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May your holidays...
Supply chain issues hit home as we prepared to go to press with this issue of Pointe Magazine. It appears there is a paper shortage affecting publishers nationwide, including us!

Well, maybe it’s a misnomer to call it a shortage since paper is available — at a price. We saw our printing cost go up 30% this time. Ouch! But at least we got printed! Hopefully the New Year will bring more paper availability!

Even though we are still technically in a pandemic, business activity is picking up as folks begin their holiday shopping.
In this issue of Pointe Magazine, we have included our annual “Merry & Bright” pages featuring Pointe businesses. Be sure to shop local!

Speaking of the supply chain, the “big box” stores are getting hit hard with much of their goods stranded at sea. So to avoid long lines and empty shelves, shop locally!

And don’t forget to shop the Upscale Resale shop operated by the folks at the Full Circle Foundation. You can even shop online:

Terry and I were fortunate to be asked to serve as this year’s honorary co-chairs of Full Circle’s annual gala An Evening Under the Stars.

Full Circle is a model of serving young adults with special needs in the community. As well as running the store, the students operate laundry and shredding services and a community garden. Full Circle is also instrumental in placing students in paid employment through the community. They even run the Grosse Pointe Shores concession stand.

We are very fortunate to have such a great program for the young people with special needs in our community.

As always be sure to patronize our many valued businesses and advertisers, without whom this magazine would not exist and the Grosse Pointes would not be such great place to live and work.
See you around the Pointe this holiday season!
— John

... be Merry & Bright

As many of you know, Peggy Kitchel, Grosse Pointe Public Library Assistant Director, retired at the end of October. For more than three years, she has contributed to every issue in the form of Peggy’s Picks, a book recommendation column.

Prior to every deadline, the list would arrive in my inbox and I would scour the titles, hoping to see ones I had just read (rarely) and jot down the ones I would look up on my next trip to the library (always). Her book summaries are some of the most concise and compelling hooks I have read. We wish Peggy all the best in retirement and thank her for her thoughtful column.

Though this issue marks the final Peggy’s Picks, we look forward to sharing the library’s staff picks in a continued series! Look out for the new column in the Jan-Feb issue.

Of course, our Nov-Dec issue is bursting with holiday magic ­— from the return of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade to the vital funds raised by The Family Center’s Hollyfest.

After last year, people are hungry for social events and eager to be entertained. It comes as no surprise that events are selling out faster than ever before. On page 28, we feature Starry Lights, the new immersive and interactive light display at Ford House. We advise acting fast to ensure tickets!

Then there’s the return of live theater and Grosse Pointe Theatre’s holiday show: Marty Bufalini’s It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Show — details on page 12. It’s going to be a heartwarming homecoming to Christmas entertainment and I’ve already snagged my tickets. Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert at Our Lady Star of the Sea is another must-attend performance, with its rarely performed Leopold Mozart piece and sing-along finale, details on page 77.

Finally, please take a special look at the businesses listed in our annual shopping guide, Merry & Bright. With all of your holiday retail and service needs at your doorstep, please shop local and make this holiday season ‘merry and bright’ for our advertisers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to share Grosse Pointe stories and the Pointes wouldn’t be such a magical place year round.


Advertisers love the nearly 20,000 circulation and our FREE (and encouraged!) color, not to mention the competitive low prices. (For a copy of our rate card, click here. To see a copy of our current issue, click here. Flip version: tug at corners or use right or left arrow keys to change pages.)

If you or your family or friends live in Grosse Pointe and have not received a copy of the magazine at home, contact us! If they are out of the Pointes, they can subscribe for just $20 a year. Again, please give us a call or shoot us an email!

Publishers John and Terry Minnis of Grosse Pointe Woods look forward to discussing our exciting magazine and business venture with you! Call us at (313) 640-8955 or send email to!