ust off US 23 in the small town of Ottawa Lake, the Butter Barn is a unique monthly shopping destination. Part pop-up boutique and part-antique and flea market, the Butter Barn features hand-crafted farm tables, refinished and repurposed furniture, and an ever-changing trove of treasures that have been carefully cultivated into new vignettes and seasonal displays each month.
A complete, down-to-the-studs remodel and addition by Conquest Builders, the home went from a dark and closed-off three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath weekend cottage to an open and welcoming five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath haven for family and friends to gather.
Jason Thelen, the owner of Little Bay Boards, had no idea that by building his daughter one wooden paddleboard, he would end up launching a business. On his search for an eco-friendly paddleboard, he learned that most foam and fiberboard pieces would last no more than ten years before starting to break down.
Nearly 20 years ago, Guardian Gals, Inc. founder Abby Hamilton recognized the need for a program to engage women from early adolescence to young adulthood in activities that promote healthy hearts and lives. More specifically, its mission states, “to actively engage girls and women to ignite positive personal growth and connection.”
Renowned for its trademark of uniting science and art, the Alden B. Dow Museum in Midland is adding athletics to the line-up this fall, with the STEM Center Science of Sports exhibit September 14 through January 5, 2020.
Denny Brya of Lakeview Builders has just completed two of the homes, and they are, well, heavenly. “The Ridge brings a metropolitan neighborhood to the Bay Harbor community, with proximity to social gatherings, shopping, and dining in the Village,” Brya says.
The annual Taste of Harbor Springs has become one of the most popular fall events in Northern Michigan. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the best of area restaurants, delis, gourmet shops, and beverages
Jordan Valley Glassworks creates some of the most amazing pieces of glass artwork you will find anywhere in the world, from shimmering paperweights, adorable critters, functional glassware, and “roasted” pumpkins to 450-pound sparkling chandeliers.
“Originally, we thought we were engaging in a small interior design project, but it turned out to be so much more,” recalls Kelly Konoske, president of Cottage Company Interiors in Harbor Springs.
Built in Toledo, Ohio in 1943 at a cost of 10 million dollars, Icebreaker Mackinaw was officially ready to set sail on December 30, 1944. The ship was originally commissioned by the US Coast Guard to carry needed wartime supplies such as copper and iron ore from the Upper Peninsula to factories in the lower surrounding states.