Focus On: Steel Appeal

You may have noticed a scattering of bright and cheerful butterfly chairs, or maybe you have driven past the large steel silhouette of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald that graces M72 in Leelanau County. These works of art were created by Curtis M. Warnes, owner of Steel Appeal Custom Furniture in Empire.

Regional Feature: Bradley Wheeler Architecture & Construction, Inc. / Wendy Buhr, Ella’s Interiors

Blending the past with the present might have been a daunting task for a less experienced architect, but Bradley Wheeler was more than up for the challenge of renovating the home while also more than doubling its original size.

Regional Feature: Endura Performance Homes

They say that true beauty shines from within, and Ryan McCoon of Endura Performance Homes certainly holds that to be true. When he talks about this stunning 3,308-square-foot home that won Judge’s Choice Best Overall in the Parade of Homes, he always reverts to his passion: energy efficiency and a healthy home.

Bower Clock Company

During his apprenticeship, Bower took every opportunity to learn from the experts around him, developing a deep respect and admiration for true craftsmanship and traditional techniques. By the time his apprenticeship was over, Bower had developed a real love for working on clocks of all shapes and sizes, so he decided to start his own business.

Spirit Journey

Programs that address this tumultuous history for Native Americans are still lacking in Michigan, with one beautiful exception: Spirit Journey. It was the vision of Brandon Ahmicasaube Smith, who conceived of the organization in 2012 after a conversation with his parents about providing summer programs that could empower participants in unprecedented ways.

New Year’s Eve Festivities

Northern Michigan is luminous and tranquil when covered in a fresh blanket of snow. The breathtaking vistas, charming destinations, and special events continue, enhanced by smaller crowds than one might find in a city. Several festive celebrations are planned across the region to welcome 2020.

Regional Feature: DLH Builders

This is something Ryan Hill of DLH Builders gives a lot of thought to. “Placement is just as important as the structure because the beauty of the property adds to the beauty of the home. I pride myself on protecting the integrity of Torch Lake because I love it.” 

Unusual Fall Fun

All Michiganders know the familiar signs of nature’s presence in autumn: bountiful harvests, cooler temperatures, and brilliant fall foliage. Natives of Traverse City are privy to another unusual and entertaining harbinger of the season: the salmon run at the Boardman River Fish Weir.

Focus On: Northern Nail Polish

The newest product for Northern Nail Polish is an all-natural, soy-based polish remover. It has no acetone, and hence, no odor, and it actually nourishes your nails with lavender oil as it removes the polish. Just put a few drops on, let it sit for a few seconds, and use a cotton ball to rub it off. Magic!

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