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READERS' CHOICE AWARDS + Stylish Gifts That Give Back The Power of Walking When Your Professional Dreams Change Holiday Party Pickups Published by Serendipity Media, LLC Volume 11, Issue 3


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VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 3 www.westmichiganwoman.com PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER Kasie Smith

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LE T TER + ONLI NE SP OTLIGHT S TYLE

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Stylish Gifts That Give Back

WE LLNE SS

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The Power of Walking

HOME

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Can Houseplants Help Fight the Winter Blues?

R ELATI ONSH I PS

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Navigating Dating with STIs: Ending the Stigma

CAREER

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When Your Professional Dreams Change

F O O D + D RI NK

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Holiday Party Pickups

F I NANC I AL

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Thinking of Investing in Real Estate? Here's What You Need to Know

Q &A

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LETTER

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As we close out 2022, it’s a time of reflection for most—us here at West

Michigan Woman included. As we’re wrapping up celebrating the 10th anniversary of the publication, I wanted to share with you a list of 10 things I’m most thankful

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for over the last 10 years of West Michigan Woman . 1. Readers. I’m thankful for each and every one of you who engage with our

content and provide feedback on topics you’d like to see. You are the heartbeat of our community and without you we wouldn’t exist. 2. Advertisers and sponsors. I will forever be grateful for the businesses who support the publication by advertising. These advertising dollars make the publication free of charge to our readers, allowing us to reach a greater audience. 3. Cover profiles. Thank you to the inspiring, dynamic and talented women

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who have graced our cover. Our community has learned and grown from you sharing your incredible stories with us. 4. Contributing writers. Our goal has and always will be to include a variety of voices and perspectives in the pages of the magazine. Our contributing writers have done just that. Their talent, expertise and commitment to content is unmatched! 5. Printer. As we all know, COVID has affected all aspects of life, including

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our printer. As a result, having access to paper to print the magazine on became scarce. You may have noticed the paper quality vary in the last couple years, but that was what they could get, and we took it. Through it all, we’re proud that the magazine never stopped being printed and delivered to our readers’ mailboxes. 6. Local event venues. Since the publication began, we’ve hosted events to engage our readers in person—Wine & Wig, Golf Outings, Wine Downs, Ladies

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Pint Out, and the Brilliance Awards. These events have been hosted all over our community, allowing us to be part of so many local businesses. 7. Social media. When Serendipity Media (parent company) began, social media wasn’t a part of our brands. But today, social media allows us to share more content, reach more people, and engage in a timelier way. 8. Support network. I’m fortunate to have a fantastic support network who surrounds and supports our work—whether it’s my leadership coach (who you

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recently met in the August issue) or friends who listen, encourage and provide insight. 9. Family. From day one, my family has shown me support in ways that I couldn’t imagine. They believe in me when I don’t believe in myself, and they encourage me to do more than I thought possible. 10. Team. Over the last 10 years with WMW (and 20 years with Serendipity), I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the finest individuals one could ask for. Their talent, commitment and passion for our work has been truly unmatched and I will forever be grateful for each team member who has ever made a mark on our legacy. Thank you for taking the time to engage with the West Michigan Woman brand and we look forward to serving you in the very bright future!


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SPOTLIGHT READY TO TRY DRY JANUARY

Many choose to start the new year by going dry for January

mild (anxiety, shaky hands, headache, vomiting, nausea, sweating

because they want to think more clearly, get refreshed after

and insomnia) to serious (fever, racing heart, hallucinations and

the holidays, and feel healthier. Research has shown that

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STYLE BY SARAH SUYDAM

STYLISH GIFTS

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THAT GIVE BACK

There’s never been a better time to grow your ethical wardrobe

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fill a gap in your own wardrobe, explore these local retailers who help you shop with a purpose this holiday season.

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Conscious Clothing—a line of womens and unisex garments made in the U.S. from organic materials including hemp, linen and cotton—offers shoppers an intentional perspective on purchasing clothing. “Aside from a carbon offset program that plants a tree for every order shipped, donations are made to many causes throughout the year, from disaster relief funds to human rights initiatives,” said CEO Doug Phillips, noting the company’s additional focus on the connection between fashion, nature and our roles as consumers. “Environmental awareness in regard to clothing made from plastics is of huge concern for us, as plastic microfibers are dispersed into our waterways upon laundering garments made from poly materials.” Shoppers can purchase Conscious Clothing’s timeless silhouettes—many of which are available up to size 4X—knowing they’re thoughtfully designed with both environmental sustainability and longevity in mind.

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toward these efforts.”


Public Thread creates small batch sewn products out of upcycled textiles right in Grand Rapids. Made using materials that would’ve been thrown away including banners, billboards, 3D knit material and traditional textiles, the company’s wearable items include tote bags, backpacks and more. “We operate as a triple bottom line organization with the focus on doing the right thing the first time around,” said Janay Brower, founder and CEO. “For

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WELLNESS

THE POWER OF WALKING BY SARAH SUYDAM

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A new study has proven what dedicated mall walkers

have known all along: Walking is really good for you. According to research published in September, those

who are between ages 40 to 79 were 50% less likely to develop dementia within seven years if they took 9,826 steps per day. That percentage increased to 57% if walkers upped their pace to over 40 steps a minute. And good news

“People are in awe (and are so excited) when they see such

for those who walk approximately 3,800 steps a day—

a large group of us walking through our local parks and trails,”

they’re still lowering their risk by 25%.

