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Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor Features

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Muse GR aligns purpose and passion with creativity on the westside

The city has seen its fair share of art galleries over the years, but this year a new space opened up with their version of a modern urban gallery as Muse GR, and the rest is history. Publisher Tommy Allen sits down with Muse GR's Stephen Smith, M.Ed. and Taylor Smith.

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G-Sync: Co-Housing is Personal and Community-Building

Rapid Growth's former editor, Anna Gustafson, reported on this local matter with her piece, "The search for affordable housing in Grand Rapids: How housing co-ops are making a difference" in 2016. This month, publisher Tommy Allen sits down with a community member who has been living in one of the city's longest-running co-housing residences for nearly 18 years.

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G-Sync: In Life Now husband and wife team once again expand their brand

Bryan and Toresa Blakely of In Life Now Travel are setting a refreshing local standard about how area entrepreneurs in love are able to support each other as they navigate the relaunch of their business.

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G-Sync: Juana Williams' migration from Detroit to Grand Rapids ushers in a new era of art here

Last month, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) welcomed Detroit’s Juana Williams as their Exhibitions Curator. Publisher Tommy Allen sat down this month with her to get to know a bit more about her vision in this important role.  

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G-Sync: Refugee Education Center advances new Americans through solutions-based programs

For this month's conversation piece, we sit down with the Refugee Education Center's Executive Director Susan Kragt to garner a bit of insight into our region's vast and robust refugee population and how they are assisting in building meaningful solutions that enhance and grow our community for the better.
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