January 2017Jackson Living 2017
Available online now is the 2017 issue of Jackson Living, the annual official publication of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The full-color guide includes a Membership Directory of all Chamber members, as well as a Buying Guide, listed by business type. A special section in this issue looks at the vision for downtown Jackson, featuring detailed illustrations of both what the city could look like as well as plans that are already under way. Read it online today!
December 2016Meet the 30 and Under Class!
For the ninth year, we honor the top young professionals in Jackson County. Inside this issue you’ll meet the 12 honorees of the 2016 30 and Under class who are recognized for success on the job as well as their involvement in the community. Also, we look back at five members of the 30 and Under class from 2011 and see how their lives and careers have evolved in the past five years. Read it today!
November 2016Downtown Jackson
This month Jackson Magazine heads to downtown Jackson, looking at a variety of businesses. On the cover is Mindy Bradish-Orta, who helms three organizations – the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Experience Jackson, and the Anchor Initiative – and is one of the leaders changing the face of downtown. This issue also features Bond and Company, which has called downtown home for decades, and Gilbert Chocolates, which has moved its manufacturing facility and retail store downtown. Bonus issue: Included in November is a special Working in Jackson issue, which highlights businesses 25 years and up. Read it online today!
October 2016Women in Business
This month, we feature successful women in three different industries. On the cover is Michelle Moore, owner of Not So Shabby, Oh! So Chic, a growing business that also offers a variety of art classes. Inside you will read about Johnene Gaston, who realized her dream by opening Quality Life Hearing Center, and Dr. Meaghan Brent, who has successfully grown her chiropractic practice. Read it cover to cover online!
September 2016Honoring our Angels
For the ninth year, Jackson Magazine is recognizing the shining stars in the local health care community. These awards honor people in all areas of the health care industry who go above and beyond their job description to care for their patients and the community as a whole. The awards include a special Legacy Award, honoring a man who has made a tremendous impact on senior care in Jackson. Read their stories online today!
August 2016Dining in Jackson
This month we look at an always-popular topic – Food & Dining. Featured on our cover are Carlos and Rachel Perez of Chilango’s; they own and operate four restaurants in the county, all featuring authentic Mexican cuisine. Also in this issue is a look at Rudy’s Drive-In, the only drive-in spot in Jackson. Always crowded during the summer, the restaurant brings burgers, fries, root beer and more right to your car. And we also spotlight the new, popular outdoor seating at The Oak Tree Lounge. Read it online today!
July 2016Making it happen
As it is every year, the July issue of Jackson Magazine is all about the local manufacturing industry. On our cover is Diversified Engineering & Plastics and its President & CEO, Anita-Maria Quillen. We also feature Alro Steel, which is celebrating 100 years of metals, as well as the Lean training available at the Jackson Area Career Center. This issue also includes the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Membership Directory. Read it online from cover to cover!
June 2016New life for old buildings
Real Estate is the theme for this issue, and we look at it from various perspectives. Our cover story looks at how companies have radically transformed and re-purposed old buildings. For instance, Richmond Brothers moved from its Napoleon location to a former airplane hangar at the Jackson County Airport. Consumers Energy recently unveiled its Innovation Center, and the Jackson Candy & Fudge Factory underwent a three-year-long renovation. Also inside, we look at companies that have boosted their visibility by moving to a new location, and we examine the state of the local real estate market.
May 2016Top Teachers of 2016
For the sixth year, Jackson Magazine has named the five Top Teachers of Jackson County. Karen Brockie from Hanover Horton Elementary is the Teacher of the Year, and she receives $5,000, thanks to a grant from the Jackson Community Foundation and the Hurst Foundation. The four Top Teachers receive $1,000 grants each, for classroom use and/or personal development. Read all about these five extraordinary teachers today!
