Sprucing up our abodes is a time-honored favorite pastime for Americans. According to a recent US Census Bureau housing study, we spent $522 billion on home improvement between 2017 and 2019, an increase of $72 billion over the two previous years. And we don’t seem to be slowing down.
When Fortino’s General Store, located in the middle of Grand Haven’s main shopping district, went on the market in late 2014, the city held its collective breath. People worried about what might become of this beloved institution that had thrived for 103 years and three generations in the same family.
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.
People frequently drive or stroll by the back of our homes, and our families and good friends usually enter that way. Considering all the “Backdoor Guests are the Best” signs available for purchase online, shouldn’t we make the rear just as beautiful as the front?
Whether you partake regularly or savor them as a special indulgence, are a purist, or have more exotic tastes, chances are there’s a part of you that loves a good potato chip. Michigan is certainly no lazy spud when it comes to production of the tasty morsels. Chip factories are spread across the state, some small, specialized, and regional, and others serving a national audience.
Motown music, Traverse City cherries, and our 3,288 miles of scenic shoreline are all points of pride, but let’s not discount the increasingly impressive literary life of Michigan. We’ve featured accomplished authors in a past issue. Here are a few more shining – and rising – stars for your consideration.
Weddings. From the styled attire of the loving couple to the carefully picked florals, the sweet melodies to the delicious catered meals, and everything in between, these joyous events display plenty of beauty for the senses to feast upon, with one of the most celebrated highlights being the tailored confection known as the wedding cake.
The couple settled on an intimate list of about 70 and chose three bridesmaids and two groomsmen. They opted for simple, classic elegance, hired a guitar player for the ceremony, and held the reception on the gorgeous Stonecliffe grounds.
It’s impossible to describe Tonya Christiansen without using “dog” and “expert.” The owner of Must Love Dogs in Grand Haven fosters and rehabilitates dogs for three rescue groups, and she and her beloved buddy, Talco, are a team certified through Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).
While never losing favor with its myriad enthusiasts, the clean-lined crisp aesthetic of the Mid-Century Modern movement popular in the U.S. from the mid-‘40s to the mid-‘70s is enjoying a huge resurgence in the 2010s. Interestingly, some of its biggest fans weren’t even born during its heyday.