Planting the Seeds: Finding Inspiration for Your Garden

We in the Great Lakes State celebrate the beauty of nature throughout the four seasons. While spring and summer are generally considered the ideal time to visit gardens, many nature centers across the state are open year-round, offering spectacular displays of flowers, plants, waterways, and more. 

Building Community Northern MI: ART in the LOFT

ART in the LOFT celebrates the power of the arts and outreach in the Alpena community, running the spectrum from creative children’s crafts to important exhibits. The gallery invites the community to enjoy indoor activities until they’ve navigated through the final months of winter in Northern Michigan.

Regional Feature: Young & Meathe

“When you see it from the lake, you ask, ‘Is this a remodel or is it new?’ It is intended to feel old, that it’s been there forever,” said Jim Meathe, owner and builder with Young and Meathe. “An old, inviting cottage. That was the objective of the project.”

Building Community: Northern Michigan Equine Therapy

Horses, hope, and healing. These three things live in harmony at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy, an outpatient rehabilitation facility in Boyne City that harnesses the unique healing power of horsemanship as a therapeutic tool.

Regional Feature: Matthews Construction and Interiors Inc.

Friends recommended Jim Matthews of Matthews Construction and project manager Chuck Green, along with interior designer Jana Phillips of Interiors Inc and kitchen designer Jill Brecheisen of Kitchens By Design.

Building Community: Cheboygan Opera House

Normally, the theater is where spectators enjoy watching dramatic performances. In this story, the theater itself is the drama – the Cheboygan Opera House weathering the global pandemic of COVID.

Focus On: Brush Up Pottery and Art Studio

Previously, the focus at Brush Up Pottery was painting on canvas. Borchard quickly realized that the interest in canvas painting was beginning to wane; if she was going to keep the business alive, the focus needed to shift. With research, she found that pottery – from “throwing” it on a wheel to painting precast ceramic items – is a creative medium that has continued to be popular. So, she decided to focus on pottery with other media like wood and canvas, offering variety to fill the gaps.

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