Hamell and Toporski explain. “It’s amazing to reclaim space in

In addition to helping fight mental decline and other bodily ailments, walking is also an outlet for connection and community, as discovered with the recent formation of Hot Girls Walk GR (HGWGR), a group formed by childhood friends Maria Hamell and Kate Toporski. HGWGR—which seeks to connect women

light of recent events that have incited violence against women. We are so strong, and even stronger together.” Like many, Hamell personally found her appreciation for walking during the pandemic. “I found that walking helped my physical and

and non-binary folks of any age, ability, body type, background,

psychological well-being tremendously,” said Hamell, who

sexuality and race together in a safe and inclusive environment—

lives with chronic pelvic pain. “Walking helps strengthen

organizes group walks throughout the community which have

and stretch out my inflamed muscles. Including one to two

attracted 80 or more walkers per gathering, on average.

walks into my busy schedule combats my pain and helps

Many friendships have formed as a result of the group’s formation, and HGWGR has also partnered with several

clear my mind from my current worries.” Toporski initially didn’t find walking to be a “worthy

local groups and businesses, widening the opportunity for

workout.” However, after running her first marathon and

personal and professional relationships to form even further.

then finding herself in a rough patch (and off her feet) after

You may be wondering: What is a “hot girl walk,” anyway?

an accident last year, walking ended up being her gateway

The trend, which gained in popularity thanks to TikTok, isn’t about looks. Rather, it’s all about a feeling. Hamell and

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and embrace all of the hot girl energy you undoubtedly exude.

back into movement, socialization and calmness. “I used to have a different mindset surrounding walking

Toporski say a hot girl walk is an opportunity to focus on

as an exercise, but it has become so clear to me that

yourself, move your body intentionally, zero in on your goals

walking is healthy, low impact, and amazing for mental

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COLD WEATHER WALKING TIPS Courtesy of Cari Draft, Owner and Founder, EcoTrek Fitness

and physical health,” Toporski said. “Walking isn’t weak, so I’ve leaned into making it a more important part of my physical and mental wellness routines.”

Remember: If you don’t have access to a treadmill or an accessible outdoor BEFORE:

walking space, consider venturing to a classic walking spot … the mall!

Dress in light, moisturewicking layers (with zippers for easy removal).

(Which is also often a stop on most public transport routes.)

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Invest in good gloves/mittens, moisture-wicking socks, a hat/ ear bands and a neck gaiter.

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Don’t stretch cold muscles! Instead, do functional movements that mimic walking for three to five minutes (ankle rotations, leg swings, marching in place, gently swinging your arms).

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Keep your head up and stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

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Be mindful of your posture, keeping your shoulders down and back.

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Engage your core and swing your arms with your stride, stepping from heel to toe.

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Rest and hydrate, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

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Cool down with stretches or basic yoga moves like upwardand downward-facing dog.

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Eat nutrient-rich food to allow your muscle tissue to repair and get stronger.

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HOME

CAN HOUSEPLANTS HELP FIGHT THE WINTER BLUES? BY SARAH SUYDAM

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Many people who have houseplants will enthusiastically

tell you: The benefits of incorporating indoor plants into your home abound, especially during the winter months. And scientific research backs that up! Several studies— including the NASA Clean Air Study—have found that

Rappleye said. “Plants offer kind of a two-fold solution

being around greenery offers a connection to lower

to winter blues; being surrounded by the greenery we

anxiety and stress, increased air purification, enhanced

so desperately need in the winter and providing us an

cognitive skills, improved mood and more.

opportunity to care for something, which is therapeutic.”

In addition to these perks, houseplants also have plenty to bring to the table when it comes to enhancing your decor and home’s overall vibe. To learn more, we caught up with

According to Rappleye, adding plants to a space in your home can help offer a feeling of being “complete.” “We work with so many clients shortly after a renovation or

Erin Rappleye, owner of Plant Shop—a boutique plant shop

a move and it’s always shocking how much plants contribute

in Grand Rapids that offers a large assortment of plants,

to the aesthetics of a home,” Rappleye said, adding that many

planters, plant accessories, care items, custom plant design

people really don’t know what they’ve been missing until

installations and more.

plants are added to their space. “I’d also say that it’s as much

Rappleye has experienced firsthand how plants can affect your overall well-being.

about the plant as it is about the planter and how it pairs with the plant and the space.”

“Personally, I’ve found a significant decrease in my

If you feel like you don’t necessarily possess the greenest

seasonal affective disorder since opening Plant Shop,”

thumb, worry not. Rappleye explains there are plants suitable for experience levels of all kinds. “Most commonly, we start beginners with sansevierias (snake plants), zz plants, pothos and cacti. These are all plants that don’t need a lot of attention, which give people the confidence to start expanding their collection,” she said. “Although these are a great place to start, there are a ton of other options that are easy to maintain for beginners if they are set up for success.” It’s imperative to buy plants from retailers who have a healthy selection and can give you proper direction on light requirements and watering, Rappleye explains, adding tips of her own for caring for indoor plants during the colder months

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“Be mindful of where your plants are placed in your home,” she advised. “As we see less of the sun throughout the days in winter, your plants may need to be moved closer to the windows to actually receive the amount of light they were getting this summer.” However, it’s vital to ensure your plants aren’t near drafty windows or doors that will expose the plants to cold air. “On the other hand, plants that are close to heating vents could dry out more quickly than you’d expect,” Rappleye said. “Adjusting your watering schedule in the winter will almost always be necessary. Take into consideration the type of plant and its location in your home. Rappleye also recommends plant owners have a moisture meter and humidifier—two small items that can be immensely helpful in caring for plants over the winter.

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More plant tips, inspiration, products and events could be found at @plantshopgr.

