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The Local First Coffee Hour events are a casual opportunity to connect with local businesses in West Michigan. During the months of April, July, September, and December these events will be held in partnership with GROW. This CDFI microlender offers loans, counseling and educational opportunities, and a variety of other resources to entrepreneurs in West Michigan. Join us to connect, sip on a morning beverage, and learn more about how we’re GROWing a People First Economy.

Local First's monthly Coffee Hour series is powered by Bloom Credit Union.

Host highlight: In May 2022, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. partnered with Bridge Street Market and opened a new cafe within the market space. Ferris prides itself on offering high-quality espresso beverages, pour over coffees, teas, a variety of signature drinks, and snacks. Bridge Street Market, a child store of Meijer, is your neighborhood grocery store with fresh, affordable, and local products in downtown Grand Rapids. Read more about their collaboration here.

Safety expectations: We’d like to continue meeting monthly in-person for our Coffee Hour events. To safely do so, event attendees are expected to adhere to current CDC recommendations:

  • When indoors, masks remain on unless actively eating or drinking
  • Maintaining 6 feet of social distance between guests and/or respecting the color-coded comfort zone stickers provided to all guests by PFE
  • Adhering to frequent hand-washing and sanitizing practices

Local First will also provide hand sanitizer.

We hope you'll join us for good coffee and good conversation!