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Slow Winter Snow

2018-02-13T10:59:18+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

It’s true. It’s cold here. And wet. And slippery. And sometimes a snowflake journeys thousands of feet from a cloud only to land right between your scarf and coat collar.  Winter is upon us. And by upon us, I mean that in every sense of the word. On our cars, on our heads, on the [...]

Southern Roots

2018-01-25T10:54:47+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

Growing up, “yes ma’am” and “no sir” were expected phrases when speaking to everyone, carbonated beverages were ALWAYS “soda”, and “y’all” was the only proper way to address a group of people. I was born and raised in Michigan, but the two biggest influences in my life were southerners. My parents grew up in the [...]

Discovering a Reason to Get Up Early

2017-12-05T14:44:05+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

We often speak with people living in places like California, Arizona, and Florida that cite West Michigan's winter as the first objection to relocating to the area. But the truth is, every state has an "indoor" season. In Arizona, you spend the summer going from air conditioned house, to your (remote started) air conditioned car, [...]

A Midwest Cajun Palate

2017-12-05T14:42:55+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

While I consider myself a West Michigan native, my parents certainly are not. They spent their childhoods and a good part of their young adult life down south in Louisiana. So, even though I may have grown up in the north, there was certainly a constant Southern influence in the house. The South is well known for its hospitality and it’s hard to be a great host without serving great food. Anyone who [...]

Mel Trotter Ministries

2017-11-06T14:37:37+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

As all of my friends went back home this summer, I found myself alone in a city I didn’t know and looking for something to do. I’ve always enjoyed volunteer work, and I thought it would be a great way to meet people and get involved in the community I would now be calling home. [...]

Not in Kansas Anymore?

2017-10-16T13:03:05+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

Growing up in West Michigan is quite the experience; you could get a completely different perspective from 10 people that grew up 30 minutes apart. For me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think about growing up here is my small hometown, Stevensville, and the outdoors. Whether it be long walks, days [...]

Dancing Away Stress at Tuesday Night Swing

2017-09-25T15:13:03+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

The first time I found myself at Tuesday Swing Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle was during the afterglow at West Michigan Intern Connect, a networking requirement of my summer internship; and the first experience hooked me. It was certainly nerve wracking to stand at the edge of Rosa Parks Circle, in the middle of downtown, surrounded by people, many of [...]

My New Breakfast Spot

2017-09-19T10:06:02+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

Wolfgang’s. For many Grand Rapidians, a necessary pilgrimage. Among students, the restaurant enjoys mythical status as the place you can get a $4 early bird special, that is, if you can peel yourself out of bed in time. It’s common for little herds of Calvin students make the pilgrimage together, emerging from dormitories into the [...]

Essential Service Award

2017-11-27T12:20:03+00:00 Blog|

The Essential Service award seeks to recognize the important role of service workers in our community and the role they play in our economy. Without these people who faithfully fulfill necessary roles, our economy would suffer greatly. Award recipients will be recognized at a special Economic Club meeting in January and is sponsored by Michigan [...]

Summer Intern Housing Community

2016-01-04T14:59:50+00:00 Blog|

Congratulations! You’ve accepted your internship offer from a West Michigan company and you’re ready to dip your toes into the water of professional life. But wait, before you can put on your new suit and head into the office, you need to answer the big question: “Where am I going to live?” Several area colleges [...]