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The welcome mat is out in Michigan tourist towns

Michigan officials are predicting an uptick in tourism this summer, and small towns across the state are bracing for the crowds.

Longform On The Ground Calhoun County Crafting Retreats

A love for crafting becomes a retreat center business enterprise for women in Calhoun County

Running crafting retreat centers is a business where people are making memories together. Katrina Asselin, owner of Riverside Retreats in Marshall and Kim Hall manager of  Creekside Crafting Retreats in Emmett Township have found their niche.

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In Chelsea, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals

The Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea is back in the spotlight with the publication of a children's picture book about rescued farm animals. 

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Searching for solutions to seasonal housing woes

The help wanted signs are out every summer in Michigan's tourist towns, but it's not only the lack of seasonal workers hindering hospitality. The lack of housing for seasonal workers is making the situation worse. 

Feature Story An exhibit inside Art 634 in Jackson.

Jackson's community art hub: Art 634

The creative community in Jackson has transformed a 19th-century warehouse into a hub for artists of all sorts and a community cultural center.  

Feature Story On the Ground Calhoun County Kim Langridge

Marshall native hits the jackpot by scripting funny Michigan lottery advertisements

Kim Langridge has hit the jackpot even though she’s never won the Michigan Lottery. Langridge, who was born and raised in Marshall and continues to make her home there, creates the majority of the radio spots for the state’s lottery, in addition to writing copy for television commercials promoting it.

Feature Story Sarah Sass

Muskegon professionals find success, happiness close to home

Why are professionals choosing to live in Muskegon? Lake Michigan beaches, bike trails, great restaurants, and an inclusive community, they say.

Feature Story Residents can purchase composting bags for $5 for one bag or $12 for three bags.

Ottawa County launches food composting program

Ottawa County’s new food composting program is the only local public health-led residential composting program of its kind in West Michigan.

Longform Otsego's art garden provides green space and a showcase for local artists.

Michigan downtowns explode with art, a magnet to visitors

Communities across Michigan are embracing all kinds of art -- everything from murals to gardens -- to help create a sense of place, inspire artists and add vibrancy to their downtowns. 

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Bay City Water Works building inspires dreams. Now, it needs to inspire developers.

Dreamers can see a bright future for the former Bay City Water Works Building. Now, the team marketing the empty building need to find the right developer to bring dreams to life.

Feature Story Among the many products being produced by Sister Bees.

Sister Bees is creating a buzz in Ludington

Two sisters in west Michigan have turned a honey hobby into a thriving business, producing lip balm and other skin care products from beeswax. 

Feature Story Clifton and Lindsey Jackson, owners of Port Huron Nutrition

Port Huron Nutrition: New downtown business offering a healthy lifestyle alternative

Port Huron Nutrition is one of the newest additions to downtown Port Huron offering health-focused products to the local community. 

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The freshest catch of the day lures customers to Bay Port Fish Co.

Family-owned Bay Port Fish Co. has grown from a one-person operation in 1978 to a thriving business that provides fish to individual consumers, grocery stores, and restaurants.  

Feature Story The team at Little Bay Boards.

Little Bay Boards makes a splash in Michigan and beyond

A daughter's request for a paddleboard taps her father's artistic abilities and inspires a  full-fledged, environmentally friendly business in Petoskey.   

Feature Story The city of Holland hosted an open house to display ideas gathered from public input for an ice rink at its downtown park, Window on the Waterfront.

From one man's dream to a city's vision: Ice rink proposal for downtown Holland taking shape

What began as one man's vision has taken on the hopes of hundreds as the city of Holland sought out public input for a proposed ice rink near the city's downtown. Retired school teacher Frank Kraai donated the $1 million in seed money, but more will be needed to fully realize the dream. Next comes fundraising. 

Feature Story Owners of Sleepy Dog Books Riley and Jennifer Justis curate the selection of the bookstore with the community's interests in books that they would like to read.

Sleepy Dog Books prepares for grand opening in downtown Mt. Pleasant

Riley and Jennifer Justis of Sleepy Dog Books prepare for the bookstore’s grand opening on May 6, becoming downtown Mt. Pleasant’s first bookstore.

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Hidalgo Entertainment turns a worship hall into an event venue, and is ready to grow again

Local entertainment veteran Frank Hidalgo has expanded his business to include a hall, a state-of-the-art LED dance floor, and a soon-to-be-available outdoor venue.  

Feature Story The MI New Favorite Snack contest comes to Port Huron this September.

Q&A: Jon Holden wants to turn Port Huron into the “Snack Startup Capital of the World”

“We want to turn Port Huron into the ‘Snack Startup Capital of the World,’ where emerging companies say, ‘That’s where I want to be.’ And where we draw buyers from the grocery and convenience stores from all over and right here to Port Huron,” says Jon Holden, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for All Star Services.

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Hospital CEOs: Time to retool rural health care is now

What's on the minds of hospital CEOs in rural Michigan. Plenty. Recruitment and staff retention are top of list. And then there are concerns about cyber threats, aging infrastructure and the financial model for health care.