Local Motion Awards held at the beautiful Goei Center on Tuesday, January 29th. The event will begin at 5:00pm with a reception catered by an array of Local First member food vendors (list below) and live music by the Wealthy Orphans. At 6:30pm Local First will present a brief update: The State of Local – 2013, Where West Michigan Stands in Building a Sustainable Economy. Immediately following, the winners of the LocalMotion Awards will be announced.

In attendance will be Local First members, local business leaders, community leaders, sustainability leaders, and those passionate about developing the local economy in West Michigan. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Ticket can be purchased at LocalFirst.com or directly at the link below.

This year’s nominees for The LocalMotion Awards*

The Triple Bottom Line Award Up & Coming Business (less than 5 years) & Longstanding Business (5 years +)

Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrates a strong commitment to the TBL– either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Previous winners include: Dwelltech Solutions, MadCap Coffee, Gazelle Sports, Curtis Cleaners.

616 Development

Art of the Table

Ashley Cole Design, Inc.

Baker Book House

Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille.

Brewery Vivant

Carrettino Italian Market & Wine

Catalyst Partners


Essence Restaurant Group


Founders Brewing Co.

Fulton Street Farmers Market

Global Infusion

Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club

Groundswell Community Farm

The Image Shoppe

Integrated Architecture

Kingma’s Market & Butcher Shop

Marie Catrib’s of Grand Rapids

Minty Keen

Reagan Marketing + Design, LLC

Rebel Reclaimed

Romence Gardens & Greenhouses


Trillium Haven Farm and Restaurant

Twisted Rooster

Vertical Paradise Farms

Women’s LifeStyle


The Mover & Shaker Award

Awarded to the business that demonstrated a significant shift in their supply chain to local over the past twelve months. Previous winners include: Ninth Bridge & Wealthy Theatre.

Art of the Table

Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille

Carrettino Italian Market & Wine

Essence Restaurant Group

Nourish Organic Market

Radix Tavern

Rowster Coffee


Trillium Haven Farm and Restaurant

The Local Hero Award

Presented to an individual or family who has demonstrated a significant shift towards local purchasing and sustainable living. Previous winners include: Julie and Pat Wise & Steve Faber.

Angela Topp – Treehuggers

Angie Seabert – Minty Keen

Christine Helms-Maletic – Fulton Street Farmers Market Capital Campaign

Gerard Adams – West Michigan FarmLink

Kelly LeCoy – Uptown Kitchen

Karen Lubbers – Lubbers Family Farm

Michael VanderBrug – Trillium Haven Farm and Restaurant

Molly Clauhs – The Silver Spork LLC

Rick Beerhorst – Studiobeerhorst

The Romence Family  Bill, Mary, Chris, & Katey – Romence Gardens & Greenhouses

Sheri Rop – Nourish Organic Market

Tami VandenBerg – The Meanwhile/The Pyramid Scheme

Tommy Allen – RapidGrowthMedia.com

The Change Agent Award

Presented to a locally owned business or organization that is growing successfully and can be accredited for revitalizing a neighborhood or business corridor. Previous winners include: Welcome West & Atomic Object.

616 Development

Access of West Michigan

Art of the Table

Baker Book House

Bear Manor Properties/Harmony Brewing Company

Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, Inc.

Ella’s Coffee & Cuisine

Founders Brewing Co.

Fulton Street Farmers Market

GRPD Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery

Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club

The Image Shoppe

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

Seeds of Promise

Slow Food West Michigan


Trillium Haven Farm and Restaurant

Uptown Kitchen

Urban Pharm

Wealthy At Charles, LLC


Food and beverages will be provided by these Local First member businesses:

Bistro Bella Vita

Connie’s Cakes

Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company

Lubbers Family Farm

MadCap Coffee Company

San Chez Bistro

The Starving Artist

Trillium Haven

Twisted Rooster


Gazelle Wins copy