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Feature Story On the Ground Battle Creek Cask and Kettle

Coffee and alcohol, a winning combination for startup

A business that creates a K-POD that becomes a hot drink with alcohol has been growing in Battle Creek since it launched in 2018. Now Cask & Kettle is selling 600,000 K-PODS annually and is closing in this year on just over $1 million in annual sales.

The path forward: How telehealth continues to provide care for underserved Americans

The COVID-19 outbreak brought telehealth to the forefront, but a report by the Brookings Governance Studies shows us that the demand for virtual health services is not going away. If anything, the need will continue to grow.

Feature Story Passengers board a trolley to take a tour of Muskegon.

Michigan ports welcome new era in Great Lakes cruising

Small coastal towns in the Upper and Lower peninsulas embrace the return of cruise ships, delighting passengers from all over.  

Feature Story The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative, which began in 2018, is a project of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and is responsible for the commissioning and development of 10 monumental works of public art in the Muskegon area.

MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative bringing ‘monumental works’ to city

The latest public art project, One Drop, honors the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce and is about “how individual efforts when combined become major triumphs.”

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Charms of rural Michigan lure local back from across the pond

Though he learned much from his time living in England, Guy Stickler is grateful to be back raising his family in rural Millbrook Township and working as a Survey Project Manager for Rowe PSC in Mt. Pleasant.  

Feature Story Gougeon, Kornoely, and Jackson are excited to be the newest Crumbl franchisees.

Let's get ready to Crumbl, Mt. Pleasant: New cookie franchise to open later this fall

Look out, Mt. Pleasant - the Crumbl Cookie craze is coming to town! With the closest store currently in Novi, this sweet treat is moving a whole lot closer to those in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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Blending art and history in the Upper Peninsula

Small-city Ironwood is home to a slew of summer arts activities, everything from art fairs to film festivals to Broadway shows. 

Feature Story St. Julian Winery's tasting room in Paw Paw.

Wine runs generations deep in this family

Fourth-generation takes the helm of Michigan's oldest winery.

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Lavender farms bloom across rural Michigan

Michigan might not be on the scale of Provence, but lavender farms are increasingly becoming part of our landscape. The farms are beautiful, offering tourists lavender products and peaceful settings. 

Longform The Newton of Ypsilanti.

New owners of historic Ypsi home plan a B&B and culinary community hub

The owners of a new bed and breakfast called The Newton of Ypsilanti are highlighting the structure's unique history while also seeking to grow connections with the Ypsilanti community of today.

An Ingham County community gets its senior center

The long-awaited senior center opens in Stockbridge, the culmination of years of effort by community groups. 

Feature Story Jon believes the cows have a high quality of life on his farm. While they do receive veterinary care for any injuries, they don’t deal with sickness.

Where’s your beef from? Learn about how JNelson Farms raises their grass-fed cattle

Tucked in the countryside outside of Midland, Jon Nelson of JNelson Farms raises grass-fed cattle. Besides offering quality beef, Jon enjoys educating the community about farming and believes farmers should be transparent about their practices.

Feature Story View of Broadway Avenue in Muskegon Heights after the renovation of the Strand Theater property and Rowan Park.

Muskegon Heights park could be anchor for community with prosperity grant

The "Reaching NEW Muskegon Heights" project will include a splash pad, restrooms, fountain, and a promenade.

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Ludington State Park: Recreation for everyone

Advocates work to make northern Michigan's Ludington State Park accessible to people of all abilities and ages. 

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How this Michigan county maps a plan for better broadband

After years of study, Leelanau County has plan in place to improve broadband service and provide most households with internet access.  

Feature Story Lizzie Dilg has served as the executive director since March of 2022.

Seeing what Mt. Pleasant offers beyond the college experience proves crucial for talent retention

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum Executive Director Lizzie Dilg credits Central Michigan University's Nonprofit Program and Isabella County's robust nonprofit sector for influencing her decision to remain in the area after graduation.

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Niche sports help put rural towns on the map

Small towns in rural Michigan have transformed single-day events like bike racing and ice climbing into branding campaigns, luring athletes and visitors to their communities year round.

Feature Story The Chinook Pier Food Truck Park officially launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29. (City of Grand Haven)

Grand Haven creates waterfront gathering spot with food trucks

Grand Haven has turned a grassy patch along its waterfront into a destination with the new Chinook Pier Food Truck Park.  

Feature Story Each room at CityFlatsHotel — Port Huron is uniquely designed.

Experience the Blue Water Area at downtown Port Huron’s newest hotel

Overlooking the Black River at its waterfront location on the corner of Water and Military Street, Port Huron’s newest hotel offers visitors the opportunity to stay right in the heart of downtown with close proximity to all the Blue Water Area has to offer.

Feature Story View of the Sturgeon River Gorge from the top of Silver Mountain.

Almost heaven: Silver MountainNature Conservancy in Michigan helps preserve unique tract

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan transfers the last parcel on Silver Mountain to the U.S. Forest Service, ensuring preservation of an usual tract and adding to the recreational opportunities in the Upper Peninsula.