Regional Feature: Trillium Shore

When a Chicago couple observed the meticulous craftsmanship of a neighboring condominium renovation on East Bay, they knew they’d found their builder ― Jamie Wilkins, owner of Trillium Shore LLC.

Building Community: Generations Ahead

Grand Traverse area residents have been quietly aiding these young people for over 40 years through Generations Ahead. This nonprofit organization provides a comprehensive support system for teen parents and their children.

Focus On: Mrs O’s Crap Shack

Just outside Traverse City, you’ll find a little-known shop called Mrs. O’s Crap Shack. The Shack, as it is lovingly known among its admirers, is a consignment store in Interlochen specializing in the adage that “one person's junk (crap) is another person's treasure.”

Regional Feature: Impact Building & Renovation

Adam and Kelly Vertican of Impact Building & Renovations originally built this Mountain Craftsman home for their own growing family. But as is often the case with people in the building profession, they got another idea and built something else. So, another family hit the jackpot with this one. The very same passion, detail, and care are evident in each home that Impact builds.

Regional Feature: Ayers Contracting LLC

Marcus Trombetta was celebrating his recent property purchase at a local winery when he first heard about the company that would build his new home. Bill Ayers, of Ayers Contracting LLC, had remodeled the very bar he was sitting at, converting it from a living space to a commercial wine tasting facility.

Building Community: After 26 Depot Café

In the summer of 2008, the After 26 Project obtained tax-exempt status, and the After 26 Depot Café opened five years later in the historic Ann Arbor Railroad building in downtown Cadillac.

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.

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