A family takes a photo near the rose garden at Applewood Estate in Flint, Michigan.

FACES of Flint & Genesee: Charles Kuta, Ashlor Staffing

After graduating with a business degree from Baker College, Charles Kuta struggled to find work. This led him to work for a close friend’s mother at Summerfield Personnel Staffing Company. “She said, ‘Come work for me while you’re looking for a job,’” says Kuta. “She trained me, and I learned the…

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FACES of Flint & Genesee: Julie Lopez, Crime Stoppers

Julie Lopez is a horticulturist at her core. She studied it in college and worked for 25 years running her own company where she designed landscapes, taught gardening classes and consulted with clients on their yards and gardens. However, in 2011 everything changed when Lopez’s father-in-law was…

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FACES of Flint & Genesee: Kelsey Koch, Serenity Yoga

Five years ago, if you had asked Kelsey Koch what she would be doing today, she would have never said running her own yoga studio – much less being featured on SELF.com and in a Reebok social media campaign because of it. “I thought I would be working with prosthetics, designing and making them for…

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FACES of Flint & Genesee: Ray Porter of Porter's Orchard

When Ray Porter went into partnership with his father in 1979, he already had more than 15 years of orchard-related experience under his belt – an impressive feat for someone who was just 22 at the time. “I remember being about five years old and sweeping the floor,” says Porter, the…

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Tracy Aubuchon, Owner, Rejuv Ave.

Tracy Aubuchon was a single mom when she decided to open her own skin spa. “It was scary – really scary,” says Aubuchon, an esthetician who had been working at a local dermatologist at the time. She was dating the man who would later become her husband and they “couldn’t live on one salary alone. It…

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