Regional Feature: 42 North Custom Homes

Greg England and Ben Van Dort, co-owners of 42 North Custom Homes in Holland, and developer/designer Dennis Jacobs had a simple goal for their project on Lake Macatawa: to make a splash by razing a traditional 1940s home and replacing it with a three-story Modern Contemporary.

Focus On: Full Circle Creations

After a year and a half of intense planning, hard work, and the selection of beautiful, handcrafted items by local artisans to stock the shelves, Full Circle Creations in Zeeland was ready to open its doors.

Building Community: Beer City Dog Biscuits

"We have eaten hundreds of dog biscuits,” states Suzanne Wilcox, who founded Beer City Dog Biscuits with lifelong friend Leslie Hooker. “Flavors vary from a stout to an IPA and beyond.”

Regional Feature: Moeller Builders, Inc.

A classic log cabin on Burt Lake in Cheboygan was perfect except the cabin needed updating and more living and storage space. Having worked with Moeller Builders, Inc. on previous projects, these clients returned for a major remodel and seamless addition filled with custom upgrades for the ultimate Northern Michigan getaway.

Regional Feature: Room Candy

It is that personalized service – as well as curating furniture, art, and accessories to match a client’s taste – that defines the turnkey work of interior designers Dana Rickers and Janel Joppie, owners of Room Candy in Grandville.

Focus On: Wax Poetic Candle Bar

Bromley-Sung began researching candle bars and found that the concept was having success around the country. Based on the success of these ventures elsewhere, she decided to launch her own candle bar and found a studio right next to her home. Initially, she launched a line of candles that she’d made and then added in candlemaking classes. I

Lakeshore Museum Center

The Lakeshore Museum Center in downtown Muskegon is keeping pace by stepping up its cultural presence with more interactive opportunities. A new greeter awaits you at the museum’s main entrance: Moxie, a whimsical mastodon with blue tusks. A life-size mastodon is on display inside, and 20 more mini mastodons are on the loose, challenging scavenger hunters to discover them around Muskegon.

Focus On: Rockford Cheese Shop

As a wine and cheese lover living in Europe for two years, Heather Baehre grew to appreciate the fantastic variety of good artisan cheeses available there. When she returned to the US, she noticed a lack of those same quality cheeses in Rockford, where she lives. So, when she found herself facing a layoff after 16 years working in corporate America, Baehre decided it was the perfect time to make a 20-year dream come true.

Regional Feature: Homes by Gary Byker

The 6,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Transitional home received far more than a facelift from builder Gary Byker and project designer Janel Joppie of Homes by Gary Byker in Grandville. Together, they managed the entire project, from architectural plans to move in, including ordering custom furniture and hanging artwork on the walls.

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