2015 was not only a great year for CMS, but also for our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Over the past few years, Grand Rapids has become known as “Beer City USA” and has joined the major leagues when it comes to economic growth and re-development. Our city has Continue reading Welcome to Beer City USA
Grand Rapids, MI isn’t just the birthplace of CMS; it also happens to now be the new home for the award- winning restaurant – Slows Bar-B-Q.
We recently had the opportunity to work on this project with Pioneer Construction, designing and manufacturing Continue reading Slows Bar-B-Q
I have come across a rash of articles lately profiling supermarket chains that are adding in-store bars and restaurants. In Hy-Vee’s new Des Moines stores, their Market Grilles offer casual dining, along with craft beer selections and large TV screens. Another example: Whole Foods is currently in the process of adding in-store dining and bars to their new stores in the Chicago market. Around the country, other grocery chains Continue reading In-Store Bars and Dining
A few weeks ago, after publishing my post on charred-wood techniques, I ran across an article on the recent rise in local, craft distilleries.
This is a movement that is going on all across the country, with new distilleries popping up all over. Continue reading Craft Whiskey – Coming to a Town Near You
I’m not trying to impress with my use of Japanese — “shou-sugi-ban” is a wood treatment technique invented by the Japanese. It involves charring wood to add beauty and longevity to the wood. Traditionally in Japan, cedar siding and fencing was burnt to increase the wood’s resistance to insects and fire. The basic idea involves burning the surface of the wood to a varying degree of char, anywhere from a lightly burned-in look to a deep black char. When done well, Continue reading Shou-Sugi-Ban
To combat inroads made by the online shopping world, department stores have been looking at new ways to provide on-site experiences that will compel shoppers to want to visit their stores. Two concepts getting a lot of play have been in-store, upscale restaurants and bar/lounge spaces that offer attractive spots for customers to relax and have a cocktail or a coffee. Continue reading Attract Customers: Dining and Beverage Experiences