Littlefoot Coffee Roasters launches sock drive

Littlefoot Coffee Roasters is setting a goal to donate 500 pairs of socks to area homeless shelters this holiday season.

Farmers market donations will help low-income families

The Holland Farmers Market is the place for giving this season.

Nonprofit nears $500K goal for veterans-focused coffee shop

A veterans-focused nonprofit is nearing its financial goal to open a downtown Grand Rapids coffee shop in 2022.

Mel Trotter to host Minimal Living Challenge

A local nonprofit is asking 30 participants to take part in its Minimal Living Challenge to raise awareness for youth homelessness.

Lessons from the classroom

It’s not easy to be a teacher right now. A debate over masks, vaccines and more has put students and educators in the midst of an intense political debate over how to handle COVID-19.

Posy prepares for holiday gifting, supply chain gaps by sourcing locally

A local gifting and promotional products company is turning to its fellow community business owners to avoid shortages ahead of the holiday season.

Buddy’s Pizza relaunches dog treat sales for Michigan Humane

Buddy’s Pizza will resume selling dog treats at its restaurants, with proceeds going to support an animal welfare nonprofit.

Baxter Community Center hosts holiday basket drive, seeks donations

Baxter Community Center is looking for donations and sponsors to support its holiday basket drive and general services.

Big-screen stories

New film production company and media incubator aims to bring Hollywood home.

The ethical consumer’s guide to recreational cannabis in Grand Rapids

It’s been a long and bumpy road for the cannabis plant. From being completely illegal and demonized to later decriminalized and only allowed for medical use and, finally, to the legal sale of recreational marijuana in the city.

‘Close to a breakthrough’

Researchers at Van Andel Institute have Parkinson’s in their scope.

Enriching the childbirth journey

Tiffany Townsend’s midwifery practice provides an alternative to the hospital environment.

DEA issues warning concerning scam callers

The Detroit Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which scam callers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to steal money or personal information.

Looking forward

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss reflects on local economy, social issues and the future.

The Division Avenue Arts Collective is back

After many years of closure, the Division Avenue Arts Collective will reopen at its new permanent location, 1553 Plainfield Ave. NE, in the funky Creston neighborhood.

Grand Rapids Police Department promises change

Can the police department’s new strategic plan really transform policing in a meaningful way?

Study: Michigan residents lose an average of $667 to puppy scams

A new study from Honest Paws found that scams involving the sale of puppies have increased 280% during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Michigan residents are one of the most impacted.

Confronting racism in Grand Rapids

Partners for a Racism-Free Community hands the baton to WMCAT.

Survey reveals more than half of Michiganders struggling with ‘quiet stress’ amid pandemic

A recent survey from American Addiction Centers found 53% of Michigan residents have struggled with “quiet stress” this year.

Where are the Black people?

Group works to elevate the history of Black residents and clear path for future prosperity.