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Mary Gajda

Mary Gajda is the managing editor for 517 Magazine and has an extensive background in radio and television. She enjoys creative writing, photography and spending time with family — and she will never say no to an evening of karaoke.

Mary Gajda


Unique Events for Valentines, Galentines and Without-a-tines

If you’re wondering how to paint the town this Valentine’s Day, a few local businesses have you covered. Fusion Dance Center of Lansing is hosting a Valen…

Potato Cauliflower Soup: Heat Up Those Cold Winter Days With Comfort

They say you are what you eat — which essentially makes me a big ol’ potato.  I’m not ashamed. I grew up on potato soup. It was easy to make and relativel…

Concierge of Charcuterie: On the record with Silas and Lindsey Coffelt of Graze Craze

In 2013, Silas and Lindsey Coffelt probably had no idea where meeting on the job while working for Mayberry Homes would lead them: co-workers turned into coh…

New Class Named in 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

The 10 Over the Next Ten Awards, co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lansing 5:01, honors young professionals who are expected to contr…

Local Stylist Pens Business Book About On-Location Work

Longtime Lansing-area stylist Carleana DeLaCruz knows her way around the industry. Her career started with a job as hair model at 19 years old. While she …

New Businesses Open in Region

Entrepreneurial spirit seems alive and well as new businesses continue to open in the region.  The BORN Dance Academy opened Sept. 5 at 631 E. Saginaw Hig…

Starfarm Presents Rad Fest This Weekend

Old Town is about to get rad, dude — and it’s all happening Saturday, Sept. 9, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Urban Beat outdoor concert venue. Iconic local band…

Rise of the robo-agent: A Q&A with Andrea Burns, chief underwriting officer at AF Group

What is robo insurance? Robo insurance is technology that provides automated information to both insurance consumers and companies at their point of need….

Imitation as flattery: Copycat Fuji apple chicken salad

Which came first? The Fuji apple salad or the Panera Fuji apple salad? I guess it doesn’t matter, because even if you think you “invented” a recipe, most …

Healing the Healer: Deactivating Stress and Burnout for Health Care Providers

Dr. Susan Maples founded the Wellness and Prevention Study Club in 2014 after learning a profound lesson by asking her patients a simple question: “Do you tr…