Portraits of a city
Brian Kelly used a drone to capture images of Grand Rapids — his first muse.
The American Dream never goes out of style.
Graci Harkema is committed to a more diverse and inclusive world.
Even without live events, the Hays have kept busy amid the pandemic.
From dashing people’s dreams to helping fulfill people’s dreams.
“All Manner of Things” was selected as a Michigan Notable Book.
A colorful trail
Why Alice Jasper is on a mission to lead people of color into the outdoors.
Celebrating Black literature
The Black Book Exchange Box project encourages reading.
A local mom is creating safer beauty products for tweens and teens.
Angling on the Grand
Tom Werkman shares his love of fishing with other anglers.
Church to art hub
Carol Moore purchased the historic church and is leading it through a transformation.
Cooking up awards
Gilles Renusson, French Agricultural Merit award winner, discovers profession in boarding school.
Q&A: Philomena Mantella
Grand Valley State University is gaining a fresh perspective with new President Philomena V. Mantella.
‘Dream’ Store Opens Doors
Self-described “huge comic books fan and toy collector” Jeff Moore launched the venture of his dreams in Rockford.
Family Debuts Mobile Event Venue
A pair of Calvin College grads and their kids have moved back to West Michigan with an Airstream trailer and a vision in tow.
A Journey of Self-discovery
For David Leslie, leaving his hometown of Grand Rapids in the 1990s began a 25-year journey west and back. He’s a furniture craftsman, owner of The Maker’s Bench, but that wasn’t what he set out to do intentionally.
A doodle drawn out of frustration led local artist and writer Peter Welmerink to launch StickonStump, a simple cartoon figure who waxes motivational.
Upcycling for the Greater Good
Social justice and passion have always been a part of Janay Brower’s work. Before starting Public Thread, she worked for the city of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness, doing systems change and public policy work. But despite the work she was doing, Brower wanted to find a way to foster deeper systemic change.
Building a New Life
Nakajabu Sims’ probation officer told him that he was the poster child to see if 70x7 Life Recovery really works. Turns out, the nonprofit does its job well.
Make Room for the Mountain Minnies
Say hello to the winter adventure program designed to get little girls outside to brighten the colder months.