April 2016Breaking new ground
This month, we look at companies in the health-care field that are growing and/or expanding. On the cover is Mid-Michigan Health Centers; the three doctors are expanding the busy family care practice by an additional 3,000 square feet. We also look at the ORS Fieldhouse and Total Performance Training Center, the latest project from Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, as well as the quest of the Jackson YMCA for a new facility. Also inside as a pull-out: the Jackson Anchor Initiative 2016 Community Report. Read it today!
March 2016Best of Jackson
The votes have been tallied, and we have all six winners of this year’s Best of Jackson. We received more than 13,000 votes in this year’s contest, which featured a new, two-part format. Readers chose their favorite businesses in six categories, including Best Chiropractor, Best Diner, Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts, and more. In addition to featuring the winners, we also highlight the remaining two finalists in each category. Read it online now!
February 2016Arts & Culture
This month we take a look at people and places that shape the culture of Jackson. Our cover story features Steampunk Eddie, the local artist who has made a name for himself both here in Jackson as well as nationwide. In addition, we highlight the exhibits and events that Ella Sharp Museum offers to the community, and we look at the big plans visionaries have for downtown. Read it here now!
December 201530 and Under Class of 2015
For the eighth year, we are honoring the top young professionals in Jackson County. This year we are recognizing 14 young adults who are making a difference on the job and in the community. In addition, we take a look back with a few members of the Class of 2010 and see what they have been up to the past five years. Check it out today!
This month, we take a look at some organizations that have been serving Jackson for generations. On the cover, we feature Blair's Car Care, a business that launched in 1922 and has undergone many transformations to stay current with changing times. We also highlight Vermeulen's Furniture, a fourth-generation business open for 91 years. Other organizations with decades of history are also profiled in the November issue, and we include an advertising timeline featuring businesses open since the 1800's. Included with this issue is The Giving Guide, your directory to local nonprofit organizations. Check it out today!
2015 Jackson Co. Giving GuideConnecting with Jackson County’s philanthropists and businesses
Nonprofit organizations provide many valuable services to the members of our community, from helping abused children to food banks to education. The Jackson County Giving Guide, produced by Jackson Publishing Co., is designed to connect these nonprofits with the individuals, families and companies that care about their mission.
November 2015Downtown Jackson
This month Jackson Magazine> heads to downtown Jackson, looking at a variety of businesses. On the cover is Mindy Bradish-Orta, who helms three organizations – the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Experience Jackson, and the Anchor Initiative – and is one of the leaders changing the face of downtown. This issue also features Bond and Company, which has called downtown home for decades, and Gilbert Chocolates, which has moved its manufacturing facility and retail store downtown. Bonus issue: Included in November is a special Working in Jackson issue, which highlights businesses 25 years and up. Read it online today!
September 2015Health Care Angels
For the eighth year, we honor the Health Care Angels in Jackson County. The 12 professionals honored represent all facets of the health care industry – from physicians and nurses, to administrators and volunteers – and go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis to serve others. Read their stories today!
August 2015Keeping Jackson Fit
This month, with Fitness & Recreation as our theme, we highlight local organizations that make it their business to help the community stay fit – and have fun. On our cover is Josh Burgett of Michigan International Speedway. MIS is much more than NASCAR and has become the place to go for festivals, concerts, and much more. We also feature the Jackson YMCA and the Jackson City Parks and Rec; both organizations offer year-round activities for all ages. Read it online today!
July 2015Manufacturing in Jackson
Every year in July we highlight manufacturing, which is a crucial industry in Jackson County. On our cover is Denise Losey of Jackson Tumble Finish, which has been serving customers for nearly six decades. We also talk with Mike Jones of SCMW!, who has unique insight into the local manufacturing industry, and we profile Jackson Makerspace. In addition, the issue includes the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Membership Directory, giving you quick access to both local businesses and those serving Jackson. Check it out today!
