February 22, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


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 >>

Creative Paper Chasing At Sable And Gray

April 15, 2017

Sable and Gray Paper Co.’s owner is living proof that sometimes good things happen to you when you least expect them to – or have zero idea what those good things are even supposed to be.

“If you had told me five years ago that I would own my own wedding statione... Read More >>

Something New: 2017's Top Wedding Trends

April 15, 2017

Much like fashion itself, every year brings with it new wedding trends and ideas, from the shifting designs of wedding dresses to new takes on cakes, and 2017 is no exception. Here are some of this year’s best new ideas to keep your wedding plan on top of the latest trends.

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The Buzz To Save The Bees

April 8, 2017

Like so many people in northern Michigan, Anne Morningstar and her husband Brian Bates were drawn Up North for the lifestyle, abundant fresh water and affordable land to start their homestead. Morningstar, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree, joined Bates, who has a bachelor’s in... Read More >>

Wood Winds’ Hawaiian Burger

April 8, 2017

Winter might be taking its time departing northern Michigan, but you can get a sweet taste of warmer weather via one of the brand new selections arriving on Wood Winds Restaurant & Pizzeria’s menu, newly updated for spring.

Our pick, the Wood Winds Hawaiian Burger, st... Read More >>

FourScore

April 8, 2017

The Shins – Heartworms - Columbia
While The Shins are officially a “band,” those in the know know that for many years the band has essentially been frontman James Mercer, a fact that comes to the forefront with this set. Self-produced and even more ... Read More >>

Great Lakes Swimmers Splash Into Boyne City

April 8, 2017

Half a dozen albums in and with a major tour already under their collective belts featuring A Forest of Arms, their latest full–length collection of songs, Tony Dekker and his Great Lake Swimmers bandmates are ready for something a little different: an “almost–unplugged&... Read More >>

St. Paul to Top the Bill at Meijer Gardens

April 8, 2017

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park just revealed the first chunk of their concert schedule for the 2017 summer season at the park’s outdoor amphitheater, with several big names on the bill plus a show full of woman power. The biggest news is buzz band St. Paul and The Broken... Read More >>

Hatching Inspiration At Hill House

April 8, 2017

Breathing space from the obligations of daily life and literal space to create are two things that artists of all stripes often find in short supply. So when an organization like the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology offers up something like the Hill House Artist Residency – an ... Read More >>

Get Prepared for Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion

April 8, 2017

From pink to puffs, paperbag waists to practicality, pendants to pockets, this upcoming season’s looks are an extravagant visual potpourri as we follow fashion’s usual cycles and transition (somewhat awkwardly) from one influential decade to the next. But never fear, fashionis... Read More >>

FourScore

April 1, 2017

Enya – The Celts – Reprise
It’s back, and on special edition vinyl this time, such good news for fans of the consummate new age performer. Classically-trained on piano, Enya’s instrumentals teamed with her distinctive vocal stylings are perfe... Read More >>

Raw Juice Company

April 1, 2017

Soon we’ll welcome warmer days, more outdoor activities, beaches opening for the season… and the annual panic about beachwear we might or might not fit into.

One simple way to get healthier is to join the raw juice craze. Among several regional options are those from ... Read More >>

Look Up For Michigan Astronomy Night

April 1, 2017

Organizers of Michigan State University’s Science Festival hope that thousands of Michiganders will aim their telescopes skyward on April 7 as part of Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN).

Renee Leone, coordinator and co-founder of the MSU Science Festival, was inspired to ... Read More >>

Are Your Feet The Key To Health?

April 1, 2017

Do your feet hold the key to good health? Some think so, including Chinese dating back to 4,000 BC, William Fitzgerald, an ear/nose/throat specialist who pioneered reflexology in the U.S. in 1913…and Linda Franklin of Traverse City.

Franklin and others believe that through ... Read More >>

Nature-Inspired Jewelry Designs

April 1, 2017

Jewel “Juju” Samsey spends infinitely more time looking down than looking up. But there’s a good reason; she uses nature as her muse — and as supplier for rock and stone ingredients, which she crafts into unique, handmade jewelry for Jujus Nature, the business she ... Read More >>

Jack White's Quiet Songwriting Delight

April 1, 2017

Detroit-slash-Nashville rocker Jack White, who recently purchased a house in Kalamazoo as yet another retreat for himself and anyone he chooses to invite, is reportedly working on some new material for himself this time, as opposed to contributing to one of the many side projects he&rsquo... Read More >>