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Dark Horse Brewery Tap Room

A sustainable pint: Dark Horse Brewery adds energy efficiencies

Behind the funky trappings of the Dark Horse Brewery tap room, the cadre of bearded brewers and cellar men, and some of the best-tasting beers in mid-Michigan, a highly energy-efficient brewing process is in the making.

Farmers Market Manager, Chris Broadbent

In the Edison area, high hopes for a healthy hub

Stakeholders await "placemaking” recommendations for a pedestrian-friendly, thriving network of campuses and businesses, including an expanded Farmer’s Market, in Kalamazoo’s Edison/Washington Square neighborhood.

Stanley and Christian

The littlest entrepreneurs: Money and teachable moments

Stanley Steppes got his start in business at age 9. Now he's teaching children financial wisdom. Zinta Aistars reports. 

UIX List

Thirteen doable ideas for cities from first ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last week, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities.

Mural Mall

Three Rivers builds its downtown with Main Street initiative

Business owners say a new energy in downtown Three Rivers is just one of the benefits of being part of the Michigan Main Street Program.

Inge's Place

Battle Creek's co-work space helps fledgling businesses grow

The tiniest businesses are finding a place to find their niche in co-working space in downtown Battle Creek. As they grown room for more businesses will grow, too.

Sarah Reding talks about  Urban Nature Park plan

Green between the tracks: An Urban Nature Park

Turning brownfield to green space is the point behind the Urban Nature Park now being created in downtown Kalamazoo.

Mitch "Poet like Poe" Burns and Marcel "Fable" Price open show

At Put Up or Shut Up the crowd pays attention

When two poets decide that an audience at open mic should give an artist more respect, they came up with a way to make that happen. In Kalamazoo, they call it Put Up or Shut Up. 

Totem at Jackson St, Battle creek

ArtSensical finds ways to paint the town and create colorfully

Used tires reborn as whimsical art work is just one of the projects ArtSensical has going around the region. Jane Parikh talks with the organizers to find out about art for all the senses going up in public places.

TCBC Hard Cider

Hard cider business is one way this family farm keeps changing

Diversity at Schultz Fruitridge Farm means more than 20 varieties of apples, grapes, peaches, asparagus, and more. Bill Schultz talks about the latest innovation for the farm: turning its apples into hard cider. 

Divine Whiskey

Craft distilleries in Southwest Michigan abuzz with creative spirit

You've heard about the craft beer boom. But have you kept up on local distillers? Jeremy Martin talks to those behind the explosion in the world of spirits.

Roosevelt Park

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Homer Stryker MD, School of Medicine

Med school will help address shortage of physicians

The new Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine has given the school a chance to create the curriculum of the future. Jane Parikh reports on what's ahead for the school. 


Second chances for the two- and four-legged

Dogs that no one wants are getting a second chance when they are trained by incarcerated inmates at Lakeland Correctional Facility. The trainers teach dogs what they need to know to find a home. 

Past contest winner Geoff Groff

Past home brew competition winner gives advice to budding brewers

A past winner of Bell's Brewery Home Brew Competition tells what worked for him. Jeremy Martin has the story.
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