Vision and determination keep Flint clothing designer on the Grind

Vision and determination keep Flint clothing designer on the Grind

A life-changing sports injury felt like the end to Destin Julian. A high school athlete, he envisioned a future for himself that involved a competitive college playing career. But a severe concussion he suffered on the football field left his hopes dashed. As if the disappointment wasn’t enough, he had no real direction for channeling […]

City needs residents’ help completing water line replacements ahead of schedule

City needs residents’ help completing water line replacements ahead of schedule

In its ongoing efforts to ensure a safe water supply in every home, the City of Flint wants to make certain no residents are overlooked. Following Mayor Karen Weaver’s recent announcement that service line replacements are being performed at a pace ahead of projected completion, residents and landlords with active city water accounts are reminded […]

Community dialogue concludes that building a city for everyone must begin with inclusion

Community dialogue concludes that building a city for everyone must begin with inclusion

Making sure that everyone is included in opportunities might be the biggest challenge created by capital investments in Flint. And that was the primary topic of discussion last weeks “Aspire to Transform: The Power of Older Industrial Cities” event. The forum was sponsored by C.S. Mott Foundation and the University of Michigan-Flint’s EDA University Center […]

A greener guide to gift-giving and holiday get-togethers

A greener guide to gift-giving and holiday get-togethers

A greener outlook to the holiday season doesn’t boil down to who brings salad to the pot luck. As a matter of fact, with a fast-growing market of vegetarians and vegan food consumers throughout the country, meals designed around plates that will contain plant-based dishes aren’t as rare as they were during celebrations past. Whether […]

Flint Trading Co. forges stories of the community through custom designs

Flint Trading Co. forges stories of the community through custom designs

Aaron Bigler was searching for the perfect groomsmens’ gifts before his wedding to Ashley Kassuba, but he wanted the gifts to reflect his roots in the community. “I wanted something that was, at least, made locally, that would maybe have some amount of local materials,” says Bigler. “I wanted something that represented my upbringing and […]

Local entrepreneur says style points are in the bag

Local entrepreneur says style points are in the bag

Natural flair led Tonya King to fill a niche in local fashion. As a teenager she went to modeling school and had some early experience participating in showcases, but personal taste is what paved the way for her career as a business owner. It started with a handbag she bought in the Lansing area. “I […]