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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.

Station 702

Eatery, Station 702, is about more than omelets and sandwiches

Station 702 opened its doors Sept. 6 with hopes of being a place that brings three neighborhoods together. Brad Loomis talks about what its like to start a business that many hope will be a catalyst for change on the Douglas Avenue corridor. 


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.

Frozen blueberries for sale

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. 


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. 
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