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Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Angie Schuyler of Recipro City

All the merchandise is free at Recipro City

What if the most important person in our society was the person who gave the most? Angie Schuyler can imagine a society like that and her store, Recipro City, is a model for the gift economy.

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Joe's Blues takes blueberry farming to the next level

Michigan is the number one state in highbush blueberry production with growers producing over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year. For the small farmer it takes a lot of good ideas to be competitive. Joe Corrado and his father, Frank, have a lot of good ideas. 

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Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of how Michigan will get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

Jake’s Vanilla Bean Porter made by Paw Paw Brewing Company

More coffee and beers are coming in the same glass

Who knew? Turns out the flavors of coffee and beer can be complementary. Jeremy Martin reports local brewers and roasters are getting together to bring out the best in both. 

John Tsui opening new Restaurant

Zip in and go at Ziingo

Chances are good that if you ask someone what Kalamazoo-area restaurants are their favorite, Chinn Chinn will be on that list. Its owner and chef John Tsui talks with Zinta Aistars about his career in the restaurant business and his latest venture, Ziingo. 

La Vie en Orange owner Kori Jock

Kori Jock's undies business creates a party in your pants

Blend a sassy style with lots of cheekiness, and deeply rooted personal values, especially environmental sustainability, and you have the high-energy Kori Jock's La Vie en Orange, which turns T-shirts into hand-made underwear designed to make you happy. 

Ben Hooper, left, Carol Zombro, and Brishen Miller

The Bard in the park, on wheels, with Fancy Pants

Shakespeare wrote that all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. Fancy Pants Theater want to make sure all local parks are a stage, if not the world (not yet, anyway). Zinta Aistars checks in with the principals of the theater troupe.

Borgess Health Park, Battle Creek

Borgess celebrates opening of Health Care Park in Battle Creek

On 21 acres of rolling wooded land in a park-like setting that’s close to I-94 and M-66, Borgess has opened its latest facility: Borgess Health Park. Jane Parikh finds out what it means for the community.

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Corner Records leaves the corner; returns as Satellite Records

Goodbye, Corner Records. Hello, Satellite Records. The shop at the corner of the shopping center on West Main Hill is moving closer to it customer base in the Vine Neighborhoods. 

Jacque Eatmon, Great Start Collaborative coordinator

Dream Big Start Small says 'Your child deserves pre-K'

Because it's critical to reach children as early a possible if they are to be ready for school there is a new initiative called Dream Big, Start Small. Zinta Aistars has the story.

Ben Fleckenstein, Ryan Sylvester, and Trevor Klimek

Michigan mead makers turn simple recipe into complex tastes

An ancient drink is making a modern comeback. In a state that can't get enough craft brew, Mead is finding its own niche. Michigan is now one of the top producers of the drink that depends on bees.

Dawn Soltysiak, resident artist at Khnemue Studio

Farm fresh art and artisan foods in Fennville

An art gallery and specialty grocery store in downtown Fennville, is part of the creative package that Dawn Soltysiak offers. At her farm, her kiln is solar powered and there's more space for other artists' works. Zinta Aistars has the story.

Jen Randall, President of Maestro

Jen Randall directs Maestro through period of steady growth

Maestro started out as an e-learning company and has turned into a custom software company serving the likes of Facebook and Dannon Yogurt. Jen Randall talks to Startup Grind about what that transition was like and where the company may go from here.

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Fear and loathing at Mackinac, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Policy Conference

Aspiring young leaders learn the art of the deal on Mackinac Island. 
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