local businesses http://michiganradio.org en A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution http://michiganradio.org/post/new-era-dodds-records-grand-rapids-institution <p>Vinyl records. The sight and sound of an LP can unleash torrents of sentiment and memories for those who grew up dropping that needle onto a shiny record.</p><p>And if you've grown up only downloading your music digitally, you need to know that there’s nothing finer than wandering through the aisles of a record store – a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;record store like </span>Dodds<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Records in Grand Rapids, which has served music lovers for some 30 years.</span></p><p>With a new owner who is committed to keeping the love of records alive, the future for the venerable Grand Rapids business is looking bright.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16513 at http://michiganradio.org A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution Midtown Detroit woman is turning graffiti into jewelry http://michiganradio.org/post/midtown-detroit-woman-turning-graffiti-jewelry <p><em>"Defiant jewelry with a purpose!"</em></p><p>That's the slogan for a unique jewelry business that launched in the Midtown area of Detroit.</p><p>It's called Rebel Nell.</p><p>The goal? To turn actual pieces of graffiti found on the ground into jewelry. The company is hiring disadvantaged women, hoping to give them a hand-up from poverty and dependence.</p><p>Amy Peterson is a co-founder of Rebel Nell. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:10:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 15022 at http://michiganradio.org Midtown Detroit woman is turning graffiti into jewelry With deadlines looming, small businesses face confusion over health care changes http://michiganradio.org/post/deadlines-looming-small-businesses-face-confusion-over-health-care-changes <p>Michigan businesses are trying to get ready for changes to the health care system by the Affordable Care Act.<br><br>But there's a lot of confusion, especially for small businesses.<br><br>Jennifer Kluge with the Michigan Business and Professional Association says the new health care system will increase costs for small businesses.</p><p>"For small businesses, there's nothing affordable about health care reform," she said.</p><p>But Brett Williams with Michigan Consumers for Healthcare says it's too early to tell, but rates could decrease over time.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:32:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14290 at http://michiganradio.org With deadlines looming, small businesses face confusion over health care changes