If the vinyl sales boom hadn’t pulled Vertigo Music out of dire straits amid the MP3 uprising, Vertigo Music store manager Herm Baker would’ve found another solution to keep the store afloat. Failure is not an option for this music-shop veteran.
Valentine's Day is just a sad reminder of what you already know. You're single, solo, alone, unattached. Basically a lone ranger in a sea of lovey dovey. But it doesn't have to be that way. Sure, businesses are ready for the influx of couples wanting to outdo each other in the romance category. And then there are some places that give you the perfect opportunity to flaunt your solo status.
If your heart isn’t the only thing throbbing for your lover, explore these lust-worthy rendezvous perfect for the hands-on couple who can’t get enough of each other. Intertwine your limbs, swing those glued-together hips and even discover scintillating new activities behind closed doors.
When you’re in love, you’re so blissed out you could miss work for days or leave the house without pants. You live off that mushy, gushy stuff. When you’ve got big red hearts for eyes, go big or go home (alone) with lovey-dovey stuff that makes onlookers gag.
The holidays can be overwhelming. The parties, the constant food coma, the music — OH GOD, THE MUSIC! — the mall — OH GOD, THE MALL! — and finding gifts for what seems to be the pickiest people you have ever met. Think outside of the gift box and take them to a local event, restaurant, bar or whatever fits their taste.
From a $300,000 upgrade to the DeVos Performance Hall to arts institutes that are using technology to connect with the public, it's no mystery: West Michigan wants more of the arts. We highlight it all in our annual Arts Issue.
Oh, West Michigan. You’re so conservative and proper. Except the times when you’re not, which are becoming more and more frequent. West Michigan cities like Holland and Grand Haven may seem conservative on the outside, but they’ve got their vices.
I still remember when I bought my first vinyl. I was at a show at the old Strutt in Kalamazoo (RIP), and the album came with a free CD, so I figured what the hell? Little did I know that dropping the needle onto the record's grooves would prove to be my first step on the road to becoming obsessed with vinyl. Sure, I realize streaming from Spotify may be the easy route, but purchasing vinyl has far more benefits.
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