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• SPECIAL FEATURE •


The people, places and things that are heating up West Michigan


This nostalgic notion has been building for some time, however. Just take a look at throwback bars Stella’s and Viceroy, retro shop Minty Keen, Picnic Pops’ tributes to the Beach Boys and Michael Jackson and Grand Rapids Original Swing Society. Vintage has reached its full-fledged hot level.


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This year, as writers and minions were pitching their hot ideas, we noticed a trend: old is hot. BY REVUE STAFF & MINIONS


Need proof? There’s been an ‘80s craze for a while with the Intersection hosting Mega ‘80s and Billy’s Revival each week. This month, The Pyramid Scheme is hosting The Meat Puppets. This venue’s been on the vintage bandwagon since it opened with retro indie band Guided By Voices (which formed in the ‘80s and gained popularity in the ‘90s) in April. More recently, new venue Tip Top Deluxe has fully immersed itself in the throwback genre, booking primarily rockabilly bands and keeping its jukebox full of retro classics.


Even fashion is taking a hint from years past. Lace proves it’s not only fun and flirty, but a timeless embellishment as well. And Rebel Reclaimed is taking old items and making them fresh with a classic twist.


So what’s up with nostalgia? Are the old times really the best times? We may never find out, but we can tell you with confidence: it’s hot.


VERY SUMMER, WE SIT DOWN with our writers and minions to talk about what we’ve been wondering all year: What’s hot? Every year, a different bar, musician, gallery or trend pops up that we think should be on our readers’ radar. Sometimes we’re right (see last year’s Hot Entrepreneur Jeff VandenBerg), sometimes not (see 2009’s Shpanteralls).


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