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Grand Rapids was built largely around the furniture industry, hence the nickname "Furniture City". Manufacturers such as Steelcase and Herman Miller, among numerous others, are still a strong presence in GR and western Michigan. Thus, shopping for furniture at retailers, showrooms and galleries is a great experience. Chains such as DesignQuest and EQ3 carry some very contemporary designs.
Southwest of downtown GR in Grandville is Rivertown Crossings, a 120+ store two story mall with six anchor stores - Marshall Fields, Sears, JC Penney, Kohls, Younkers and D*ck's Sporting Goods (with an indoor climbing wall). There is also a 20-screen movie theater, 9 restaurants and a food court.
Eastside GR has Woodland Mall with 120 stores and anchors Sears, Marshall Fields and JC Penney as well as a new movie theater. Centerpointe Mall is across the street. Breton Village is an upscale destination located in East Grand Rapids.
The 28th Street corridor is the main "strip mall" shopping area in the southern part of town from US-131 to east of I-96. Alpine Avenue and Plainfield Ave., both north of I-96, are the (smaller) northwestern and northeastern equivalents, respectively.
Downtown shopping is mostly focused on Monroe Center St., between Monroe and Division, with a number of eclectic shops and boutiques. There are a number of art galleries downtown including the Lafontsee on Monroe along the riverfront.