June 2015Keeping Jackson entertained
This month is all about the fun in Jackson. Our cover features Jackson Radio Works, as well as Jamie “The Big Dog” McKibbin, a well-known Jackson radio personality. The media group has the local entertainment scene covered! We also share how the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) has added new programs to expand its audience, and how the Entertainment Jackson online calendar keeps everyone informed of what’s happening and when. Read it online, cover to cover, here!
May 2015Top Teachers 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, we reveal the five Top Teachers of Jackson County. On the cover is Suzanne Woolworth of Parma Elementary, who was selected the Teacher of the Year. Thanks to a partnership with the Hurst Foundation and the Jackson Community Foundation, she will receive $5,000. In addition, four Top Teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant. Read all about these top teachers in this issue!
April 2015Business is Child’s Play
This month is all about kids – or, organizations that make it their business to serve children and their families. On the cover we feature the Jackson School of the Arts and Executive Director Kim Hastings. The JSA has grown tremendously and offers dozens of programs for kids ages 2 and up in art, theater and dance. We also highlight Jan’s Dance Connection in Brooklyn and how the Jackson District Library has reached out to kids with digital offerings, an expanded Meijer branch, and more. Also in this issue: a must-have resource for parents. We feature a guide to classes, camps and more for kids throughout the summer. Read it today!
March 2015Celebrating the Best of Jackson
We announce the winners in 10 categories in our annual Best of Jackson issue. You, the readers of Jackson Magazine, cast thousands of votes to choose the winner in categories such as Best Coffee, Best Steak Hoagie, Best Pre-School and much more. We feature Crossroads Animal Hospital – a two-time winner – on our cover. Look inside to see the other top businesses. Also, this month, we are celebrating the 250th issue of Jackson Magazine. Check it out now!
February 2015No Place Like Home
Health care is the topic this month, and the February issue looks at local organizations that are serving the community. On the cover are Kay and John Mykala, the owners of Right at Home of South Central Michigan, which helps older adults maintain their independence and stay longer in their homes. Another organization serving seniors is the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, which is based in Brooklyn. Also, we feature how Dr. Charles Girard, who has been serving dental patients for more than 40 years, has transitioned his practice to Pound & Pound Family Dentistry. Read it today online!
January 2015Your guide to Jackson
Now available is the 2015 Jackson Living issue, the annual official publication of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The full-color guide includes a membership directory of all Chamber members, as well as a Buyer’s Guide, listed by business type. Check it out today!
December 2014Meet our 30 and Under class
This month we honor the top young professionals in the Jackson area. Our 18 winners have demonstrated both excellence on the job as well as a commitment to the community through volunteer efforts. Be prepared to be amazed at the accomplishments of the 2014 class! In addition, we take a look back at a few members of the 2009 class – see how far they have come in five year. Read it today online!
November 2014Cats and dogs and pets, oh my!
The November issue of Jackson Magazine is all about pets. Our cover story features UNLEASHED and lovin’ it!, a family business which offers doggie daycare, lodging, retail items and much more. We also highlight the Cascades Humane Society, which connects pets and owners, as well as photographer Carrie Stadelman of Freeland Photography. Among her specialties are pet photos, and she strives to capture each animal’s personality. Read it online today!
October 2014Agriculture in Jackson
Farming is big business in Jackson County. This month, we take a look at agriculture in a number of ways. Inside is a feature on Weir Farming is big business in Jackson County. This month, we take a look at agriculture in a number of ways. Inside is a feature on Weir Farms, a family business that has endured through the decades. We explore the presence of the MSU Extension in the county, and we look at what local farmers markets have to offer this fall. Our cover story on Lone Oak Vineyard Estate examines the winery business and another side of agriculture. Read it today!
September 2014Health Care Angels
Here they are – the 2014 Health Care Angels. For the seventh year, we honor individuals in the health care industry who are making a difference. From doctors and nurses, to resident aides, administrators and volunteers, these Angels were nominated and chosen for their dedication to the community. This year, we honor 11 Angels – read their stories today!