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RELATIONSHIPS

NAVIGATING DATING WITH STIs:

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ENDING THE STIGMA

VD, crabs, the clap … depending on the era you grew

taboo subject, STIs aren’t being discussed openly among

up, any of these terms may have been tossed around

partners or even allowed out in the mainstream in the

when talking about sexually transmitted infections or

same ways that other infections not related to sex, intimate

diseases. And with them, (un)healthy amounts of shame

touch, or the genitals are (the common cold, pneumonia

and embarrassment. Today, these old expressions are used

and even food poisoning, for example). And, because

less and less, but even saying STD is becoming passé in

they’re often reduced to whispers and sideways glances,

favor of the often more accurate STI. This may just sound

there’s a tremendous lack of knowledge, as well as

like semantics, but how we talk more constructively about

misinformation, surrounding STIs.

STIs begins with the language we use to describe them

Yet, untreated or unacknowledged, some STIs can cause

and the ways we approach conversations around them in

long-term health problems or simply spread from person

our personal lives.

to person unnecessarily. Because there are many facets

Why? The reality is, according to data collected by the

to this complex issue, we brought in Nisha McKenzie PA-

CDC, the STI rate has reached an all-time high for the

C, Owner and Founder of Women’s+ Health Collective,

sixth consecutive year. To a degree, that can be attributed

to share her expertise. McKenzie, who has specialized

to reduced testing and treatment when there were

training as a sex educator and sex counselor, is an

COVID-related obstacles to getting care.

enthusiastic advocate for more open dialogues around

That’s just part of it, though. Because they remain a

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STIs. Let’s dive into some advice.


BY ALLISON KAY BANNISTER

UNDERSTAND YOUR SPECIFIC STI AND COMMIT TO BECOMING INFORMED. If you’ve discovered you have an STI, your first thought might be that your love life is doomed. You might also toil over how to broach the subject either with a current, prospective or future partner—whether your relationship intent is casual or monogamous. Though these conversations are necessary, they shouldn’t be entered into without first becoming educated. McKenzie recommends tapping into resources, including consulting with a certified sex educator, or seeking information and support from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), The STI Project, and Scarleteen, as well as the CDC and the Health Department. “It’s pretty safe to assume that most people are uninformed or misinformed

C O N T R I B U T O R ALLISON KAY BANNISTER has been a West Michigan resident since 1987 and a professional writer since 2002. A GVSU alumna, she launched her own freelance writing business

about STIs,” McKenzie said. “Be prepared by going in with some factual data,

in 2017. Allison is a cookie

resources and websites to share. When you’re disclosing your STI status to

connoisseur, word nerd,

somebody, it’s likely they’re going to have an idea about it that may not be true.”

aspiring gardener, and

Doing your best to head off misperceptions is an important first step. And,

metastatic breast cancer thriver who loves traveling

with knowledge comes greater calm and confidence, too.

in Michigan and beyond, and

RECOGNIZE THAT SEXUAL HEALTH

enjoys art, world cuisine,

IS A MUTUAL CONVERSATION.

wine, music, and making

Once you’re armed with information about your STI, consider how you

homemade preserves.

want to frame your exchange. But, note that even if you don’t have an STI, a conversation around sexual health and safety, before engaging in intimacy, is vital. Treating this type of discussion as a precursor may also help with the timing, if you’re worried about either being presumptuous about where the relationship is going or concerned that disclosure of your status might have needed to occur sooner. Whether you’re STI positive or not, centering your talks around shared responsibility is key. McKenzie notes: “You’re worth it; you’re worth having the conversation about how to keep your body safe. This is what informed consent is and it applies to all parts of life. You have the right to know what you’re getting into. Everyone has the right to know.” PROTECT YOURSELF EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. Knowing that this may not be an easy conversation, McKenzie recommends making sure you’re in a private environment where you feel safe and empowered. And that you’re also sober and have your clothes on. Because you want this to be an intentional discussion regarding sexual health, she also suggests not springing it on your partner and, instead, allowing them to have a say in the timing of the conversation. Remember, no matter how it unfolds, disclosing an STI is not an admission of guilt, nor is it a matter of being dirty or clean. And, if your partner needs space to process, that doesn’t immediately equate to rejection.

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RE ADERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

2022 Our lives wouldn’t be what they are without the stellar local establishments found around every corner of West Michigan, from the newly founded to the well-established and everything in between. Those local staples are what the West

Michigan Woman Readers’ Choice Awards are all about. With categories ref lective of sections of the magazine and website, the awards seek to highlight YOUR favorite local businesses and people who deserve to be recognized for the services and specialties they provide. Earlier this fall, West Michigan Woman readers voted and rallied to have their voices heard—and the results are in. Keep reading to see our finalists and winners for the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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BEAUT Y Options for beauty services in West Michigan abound! We know from personal experience: Once you find your go-to professional who just “gets it,” you’ll be fiercely loyal. With beauty and aesthetic services being sources of self-care for many, it was necessary to recognize those establishments which make us feel like our best selves—from a haircut and a facial to that cosmetic procedure you’ve always wanted.

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PERSONAL FINANCE It can be overwhelming to know what choices to make in relation to our personal finances, especially when taking on endeavors for the first time like buying a home, transitioning a loved one into a retirement community, ensuring your estate is in order and more. That’s where these professionals come in! No matter the occasion or situation, knowing who you can trust with your finances is paramount.

