Southwest Michigan

Regional Feature: AVB

Master Builder Jack Gesmundo of AVB had one objective: design and build a lakeside cottage that takes advantage of 140 feet of lake frontage and unbeatable views of Gull Lake while maintaining the quality and workmanship that AVB is known for. Mission complete.

Out and About: Fall is Magical in Southwest Michigan

Magically travel back in time with an adventure in two historic communities in south central Michigan that celebrate mystery, illusions, and more: Colon, fondly known as the Magic Capital of the World, and nearby Marshall, home to the American Museum of Magic!

Focus On: Khnemu Studio

Soltysiak’s style of ceramic artwork is organic and earthy. She employs a wide variety of firing techniques -- wood fired, stoneware, Raku, smoke fired, pit fired, salt and soda fired -- and each creates a distinct look in the finished work.

Regional Feature: Tom Gold Construction

Under the keen eye and masterful skill of Tom Gold, owner of Tom Gold Construction, a design-build firm in New Buffalo, the two-year renovation of this six-bedroom, seven-bath, 6,800-square-foot home would become so much more than one could ever have imagined. It also became something of an engineering marvel.

Kalamazoo Cat Cafe

The Kalamazoo Cat Café and Rescue opened its doors in 2017. Café director Abbey Thompson was already spearheading local adoption events when she happened to visit Catmosphere Cat Café in Sydney during a post-grad school trip to Australia. It was this experience that inspired her to further action.

An Amped-Up Adventure Awaits in Southwest Michigan: GRIDLIFE Midwest

Motorsports events and music festivals are ever-popular summer destinations. Those who have an affinity for both will enjoy an amped-up adventure in South Haven at GRIDLIFE Midwest, May 30 – June 2. Billed as a “grassroots automotive experience,” this one-of-a-kind event celebrates all aspects of motorsports and music.

Bayberry Cottage

Bayberry Cottage is set up as a true home décor boutique, with every aspect of the home on display. The focus is on a casual lake lifestyle with fun, bold colors and designs. Gwen DeBruyn wanted to create a true one-stop-shop offering an extensive line of furniture and creative lighting options, artwork, homewares, and accessories like throw rugs and pillows.

Regional Feature: TC Scott Construction

The process of finding a builder is usually a long one, but, for both Joe and Jess, it was one of the easiest decisions they made. Meeting with Chad Scott of TC Scott Construction, a custom home builder based in Portage, they felt an instant connection.

Building Community: Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools (CIS) is a national organization that removes barriers that typically derail students from attending or finishing school, some of which are outside their control. Some barriers include receiving adequate nutrition, help with homework, ample homework supplies, and sufficient healthcare.