Unique Services in Uptown

One thing you might not know about Uptown is the number of businesses here that provide unique services. Beyond the coffee shops, restaurants and shopping experience, Uptown offers a variety of services–some you may not even be aware of! Which is why we put together this list. You can’t find such a concentrated area of service-based […]

Coffee Shops in Uptown

Do you enjoy catching up with friends by enjoying a cup of coffee & a pastry? Do you love to spend your Saturdays in a coffee shop, sipping on your favorite latte? Do you have a favorite coffee spot to head to before work? Are you looking to try a new coffee spot? There is […]

Winter Activities in Uptown

The holidays are over, and now we feel like we can finally breathe again. But, now that we have had those few breaths – we are ready for a new activity. But with the Winter months being so cold – it’s hard to find just exactly what to do. No worries – we rounded up […]

Uptown Shop Hop Survival Guide

Our annual Uptown Shop Hop is just a few weeks away and whether this is your first time or you’ve attended a couple years already, it’s always best to read up on all the things you should do beforehand to prepare yourself for this night of shopping, socializing, and enjoying Uptown as we celebrate the […]

Enjoy Fall in Uptown

Fall has officially begun here in Michigan – though the weather might have said otherwise the first few weeks with the 90 degree weather, it’s finally starting to cool down and it’s just about that time for apple & pumpkin flavors, sweater weather and seasonal dishes.   We rounded up a few places offering seasonal […]

The Blackport Building: Uptown’s Funky Hub at the Center of the Universe

If East Hills is the center of the universe, the Blackport Building is the beacon in the middle. In a corner room, toddlers and their mothers sing and dance while the teacher coordinates the performance on her guitar. Toward the front of the building, a personal trainer observes as two of his clients’ jog on […]

Cool Weather, Hot Events

As we change seasons in Grand Rapids, the staff at Uptown is taking time to reflect on the events of the summer. The most recent Uptown event took place in the last week of September. With over ten participating restaurants in the neighborhood, the Taste of Uptown event will continue to grow in the following […]


As the weather becomes warmer, we’re all itching to be outside. Join us every Thursday in June for EAT. SHOP. ROCK. One Uptown business district each week hosts free live music, family-friendly activities and fun surprises!  June 4th will be hosted by East Hills June 11th will be hosted by Eastown June 18th will be […]

Shoppers, You Won’t Want To Miss This!

It’s the most wonderful (and busy) time of the year! With all the running around we do this time of year, it’s hard to get all your holiday shopping done after work. We feel your pain. That’s why a majority of Uptown business have come together and are staying open later the next two Thursdays. […]

Holiday Shop Hop

Uptown offers more cool ways to shop and celebrate this winter – starting with our annual Holiday Shop Hop. This six-hour shopping extravaganza features special deals, strolling carolers, live entertainment, free food and refreshments, and a trolley service to transport visitors between the shops of East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street.