About Unlocking GR:

Unlocking GR was founded on the premise that you don’t have to travel the world to expand your horizons.  From one-of-a-kind works of art, world famous craft beer, lively music festivals, historic buildings, public museums, and unique restaurants devoted to the finest local ingredients, Grand Rapids is a place full of adventure and hidden treasure. Our purpose in creating this site is to unlock some of those hidden treasures that make this city so great. Our findings have truly inspired us, and we hope they will inspire you as well, to join us in Unlocking GR.

About Spencer and Melissa:

Between the pair of us we have ventured all over the United States and to 17 countries worldwide. We love to travel and believe that it has enriched our lives and expanded our perspectives. However, what we didn’t realize was the rich culture and vibrant community that we have right here in our own backyard. That is why we started Unlocking GR.


Our Contributors:


Emily Waldon: Emily has resided in West Michigan her entire life and has developed an indescribable love for the city of Grand Rapids and all it has to offer. From walking the streets of downtown, taking pictures, frequenting the local coffee shops and catching a baseball game, Emily has made it her mission to continually work on discovering a fresh perspective to the city every chance she gets.