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Think love...

In every March-April issue, we feature a Grosse Pointe wedding. This one is unique. Due to the pandemic, Katie and Patrick’s wedding plans were upended. But the Grosse Pointe Park couple insists that the day was better for its paring down. 

Katie described to me the narrowing of their vision from 100 people to immediate family. The focus went from external wedding planning stress to “just about our marriage and becoming a family,” said Katie.

At its best, this seems to be a central takeaway from the last year — paring our attention down to what matters most. Aside from family and wellness, it is also community.

Take special note of the wonderful local vendors Katie and Patrick enlisted to make their small, backyard wedding a new dream come true. Like those vendors, the businesses we have featured in this issue have done their best to pivot with the changing demands of the pandemic. 

Detroit Historical Society, whose venues we feature for the first time here, will offer virtual receptions with meal delivery. Gail Busby of DHS emphasizes, among other rental space innovations, the stunning Riverside Lawn as a safer, outdoor event option during uncertain times.

Then there is Cheese to Please. Owner Missy Kordas Stines’ creativity with gourmet grazing boards was on full display this past year. For socially distanced events, Missy introduced individually packaged servings.

So while we may not be back to jam-packed wedding receptions just yet, there are still countless ways for us to support local businesses (and families) while planning our special, smaller, events. 

This issue isn’t the only reason I have weddings on the mind. My brother Matt is newly engaged to my future sister-in-law, Kristen. Maybe it’s because he is the youngest of three and the last in our family to get married. Or maybe it’s because we’ve spent the last year not socializing. But either way, we look forward to celebrating these high school sweethearts in a big way next year. Congratulations, Matt and Kristen! 

Like Katie and Patrick, I hope you find ways to safely celebrate the special moments of your life this spring.

— Lauren
... think spring! 



As I write this, Black History Month is drawing to a close. That is why we are so pleased to have a story in this issue of Pointe Magazine about the new Michigan historical marker at Grosse Pointe South High School recognizing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech March 14, 1968, at “The High.”

I remember three years ago we were discussing the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “The Other America” speech. It struck me what an important and historical event that was, complete with protests and animosity, but welcomed by most. And I wondered, why don’t we have a Michigan historical marker commemorating the event. I started looking into what it would take to apply for the marker, and I mentioned it at a Grosse Pointe News Advisory Board meeting. I also mentioned there were costs involved in obtaining and installing the marker.

Advisory board member Bob Taylor, CEO of Grosse Pointe Board of REALTORS®, responded immediately, saying that he thought the National Association of REALTORS® would sponsor it. Sure enough, he and his staff applied for the NAR grant and got it. They then went on to apply for the marker and, with the help and assistance of the school district state historical commission, got the wording approved. The marker arrived at Grosse Pointe South High School about a month before the 51st anniversary of the Dr. King speech. We are forever grateful to the GPBR, Grosse Pointe Public School System, South Mothers’ Club and everyone else who supported and assisted in this project. Future generations will benefit from it. 

On another front, I am optimistic that schools, businesses and institutions will fully, safely reopen as soon as more vaccines get into Pointers’ arms. I am scheduled to get my first shot and hopefully by the end of March will be receiving my second. We can’t wait to start dining at our many fabulous restaurants and shopping more regularly at our many fine stores and businesses.
As I always say, be sure to patronize our many businesses and advertisers. It has been a tough year for all of them, and we are grateful so many have weathered the pandemic. See you around the Pointe! 
—John



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