“From the Publisher” – March 2015

Dear Readers,

So, I have to state the obvious … this cover rocks! Who is hotter right now than Flint native, Terry Crews? As a magazine publisher of nearly two decades, it’s still thrilling to have a truly exciting story materialize and be able to share it with our readers. Our team got in touch with Terry’s people out in L.A. and arranged for Staff Writer Cheryl Dennison to interview him. They chatted for almost 40 minutes! He’s definitely one of Flint’s biggest success stories – I know you’ll enjoy our Q&A (and there’s more on our website!)

I’m always so proud of our content and the eagerness of people to participate. We have two “My Business” pieces this month – the first one is Paw Palace, a pet day care, boarding and grooming facility that really does offer pets the royal treatment. My dog Oscar has spent many nights in their private suite enjoying a comfy sofa and an ice cream treat. (Yup, he’s spoiled.) Heidi McAra has grown her business because she and her team love every animal that comes through the door like it was their own. The photos will definitely make you smile. And I’ll admit it – I didn’t know that there is a “furniture resurrection” company in the area, and this man has a true passion for what he does. You can see some of his craftsmanship Downtown at Café Rhema. Check out the “My Business” piece on Cliff’s Furniture Resurrection & Custom Upholstery.

In our “My Eats” feature this month is Krystal Jo’s Diner, a small but special burger place. I’ve yet to enjoy a meal there as of this writing, mostly because I only eat burgers (usually veggie) a few times a year. But, after MCM photographer Mike “shoot it & eat it” Naddeo took photos there and I saw what he had for lunch (and breakfast), I’m ready to head over there for a burger and fries soon.

In addition to all the “fun” stuff, we enjoy shining a light on influential people in our area. March is Women’s History Month, so we devoted a section to women who are making an impact on the community. I want to thank all of them for taking time from their busy schedules. Another prominent woman is featured in our new profile, “My Day” – Davin Pierson Torre, Director of the Flint School of Performing Arts. Through my involvement with the Cultural Center, I’m fortunate to spend a lot of time with Davin and I’ve always admired her talent and dedication. She’s been at the helm of the FSPA for over 19 years, and this feature is a snapshot of her role there.

Speaking of snapshots – the “My Haps” section is packed with 17 pages of photos from recent events, one that happened just two days before press time. Hundreds of faces in this issue – so much going on! Our photographers braved the seriously sub-zero wind chills to capture the many happenings and the hardy folks who turned out to attend them despite the weather. Be sure to check for YOUR face in this issue!

While producing MCM keeps us perpetually ahead of ourselves, it’s encouraging to now be preparing our April issue … spring can’t come soon enough.
Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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