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Fall means back to business

We have launched a daunting, ambitious project that will be of great service to our readers. The magazine is currently delivered by a private carrier company door to door to every home in the Pointes. While that service has been 90% reliable, we would like to improve on that. 

We would much prefer delivering Pointe Magazine via U.S. mail; however, due to the success of the magazine and its page count, mail delivery has been cost prohibitive. But there is a way we can mail more economically: under a Periodical permit.

To qualify for a permit, we need to get half the households in the Pointes to sign up to receive the magazine at their homes. It would still be free — no cost to those residing in the 48230 and 48236 ZIP codes. Rather than subscribers, Pointe recipients of the magazine would be “Requestors.”

Figuring there are some 18,000 homes in the Pointes, that means we need 9,000 Requestors. As I said, quite a daunting task. But we have time to accomplish that task since mail requests are good for three years.

To request the magazine when it is available via U.S. mail, go to our website,, and click the Subscribe tab and follow the prompts. Below is the QR code for smart phone users.  

If you have an questions, feel free to call us at (313) 640-8955. Thanks for your support! Those outside the Pointes and businesses can subscribe to the magazine for only $25/year by going to the same link above.

As always, be sure to patronize our many loyal advertisers and businesses this summer and tell them you saw them — or not! — in Pointe Magazine.

See you around the Pointe!

John Minnis


I guess it’s fitting that for our back-to-school issue I have all things literary on the mind.

First, I am honored to join the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation Board of Directors. I have long had the joy of writing stories about our stellar library system and we are proud to publish Book Buzz, a regular series featuring Grosse Pointe Public Library librarians’ latest book recommendations.

What I’m especially excited about this year is the upcoming Foundation fundraiser, Books & Bubbles, on Oct. 26 at Ford House. Many of you are familiar with the annual Masquerade. This year, the Foundation is switching it up. We will be hosting a sparkling celebration of books with a more laid-back atmosphere and some bubbly activities and drinks to match. The price will also be dropped to $100 a ticket. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring your neighbor. I so hope to see you there!

Second, I am newly returned from the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This year the Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary of producing some of the best theater in the world. Of the three we saw, Much Ado About Nothing was my favorite. I haven’t laughed that loudly or continuously in a long time. My aunt and uncle will tell you — there were folks howling behind us. I imagined it was a bit like being at The Globe during Shakespeare’s time. 

In my chat with the Festival’s Publicity Director, Ann Swerdfager, I was happy to hear that the season is back to normal after a few devastatingly low years. The season runs through mid-October and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Since I regret not snagging tickets to Rent or A Wrinkle in Time and Stratford is just two and a half hours away, I am considering a quick return.

Finally, I had the joy of attending a soft opening of Flyleaf. By the time this goes to print, the bookshop, bistro and bar will have been open for weeks, but I am still in awe. 

As we gear up to go back to school, I am grateful to live in a community with three library branches, Flyleaf, Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe and Shaw’s Books. Here’s to a wonderful fall chapter!

Lauren McGregor