It's been said that the Midwestern accent is the most widely perceived "mainstream" American English accent. In fact, a lot of TV and Radio broadcasters prefer their anchors and DJs to have this Midwestern accent because "it plays well in all parts of the country...
Last week I did a post on the history of jukeboxes being made in Grand Rapids, MI. Over 1 million jukeboxes were manufactured in a building over on Cottage Grove SE. That plant has since shut down, and the manufacturing of those devices has moved out of the country...but I was able to locate the very last jukebox that was made in that location!
Bad news for fans of Applebee's (and IHOP). The parent company for both restaurants announced Thursday that they will be closing more than 100 Applebee's locations and 20-25 IHOP locations in the coming months.
Remember shopping in downtown Grand Rapids in the "good old days? Those were the times of the big department stores, Herpolsheimer's, Wurzburg's and specialty stores. The biggest, and fanciest was Wurzburg's.
Before the sun turns to gloom and the warmth turns to cold - make the most out of what's left of summer. And while there is plenty to do and take advantage of in West Michigan, something we don't have much of is rooftop bars...
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