GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
“A unique wine and liquor store,” indeed! On a corner in the northeast corridor of Grand Rapids on Union Avenue is fabulous Martha’s Vineyard – not the Massachusetts island but a nifty gourmet shop opened since 1987. A wholesome looking boutique-styled shop, MV sells a large variety of local Michigan brews as well as the finest global microbrews and wines. Match that with extraordinary food such as specialty cheeses, cured meats, fruit preserves, homemade pastas and rich desserts and you’ve got one of the best humble street corner delis in the Midwest.
While perusing the exquisite beer section, I came away with several previously untried Michigan-based libations from Atwaters, Bell’s, Brewery Vivant, Dark Horse, Detroit Brewing, Founders, Frankenmuth, Mt. Pleasant, New Holland, North Peak, Short’s and Unity Vibration.