Owners of wine and jazz venue say it’s ‘unlike any other place in Grand Rapids’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nadia Brigham remembers the days, years ago, when she would visit downtown Grand Rapids and she said it felt like everybody was staring at her for being a Black woman.

“I wanted to live in a place where you could have multiple races, ages, different abilities, different lifestyles,” Brigham said.

That’s been her motivation in creating the atmosphere inside her downtown venue where a diverse customer base feels welcome, wine is poured and jazz notes fill the air.

Brigham, who owns GRNoir Wine & Jazz with her husband Shatawn Brigham, has been intentional about creating conditions for inclusivity when they opened in December 2020.

“Everybody feels welcome,” she said. “It’s really unlike any other place in Grand Rapids where you have that level of diversity.”

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Located on the ground floor of a multi-story building at 35 S. Division Avenue, GRNoir features a comfortable place to listen to jazz music with more than 100 varieties of wine.

“We have a diverse wine selection and so we want, you know, that to reflect the people and clientele we have at GRNoir and I think we’ve done a pretty good job with that,” Shatawn said.

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