By now, you’ve probably noticed this issue of Grand Rapids Magazine looks a bit different. These changes have been in the works for the past year, and I am so excited to finally share them with you. From our newly designed logo to updated content, the Grand Rapids Magazine team has worked hard to bring our readers a vibrant magazine that will encourage you to get out and enjoy the city.

We’ve updated our content to focus on the people and places making Grand Rapids unique; we’ve added an interior design focus, style and gear suggestions, and tips from experts on a range of topics; and we’ve expanded our food and drink coverage to try and capture more of the restaurants, breweries, distilleries and coffee shops popping up across the city.

In this issue, you will find interviews with “The Puberty Lady,” aka Wendy Sellers, a nurse who helps kids begin to understand the changes their bodies are going through as pre-teens and teens. She shares advice to help parents have those tricky conversations. We also talked with master pastry chef Gilles Renusson, of GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education, who was recently awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit from the French government.

Our stylist has scoured the shelves of local boutiques to bring you tweed-inspired looks, and we have suggestions on how to simplify your space after the chaotic holiday season. Set the stage for a serene start to the new year.

We visited Morning Belle, the new breakfast and lunch spot on East Beltline, and sampled its menu, and we visited Leon & Son, a new wine shop located in the Uptown neighborhood.

Beyond all the changes, this issue is particularly exciting because it’s our annual Best of Grand Rapids issue. Every year, we ask our readers to weigh in on what makes Grand Rapids great. Thousands of votes later, we present you with the results in over 100 categories, from where to find the best fries (HopCat) and which restaurant has the best vegan/vegetarian menu (Brick Road Pizza) to your favorite meteorologist (our cover star Bill Steffen) and the best place to score men’s clothing (Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store) and so much more.

We hope you enjoy the changes we’ve made to Grand Rapids Magazine!

Happy New Year!

Charlsie Dewey
Managing Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine

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