Archives: Issues

Southwest Michigan’s Magazine: Valarie Cunningham is breaking barriers to mental health care, Marshall’s True North Ice Cream delivers homemade flavors, some of them boozy, Meet Chaz Rawls — This urban farmer on Kalamazoo’s east side is working to “make the place a little better”, Dormouse Theatre: New performing arts venue provides platform for many voices, Historical Kalamazoo figures Lynn Houghton wishes she could chat with, events, poetry and much more.

Southwest Michigan’s magazine: Bio-Kleen keeps it clean and green; Adam Weiner’s LEGO obsession leads to opening a store; Jacqueline Tafoya’s mini-masterpieces on rocks; favoirte artifacts from the Michigan Maritime Museum, KSO wraps up 100th season; meet the Kalamazoo Growler’s Brian Colopy; plus events, poetry, expanded arts section and much more.

Southwest Michigan’s magazine: Clients and friends of the longtime Mattawan antique dealer and collector, Bill Lesterhouse, say he is the rarity; Serial entrepreneurs Ron and Bette Hall make the most of space; Ceramist Troy Bungart turns his talents to making tools and brushes for artists; Historian Lynn Houghton’s favorite Zhang Legacy Collections artifacts; Meet Kim Phillips who wants the new Portage Community Senior Center to be the “gold standard” plus events, poetry, expanded arts section and much more.

Southwest Michigan’s Magazine celebrating the great things, people and places found in our corner of the Mitten.

Southwest Michigan’s Magazine: WMU Professor Sue Ellen Christian and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum team up to teach media literacy; Audrey Randall plays matchmaker for aspiring entrepreneurs and franchisees; Meet Lauren Burns who is owner of Tending Tilth, she offers a woolly way to conserve the land; Farmer’s Alley comedy of ‘four badass women’ trying live their lives during The French Revolution plus expanded arts, events and much more.

Southwest Michigan’s Magazine: After their father, Brent Hook, was shot, his kids bonded to put him on the road to recovery; Refurbished Pets teams up with inmates to give dogs and the incarcerated new skills; RAD Fest Returns; Meet Lana Hoffman, she’s an entrepreneur, professional singer and fosterer of 400 cats, Events of Note, extended arts section, and so much more.

KVCC’s president L. Marshall Washington invokes his passion for community and superheros in his leadership; foster kids co-author book and build a business to help others defy the odds; how local theater companies are keeping actors and audiences safe in the era of Covid-19; meet Lia Gaggino who’s podcast is spurring conversations about kids’ mental and behavioral health; an extended arts section, events of note and much more.​

Southwest Michigan Magazine: Special Issue – Revealed Unseen Encore photos we have to share; gift guide for 2021- great ideas and items to let you give local this year; Art Council of Greater Kalamazoo celebrates those whose contributions bolster the region’s arts community; Niles couple establishes a clinic to aid roadies; meet Cara Lieurance—the WMUK announcer and community arts winner has music at her core; Enjoy our expanded Arts Section, events, poetry and much more.

Cannabis Country pot cultivation is budding in SW Michiganl local company creates dreamy sleepover parties for kids and adults; charcuterie is taking meat and cheese platters to a whole new level; Chris Moore raises a glass to ‘breweriana’ artifacts; the Civic’s Mike Artis, the new director of volunteers, is no stranger to the stage; the Arts Section spotlights greater Kalamazoo’s arts community, events, poetry and lots more.

WMed’s Paula Termuhlen is the new leader who is committed to diversity and skilled at building it; discover Kalamazoo’s Newcomers Club which has connected women for 80 years; local brewers are growing, expanding to new locations, Unearth history and mystery at local cemeteries; meet Rodger Parzyck who has been saving and salvaging old architectural materials for three decades and much more; check out our new Arts section spotlighting greater Kalamazoo’s arts community.

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