When we see a show so amazing that it draws us in and makes us forget there are real people onstage, it’s so easy to not think about what performers like Isabella Abuan go through every single day to make that magical performance happen.

In a small doughnut shop in Uptown Chicago, two unlikely friends form a bond and find out not only what sets them apart, but more importantly, what they have in common.

Best of The West 2019: The Winners Issue

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:15 |

After two and a half months of voting, the fourth Best of the West has come to an end and the results are finally here.

Best of The West: Shopping Winners

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 25 July 2019 16:50 |

"Elegance is refusal.”— Coco Chanel

This simple idea couldn’t be more appropriate for this year’s shopping results. Reaching the pinnacle of fashion while editing and refining our style means saying “no” to many ideas (fast-fashion, tacky trends) and yes to a select few. If you’re seeking elegance in this town and looking for beauty that’s effective and straightforward, we can point you toward our winners list. 

Best of the West: Services & People Winners

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:54 |

Where would any of our Best of the West winners be without people? Nowhere! Businesses don’t build themselves. 

Style Notes: LIVE A LITTLE

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 26 July 2019 14:00 |

Our new favorite vintage shop teaches us how to modernize retro looks. 

Thinking Ahead: Ginza Sushi & Ramen is a delicious, intentional eatery

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 26 July 2019 13:30 |

Consciously or not, diners can sense thoughtfulness. It’s a sixth sense that plays a huge part in whether we decide to return.

Rake Beer Project: It takes a village to raise a brewery

Written by by Jack Raymond | Friday, 26 July 2019 13:00 |

Of all the towns that speckle West Michigan’s coast, Muskegon has perhaps struggled the most with cohesion. Its beaches and state parks are world-class but distanced from the city proper. Moreover, some could argue that a city proper has been lacking for a while. I remember a visit to Unruly Brewing Company a few years ago: loved it, but noticed a scarcity of surrounding places to be. While rounding the main drag’s cul-de-sac, it seemed like the city was still loading. 

Best of the West: Nightlife & Activities

Written by by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:20 |

Now here’s a category for the masses. Nightlife, maybe not so much, but activities? You can’t deny we all do stuff from time to time.

Best of The West: Cultural Arts Winners

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 26 July 2019 11:15 |

Last year, we removed the whole Cultural Arts category with the idea of doing an extended Best of the West that was JUST for arts organizations. Only flaw in the plan: We never ended up doing that. Oops! 

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