FINAN CIAL ADV IS O R Shanna Shillington-Bylsma - Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC ameripriseadvisors.com » Bincy Teodorescu - Financial Advisor, Principal Financial Group | principal.com » Thomas Elzinga - Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC | ameripriseadvisors.com

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BANK

M O R TG AGE LEND IN G Lake Michigan Credit Union lmcu.org

Huntington Bank

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» Treadstone Funding | treadstonemortgage.com

» Macatawa Bank | macatawabank.com » United Bank | bankwithunited.com

CRED I T UNI O N Lake Michigan Credit Union lmcu.org » Adventure Credit Union | adventurecu.org » Consumers Credit Union | consumerscu.org

ES TAT E PL ANNIN G Mika Meyers PLC mikameyers.com » CBH Attorneys & Counselors | cbhattorneys.com » Coonen Law, PLLC | coonen-law.com

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WELLNESS Prioritizing overall well-being through each of life’s seasons is something West Michigan Woman has always taken seriously. Though wellness services come in a variety of forms and range across a plethora of providers, they all have one thing in common: Each helps women throughout the West Michigan community live their healthiest and happiest lives—whatever that looks like for them.

MEN TAL HE ALT H SER V I CES Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services pinerest.org

H OSPI TAL

» Counseling Center of West Michigan | counselingcenterwm.org » Wedgwood Christian Services | wedgwood.org

Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital

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» Trinity Health | trinityhealthmichigan.org » University of Michigan Health-West | uofmhealthwest.org

Fit Body Boot Camp

corewellhealth.org

facebook.com/grandrapidsnefitbodybootcamp

H O LIST I C CARE CEN T ERS

» Max Effort Performance | maxeffortperformance.com » MVP Athletic Clubs | mvpsportsclubs.com

Born Clinic

B OU T I QUE FI T NES S S T UD I O CKO Kickboxing

bornclinic.com » DBC Natural Holistic Health Center | drdenboer.com » Harmonic Wellness Centre | harmonicwellnesscentre.com » Luminosity Center for Healing | luminositycommunity.com

ckokickboxing.com/mi-grand-rapids » Club Pilates | clubpilates.com » Zeal Aerial Fitness | zealaerialfitness.com

D ERMATO LO GY Dermatology Associates of West Michigan myskindoctors.com

NU T RI T I O NAL SERV I CES Grand Health Partners

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WO MEN ’ S HE ALT H CLINI C S & SERV I CES Grand Rapids Women’s Health grandrapidswomenshealth.com » Harmonic Wellness Centre | harmonicwellnesscentre.com » True. Women’s Health | truewomenshealth.com » Women’s+ Health Collective | whcollective.com

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O P TO ME T RY West Michigan Eyecare Associates wmeyecare.com » Family & Pediatric Eyecare Center | fpeyecare.com » Helms Family Optical | helmsoptical.com

BRIAN S. NYLAAN, DDS Nylaan Dental Our motto is “Changing lives one smile at a time.” A healthy smile leads to a healthier body and a healthier outlook on life. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals for your smile, your health and your life. Visit NylaanDental.com

C OUNSELIN G Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services pinerest.org » Counseling Center of West Michigan | counselingcenterwm.org » Wedgwood Christian Services | wedgwood.org

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T R AV E L What’s better than a good getaway? Most would argue: not much! Like you, the West Michigan Woman team are fans of the many exhilarating and rejuvenating experiences found all throughout West Michigan and beyond. From weekends spent enjoying art-centric events to soaking up the simplicity and stillness of a quaint waterfront destination, our state and region offer an abundance of opportunities for exploration.

RES O R TS & SPAS Design 1 Salon Spa design1.com » Woodhouse Day Spa | facebook.com/ WoodhouseGrandRapids » Salus Wellness Spa | experiencesalus.com

G O LF C OURSES Thousand Oaks Golf Club thousandoaksgolf.com » Egypt Valley Country Club | egyptvalley.com » Saskatoon Golf Club | saskatoongolf.com

H OT EL AT T R AC T I O NS Amway Grand Plaza facebook.com/amwaygrandplaza

W EEKEND GE TAWAYS Traverse City traversecity.com » Ludington | visitludington.com » Saugatuck | saugatuck.com » South Haven | southhaven.org

T R AV EL AGEN CY

» Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown | facebook.com/canopygrandrapids » JW Marriott Grand Rapids | facebook.com/ilovethejw

AR TS E X PERIEN CE Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park meijergardens.org » ArtPrize | artprize.org » Grand Rapids Art Museum | artmuseumgr.org

Breton Travel bretontravel.com » Meredith Rothouse Edgewood Travel | edgewoodtravel.com » Lori Visser, V TA | travelsense.org/advisors/ mrs-lori-visser

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STYLE Whether it’s your favorite sweater, those handmade earrings you pull out for special occasions or that perfect gift for someone special, West Michigan’s boutiques and talented artisans create and offer unique goods that match our vibes to a T. Because we know self-expression so often shines through one’s personal style, we encourage you to make bold choices in the name of honoring your true self.

WO MEN ’ S CLOT HIN G B OU T I QUE

SH O E STO RE

Gina’s Boutique

Mieras Family Shoes

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» Tru-Fit Comfort Shoe Store | trufitmuskegon.com » VanHoecks Footwear | vanhoecks.com

CHILD REN ’ S B OU T I QUE

JE W ELER

Pink Lemonade

DeVries Jewelers

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» Hopscotch Children’s Store | hopscotchstore.com » Tip Toes | shoptiptoes.com

» Metal Art Studio Inc. | metalartstudioinc.com » Preusser Jewelers | preusserjewelers.com » Siegel Jewelers | siegeljewelers.com

MEN ’ S B OU T I QUE A.K. Rikk’s akrikks.com » Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store | fitzs.com » New Yorker Menswear | newyorkermenswear.com

BRIDAL B OU T I QUE Renee Austin Wedding reneeaustinwedding.com » Bridal Elegance | bridalelegancegr.com » Spring Sweet | springsweet.com

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C O NSI GNMEN T O R SUS TAINABLE B OU T I QUE Gild the Lily shopgildthelily.com » Georgie’s Consignment Clothing | georgiesconsignment.com » Rock Paper Scissors Consignment Boutique | rpsconsign.com

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HOME The old saying “home is where the heart is” rings true for a reason. Your abode is your own personal shelter from the storm, where milestones happen and where memories are always being made. Thankfully, whether you’re planting spring flowers for the garden, are on the hunt for the perfect accent chair, or are seeking a designer to create your dream dwelling, these West Michigan establishments have you covered.

