Zeal Aerial Fitness gives Grand Rapids a Place to Fly In 2018, Christina VanDam started Zeal Aerial Fitness to give people a place to fly in Grand Rapids. The unique fitness studio houses all of the aerial arts –aerial hoop, aerial silks and pole– under one roof and welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to … Read more

Los Amigos Mexican Grill: A Cultural Education through Food Ana Olson describes owning a business as “creating the world around you.” As the owner of Los Amigos Mexican Bar and Grill, Olson’s world is rich with the flavors and culture of Mexico and a reverence for life in America through the eyes of an immigrant. … Read more

Turning the Dial on Justice: South East Market Alita Kelly is forging a new path in business, one that is hyper mission-centric and demonstrates the powerful impact small businesses can have on their communities. Kelly, along with her business partner Khara DeWit, opened South East Market in January. The market is tucked into the corner … Read more

Cimone Casson Gets in Front of the Green Rush Cimone Casson is a leading player in one of the most quickly growing industries in the state of Michigan: marijuana. Casson is the founder and owner of Cannas Capital, an insurance agency specializing in the cannabis industry and the craft beer industry. This isn’t her first … Read more

Basic Bee Boutique Serves Up Style for a Young Urban Demographic For Renise Warners, her business is an extension of herself. “All of the pieces of my brand represent me,” she said. “It’s my vision– everything reflects a part of me.” Warners is the owner of Basic Bee Boutique, where she sells a curated collection … Read more

Robert Gillum

Robert Gillum knows his way around the kitchen — he’s worked in food service since he was 13 years old. “I tried to do other jobs,” he laughed. “But I always came back to cooking.” He developed a special love for barbeque and spent years entering competitions, perfecting his technique and flavors. As Gillum came … Read more

According to Dana Precious’s son, her downtown Muskegon grocery store is, “like industrial Muskegon had a love child with funky L.A.” The “little hometown grocery store” carries local produce, organic products, craft beer and wine, food to go, fresh meat, deli, and toiletries and hosts special events like wine and beer tastings. Precious is a … Read more

Manning’s Hometown BBQ is more than mouthwatering food that customers rave about; for owner Derek Manning, it’s a legacy. “I want to leave something for my kids,” the father of three expressed. “That’s important to me.” Manning’s mother passed away when he was just 4-years-old. He is inspired by memories of his father working hard … Read more

“Bling Queen” Ozetta Aaron Keeps a Family Tradition Alive For Ozetta Aaron, her business is a family affair. A fourth-generation seamstress, Aaron inherited Bessie’s Alterations from her mother, who started the business in 1985. “Sewing has always been in my family,” Aaron expressed. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I love seeing people happy … Read more