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    Marc Schupan’s family is very involved in the business, from left: sons Jacob and Jordan, Marc’s wife Jeanne, Marc, daughter Shayna Schupan-Barry and son-in-law John Barry.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘THE BEST ARMY’ Don’t even try to give Marc Schupan credit for his company’s phenomenal growth and success. He won’t let you.
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    Gabriel Giron in his Kalamazoo home.

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    A Storyteller’s Next Chapter After a year of devastating losses, Gabriel Giron forges forward with passion and purpose
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    Ian Gorman at the mixing board in the recording engineer's booth of La Luna Recording and Sound.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘Sonic Mad Scientist’ Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice
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    Michelle Johnson stands on the brownfield on Kalamazoo’s east side that she and her Institute for Public Scholarship are aiming to rehabilitate and turn into a park for health and wellness.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Creating Change History is at the heart of Michelle Johnson’s work toward inclusion, equality and social justice
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    From left, First Congregational Church Pastor Nathan Dannison, KNAC Board President Dann Sytsma and First Baptist Church Pastor David Nichols talk in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, which doubles as a performing arts venue.

    © 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Saving Space Historic Kalamazoo church finds new life as a community asset
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    A row of custom-designed, colorful houses, each boasting a front porch, faces an open common area in Belle Meade.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘All About the Front Porch’ New pocket development emphasizes neighborliness
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Gabriel Giron in his Kalamazoo home.

© 2021 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

A Storyteller’s Next ChapterAfter a year of devastating losses, Gabriel Giron forges forward with passion and purpose
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Chris Killian's story, "The Father of Legal Pot," earned First Place honors for Feature Story from the Michigan Press Association.

Encore Stories, Photos Win MPA AwardsWriters, photographer recognized for outstanding work

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

Summer retreats abound in area preserves
Opening the door on favorite historic houses
Forgotten products that were once made in Kalamazoo

Good Works

Wiffle ball league is serious fun for adults
Sound therapists aim to ease stress and help bodies heal
Founder ‘argued with God’ before creating a school

Savor

Craving's Deli serves up authentic Asian foods
Former gallery owner finds the art in making chocolate
2021 to bring new craft breweries to region

Enterprise

Rescued Metals is heaven for repurposers and DIYers
Data and tech company expands during pandemic
Pandemic forces partners to ‘pivot’ to new enterprises

Arts

Students’ winning poems to hit the road again
Ian Gorman helps artists make music and find their voice
Writing and illustrating feed the soul of Nerdy Babies creator

Back Story

Executive Director, Stulberg International String Competition
Coordinator, Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo
Curator, Memories of The Upjohn Company (upjohn.net)

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