Writing with Authority

Dressage circuit champion Debby Buck DeJonge's novels are set in the glammy world of fancy horse competitions.

Listen to the animals

Gayle Boss had been celebrating Advent with her two sons for years but had never used an Advent calendar.

Baring it all in book form

Graci Harkema, international speaker and owner of DEI consulting firm Graci LLC, published Rising; From a Mud Hut to the Boardroom- and Back Again in 2022.

Fielding questions about good books

What was once a liquor store is now a thriving, independent bookstore in the heart of Ada that draws readers of all ages to its bright, open spaces and loads of glorious books.

Scratching the surface of creativity

Grand Rapids Magazine writer Ann Byle has written a book entitled “Chicken Scratch: Lessons on Living Creatively from a Flock of Hens.” The book will be published by Broadleaf on May 23, 2023.

Colorful critters and creatures

Husband and wife team Jason and Rachel Six are the minds behind J6R6 – a stationery and lifestyle brand based in Grand Rapids that launched in the summer of 2021.

Peak performance coach finds success with podcast

A Grand Rapids man is making a name for himself in the podcast arena. 

Growing Grand Rapids tourism

Back before ArtPrize started in 2009, Dave Lorenz had been telling Grand Rapids stakeholder it needed to do something to attract leisure travelers.

A city in motion

Rosalynn Bliss has seen numerous changes in her seven years as mayor of Grand Rapids.

Care for everyone

Dr. Abha Gupta Varma, a physician at Cherry Health, has been practicing for just over two decades. Familiar with the nuances of medicine since she was a kid — both of her parents were doctors — Varma strives to provide the best care she can by talking to patients early and often.

A big year for downtown Grand Rapids cuisine

Even restaurants that have emerged from the past two years seemingly unscathed still have experienced their ups and downs.

Culinary Conversations series resumes in person

Four panelists will discuss their journeys as influential women in the food industry at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market next week.

Growing a financial brand

Sandy Jelinski has been the Lake Michigan Credit Union chief executive officer for more than two decades, helping the credit union grow into a major West Michigan financial institution.

Going from DJ to MJ

For years, Drew McCarthy was “Big Droo,” a big-time radio personality in West Michigan. As McCarthy continued to establish himself as one of the premier sports radio hosts in Michigan, he also took on a very public bariatric surgery process.

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.

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