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    Local cosplayers, from left: Jennifer Smargiasso (Beauty), Jake Andrews (Deadpool), and Laura Schubkegel (Cinderella).

    © 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Cosplay on Display From stormtroopers to superheroes, this is serious dress-up
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    Syed Habib Fawaz, 31, plays pickleball on the courts at the YMCA of Greater
    Kalamazoo’s Portage branch.

    © 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Pickleball Despite its name, this 'addictive' sport is scoring with locals
  • Encore-Magazine-WMU-Dancer-2017-photos-December-2017

    WMU dance student Samantha Soltis rehearses Loïe Fuller’s Fire Dance. Photo taken for January 2017 Encore.

    © 2017 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Revealed A treasure trove of unpublished Encore photos from this year's stories
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    Food Medicine The prescription for health is on your plate
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Texas-Corners-Taps-October-2017

    The restaurants' taps feature Texas Corners Brewing Co.’s brews and ciders.

    © 2017 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Tractors, Taps and Tables How a farming family branched out into the brewery business
  • Encore-Magazine-Features-Edward-Montgomery-WMU-September-2017

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    Edward Montgomery WMU’s ninth ‘Bronco-in-Chief’ takes the reins
  • Encore-Magazine-Feature-Permaculture-Mike-Hoag-Kim-Willis-August-2017

    Kim Willis and Mike Hoag stand in front of Lillie House, their home and permaculture garden on Douglas Avenue.

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    Beautiful & Bountiful Lillie House Permaculture creates pathways to plenty
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    Flavor Faves The ice cream tastes that locals go for
  • Encore-Magazine-Arts-Jeremiah-Barnes-June-2017 A Lot of Buzz How Jeremiah Barnes’ business keeps him as busy as his bees
  • Encore-Magazine-KVCC-Food-Innovation-students-October-2016

    KVCC student Tristin Janson, left, and production manager Ben Bylsma, far right, work a row of plants as Rachel Bair and instructor Lee Arbogast (center left and right, respectively) observe.

    From Seed to Saute KVCC students learn food innovation from the ground up
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From left, Alysia Cook (Snow Queen), Jennifer Smargiasso (Beauty) and Laura Schubkegel (Cinderella) are just three of Pretty Princess HQ's nearly 10 princesses that perform and entertain children.

© 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

The Business of Cosplay:Pretty Princess HQ
Encore-Magazine-features-pickleball- awaz-January-2018

Syed Habib Fawaz, 31, plays pickleball on the courts at the YMCA of Greater
Kalamazoo’s Portage branch.

© 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

PickleballDespite its name, this 'addictive' sport is scoring with locals

What's Happening in SW Michigan

Up Front

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Good Works

Savor

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Enterprise

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Arts

Back Story

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