Candie Conat

Focus On: 28 Furniture Company

28 Furniture Company started as a happy accident. When Rob and Jen Tomlinson were searching for special furniture elements for their own home, they began discussing what they were looking for and agreed they did not want mass-produced pieces.

Regional Feature: Cobblestone Homes

“The process of designing and building a custom home is extremely personal,” says Melissa Wahl, co-founder of Cobblestone Homes.

Regional Feature: Socks Construction

Known for their ability to take a step back and see the full potential in a piece of property, the team at Socks Construction knew from the start: there was something special here

Focus On: Naturally Nutty

In an effort to provide something healthy and natural for her family with an amazing taste the children would love, Katie Kearney invented several flavors of her own all-natural, organic peanut butter. Naturally Nutty was born.

Focus On: Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery

At Maple Moon, it’s not just about the syrup, wine, cider, or the many other sweet treats you can find. The Petersens strive to make a visit to Maple Moon unforgettable for the entire family. Maple Moon continues to expand, and in 2015 the Petersens ventured into making wine and hard cider. Maple syrup lacks the acidity of grapes, offering a unique flavor palate that allows for a diverse product line.

Focus On: White Birch Outfitters

They created White Birch Outfitters to be an experience for their customers. Not only can customers visit the store to shop for their outdoor adventures, but they can also reserve space in the organized activities offered by White Birch. At the same time, they can examine an impressive collection of heritage photographs and historical articles and stories that testify to the rich natural history of Northern Michigan.

Focus On: Northern Lights

About ten years ago, Melissa Benovic was traveling with her husband, Ilker Arslan, to Istanbul, Turkey, where they visited the Grand Bazaar. It was the first time she had seen a mosaic lamp, and she was in awe of the craftsmanship and beauty of the pieces.