BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI
AP-Michigan stories for Jan. 13 and Jan. 14. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _A group of pregnant women gather each week to get Zen together and practice yoga with their soon-to-be-born babies. Yen Yoga & Fitness in downtown Traverse City offers a multi-week prenatal yoga program for pregnant women who seek to build strength, reduce stress and improve both body and baby awareness as they approach their due dates. The course is taught by certified prenatal yoga instructor Naomi Cole who said the experience is meant to help women cope with the effects of pregnancy. By Sheri McWhirter, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.
DETROIT _ A marijuana advocate has opened a coffee shop in Detroit. John Sinclair said he hopes opening the John Sinclair Foundation Cafe and Coffee Shop in Detroit will resurrect the hippie hangout days full of art, music and poetry that he remembers so fondly. There will be no marijuana for sale at the coffee shop and even smoking in a public place remains in a legal gray area. By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1169 words.
For use Monday, Jan. 14, and thereafter.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A Battle Creek nonprofit that provides free essential items to those in need has a unique gift shop. Inside the Charitable Union gift shop are quilts, star-shaped baby buntings, handbags, “scrubbies,” pot holders, trash bags, bowl cozies, mittens, pillows and a laundry list of other items. Behind these items is a group of volunteer women, many former teachers, who have a penchant for sewing, have sewn all their lives and are now using their talents to give back. By Kalea Hall, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 933 words.
DETROIT _ Carhartt, which began making durable clothing for railroad workers, is now no longer a niche clothing manufacturer. The nearly 130-year-old family-owned company is mainstream among the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Rihanna, Harry Styles and Kanye West. It’s a trend stemming from skaters and hip-hop culture that was years in the making. By Breana Noble, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1078 words.