We all have our summer mainstays — our favorite beaches, campgrounds and festivals — but there’s nothing like trying something new to create lasting memories. And until you make new friends, it can be difficult to find that “something new.” Well don’t worry, because we’re your friends now. Our writers have hand-picked some of our favorite hidden gems and perennial favorites for you to enjoy. Make it your goal to give even one (or two, or five) a try before summer disappears.
The farmers’ market was locavore and farm-to-table before those buzz terms existed. An idea as old as civilization itself, outdoor markets full of locally harvested produce and goods have always functioned as a social glue, where families can meet the people responsible for getting food onto their tables.
The holidays are over and your schedule is clear — cue the search for hip ideas and happy and fresh feelings for your wedding. There’s so many ways to go about it, so we asked Heyday Lab, a local wedding planning service, about what’s chic and what will make this day perfectly you.
There’s no need to take the same boring walk around the block for the umpteenth time, forcing your pup to smell the same mailboxes over and over, considering West Michigan is stacked with dog-friendly areas.
It’s time to expand your pet’s world. Get out there and explore!
Jennifer Waters was born and raised in West Michigan, went on to get a journalism degree from Michigan State University and spent time on the East Coast and in Chicago. However, 13 years ago, she moved back to West Michigan and by 2011 found her true passion in life: pet photography. Her company, Grumpy Pups Pet Photography, recently rebranded with a new name — Happy Dog Mom — and she is busy as ever, taking super-cute portraits and snapping shots for the Detroit Dog Rescue and at events like the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelter days.
For those looking for a unique new addition to the family, there are many (legal) exotic pets available locally — including birds, rabbits, reptiles, arachnids, rodents and more.
If you’re a dog owner reading this, we’re guessing you consider your pup to be a valued member of your family. So why not treat your furry friend to the finer things in life like a day at the spa, a personalized photo shoot with a professional pet photographer or a stay at a luxury boarding facility?
Each year, a staggering 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States simply because their time ran out — they were never adopted from the shelter.
We asked three local chefs to share their easy, go-to recipes to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. Throw on an apron and pretend you’re starring in your own cooking show, because kids, we do want you to try this at home.
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