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.

Focus On: Steel Appeal

You may have noticed a scattering of bright and cheerful butterfly chairs, or maybe you have driven past the large steel silhouette of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald that graces M72 in Leelanau County. These works of art were created by Curtis M. Warnes, owner of Steel Appeal Custom Furniture in Empire.

Focus On: North Star Gardens

Gearhart’s legacy grew, and after more than 75 years, North Star Gardens remains a family-owned Northern Michigan business. Now, at almost 1,000 acres with multiple locations, North Star Gardens has become a trusted source for home gardeners, landscaping engineers, and outdoor design professionals across the region.

Focus On: The Seasoned Home

It’s all about the kitchen at The Seasoned Home. With everything from soothing teas, kitchen gadgets and accessories of every kind, spices with a twang, and the utmost in decadent gourmet foods from all over Michigan and around the world, this dynamic duo has your kitchen needs covered – and then some.

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.

Focus On: Little Bay Boards

Jason Thelen, the owner of Little Bay Boards, had no idea that by building his daughter one wooden paddleboard, he would end up launching a business. On his search for an eco-friendly paddleboard, he learned that most foam and fiberboard pieces would last no more than ten years before starting to break down.

Special and Delicious! Fortunato No. 4

How about chocolate that gets its start from white cacao beans that travel by people-power, burro, motorcycle, and boat from Peru to Switzerland; chocolate that is sold by only a handful of approved premier chocolatiers around the United States, with only one located in the state of Michigan?  

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