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.

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.

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