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.

Traveling for the Holidays? Here’s What to Expect

Whether you are traveling by car or plane over the holidays, chances are the trip will test your patience. GR|MAG reached out to AAA Michigan and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for suggestions on how to keep your cool during holiday travel.
Models Mackenzie Santamour (Blue), Marissa Faust (Black) with designer Romel Caylan. Photo by Johnny Quirin.

Q & A with Designer RC Caylan

Since the age of 9, RC Caylan has had a passion for fashion and design. Born and raised in the Philippines, his inspiration came from his grandmother, a schoolteacher and uniform seamstress.
Grand Rapids Griffin's head couch Ben Simon. Photo by Michael Buck.

Q:A with Grand Rapids Griffins New Head Coach Ben Simon

The Grand Rapids Griffins kick off the 2018-19 season this month under the leadership of Ben Simon, who was named the team’s 11th head coach in June. But Simon is no stranger to Grand Rapids — he spent the last three seasons as assistant coach for the Griffins, helping lead the team to a Calder Cup title in 2017, and played for the team in the 2006-07 season.

Friends Team Up to Bring Covet Leisure to Your Door

When you work with your friend in the retail business for around 12 years you start to think about doing it on your own terms. For Carmen Foster and Amanda Armstrong, co-owners of the recently launched athleisure brand Covet Leisure, an online athleisure business appealed to them—and literally was walking right in front of them.
Dennis Grantz, teaching artist for the Intro to Photography and Advanced Photography studios at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology. Photo by Michael Buck

After Thoughts with Dennis Grantz

For WMCAT’s Dennis Grantz, teaching the arts is a labor of love.

After Thoughts with James Sofranko

The Grand Rapids Ballet welcomed accomplished dancer, choreographer and artistic entrepreneur James Sofranko as its new artistic director on July 1. In this capacity, Sofranko will be responsible for all artistic direction and planning for the GR Ballet.




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