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Eastown: A Blend of Historic Charm and Modern Vibrancy

Tucked between Gaslight Village and East Hills, the Eastown neighborhood is a lively enclave brimming with unique experiences and a strong sense of community. Known as one of the oldest business communities in Grand Rapids, Eastown is a melting pot of cultures, reflected in its diverse array of eateries, coffee shops, and nightlife venues. The neighborhood is a haven for those seeking a blend of historic charm and modern-day conveniences.

Community Spirit

Eastown spans a historic 70-square block area, where residents take immense pride in their homes and the community at large. The Eastown Community Association spearheads various volunteer programs, working in tandem with city officials, non-profit organizations, and the Grand Rapids Police Department to foster positive growth and maintain the neighborhood’s allure.

Academic Excellence

Nestled in the northern part of Eastown, Aquinas College is a private institution known for its academic prowess and spirited sports teams. Though small, the campus offers a rich educational experience amidst a serene, wooded setting, courtesy of its proximity to Wilcox Park.

A Culinary Adventure

Eastown’s culinary scene is a reflection of its eclectic community. Wolfgang’s is famed for its breakfast skillets, while Yesterdog offers a unique hotdog experience that keeps patrons coming back. For those seeking a laid-back ambiance, Harmony Brewing Company serves up delicious pizza alongside an array of craft beers, embodying the essence of Beer City USA. The Electric Cheetah is your go-to for organic, locally-sourced cuisine.

Adding to the neighborhood’s gastronomic appeal are two new entrants: Basalt and Brown Butter Creperie and Cafe. Basalt elevates the diner experience with its bold flavors, local ingredients, and comforting southern fare. On the other hand, Brown Butter Creperie and Cafe transports you to France with its gourmet sweet and savory crêpes, and indulgent Belgian waffles.

Coffee, Yoga, and Fashion

That Early Bird is a cozy spot for coffee enthusiasts, offering a delightful outdoor patio and a range of cafe-style food. For a dose of wellness, Funky Buddha Yoga provides a fun, challenging, and professional hot yoga experience, whether you prefer to practice in-studio or virtually.

Fashion aficionados will find a treasure trove of stylish, gently used brand name clothing at Urban Exchange, making it a trendy spot for those looking to update their wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Conclusion

Eastown is a neighborhood that celebrates its history while embracing the new. Its vibrant community, academic institutions, diverse dining options, and modern amenities make it a unique and cherished part of Grand Rapids.

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