November 18, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


How To Flip A House

April 29, 2017

The term “flipping” in real estate means something very different than pancakes or gymnastics. In the simplest of definitions, it means to purchase a house, upgrade it and sell it quickly to make a profit. Some people flip as a business while others do it more as a hobby, albe... Read More >>

Pete Griffin Turns A Page With New Storytelling Career

April 29, 2017

Michigan native–turned–Alaskan storyteller Pete Griffin was getting ready to step on stage at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., last year when one of the other storytellers quickly pulled him aside. “Don’t leave the stage too soon when you&... Read More >>

FourScore

April 29, 2017

Sheryl Crow – Be Myself – Warner Bros.
The album title is an apt one for Crow’s latest, considering the winding road she took to get here. After great acclaim in the ‘90s with her folk–rock formula, she veered into country with only min... Read More >>

Dripworks' Matcha Latte

April 29, 2017

The trendy tea product called matcha is currently having its moment in the spotlight. How matcha is made is – dare we say – matchless in the tea world.

Let’s start with what matcha actually is: a finely ground powder made of green tea that’s farmed and proc... Read More >>

The Cranberries Offer Up Something Else

April 29, 2017

This week sees the return of The Cranberries, the Irish pop–rock band that hit it big in the ‘90s with hits like “Zombie,” “Dreams” and “Linger.” The band is releasing a new unplugged album called Something Else that will feature acoustic an... Read More >>

Downstate Destinations: Spring Fling Trips

April 29, 2017

Got spring fever? Itching to get back on the road? Feel like your winter vacation was years ago? No problem – here are some great spring mini–breaks you can take around our state.

Tulip Time Festival in Holland, May 6–14
The little slice of... Read More >>

Canticum Novum Choir Hits the Big Time

April 29, 2017

One rehearsal. One performance. Ten years later: Carnegie Hall.

That’s the trajectory of Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC’s) Canticum Novum Choir, a group that started simply and then grew into an impressive collective of local singers and the ... Read More >>

A World Of Sound Inspiration

April 29, 2017

Meet the Musician
Taking music lessons as a kid is the entry point into adult musicianship for many, including Greg Vadnais, who goes by the moniker Botala for his ever–evolving solo music project.
 
“I took classical guitar and piano less... Read More >>

Jim White: Boyne City's King of Hardware

April 22, 2017

In this era of fast–paced everything, sticking with the same career for more than 50 years is almost unheard of, but that’s exactly what Boyne City’s Jim White has done in the hardware industry. It’s a career that caught him by surprise but that over five decades h... Read More >>

Holding Fast to Tradition at Charlevoix’s Belvedere Club

April 22, 2017

The word belvedere is derived from two Italian words: bel, meaning beautiful, and vedere, which means view. The English language has borrowed the word since the late 1500s. Appropriately enough, it’s the name of an exclusive summer community in Charlevoix with a beautiful view of it... Read More >>

Main Street Market’s Pan–Seared Salmon

April 22, 2017

It’s tough to go wrong with just about anything on the menu at Gaylord’s Main Street Market. The family–owned bistro, which includes a specialty market, coffee bar and wine bar, offers lunch and dinner items such as roasted veggie flatbread, kale and quinoa salad, arugul... Read More >>

FourScore

April 22, 2017

Milky Chance – Blossom – Lichtdicht Records
This German outfit, only on its second album, has proved nearly impossible to categorize so far, with its mélange of folk, electronica and dance music that shifts hue more often than the par cans at an L... Read More >>

OK Go, Amos Lee and Salt N Pepa Heading North

April 22, 2017

Interlochen Center for the Arts has announced the schedule for this year’s summer concert series, with pretty much something for everyone on the eclectic lineup. Indie rocker OK Go, known for its innovative music videos, and legendary Queens, N.Y., hip–hop duo Salt–N&nda... Read More >>

Trout Town USA: Kalkaska Gets Festive with Fish

April 22, 2017

“Fishing…in some Jungian sense returns us to the aesthetics of the ancient art of gathering and hunting our food. It is a time warp we may step in for a little peace.” – Jim Harrison

Author Jim Harrison wrote about its beginnings way back in 1... Read More >>

Three Weddings And A Budget

April 15, 2017

Weddings come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices, all with the same basic needs but different savings and splurge options to consider at every budget level.

Each element of a wedding is a personal choice, perhaps most notably the ring, wedding dress and venue departments, an... Read More >>

Brix Soda Company

April 15, 2017

Made by a small group of restaurant industry professionals and friends in Grand Rapids, Brix Soda is the result of these beverage buddies wanting more of a craft–type soda to offer guests as opposed to regular pops that were often loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

The... Read More >>

FourScore

April 15, 2017

Various Artists – The Shack: Music from the Motion Picture – Atlantic
While the best tracks from this soundtrack album to the inspirational film The Shack are the most obvious – the strikingly sung Kelly Clarkson/Aloe Blacc duet “Love Goes On... Read More >>

Pierson's Grille Opens In Harbor Springs

April 15, 2017

Juilleret’s, a classic soda fountain and favored summer destination in downtown Harbor Springs, was open for 112 years before it closed in 2007, to sit vacant for several years. The building was purchased and updated by two ambitious local residents, Andrew and Martha Bowman, who va... Read More >>

Sweet Dreams And Honky Tonks Come To TC

April 15, 2017

Johnny Cash. Loretta Lynn. Hank Williams. Patsy Cline.

If you’re looking at that shortlist and thinking “legends of country music,” then you’re on the same track as Tom Waselchuk, the writer and founder of the stage show Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks, ... Read More >>

Michele Branches Back To Pop Sound

April 15, 2017

Nineties’–era pop–rock singer Michelle Branch hasn’t done much with her own music for the past decade or so, in spite of a country–western side project and a collaboration with Timbaland, but now she’s got a full–length album recorded and ready to... Read More >>