• Erica Lang: An outfitter that fits right in

    Erica Lang: An outfitter that fits right in

    Erica Lang’s motives are clear: Everyone knows what it feels like to be left out. She wants to cultivate the exact opposite.Years ago, Lang founded Woosah Outfitters, an art and clothing store specializing in handcrafted woodcut prints. It became so successful, she relocated the business to Wealthy Street and used a grassroots approach to bring the community together around revitalizing the corner with the shop, creating a lot of buzz. Read More
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  • Not Too Much of a Good Thing: Meeting alcohol in the middle Not Too Much of a Good Thing: Meeting alcohol in the middle

    Prohibition — “the noble experiment” — was a complete, counterintuitive failure. The hooch got dirtier, the crime messier, the consumption higher. Even Congress, the arbiters of such bogus legislation, had their own bootlegger, “The Man in the Green Hat”, who snuck whiskey, moonshine, scotch and more to members of office. Surprise, it didn’t stick.

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  • Every Day Has Its Dog: Where to satisfy your hot dog cravings without lowering standards Every Day Has Its Dog: Where to satisfy your hot dog cravings without lowering standards

    For whatever reason, the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog decided his favorite food of all time would be chili dogs. He seemed to subsist on nothing but the stuff, which I have to blame for my young self’s constant craving for hot dogs. Strangely, watching Popeye eat spinach didn’t have quite the same effect.

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  • Riding the Wave: Perrin’s Clear Coast signals a rising swell for craft hard seltzers Riding the Wave: Perrin’s Clear Coast signals a rising swell for craft hard seltzers

    To pour a glass of Perrin Brewing Co.’s Clear Coast is to perform a mind trick. Apart from the microscopic bubbles popping in and out of existence, the seltzer looks more like water than water. And yet it does water one better, with a secret ingredient: alcohol. This here’s LaCroix gone wild.

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  • Skip or Sip: Local alternatives to macro swill Skip or Sip: Local alternatives to macro swill

    Cracking open a Bud Light bottle is a lot like stepping into a pair of old slippers. They’re comfy and familiar, but kind of stink. You wouldn’t bring them out around company. While domestics serve their purpose, microbreweries have improved upon cheap beer’s blueprints, creating remarkable beers that are still light, approachable and affordable. That said, they’re not always easy to find. When the wall of craft beer towers like the library of Babel, it can feel like a safer bet to grab that six-pack of Blue Moon. Old habits die hard, but here are some suggestions from around Michigan to ease the transition from macro to micro.

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  • Bands to Watch in 2019 Bands to Watch in 2019

    With 2018 behind us, it’s time for a fresh start. West Michigan is full of musicians to watch, whether they’re just beginning their careers or planning to take it to another level in 2019. Here’s our guide for acts to keep an eye — and ear — on in the coming year. 

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