August 2014Focus on Finance
The theme of the August issue of Jackson Magazine is finance, and inside we look at the topic from a variety of angles. First, our cover story features the Walton Insurance Group, which recently unveiled its new name, along with expanded services. Next, we ask local experts a number of common finance questions. Included topics are: saving for college, planning for retirement, choosing a financial planner, and much more. Check it out today!
July 2014Spotlight on Manufacturing
Every year in July, Jackson Magazine focuses on manufacturing. The cover story looks at Eagle Powder Coating, a thriving niche business founded by owner Matt Olinyk. In addition, we highlight programs that are inspiring and training tomorrow’s workers. The Girl M-Powered program teaches girls various aspects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and Goodwill Industries offers a number of programs to help students and adults in the workforce. In addition, this issue features the annual Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Membership Directory. Read it online now!
June 2014Dining in Jackson
Dining in Jackson
What’s for dinner? Check out the many options in the Jackson area. Heading downtown? Our cover story features the many choices available, such as a brewery, a sports bar, Mexican food, salads and more. Pub goers will also find a guide to places that have a varied menu, a family friendly atmosphere, and large-screen TVs to watch a game. We also feature the three local lakefront restaurants. Read it online now!
May 2014Meet the Top Teachers!
Now in its fourth year, the Top Teachers Awards puts the
spotlight on five Jackson County teachers who are making a
difference. This year, find out what makes Andy Runkel of
Jackson High School the Teacher of the Year. In addition, four
teachers have been selected as a Top Teacher. New this year,
each teacher receives a $500 grant for use in the classroom.
Jackson Community Foundation President and CEO Monica Moser
explains how the grants came about and reveals exciting new
developments for the Top Teachers program. Also in this issue:
a look at the Little Acorns Nature Preschool at Dahlem. Read it
today in the digital edition!
April 2014Making an Impression
Making an Impression
The April issue is all about the home. Our cover story looks at
how to best stage your home for a quick sale, at the price you
want. We also talk to three contractors, who explain how to add
resale value to your home through repairs and remodeling. In
addition, we look at the state of the local realty market and
how energy efficiency can help homeowners save money. Read it
today in our digital edition!
March 2014The Taster's Choice
Which businesses were named the Best of Jackson? Find out here!
Readers cast more than 3,000 votes for their favorite businesses in 10
categories. Our cover features Mat’s Café & Catering, which was
voted the Best of the Taste, from the Taste of Jackson last August.
Inside, we feature the winners in the remaining nine categories, such
as Best Drive-Thru Coffee, Best 24-Hour Access Fitness Facility and
Best Winery. Also inside: An online exclusive article – an interview
with the Dahlem Conservancy’s Rod Malloy. Read it today in our
February 2014Health Care
This issue highlights businesses that provide health-care treatments and opportunities for residents. On the cover is Watterson Family Dentistry, which gives back to the community in a variety of ways. Also featured is Gregory Optical, which has a long history in Jackson, and the YMCA, which offers programs for breast cancer survivors and those with Parkinson’s Disease. Read the issue online from cover to cover now!Read the February 2014 Edition
2014 Jackson Living GuideSpecial January Issue
The January issue of the magazine is the 2014 Jackson Living issue, the annual official publication of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Available online for the first time, this guide includes a membership directory for all Chamber members, as well as a Buying Guide, listed by business type. Refer to this guide year-round to find, locate and contact Jackson-area businesses.Read the 2014 Jackson Living Issue Online
December 201330 And Under
The December issue features the 2013 30 And Under Class, the top young professionals in the Jackson area. The 20 members of this year’s class were photographed at Ye Ole Carriage Shop, a Spring Arbor-based antique and class car museum owned by Lloyd and Judi Ganton. We also catch up with five members of the 2008 class and see how their careers and lives have evolved in the past five years. Check it out online today!Read the December 2013 Edition
November 2013Retail in Jackson
The November issue looks at three different retail businesses. On the cover is Picture This…Jackson, owned by Kyle Hockley and David Hood. The co-owners explain how they help customers preserve memories. We also feature Jim Winter Automotive Group and Jackson Pack N Ship!, which recently opened a second location. November’s issue also includes the annual Holiday Gift Guide, which offers a variety of gift-giving ideas. Check it out now in the digital edition.Read the November 2013 Edition
The October issue highlights three successful, female-led companies. On the cover we feature Culver’s, owned and operated by Karen Richard. In addition to running franchise locations here and in Ann Arbor, she also gives back to the Jackson community. This issue also includes stories about Columbia Animal Clinic and Libra Industries. Check it out now in the digital edition.Read the October 2013 Edition
Health Care Angels
For the sixth year, we honor local Health Care Angels who make extraordinary efforts to care for their patients. A committee of industry experts selected 12 professionals in a variety of health-care categories, ranging from nurses to doctors, dentists to volunteers, and even administrators. You can read their stories now in our digital edition.
