From the Publisher February 2020

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Dear Readers,

Our cover photo of Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley shows a man facing a challenge with determination, hoping to lead the city to a new level of unity. With a long history of service, he’s “Flint, through-and-through.” He shared his thoughts with MCM about how he plans to make much-needed changes. We wish him great success!

Flint’s Downtown revitalization is ongoing with people following their dreams and bringing new energy to the city. This month, we visited Flint Trading Co., a shop offering unique home goods, jewelry and art pieces created by talented local and regional artisans.

Of course, Flint is celebrating Black History Month, an observance that shines a light on the achievements of notable African American artists and leaders. We have compiled an interesting list of “Firsts” in “My Afterthought”.

“My Sports” has been featuring groups of local standouts – this month’s “greatest” are homegrown hockey stars. Flint has always taken pride in its hockey teams and our history includes some phenomenal athletes! Take a look at Greater Flint’s “Ice Kings”. We wrap up the series in April with baseball.

There are two “My Music” pieces this month. We profile the Flint Scottish Pipe Band – it’s been around since 1916 and is a great example of family tradition. And, we all enjoyed being transported back to a simpler time for “Vinyl is Cool Again.” Is popping in a pair of AirPods really the best way to enjoy music? Local record shops are hopping again with fans of vinyl’s purity and newbies looking for a different music experience. I’m definitely glad I still have my turntable.

What do you think of when you hear “Cheap Eats?” We rounded up some of our City’s Choice Awards vote recipients to highlight a few of their affordable menu favorites. Dining out is as much about atmosphere as food or price – I’m a big fan of Battiste’s Temple Dining Room in Downtown Flint. You should give it a try!

Following the huge success of two My City events in 2019 – the Evening of Tequila and My Wedding Bridal Fair – we’re lining up some exciting things for 2020. We’ll kick it off with an aged rum-tasting event in March. Get your tickets today – the tequila tasting sold out quickly.

Cheers!

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