January 29, 2022

Geri Dietze | Author

Northern Express' Kid Camp Special

Jan. 15, 2022

Michigan boasts hundreds of summer camps for kids and teens, from the traditional Kumbaya-around-the-campfire to high-tech STEM camps, with activities like backcountry backpacking, trapeze arts, paintball, and just about everything in between. To help prospective campers (and their parent... Read More >>

Vive la French Place

Jan. 8, 2022

When Northern Express first reached out to Brian and Emily Freund, owners of That French Place in Charlevoix, the couple was in Paris. There, they were hosting a small culinary travel group and taking baking classes at La Cuisine Paris, an English-speaking French cooking school o... Read More >>

Boyne City’s Bella Vita Restaurant & Bar

Aug. 3, 2019

“We’re off the beaten path, and we don’t advertise,” said Kelly Woodard, who co-owns with her husband, Matt, Boyne City’s popular Italian dining destination Bella Vita.
While it’s not a traditional recipe for restauranteurs, the Woodard... Read More >>

The Gold Standard

March 2, 2019

Two sisters, sharing a commitment to family, an appreciation for the land, and some serious entrepreneurial chops are making their mark on a prominent corner in downtown Charlevoix. Harwood Gold, their café and retail destination is an extension of Parsons Centennial Farm, south of... Read More >>

Freshwater Gallery

Jan. 12, 2019

By day, Boyne City’s Freshwater Gallery is a thoughtfully curated art collective representing over 200 Michigan artists working in variety of mediums.  But come the cold weather, Freshwater opens its doors for a series of intimate evening concerts featuring some of the best wor... Read More >>

Boyne City’s Lake Street Pub

Jan. 12, 2019

Boyne City is a restaurant town, and breaking into an established market might seem daunting, but after eight short months, Lake Street Pub already has a feeling of permanence. Opening in late May 2018, LSP began operations with everything in place: contemporary ambiance, professional wai... Read More >>

Morgan Lafonte Comes Home

Dec. 8, 2018

Former world champion snowboarder Morgan Lafonte learned to ski at Nubs Nob, near Harbor Springs, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to the nascent sport of snowboarding in Colorado that she found her métier on the slopes. By the late 1980s, Morgan was breaking all the ru... Read More >>