A new local magazine devoted to professional and influential women is ready to make its print debut. 'West Michigan Woman' celebrated its soft launch online in January and will begin mailing issues to subscribers in August. Every other month, the publication will cover topics related to wellness, careers, family, style, finance and more, as well as profiling a prominent local woman in each issue.
The idea is the brainchild of Grand Rapids-based Serendipity Media, LLC, a company that has focused on printing national magazines for the last ten years. "We do national tourism publications, association work, and specialty publications. The one thing we hadn’t done was a local magazine," said Serendipity publisher Kasie Smith. "Women today are empowered by connecting with other like-minded women, but often connecting with them is the challenge. The goal of West Michigan Woman magazine is to be a publication that provides local, timely, and relevant content to professional and influential women in our community, and include personal stories from other women in West Michigan."
Grand Rapids' historic Heritage Hill Neighborhood will soon welcome a new bed and breakfast, The Lafayette House. Located on Lafayette NE between Fountain and Lyon, owners Skyelar & Todd Hoort hope to complete renovations and open the 138 year-old home at the beginning of October.
The home has a varied past, one that directly crosses paths with owner Todd. Originally constructed by lumber baron Emmon Ware for his family, the building eventually became a parsonage for the Park Congregational Church in the 1890s. In 1910, it was sold to Edward Frick, vice-president of Judson's Groceries that was headquartered in the building now occupied by The B.O.B. (and inspired the name for Judson's Steak House). By the time Todd's parents purchased the home that he grew up in the 1970's, it had been divided into apartments for nearly 40 years. After moving away to attend college, Todd and his new bride Skyelar moved back in May with the dream of transforming it into a bed & breakfast.
The Urban Renaissance Group of Grand Rapids is a real estate development firm that plans to change the landscape of Eastown by rethinking the use of space and what it means to be an entrepreneur through the launch of Intermodal.
Nicolas Mika is leading The Intermodal Project that plans to transform vacant urban spaces into a semi-permanent market through the use of large Intermodal shipping containers from Chicago. “We want to develop a vibrant street food culture in Grand Rapids. Cities such as Austin and Portland are great examples of the culture we are trying to create,” says Nick.
Picnic Pops returns to Cannonsburg this week, plus WSNX hosts Party in the Park, The Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race is back, Fiona Apple visits Meijer Gardens, Circle Theatre presents 'Hair' and Lowell and Sparta host annual festivals.