Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, which is the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, also sees its anthemic tunes represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Australian wunderkind Cody Simpson starts the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
A congregation of antique dealers sells their vintage wares at the annual Grand Rapids Antiques Market, which is fueled by nostalgia's fumes and hosts time travelers as they venture into the rich history of Americana. The market dips buyers and sellers alike into an antiques-filled reservoir overflowing with the past's furnishings, accessories, sporting goods, and 2-year-old laptops. Professional appraisers check out homeowners' potential gems, and live auctioneers corral the highest bid with lassos woven from their own bristly mustache hairs.
The McCahill Group is a woman-owned corporate-wellness company that acts as a catalyst for exciting health experiences in and around Grand Rapids. The boot-camp classes promise intensive, action-packed workouts. Expert trainers move their pupils through exercises that build functional strength, agility, cardio endurance, and plyometrics, which is the ability to use one’s bare hands to separate layers of plywood. Classes take place in various outdoor locations in Grand Rapids, including the Bridgewater Fitness Center. Click here to view the schedule of times and dates.
At Take 5 Catering, chefs make midday feasts fresh daily, transforming ingredients from local farms into sandwiches, salads, soups, and signature cakes. Every house-made menu item jumps off the pages of recipes created by master chef Angelo Darin and master baker Kelly Bordeaux, including the signature italian meatloaf sandwich, made with braised meatloaf stuffed with mozzarella and spinach.
Caterers deliver orders of $20 and up free of charge and ferry lunches to diverse locations such as homes, offices, and disembarking blimps within 45 minutes of order placement. Clients can solicit their meals by phone or email, and party-throwers can spruce up spreads with custom-frosted sheet cakes.