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Morning Buzz: January 29

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 10:35:51-05

1. Wine and jazz club, GR Noir, will officially open up its doors on Monday, February 1.

It's located at 35 South Division Avenue. Along with sipping wine, patrons will be treated to music from local and regional jazz artists in live performances.

They'll also be offering small plates that will be paired with the wine selection.

You'll still be able to order for curbside pick-up. All the details can be found on their Facebook page and

2. Also in Grand Rapids, a build-your-own taco restaurant called Condado Tacos, will be opening next week.

the new restaurant located in the Bridge Street Loft Apartments Building features build-your-own-tacos.

Choices range from toppings plus proteins to shells plus sauces.

The first Condado Tacos was located in Columbus, Ohio, and they now have 19 locations with three of them in Michigan.

3. Battle Creek's recreation center is reopening next week, with a few restrictions.

Full Blast reopens at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 1. That's also when you can register for some of their spring and summer programs.

The fitness center and the courts will be open at 25 percent capacity. Full Blast is only hosting non-contact sports for the time being.

Other facilities will remain closed to the Republic, including city hall, the police department, and the Department of Public Works.

Battle Creek transit riders will be able to pick up their pass at the front desk again.

4. The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota is opening a pandemic-friendly bar made of ice.

It's called the Brr Garden, a play on the term "beer garden."

It promotes social distancing since it's set up outside despite the frigid temperatures.

It features ice bars with high top tables made entirely of ice. There will be six fire pits to keep people from getting too chilly. It also has a great view of Lake Superior.

The best part is admission is free and families are welcome!

5. Get ready to give your brain a little workout for National Puzzle Day.

Take your pick: jigsaw, crossword, trivia, word searches, brainteasers, sudoku, and more.

Puzzles improve memory, cognitive function, vocabulary and language, as well as problem-solving skills.

Mark the day by doing a puzzle with a friend, or challenge yourself with a type of puzzle you've never tried before.