H O ME D EC O R & FURNISHIN G B OU T I QUE The Found Cottage thefoundcottage.com » Delight In Designs | delightindesigns.com » Gather-d | gather-d.com

GREENH OUSE Countryside Greenhouse countrysidegreenhouse.com » Romence Gardens & Greenhouses | romencegardens.com » W.W. Greenhouse, Inc. | wwgreenhouses.com

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Talsma Furniture

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IN T ERI O R D ESI GN Francesca Owings Interior Designs, LLC

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CLE ANIN G SER V I CES

FLO O RIN G

Sparkle & Shine Cleaning Services of West MI, LLC

DeGraaf Interiors

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» Absolute Floor Covering, Inc. | absolutefloorcovering.com » Rockford Floor Covering, Inc. | rockfordfloorcoveringmi.com

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West Michigan Organizing Company

Eastbrook Homes

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eastbrookhomes.com » Lanser Construction, LLC | lanserconstruction@gmail.com » Snowden Builders, LLC | snowdenbuilders.com

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BUSINESS & CAREER West Michigan Woman is passionate about empowering women to be firm in their determination to break the mold and succeed in business. Whether it’s returning to the professional workforce after years away, breaking into a traditionally male-dominated industry, fostering mentor/mentee relationships or finding the right developer for your ecommerce website, these businesses, institutions and associations help make “dream careers” our everyday realities.

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LEG AL

Hire For Hope

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

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» Coonen Law, PLLC | coonen-law.com » Mika Meyers PLC | mikameyers.com

PRO FES SI O NAL AS S O CIAT I O NS Women of Color Give wocgive.org » Ada Business Association | adabusinessassociation.com » The Employers’ Association | teagr.org

C O N T INUIN G EDUCAT I O N Grand Valley State University gvsu.edu » Aquinas College | aquinas.edu » Grand Rapids Community College | grcc.edu

SKILLED T R AD E EDUCAT I O N Grand Rapids Community College grcc.edu » Kent Career Technical Center | thetechcenter.org » West Michigan Construction Institute | wmcinstitute.com

INSUR AN CE Great Lakes Insurance and Kinzie Financial Services glibrokers.com » BHS Insurance | bhsins.com » My Insurance Lady | myinsurancelady.com

AC C OUN T IN G Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors hungerfordnichols.com » Beene Garter, A Doeren Mayhew Firm | beenegarter.com » Seger Tax & Accounting | segertax.com

I T SERV I CES Kinetix LLC kinetixinc.com » Kaiser IT Group LLC | kaiseritgroup.com » Fusion IT | fusion-it.net

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FOOD & DRINK You could throw a dart at a map of West Michigan and chances are it’s going to land on one of the many beyond delicious bars, restaurants, coffee shops and more found throughout the region. It’s true: There’s always something new to try—from brews, brunch food and Bordeaux blends to the farm fresh and fancy. We’ll raise a glass to that!

FARM -TO -TABLE Terra terragr.com » Café Mamo | cafemamo.com » Four Roses Cafe | fourrosescafe.com » MudPenny | mudpenny.com

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Fulton Street Farmers Market

Anna’s House

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annashouseus.com

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» Gaia House Cafe | gaiahousecafe.com » Stella’s Lounge | stellaslounge.com

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Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

Donkey Taqueria

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donkeygr.com

» Cascade Winery/Sierra Rose Cellars | sierrarosecellars.com » Fenn Valley Vineyards | fennvalley.com

» Noco Provisions | nocogr.com » Vander Mill | vandermill.com

BRE W ERY

C O FFEE SH O P

Founders Brewing Co.

Madcap Coffee

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madcapcoffee.com

» Brewery Vivant | breweryvivant.com » Perrin Brewing Company | perrinbrewing.com

» Brody’s Be Cafe | brodysbecafe.com » Rising Grinds Café | rgcafe.org

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Anna’s House

Fruition Acai & Juice Bar

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» Malamiah Juice Bar & Eatery | malamiahjuicebar.com » Sip Organic Juice Bar | siporganicjuicebar.com

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Amore Trattoria Italiana

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SPECIAL EVENTS We know firsthand how much goes into planning a special event and how ever y detail eventually comes together. No matter if you’re planning a company retreat, baby shower, wedding , retirement celebration or other wise, the special event experts in West Michigan are always willing to put their best foot for ward to ensure the vision for your occasion comes to life.

