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Invasive Salad Main

Partying with pests: A community approach to fighting invasive species

Owosso nature preserve is fighting the invasive plant garlic mustard through creative events and community education--and by, well, eating all the garlic mustard they can find.

Stephanie Moore

Providing hope to families across Kalamazoo

This coming weekend marks the Annual “Ultimate Family Reunion,” a family-friendly celebration of community. Organizers tell why they're celebrating.

Tattoos by Yelena Kleshchik

Women break down the barriers in the world of ink

The tattoo industry brings in revenues of at least $2.3 billion each year. An estimated 23 percent of women have tattoos. And some of them are seeking out female tattoo artists.

Housing

Kalamazoo explores steps to build housing market

Lofts, condos, townhouses and single family homes could be an exciting part of Kalamazoo's future downtown. Polices and incentives will be needed to make it a reality.

Best Trails

The Top 10 rides on Southwest Michigan Trails

Summertime and the riding is easier on some trails than others. Second Wave's Mark Wedel takes to the bikeways for one man's opinion on the pros and cons of trails across the region. 

Principle

Kalamazoo connections create Principle Food & Drink

A team with lots of Kalamazoo connections is betting the success of Salt of the Earth can be repeated by following their principles. That's the theory behind Principle Food & Beverage. 

Wiffle

Wiffle ball is all grown up and being played in Oshtemo

Wiffle ball has come a long way since it was played in the backyard. At this level, it's really not much like that kids' game of yore. 

Family Coach

Building relationships from the ground up

Israel Flores partners with parents to help them raise children who are safe, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and in life.

Getting ready to open

Singh Cruisin Cuisine: A taste of India (and other spots) on wheels

Singh Cruisin Cuisine takes the taste of India to the customers. There's some American and Greek fare, too. Just for variety.

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Nature-based charter school to debut in Kalamazoo in 2016

Outdoor learning, integrated free play, project-based learning, an environmental science focus with on-site opportunities for outdoor labs: They are all part of what is planned for a new education opportunity for the area, Great Lakes Explorations Academy.

Pop-up bike lanes

Bicyclists give the pop up bike lane a trial

Bike riders try out a lane just for them and offer their opinions regarding the experience.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

Rafters

Rafters ready to take to the river in race for the fun of it

Unconventional watercraft will get people back on the water and probably douse them in water at the same time.

beer businesses

Craft beer industry spawns lots of little (and growing) businesses

Little businesses that support or rely on the craft brew industry are bubbling up all over.  

Peter Bowers, president WACO Aircraft Corp

Taking to the skies in style

This is the second of two stories on businesses based on historical planes in Southwest Michigan.
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