Kim Collins: Brewing up a lasting impact

Written by Danata Paulino | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:20 |
Q&A

Although her journey did not begin in the state, Kim Collins found a place to call home here in West Michigan. Taking the parts of her life she loved, she turned them into passions and followed through on making her dream job a reality.

Ace Marasigan: Building and building with friends and family

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:17 |
Q&A

When Ace Marasigan moved here from the Philippines at age 16, he brought some of home with him, but even more so when he founded the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival. 

Jenny Kinne: From part-time employee to store owner

Written by Kelly Brown | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:14 |
Q&A

Jenny Kinne, the new owner of Cherry Street’s beloved independent bookstore Books & Mortar, started her career selling books out of her parents’ basement and exchanging her favorite paperbacks for Monopoly money. A series of professional adventures, mostly focused on nonprofit development and public policy, led her to Fountain Street Church, Planned Parenthood, Michigan League for Public Policy and eventually life as a business owner. Her love for public policy and community activism is what eventually sparked her passion for owning a progressive, independent bookstore. 

Jack Woller: Leading from behind the scenes

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:11 |
Q&A

As a secular humanist, Jack Woller never saw himself working for a church, much less serving as the executive director. But after life in the world of sports retail left him feeling unfulfilled, Woller went on a journey that ultimately led to Fountain Street Church, volunteering in the community and working at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum along the way.

Erica Lang: An outfitter that fits right in

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:07 |
Q&A

Erica Lang’s motives are clear: Everyone knows what it feels like to be left out. She wants to cultivate the exact opposite.

Neverending Laughs: The Comedy Project is bringing a fresh comedy experience

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:46 |

A brand new comedy venue is opening its doors this month to showcase some of the best talent in Grand Rapids, as well as provide education to up-and-coming comics and performers. 

Home Away From Home: How Michigan House is rewriting our national narrative

Written by Michaela Stock | Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:38 |

Reputation has it that if artists are not living in New York, Nashville or L.A., they’ll have a difficult time “making it” to a national platform. Ted Velie is rewriting that narrative as one of three co-founders of Michigan House, a pop-up event space for Michigan artists.

Sex education in school has long been an awkward affair. 

Boys and girls sit in separate classrooms watching videos about the reproductive system, maybe getting handouts of free deodorant or tampons. Throw in a lesson that abstinence is the safest form of sex, and that’s often the extent of it.

Potshots: March 2019

Written by Andy Balaskovitz | Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:10 |

 A monthly roundup of marijuana news and notes.

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