From the Publisher



Dear Readers,

So great to see the late spring green! I think we’re all ready to celebrate the coming of summer, such a great time in Michigan and Downtown Flint. Speaking of celebrations…

It should be obvious from our cover that we’re celebrating our first birthday. Many thanks to Miss Evelyn at Rolls ‘R’ Ready for baking us that sweet little cake. I’m pretty sure that was the first time anyone photographed a cake on the top of The Durant! And yes, it was delicious.

In your hands is our first anniversary issue and I must say that if feels like our first volume was produced on a roller coaster! When we started this journey, the veterans on my team were energized by a new project and the talented people who came on board share the passion for our city. So, we stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park! I truly feel that we are producing one of the best, if not the best city magazine in the country.

For the past year, we’ve been so excited by the incredibly positive feedback and of course, it helps to drive us forward. We were amazed to be nominated for a prestigious award after printing just a few issues! But rather than rest on our laurels, we continue to fine-tune our concept with every issue. Not only is MCM doing well, we’re committed to meeting every expectation. Be ready for some unexpected and exciting announcements in July!

I want to thank all of the advertisers who have supported us – from large corporations, small local merchants, colleges, hospitals, non-profits and every business in between, your loyalty, patronage and support is what makes My City happen. It’s great to hear that our monthly format has proved a worthy business investment for so many. And of course, my thanks to those who have shown their support by subscribing. I’m so proud to produce the top-selling magazine at Barnes & Noble!

Of course, it’s all about our content, and our anniversary issue is no exception. On pg. 8 is a story about Bishop International Airport Director, Jim Rice, who will soon retire. If you’ve lived in the area for the last 20 years, you have seen the transformation at the airport, and that phenomenal growth was overseen by Jim, a real visionary. Our community and the entire state owe him many thanks, and I want to offer him a “job well done” and my wish for a happy retirement!

We always love to do stories about great food. Growing up in Flint, if we were talking about hot dogs, we were talkin’ about Koegel’s! I remember every restaurant that served Coneys proudly displayed a neon “Koegel’s” sign in their window, and still do. It’s not only a household name; the Koegel family is also incredibly generous and has supported the community in many ways. Also in the “My Eats” spot is Cork on Saginaw, a Downtown favorite. The proprietor Marge Murphy is a friend, and I admire her creativity in offering a unique dining experience.

There’s been so much going on! Check out our “My Haps” section and you’ll see all the fine people who turned out not just for some great parties, but to support many local charities. My City is full of givers, and that’s something to be proud of.

We’re proud to be part of your lives every month. And so begins Volume 2!

Thanks for reading,


Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief



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