E V EN T PL ANNER Special Occasions LLC specialoccasionsmi.com » Design Effect | designeffectevents.com » Genesis Consulting Group | genesisconsultinggr.com

IN T IMAT E E V EN T SPACE (Ca pac i ty U n d er 5 0 )

Farmhaus Cider Co. farmhauscider.com » Glass House Creative Community | glasshouse.community » Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts | lionsandrabbits.com

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The High Five GR thehighfivegr.com » Alaska Haus | alaskahausvenue.com » The Revel Center | revelcenter.com

CAT ERER /SERV IN G SERV I CE Slows Bar BQ Grand Rapids

FLO RIS T Eastern Floral easternfloral.com

slowsbarbq.com

» Daylily Floral Cascade | daylilyfloral.com » Kennedy’s Florist & Flower Delivery | kennedyfloral.com

» It Figures Catering | facebook.com/itfigscatering » Kangaroo Kitchen and Catering | kangarookitchengr.com » Martha’s Catering | marthascatering.com

REN TAL SERV I CES Kentwood Rental kentwoodrentalinc.com » Cascade Rental Center | cascaderental.com » Special Occasions LLC | specialoccasionsmi.com

E V EN T EN T ER TAINMEN T Brena brenaband.com » Adrian “AB” Butler | everythingab.com » QC Event Sound | facebook.com/qceventsound

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D OWNT O W N H O LLA N D shop that has been owned and operated by the same local family for 120 years. And you won’t want to miss the early morning Shopping Jam on Saturday, December 17. Set your alarm clocks, grab your girlfriends (and don’t forget the coffee) for this once-a-year savings event. Participating stores open two hours early for one day only, offering savings of 30% off at least one item from 8 – 9 a.m. and 25% off from 9 – 10 a.m. The earlier you shop, the more you save! So if you’re seeking a different type of holiday season this year—away from the usual hustle and bustle of the big box stores and from the constant clicking of your mouse as you add those last-minute There’s something truly magical about the holiday season in Downtown Holland. Maybe it’s the brightly lit streets with holiday lights lining the tree tops and

gifts to your online shopping cart—then we invite you to look no further than Downtown Holland. We can’t wait to welcome you!

festive store windows illuminating the dark evenings. Perhaps it’s the several locally-owned boutiques and restaurants, where you’re warmly welcomed inside by the store owners themselves or invited to relax with a glass of wine in a cozy booth after a long day of holiday shopping. Or maybe it’s the beautiful historic buildings and heated cobblestone sidewalks, where the snow melts away like … well, magic. No matter who you’re shopping for, you’re bound to find the perfect gift here. Small local boutiques offer the latest in both men and women’s fashions, accessories and shoes. Sporting goods stores have everything you need for the athlete or outdoor adventurer in your life. Find custom works of art inspired by the Lakeshore or shop a treasure trove of fair-trade goods imported from across the world. And here, gift shops are still alive and well, offering cards, candles and so much more. Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Look no further than the candy

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CAREER BY SARAH SUYDAM

WHEN YOUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS CHANGE

W

When Lisa Miller opened LA Miller Boutique seven

years ago in Rockford after hosting clothing pop ups

“I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore.” Deciding to completely close LA Miller’s operations

around town, she did so with the goal of sharing clothing

this past August was a turning point down a road she’d

that made women feel good about themselves. And that

pondered more than once before. The business was doing

goal was quickly accomplished.

well, after all. But Miller knew more was waiting for her.

Miller built a successful and well-loved brand during

“It was a very, very hard decision to step back and

a time she describes as “fantastic.” When the COVID-19

actually admit that this isn’t where I need to be right

pandemic arrived, Miller knew a pivot was necessary and

now,’” Miller recalled. “I realized I didn’t need to exert

expanded her offerings to include an online store, which

every waking hour and everything I have into the

also performed well.

business, because it has taken away from so many other

However, while on a run one day, Miller found herself confronted with a moment of complicated enlightenment.

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things for myself and my family. I realized I could do something else and that this wasn’t all there is.


STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MAGAZINE & CIRCULATION 1.

Publication Title: West Michigan Woman

2.

Publication No.: 11-500

3.

Filing Date: August 30, 2022

4.

Issue Frequency: Bi-Monthly

for what once was, and said goodbye to a dream she had

5.

No. of Issues Published Annually: 6

made a reality.

6.

Annual Subscription Price: Free

7.

Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: Serendipity

And though closing the boutique was one of the best decisions Miller says she’s ever made, she still mourned

Media, LLC

“I made this decision back in March or April and we didn’t announce we were closing until August, so there

535 Cascade West Parkway SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 8.

during that period of time,” she explained.

Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher: Serendipity Media, LLC 535 Cascade West

were a lot of ups and downs and plenty of grieving

Parkway SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 9.

Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor: Publisher: Kasie Smith and Managing / Editor: Sarah Suydam

While some people who were not looped in remarked

Serendipity Media, LLC 535 Cascade West Parkway SE,

that Miller “wasn’t being herself lately,” those who were

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

aware of what was to come—close friends, her husband

10. Owner: Kasie Smith, Serendipity Media, LLC

and kids, even her employees (many of whom Miller now

11. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning

535 Cascade West Parkway SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or Holding One Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages,

considers best friends)—were supportive every step of the way.

or Other Securities: NONE 12. Tax Status Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months

“When it finally came time to announce everything, it felt so good to share it with others,” Miller said. “It was almost like this huge weight was lifted. And I felt so good, instantly.” But don’t be fooled, Miller is still excited about fashion

13. Publication Title: West Michigan Woman 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below: October/November 2022 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation: Woman’s Lifestyle

a.

Total No. Copies (Net Press Run)

b.

Paid and/or Requested Circulation

and all that comes with it. Today, she works in marketing for The James Salon and Boutique in Ada, a move she

kind of be myself again.” For other women going through something similar in relation to their careers, Miller emphasized how important it was to trust your gut. “Don’t doubt yourself—ever. There were so many times when I asked myself, ‘Am I making the right decision? What am I doing this for?’” Miller advised. “If you feel in your soul that something needs to change,

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3,416

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c.

and Other Non-USPS Paid Distribution

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Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation (Sum of 15b(1), 15b(2), 15b(3) and 15b(4))

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478

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0

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4. Free or Nominal Rate Outside the Mail

0

0

2. In-County as Stated on Form 3541

e.

