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200 Union Ave NE
phone: (616) 459-0911
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the greatest store on the planet when it comes to calorie laden food stuffs. As a cook/caterer/brewer/beer and wine drinker Martha's is never outdone in the quality and quantity of their foods and drinks. Everything is perfect.
The staff is always eager to assist in your shopping needs, no matter how little or how large. Even if you have no idea what you are looking for, they will help.
If you have never been upstairs I recommend you ask to see , there is over a million dollars of wine up there at any given time. I have been up ther twice now and have always left a little poorer.
12-12-2007 01:54:27 |
More by jjshutty
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is an amazing resource for beer (and wine, tobacco, gourmet food & coffee, etc.) enthusiasts in Grand Rapids. They have the second best selection of bottled beer in the city (after Siciliano's) which is still a very impressive selection; it's pretty evenly split size-wise between three basic categories: Michigan, American microbrews, and European beers.
The staff is another strong suit for Martha's. Although I have not drilled any of them on their beer knowledge, I have picked up a couple tidbits from Martha's employees, and they were especially helpful when I had no clue what I was doing. But equally as important, they are all very friendly and make me laugh almost every time I stop in.
11-09-2008 01:00:35 |
More by sarahspat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is a gem if you want to spend just a bit more than normal. They have a great selection in the GR area. They seem to always have a few beers that have sold out like Hopslam, even out of date a bit, they still offer it. I bought a bomber of Old Guardian 09' for $3 on close out that made me smile like a MF'r. I also bought a 10' at the same price and enjoyed them.
I will always stop by when in town.
08-23-2013 04:25:31 |
More by JDizzle
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After Siciliano's Sweemzander and I navigated some one-way roads to make it to Martha's Vineyard on the corner of an intersection. The quaint little store was nicely designed and had a high-class but rustic feel to it from the front façade.
Once inside the depth and intelligence of the design continued on. From wood floors to exposed brick archways that loosely separated rooms, it was a very nice looking place.
We made our way straight in to the coolers which lined one of the walls. Almost all the beer was inside the coolers which was fantastic! Lots of local stuff like Bells, Founders, Arcadia, etc. A surprise to see was Kuhnhenn where I picked up a bottle of 4th Dementia for about $5.
There was a decent selection of imports and Belgian beers but almost all of it was the typical stuff you'd find in any beer store. One beer to make note of was Avery's Ten (10th Anniversary ale) which was something like $8 and bottled in 2003. A bit odd they would still have this.
Sweem grabbed it and asked the cashier who said he just had one recently and it was fantastic. While he was helpful and nice I'm not sure if he was just trying to get it off the shelf because I didn't think it was all that fantastic at all. Either way he was vocal about helping us with anything we needed, in addition based on what Sweem said about their service, generally, I was getting a good vibe about the place.
I also liked that they had what seemed to be a decent selection of meads and ciders too among an amazing wine selection upstairs (so I'm told from Sweem who is also a wine connoisseur).
A good stop for a few gems in Grand Rapids, especially with the majority of them being in coolers. I'd like to make it back to this location again!
04-27-2010 12:35:52 |
More by BeerFMAndy
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The best thing about Martha's Vineyard is the staff. I always feel at home, and I am always welcomed. Prices can be a bit high, but the selection is pretty decent, with a good part of the store dedicated to Michigan beer. Beer seems to be well rotated, I have yet to pick up a dusty brew. (Though everything is kept in a cooler, other than one stack of sale beer) They always have a few beers on special, and good deals can be found. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, honest and attentive.
On more than one occasion, I have had the staff offer to carry out my beer. Whenever I experience a line, someone always pops up at another register to help out. Now, that's service!
Downfall is the price. Honestly, I've found Martha's to be slightly higher than many of the other specialty stores in Grand Rapids. On the plus side, they are open till midnight most nights, making them more convenient for late night stops. (Though I always rely on Smitty's in Eastown in a pinch, open till 2am with a better beverage selection than your average quick stop)
I recommend Martha's to anyone who lives or is visiting the downtown area of Grand Rapids. You can't beat the selection unless you travel out to Sicilianos or further.
02-15-2010 06:50:51 |
More by sullenbee
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The second you walk into Martha's, it is hard not to be excited. A glass case full of sweets and cheeses greats you to the left. A wall of liqours to the right. The best awaits you at the back of the store...a wall of refrigerated beer that is likely 75-100 feet long. The selection is great with a wide selection of singles. There is also a vast selection of wines and snacks. The only gripe I have about Martha's, is the price. For most singles and 6-packs, expect to pay an extra buck or two compared to other places around town.
05-01-2010 23:25:11 |
More by TCgoalie
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
After years of being told to come here I finally did. I was visiting my brother who lives about fifty yards away, and decided to take the plunge.
There was a better selection of beers here then the beer/wine store by my house on the western side of the Grand Rapids area. Great selections from Stone, Rouge, Dogfish Head and a fairly decent selection of Michigan goodies. Lots of bombers! A decent mix from breweries around the states. A very good selection of Trappist, in fact I am enjoying an Orval right now thanks to them. I didn't receive any help but it did seem busy. Their prices are a little higher that my regular specialty store but for the great selection of bombers and Belgians I'll gladly pay a little extra.
Aside from that there seems to be much wine and health foods. I was kind of sad because I brought along my four year old daughter who wanted some candy, but they didn't have any:( But even better they had ice cream.
07-24-2009 05:19:52 |
More by JordanEllwanger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Martha's is my go-to place to buy beer, and the reason why I put up with it being a bit pricey is the service. These guys are great. They genuinely love beer, and always have great suggestions and recommendations. Great atmosphere and vibe to the place, with an ok deli and grocery. It's paired with a really great bakery next door, and you can knock out some specialty shopping all in one trip. I really can't say enough about the service. I've had quick trips turn into 45 minute detours because I've been engaged in really great conversations with the staff about what to try, and even get suggestions for other places in town to look for new things.
12-10-2012 03:54:12 |
More by TimRoss41
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Martha's Vineyard is a good place to go for anyone near the downtown GR area. It's a very homey and warm atmosphere and the long coolers that line the wall are stocked with all kinds of single beers from all over the world. I know it takes good money to buy good beer, but I've found the same quality beers and better selections at other places in town who sell singles for less than Martha's. That being said, the place is still worthwhile to check for a beer you might not be able to find somewhere else. I generally enjoy and respect Martha's, but I've never been exceptionally impressed going there. Therefore, I can only give them "good"s for most of the review, but their selection is near exceptional.
06-23-2010 00:06:07 |
More by DuffManOhYeah
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I used to live a block away, so it was always my stopping point on the way home from work. This was a double edged sword, as it had a ton of great gourmet foods that couldn't easily be found elsewhere in the city, and the beer selection was pretty dang good, as well as liquor. However, pricing was a bit steep across the board. If I had the time/will to go elsewhere to pick up cheese/whisky/cigars/beer, I would, and would get better prices and selection, but for a quick stop on the way home, it really couldn't be beat.
07-24-2010 16:47:24 |
More by MrOH
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