Reading is lit

Kendra McNeil shares her love of books through the We Are LIT bookshop.

Downtown living

Recent graduate Kendal Browne wants to be where the action is.

GRAM hires new membership manager

Michael Catching will help increase museum’s outreach within the community.

Dealing with childhood trauma

Healing Connection helps identify trauma and provides resources to heal.

Connecting and growing

Deb Kalsbeek created a platform to help Grand Rapids women entrepreneurs; now she’s going national.

Reviving ‘Ecliptic’ at Rosa Parks Circle

“Ecliptic” at Rosa Parks Circle is getting a $2 million restoration that will increase the lifespan of the materials used in the art installation.

Keeping it local

Hanna Schulze champions small businesses at Local First.

Hitting a personal note

Lady Ace Boogie looks inward with newest album.
Photos by Ashley Wierenga

Battling for a close shave

Battle Brothers Shaving Co. is bringing back the ‘old school razor.’

Speaking up

Jocelyn Barnes grew to love Grand Rapids through open mic nights.

Passion project

These working moms turned crafting night into a business.

Serve, give, spend

Nate Gillespie created the Coronavirus Civilian Corps to address current instability.

Feeding homebound seniors

Meals on Wheels volunteer has spent over two decades helping.

A legacy of life stories

Everyone has a story worth sharing.

Bringing drag to daytime

Trevor Straub founded MI Drag Brunch.

New game, new connections

Disney couple wants to get people talking again.

‘Celebrating Diversity’

Artist Erick Picardo uses vibrant colors, hopeful imagery in his murals.

Raising her voice

City Commissioner Milinda Ysasi was sworn in on Dec. 17.
Wendy Sellers

The Puberty Lady

Teaching 'less shame and more wonder'
Photo by Jonathan Shotwell.

Q&A with the New Owner of Books & Mortar

GR|MAG had the opportunity to talk with Jenny Kinne, the new owner of Books & Mortar, about her transition from employee to owner as well as her goals for the store, thoughts on the uniqueness of independent bookstores and some of her favorite reads.




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