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: Black Birch Design + Build

At the suggestion of a neighbor, the family hired Black Birch Design + Build, owned and operated by principals Justin Roberts and Matthew Chaperon, to fulfill their vision for an Adirondack Craftsman-style cottage.

Camping in the Round – in a Yurt!

Tent camping is fun if you remember how to set it up, can crawl in and out with ease, and the weather forecast is calm. But there’s a unique and more comfortable way to camp – in a yurt. Open the door, walk in, set your gear down, and off you go!

When the Ants Come Marching In

In Michigan, carpenter and odorous house ants seek water-soaked wood below pipes, drains, dishwashers, showers, and leaky roof shingles for nesting sites. Have a washing machine with a leak? Better check the floor underneath. Was there an ice dam over the winter that caused a leaking mess in a wall? Hire a contractor to expose the soaked wood completely, replace it, and fix the reason for the ice dam.

Keep the Critters Out!

Whether a home is new, centennial, or somewhere in between, there can be not-so-obvious entry points for critters such as insects and mice. Before the snow starts piling up, it’s a good idea to locate and seal gaps that can invite these unwanted guests.

Regional Feature: J. William Construction

In Bloomfield Hills is a French Country Traditional home with fascinating design elements in every room. To build this exclusive respite, the homeowners partnered with Jeff Dotson of J. William Construction, and together they created an exceedingly detailed home that combines old favorites with new inspiration.

Regional Feature: Annette’s Construction and Seawalls

Centrally located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is the village of Shepherd, where Mike and Annette Florian have owned Annette’s Construction and Seawalls since 1989. From contemporary to log, Florian and his team build custom homes of various designs throughout Michigan and beyond. One log home in particular -- his own -- reveals his limitless creativity and craftsmanship.

Idlewild, Michigan

The combination of oppression and a business deal laid the foundation for Idlewild, the most popular black resort in the Midwest from 1912 to 1964.

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