August 2013Embracing Technology
The August issue looks at how technology is changing three very different industries. Our cover story shows how GPS and smartphones are helping farmer Jeff Alexander operate his business more efficiently. Second, wireless technology enables Comtronics to protect businesses and homes around the clock. Finally, teacher Kristy Lefere is pioneering flipped teaching in her Concord math classroom with tablets, smartphones and more. Read about it today in our digital edition!Read the August 2013 Issue Online
July 2013A Golden Celebration
Each year, the July issue of Jackson Magazine highlights local manufacturers. Featured on this year’s cover is Salco Engineering, which is marking 50 years of success. The issue also looks at the Agricultural Division of R.W. Mercer and includes a conversation with The Enterprise Group President/CEO Tim Rogers. Included in July is the annual membership directory of the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Read the July 2013 Issue Online
June 2013Fueling Innovation
The June issue highlights three automotive companies that are driving innovation in Jackson County. On the cover is Paul’s High Performance. Owned by Paul and Ronda Svinicki, this company has become a world-class muscle car enterprise. In addition, June also puts the spotlight on Amaesing Auto, which transforms vehicles into showpieces. Third, K&J Tire has been serving customers for more than 20 years, and the company combines old-fashioned service with cutting-edge technology.Read the June 2013 Issue Online
May 2013Top Teachers Awards
The top five teachers in Jackson County are recognized in the third annual Top Teachers Awards. Featured on the cover is the Teacher of the Year, Sue Crawford of Parma Elementary. You can read about Crawford and the entire class of the 2013 Top Teachers – representing elementary, middle and high schools – inside this issue.Read the May 2013 Issue Online
April 2013Show Time
General Materials, along with its Builder Walk showroom, is the cover story of the April issue – which is dedicated to residential improvement. Owner Andy Woell discusses the products and projects homeowners can consider when maintaining and enhancing both indoor and outdoor spaces. The issue also features a look at May’s Construction, which handles a variety of remodeling projects. Also included is an article on spring cleaning and getting your home ready for the summer. Read it online here!Read the April 2013 Issue Online
March 2013Date Knight Destination
Which businesses were named the Best of Jackson? Find out here! Readers cast more than 3,000 votes for their favorite businesses in nine categories. Our cover features Knight’s Steakhouse & Grill, which was voted the Best Date Night Restaurant. Knight’s Steakhouse was also a winner in last year’s Best of Jackson for Best Martini. Inside, we feature the winners in the remaining eight categories. Also inside: An online exclusive article about Experience Jackson. Read it today in our digital edition!Read the March 2013 Issue Online
February 2013A Growing Practice
Health care is the theme of the February issue of Jackson Magazine, and we spotlight three providers who are making an impact in the community. Our cover story features Dr. Tony Pinson and Pinson Urology, which provides care for men and women of all ages. We also spotlight A-S-C Orthotics & Prosthetics and Highland Alzheimer's Care. This issue also features an online exclusive - an interview with the president of AT&T Michigan.Read the February 2013 Issue Online