Karen Kraft has been a practicing reiki master for more than a decade, but the discipline's holistic view of bodily energy has been helping people for generations. Karen's bouts with cancer and 12-year experience working in the disability field have bolstered her innate sense of empathy for her patrons' own ailments. As the owner of ACC Natural Healing & Wellness, she translates this dedication into her therapeutic treatments. Rather than simply quieting symptoms, she prefers to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring her treatments to address the needs of each client. Karen's treatments address numerous everyday health issues, battling the pain and discomfort of everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. More than anything, though, her intuition and experience help her ease knotted muscles and connective tissues imbuing clients with a sense of whole-body well-being.
Dedicated to social justice and the stirring power of collective voices, Sistrum provides a musical haven for women to explore their singing talent and bathe in supportive camaraderie. Each gifted member of the chorus combines their cadre of dulcet tones to craft radiant aural soundscapes and electrify audiences' hearts without using jumper cables. "Singing the Journey" celebrates their 25th anniversary of collective note weaving by drawing on their favorite performances through the years, including compositions by Eleanor Daley, Joan Szymko, and more that represent both contemporary music and musical mainstays. Sistrum's inclusive mission embraces straight, queer, and transgender women of all beliefs, ethnicities, and physical abilities to glean vocal power and life experience from every angle of the female-identified spectrum and gather sisterly souls in union toward a more equitable world for all.
For 15 years, Lansing Detail & Hand Car Wash has been restoring the showroom sheen of cars, trucks, and motorcycles with meticulous automotive cleaning services. Technicians plow through surface dirt and grime by hand and tidy up interiors with towels, cleaning solutions, and shampoo. The company’s commitment to cleaning has earned them contracts with local dealerships, and they further service customers by detailing their vehicles at their homes or workplaces.
Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House serves a menu of breakfasts bursting with organic flour, all-natural eggs, and seasonal Michigan fruits all day long. Stacks enfold a variety of fresh additions, such as a triple-decker pile of blue cakes ($7.95) dotted with blueberries and smothered in a house-made blueberry compote, ideal for days when your skin has lost its blue tinge. Strawberries and whipped cream march into mouths in the Trojan Horse–like safety enclosure of the Patriot waffle ($7.45). While breakfast is the most beloved meal at Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House, lunch and dinner vie for diners' affections with burgers and sandwiches during the day, and steaks proffered at dinnertime.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.