Regional Feature: Jim Roberts Construction

Introduced to Jim Roberts through a mutual friend, the homeowner felt an instant ease with the builder. Though he had interviewed other builders, Roberts remained the standout, and Jim Roberts Construction in Kalamazoo was hired to build his new home.

Building Community: The Stulberg International Strings Competition

It is precisely this caliber of applicant -- as well as judges and even audience members -- that the Stulberg has drawn annually since its inception in 1975. Intended as a memorial for the late Julius Stulberg, a beloved and respected professor at Western Michigan University and conductor of both the University Symphony and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for many years

Focus On: Kalamazoo Candle Company

As he tells it, the creation of Kalamazoo Candle Company was a “happy accident” when he found himself with some free time around the holidays. McFarlin decided to search online for things he could make and sell for extra cash. He literally Googled, “things I can make,” and a list of 50 things popped up. As he browsed the list, candles caught his attention.

Regional Feature: AVB – Bountiful Views in an Entertainer’s Dream

There is no shortage of views from this breathtaking 3,100-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath residence on Gull Lake.  The moment you walk into this simple but elegant home, you’re greeted with a stunning wall of glass

Out and About: Making Merry this Winter in Southwest Michigan!

As if imitating a snow-covered scene from Currier and Ives, Southwest Michigan sparkles in the winter season. Events indoors or out invite revelers to celebrate holiday traditions and to create new memories.

Regional Feature: HBA of Western Michigan & Hospital Hospitality House

Keith Crowell, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan, learned of the campaign and asked how the HBA could help. Ken Klok, who has been instrumental in dozens of other community projects, and Bernie Mein, both experienced builders...

Building Community: Binder Park Zoo

While there are several zoos throughout Michigan, one in particular works to foster empathy and understanding for the natural forests, wetlands, and - of course - the various species it hosts on over 433 acres of city-owned property in Battle Creek.