2018 Insider's Guide to the Pointes and Harper Woods with Grosse Pointe Chamber Member Directory
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Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that it is 2018 already! We have so much to be excited about in Grosse Pointe. We have near 100 percent occupancy in our commercial districts. Homes are selling quickly, and spring will surely bring more homes on the market.

We’re really excited to be staring off 2018 in our new home in The Village. Previously, we published Pointe Magazine out of our home across from Our Lady Star of the Sea in the Woods. And while that worked out well — and you couldn’t beat the rent! — it was difficult for meetings with sources, advertisers, readers and friends.

Our new offices above the Village Grille dining room (entrance off Notre Dame at alley) are lovely and in the “heart of Grosse Pointe.” The hustle and bustle of a downtown area — especially during the holidays — was a real treat. We were definitely filled with the holiday spirit this year!

We hope to keep the positive spirit alive throughout the rest of the year, and what better way to do that than with Pointe Magazine. We never run out of good stories to tell about Grosse Pointe people, places and organizations, and we really appreciate the tips we get from readers. Keep them coming!
All in all, we consider ourselves pretty fortunate to be here in Grosse Pointe at this time. We invite you to pay us a visit at our new digs (except on Tuesday, Grosse Pointe News production day!). We’re pretty proud of our office, and everyone who visits is blown away.

Truly, we are looking forward to 2018 in The Village  and the Pointes — as blessed a community as there is anywhere.

As usual, we ask you to continue to patronize our many loyal advertisers, businesses and organizations that make life in Grosse Pointe so fulfilling.

Happy New Year and see you around the Pointe!

— John

As I write, the second major snow of the year is wetting the street behind me. The sound of car tires on a slick Kercheval carries through the window. I imagine that by the time you read this, we’ll have had a few more days like today. So here we go again, finding our tires, so to speak, in the changing season. 

I have to admit, our January-February issue is always the most difficult to organize. After the bustle and hubbub of the holiday season, the community becomes markedly, and naturally, quieter. 

For those who love the cold, I hope the arrival of Pointe Magazine with its snowy cover by Dominic Pangborn seems like a celebration of deepest winter. And for those who detest it, well, at least there’s the inherent hope in a new year. And maybe a resolution (or two) to attempt?

To me, Grosse Pointe was made for winter. The architecture, puffing chimneys, snow settled just so between bricks and upon eaves, the muted sky and icy glint off Lake St. Clair. It’s hard to beat that wintry morning light over the lake (unless, of course, you have a boat.)

Will you be celebrating winter in Grosse Pointe? There are countless opportunities to do so: Chilly-Fest in the Park on Jan. 13, WinterFest in the Woods on Jan. 27, WinterFest in the Farms on Feb. 3, among others.

And if the biting weather is more likely to force you indoors, remember the friendly and open doors of our local restaurants and shops. Catch a performance of Peter and the Starcatcher before dinner and drinks in the Park. Visit one of our libraries and pick up one of the recommended novels by Margie Reins Smith on page 18. Or mine for treasures at an estate sale. Reader Marlene L’Heureux proposed the idea for a piece about estate sales after regularly driving by their signs, but feeling unsure about how to tackle one. You can find tips on page 24. 

However you enjoy, or endure, the deepest of winter, I hope you stay cozy and warm! See you in March!

— Lauren


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