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going to have a hard time losing that whole ‘LA Miller And it feels really good to not be attached to it and just

2,029

2. Paid In-County Subscriptions (Include advertiser’s proof and exchange copies)

forward is so exciting,” she said. “I thought I was Boutique Owner’ title, but it’s almost been refreshing.

11,000

3541. (Include advertiser’s proof and exchange copies)

people come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re LA Miller!’ ‘No, I’m Lisa … Lisa Miller’ and to be able to move

11,000

salon in East Grand Rapids. “Being able to introduce myself as me and not have

No. Copies of Single Issues Published Nearest Filing Date

1. Paid/Requested Outside-County mail Subscriptions Stated on Form

calls “full circle,” as the first place she ever held a clothing pop up years ago was at the owner’s previous

Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months

Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d (1), (2), (3) and (4))

4,887

4,753

f.

Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e)

9,932

10,817

g.

Copies Not Distributed

h.

Total (Sum of 15f and g)

i.

Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100)

118

125

10,050

10,942

51%

56%

16. This Statement of Ownership will be printed in the December/January 2022 issue of this publication. 17. Signature and Title of Editor, Publisher, Business Manager, or Owner: I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information requested on the form may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment) and/or civil sanctions (including multiple damages and civil penalties).

then something probably does—whether that means finding a new job or something completely different. Just be confident in yourself.”

Kasie Smith, President/Publisher; August 31, 2022

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HOLIDAY PARTY PICKUPS

Sometimes, crafting a homemade dish for

your upcoming holiday gathering just isn’t in the cards. The intention was there, but alas. It happens to the best of us! Whether you’re the kind of person who loves

to plan ahead or the type to grab something at the very last minute (we’re talking enroute to the party), West Michigan has plenty of options for party-pleasing delights that are just waiting to be picked up and enjoyed amongst loved ones.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD mvwines.com Celebrating 40 years in business, Martha’s Vineyard is an ideal destination for those seeking a masterfully curated selection of delicious local, imported and hard-to-find goods, not to mention a deli and grocery. Spend some time perusing their stellar wine selection— spanning from entry-level to high-end—to find something your fellow party goers will love to sip (they recommend going with a medium bodied red wine, if you’re unsure). For something unexpected, pick up the Mirzam Date & Fennel Bar, which features a thin layer of date and fennel paste enrobed in a super fine dark chocolate. Or choose from a variety of artisan desserts and cheesecakes, made by Nantucket Baking Company, found in the deli. The well-loved, family-run business also has no shortage of options for artfully presented cheese and charcuterie boards (48-hour notice minimum), along with standard and custom-order gift baskets available for pre-order.

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BY SARAH SUYDAM

THE CHEESE LADY GRAND RAPIDS thecheeselady.net

Visit The Cheese Lady’s independently owned Grand Rapids location to scoop up an assortment of savory and sweet delicacies sure to please the palate of any guest. Not exactly sure what you’re looking for? The good news is that sampling and asking questions are encouraged. They recommend trying a big wedge of Brie and some Almondina crackers; Manchego with pear jam and Marcona almonds; a bloomy rind goat cheese with hot pepper jelly or oil and herbs; marinated feta with a sliced baguette; or one of several gift baskets. The store—which offers curbside pickup—is happy to gather your order prior to arrival, in addition to creating custom cheese boards for your gatherings (24-hour notice minimum).

Those on the lakeshore could head to Cherry Republic’s Holland retail location for a truly tart experience (in a good way, of course). A made-inMichigan haven, Cherry Republic carries more than 200 specialty cherry items including dried cherries, salsas, barbecue sauces, candies, chocolates, jams and preserves, bakery items, nut mixes, savories, pop, beer and wine—not to mention gift boxes. Some popular items include the sweet Dark Chocolate Cherry Nut Mix, the salty Cherry Public House Snack Mix, the Original Cherry Salsa and the Cherry Salsa Verde. For a unique holiday appetizer, combine the Savory Cherry Pepper Jelly with the Cherry Nut Mix and cream cheese. It’s a staff favorite for a reason! Need a lot of something for your gathering? Call ahead and you’ll save 15% on a case of whatever your cherry-loving heart desires.

For artisan chocolates and confections that taste and look like an absolute dream, a stop at Mokaya on Wealthy is an absolute must for your holiday party. From truff les and bonbons to pastries and desserts, all of

MOKAYA mokayagr.com

Mokaya’s products are made in-house, by hand and in small batches using fresh ingredients (no preservatives or artificial f lavors found here). Mokaya also uses couverture chocolate from U.S. and European companies that source cacao ethically and sustainably. During the holiday season, the shop creates a number of

CHERRY REPUBLIC cherryrepublic.com

specialty items that celebrate the f lavors of the holidays, perfect for taking to your next gathering: A six-piece f light of truff les and bonbons, colorful cocoa bombs, peppermint bark and a “smashable” tree filled with chocolate treats—just to name a few.

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FINANCIAL

THINKING OF INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE?

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. BY JOSH VEAL

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Real estate is a hot commodity right now, to say the least. That makes

it a competitive market, which also makes it a great time to invest. Whether you’re thinking of investing in commercial property, hoping

to f lip a house or wanting to run a rental, there’s a lot to learn and keep track of. Brokers and realtors exist for that very reason—to help you understand the complexities and guide you toward your best bets. If you’ve never invested in real estate, however, it can be hard to know where to even begin. That’s why we turned to the experts at NAI Wisinski of West Michigan and Greenridge Realty for insight on entering the wide world of real estate and investing wisely. Here are some of their top tips.

