Paul Kopenkoskey is a freelance writer for Gemini Publications who resides in Grand Rapids.
Spelling error serves as constant reminder for former teacher who purchased aunt’s cake shop.
December 16, 2016
Mary Scheidel remembers driving to a bakery on the West Side of Grand Rapids 21 years ago to pick up a cake for her son, Ian’s, baptism. Read More
Mel Trotter CEO Dennis Van Kampen opts for career in human services after destined for law enforcement career.
November 18, 2016
Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience. Read More
Peter Hugo Baldwin credits family trips, mentors for desire to become architect.
October 21, 2016
Peter Hugo Baldwin credits his choice of becoming an architect to an interconnected assortment of incidents that happened earlier in his life. Read More
‘WGVU Morning Show’ host turns to broadcasting after physical therapy job no longer fulfilled her.
September 23, 2016
Shelley Irwin likely would not have been this year’s ATHENA Award recipient had she remained content working as a physical therapist. Read More
Elizabeth Schenk left a job in corporate communications to run her award-winning business full time.
December 5, 2014
Elizabeth Schenk might still be working in corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc. had it not been for a business venture that progressively blossomed. Read More
The CEO of Preferred Construction Group promotes mentorship within the industry.
October 24, 2014
Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics. Read More
Tommy Fitzgerald’s eyes were opened to the importance of community at a very young age.
September 26, 2014
The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens’ lives in a constructive direction — and the reason he recently closed his downtown café. Read More
The local Pregnancy Resource Center is one of the largest in the country with an annual budget of $2 million.
August 22, 2014
Displayed inside Jim Sprague’s office are photos of his three children: Jacob, Madison and Kevin, ages 20, 14 and 11, respectively. Read More
The founder of the five-year-old Exodus Place strives to help residents find their purpose in life.
July 18, 2014
Robb Munger was nearly killed when a mortar shell knocked him off of his feet in Honduras, but he was rattled even more when the final payment of a property tax bill came knocking on his door. Read More
Business district is in flux, but new bus line may help.
June 20, 2014
Members of the Division Avenue Business Association say a new bus rapid transit line scheduled to start in August could draw new customers who may not be aware of the eclectic array of businesses that line the retail district. Read More