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In March of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic came along and knocked our crystal ball to the ground like a cat with a vase.

The ball shattered, leaving us to our own devices. We were making predictions that are laughable now. “All this will blow over soon,” ... “The pandemic will be gone in two weeks,” ... “Probably close to zero new cases in US by end of April.” These were the ravings of madmen — sailors adrift at sea on a starless night. 

Well, we’re headed into 2022 and the pandemic isn’t exactly over, but the good news is, we have vaccines available to all who want them, and life is returning to a certain kind of normalcy.

New businesses are opening, others are expanding, and some are back from the dead. Plus, arts groups are back onstage, enjoying the feedback of a live crowd.

With all that in mind, we decided to look back into the crystal ball this issue, asking local businesses and arts groups what they see in store for the year ahead. Obviously, no one has a perfect view of the future, but we’re feeling confident that these businesses can achieve everything they put their mind to in 2022.

Speaking of new and returning businesses, we take a look at K-ROK and Creston Brewery, two spots we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time. We’re also getting back to touring music, so check out our interview with violin sensation and absolute star Lindsey Stirling, who put on one of the best shows of my life in a small Lansing venue years ago. Now, she’s playing Van Andel Arena.

We also celebrate local music, with Top 5 Local Albums of 2021, not that it was easy to pick! Not to mention tons of holiday events and a last-minute gift guide.

As we look ahead to 2022, let’s plan on all coming together to make this the best year in a long time — whatever life throws our way.

'Til next time,

Josh Veal, Managing Editor

What's inside this month:

On the Cover: 2021 Crystal Ball

Also Inside: Last-Minute Gift Guide, Lindsey Stirling Interview, Creston Brewery, K-ROK, and more!

News: What's Going On, Biz Beat, Arts Calendar

ecember: Last-Minute Gift Guide
November: The Holiday Issue
October: The Beer Issue
September: The Arts Issue
August: The Best of the West Issue
July: The Dining & Drinking Issue
June: Summer to Re-Discover
May: Feel the Love Issue
April: Cannabis Issue
March: The Funny Issue
February: The Sweet Issue
January: 50 Things to Do in 2020


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