Regional Feature: Lutz Construction

For this on-the-go family, the 1.5-acre parcel located near their boat slip in Southwest Michigan is the perfect rural respite. When the homeowners could not find exactly what they wanted to purchase, they decided to build, and highly recommended, award-winning Lutz Construction fulfilled every wish.

Building Community: All Species Kinship

Since 2001, All Species Kinship in Battle Creek has rescued injured and orphaned wildlife and domestic animals, treating trauma cases at their specialty clinic. In accordance with its mission to live in harmony with all species to the best of our abilities, the nonprofit assesses and responds to at least 500 wildlife calls a year.

Focus On: MI Jerky Company

Fayling began working on the next steps: a sales plan, website, and recipes. He already enjoyed creating his beef jerky, so now it was time to step it up. He had done extensive research before leaving his job, so things fell into place pretty quickly.

Read and Write Kalamazoo – RAWK

This timely, fundamental proclamation is included in the mission statement of Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK), a nonprofit association that has championed the cause since 2012. And their method of achieving social justice and inclusion is unique: they celebrate and amplify youth voices.

Focus On: Satellite Records

According to manager Mike Evans, vinyl has taken over as the biggest-selling music format since the 1980s. He says it is about the music for many, but even more than that, it is about the uniqueness of the album artwork and the slightly imperfect sounds of listening to music on vinyl.

Open Doors Kalamazoo

Open Doors Kalamazoo’s mission notes that establishing a residence is necessary for a healthy, productive life. The nonprofit is building a community of people who are overcoming homelessness not only through housing, but also through relationships, employment, education, and sobriety in response to God’s love for all.

Focus On: Heilman’s Nuts & Confections

From the old bones of a remodeled Sinclair gas station, Heilman’s Nuts & Confections has been serving the Kalamazoo community with delightful treats since 1988. Carefully curated nuts from the US and Brazil are roasted on the premises, and a wide selection of handmade white, milk, and dark chocolates fill several glass cases.

Regional Feature: TC Scott Construction

With their love of year-round entertaining and lakefront activities, the homeowners of this Gourdneck Lake home focused on making the most of their outdoor and indoor spaces with a renovation by TC Scott Construction.

Regional Feature: Sperling Construction

Both Visbeen and Sperling credit the homeowner with being instrumental in the design of the house as well as its interior finishes. From the crisscross brass inserts from the UK to the curved corners wrapped in tall wainscoting that soften the edges of a narrow passageway to the lamps and other décor, she brought it all together.

Focus On: Eagle Street Market

Eagle Street Market in the heart of downtown South Haven is the answer to any antique shopper’s dream. This giant indoor market spans 9,500 square feet and is home to more than 50 antique vendors. Fittingly, the building itself is more than 100 years old and was one of the first Ford dealerships in the state.

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