5 Most Popular Articles on Lowell’s First Look for March 2024

Food and coffee: those seem to be the two big themes behind the most popular articles from March 2024. We also had a surprising-to-us entry on the top five list, and the No. 1 spot went to a column that hasn’t been the top dog in quite a while.

Based on website views, these were the most-read articles on Lowell’s First Look for March 2024.

5. Los Portales Now Open in Downtown Lowell

Maybe we should give this article a permanent spot in the top five. It has made the list in three of the past four months and continues to get steady views week after week. This month, it narrowly beat out an article about Dr. Jim Reagan’s selection for the Silent Bell Award for the No. 5 spot.

If you aren’t familiar with Los Portales, it’s a Mexican restaurant located smack dab in the middle of the Main Street on the bridge over the Flat River. It offers a large menu that features a wide variety of Tex Mex fare.

4. The Restless Viking: Mystery Valley – Karst Preserve and Nature Sanctuary

The Restless Viking is a weekly column that follows the adventures of Chuck and Martha Hayden – better known as Da Viking and Poppins. This column has developed a consistent following with regular readership, but this might be the first time it’s ever cracked the top five.

Why this particular article? We’re not sure – but a mysterious valley and disappearing lake are intriguing, wouldn’t you say?

3. Liam’s Be Opens in Lowell


When Brody’s Be Café opened in Ada a few years ago, it was a game-changer. Not only was it a great new coffee spot for locals, but it also offered employment to workers of various abilities. Now, Liam’s Be Café is open in Lowell and offers the same great perks. Run by Liam Doyle and located inside the Garden Foundation, the café features coffee from Uncommon Coffee Roasters in Saugatuck and baked goods from Sweet Seasons in Lowell.

2. Kindred Roots Cafe: Creating Community in Alto

If you are south of town, you can get your coffee fix at Kindred Roots Cafe. Ted and Ashlee Watson fell in love with Alto when they moved here from Grand Rapids several years ago. But what the community didn’t have was a coffee spot – someplace to catch up with a friend or grab a sandwich for lunch. So they created that spot, and it has been a hit. For most of March, it looked like this would be the most popular story of the month.

1. Keeping Lowell Safe: Police Beat for February 2024

Lowell Police Department Hybrid vehicle

The Police Beat edged out the Kindred Roots Cafe profile at the last minute to take the top spot on this month’s list of most popular articles. While the Police Beat is no stranger to the top five, it doesn’t often land in the No. 1 position. Our guess is that the February Police Beat, which was published in March, was popular because it included information about the Lowell Police Department acquiring a microchip scanner to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

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