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YOU NEED SPARE TIME AND MONEY. As Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely of NAI

investment will affect your tax liability; how much effort a property will require; finding a property

Wisinski of West Michigan told us, “These need

in your preferred area—whether it’s emerging

to be funds that don’t need to be readily available.

or more established—and how that affects your

It’s possible to take several months to sell an

purchase price and rent; dealing with homeowners’

asset.” And that’s just the initial investment.

associations, etc. And those are just a few examples!

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Whether you’re flipping houses or investing long-term, you also need a reserve of funds on hand “in case a furnace, water heater, roof, stove

BE PATIENT AND CAUTIOUS. Wisinski-Rosely points out that there’s

or anything needs replacement or repair,” said

currently a low supply of investment properties

Katie Stein of Greenridge Realty, adding that a

in the market available for purchase, which

MARY ANNE WISINSKI-ROSELY

rental requires everything your main residence

means it could take time to find the right

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan

does, plus a little more. “Anyone can consider real

property and you may have to be flexible (much

estate investment, but you do need to be prepared

like people buying homes right now). Stein,

for the investment of time and finances.”

meanwhile, brings up two adages from her grandfather and great-great-great grandfather:

COME IN PREPARED. It’s not just about having time and money, but knowing exactly how much of it you have to spare. Wisinski-Rosely suggests

1: “Don’t risk more than you are willing to lose.” Pretty self-explanatory and sage advice for any type of investing. 2: “You never go broke making money.”

approaching a broker with what you can

Rent might be $800 a month for years. A

KATIE STEIN

afford and how big of a property you want.

market change might drop or raise that

Greenridge Realty

If you have extra time, you can save money

number, but as long as it’s positive, you’re still

on smaller properties with DIY work. If you

doing well: You’re making money!

have plenty of money, you can save yourself

You shouldn’t rush an investment property

lots of time by hiring a property management

purchase, Stein adds. “Let it find you … and by that,

company to do the hard work for you.

I mean let your agent find it for you! I’ve personally done quite a bit of investing in the last few years

YOU ABSOLUTELY WANT

and rarely was I looking. Good investments were

TO CONNECT WITH AN EXPERT.

always on my radar, but I was not on the hunt.”

In terms of commercial real estate, WisinskiRosely said, “A broker can advise the buyer on

THE MARKET IS SHIFTING.

what similar properties have sold for and if the

Stein tells us that while prices might be

return on the investment meets their objectives.

stabilizing, interest rates are rising, meaning

They can also advise what due diligence is

it’s a wash for buyers in many instances.

necessary to purchase a property and direct them to other advisors to assist in that process.” Brokers can also help connect you with

“Interest rates are also higher for second homes than primary residences and you also often have to bring a bigger down payment,”

properties before they even hit the open market.

Stein explained. “For cash buyers, the game has

Stein emphasizes that because there’s so much

not changed much, but they may enjoy a little

to consider when choosing a property, experts

less competition and lower purchase price. For

are necessary. They can help answer your many

those financing investment properties, I think

questions, such as how a short- or long-term

the barrier to entry might be a bit higher.”

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Q&A EDITED BY SARAH SUYDAM

RAE GREEN

PLEASE SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER TREATMENT CENTER IN MARNE. HOW

JD, LPC, CAA D C

DO YOU HOPE ITS PRESENCE WILL POSITIVELY IMPACT

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

AND BEYOND?

SANFORD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

THOSE DEALING WITH EATING DISORDERS IN MICHIGAN In March of 2022, we made history when we opened the first standalone residential eating disorder treatment center in Michigan. Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders offers a full continuum of care. We are proud of our multi-disciplinary team of medical and clinical professionals, and we are well positioned to treat high-acuity patients with an integrative approach. Our positive impact is already being felt, as we are filling a gap in treatment and offering an option for Michiganders to receive quality residential programming for eating disorders in their home state. We hope that providing a closer option will encourage more

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While Rae Green studied history at Alma

College and went to the Detroit College of Law for her Juris Doctor degree, her passion

people to seek needed treatment. HOW CAN PEOPLE PROTECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE HOLIDAYS? What is the most wonderful time of the year for most people can

has always been helping those with the

feel like a marathon for those in recovery—particularly those in

disease of addiction. She went on to become

early recovery. The key is to anticipate emotional pitfalls and put

certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug

some self-compassionate bubble wrap around yourself.

Counselor (CAADC) and in 2015, alongside her

» Anticipate emotional triggers.

husband David, established Sanford Addiction

» Establish boundaries and take care of yourself.

Treatment Centers with a 10 bed women’s facility in Grand Rapids. The facility’s mission was to elevate the effectiveness and availability of treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUDs). Today, Sanford Behavioral

» Manage family stressors. » Maintain your recovery routine and your therapeutic alliance. » Plan your exit routes and answers to inquiring minds. IN THE WAKE OF THE PANDEMIC’S EFFECTS,

Health is a substance use disorder, eating

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT CARING FOR

disorder, and co-occurring mental health

THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES MOVING

treatment facility serving the state of

FORWARD?

Michigan and beyond, with a goal of providing

Mental health came to the forefront during the pandemic, with

evidence-based programs, support and

a 29% increase in overdose deaths (CDC), a 40% increase in calls

education to those in recovery, their families

to eating disorder hotlines (NEDA) and 60% of adults reporting

and communities.

increased alcohol use (NIH). I think the pandemic’s positive aspect

Green has dedicated her working career to chipping away at the shame associated with addiction and mental illness. We sat down with her to learn more about Sanford’s newest facility, handling the holidays and more.

is the acknowledgement, after imposed isolation, that connection is a universal panacea to mental health conditions. In a time when loneliness and digital interactions are on the rise, creating connections can improve our health, happiness and overall wellbeing. Similarly, connection with like-minded individuals has long been the cornerstone of addiction recovery.

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