Why I Love Michiana: Juan Ganum
Currently the Bridgman city manager, Juan Ganum spent 17 years working as the community development director in Niles. A native of Detroit and a Michigan State alum, Juan moved to Michiana two decades ago.
Today, he resides in St. Joseph and enjoys spending time in big cities and having picnics on the beach with his wife, Jody, and his two young sons.
ML: What brought you to Michiana?
JG: That story began 20 years ago in May. Actually I just celebrated my 20th year in southwest Michigan. I ...
A new way to brunch
The buzzing electronic jingles of thousands of different slot machines. The jangling of small metal tokens from the jugs of change carried by the men and women walking around the building. The sounds of banter between people seated at the blackjack table.
As anyone who has visited the New Buffalo establishment could tell you, the bright lights and excitement that occurs each and every day on the floor of the Four Winds Casino can hardly be described as quiet and unassuming.
Situated near ...
Personalize your pigskin party
In our household, the word “fall” goes hand in hand with the word “football.” Our weekends are packed with time spent watching football, which usually constitutes football parties — and no football party is complete without cornhole.
We, like so many other Michiana families, are what many call “a divided house” when it comes to our favorite teams. My husband is a die-hard Michigan fan and I am a (semi)die-hard Notre Dame fan. This means that a game like cornhole can never be ...
Life in color
If Anna Ryan Drew gets a good idea for a painting in the middle of the night, she springs out of bed, runs into her studio, hastily slams her hands against the wall to find the light switch, turns her music all the way up and starts in, a brush in each hand, spreading her feelings and emotions wildly across the canvas.
She does that because she’s an artist, and that’s what artists do, right?
Wrong. She doesn’t do that at all.
“This is not a Woody Allen movie,” Anna said. “I am ...
Welter family opens their doors with new loft rental
From the second story of a former factory building in the heart of Three Oaks, guests can see what looks like a downtown district frozen in time.
Ranging from the brick village hall decorated with striped awnings and vintage lettering to the 1950s-style bicycles rented at the Dewey Cannon Trading Company, the village truly reflects the idealized family town.
These values, combined with the village’s dedication to preserving history, were exactly the attributes that drew Journeyman Distill...
Home sweet work
GRANGER, Ind. — When it comes to designing apparel and gifts for customers across the nation, Courtney [Bock] Schultz feels right at home. Largely because … well, she is at home.
Like many creative individuals in the era of mobile connection and social networks, Courtney has focused her talents through an entrepreneurial lens.
As a student at St. Mary’s College, she stitched the beginnings of Courtney Bock Designs on aprons and baby gifts using her Grandma Bock’s sewing machine. ...
Life on Diamond Lake
Far removed from the metropolises of South Bend and Mishawaka or the busy shores of St. Joseph and New Buffalo, the humble streets and rolling fields that comprise the lands surrounding the village of Cassopolis paint a picture of idyllic rural living on Diamond Lake.
Hidden behind the acres of cornfields and dense forests lies a community one wouldn’t expect to find in an area driven mainly by the motors of tractors, plows and harvesters — centered around the crystal-clear, sparkling blue ...
Bringing Hollywood home to South Bend
On a wall in South Bend’s John Adams High School, a row of faded photographs highlighting athletic accomplishments leads the way to the school’s gymnasium.
In one photo, a 15-year-old freshman smiles proudly, the youngest on a team of varsity athletes who had just won the 1986 Indiana softball sectional.
In the gymnasium on the other side of the wall, that same 15-year-old spent countless hours on the basketball court, both as a cheerleader for the boys basketball team and as a player on ...
Power couples work together to make an impact on Michiana
A marriage is a partnership.
In any partnership, the parties involved are responsible for supporting and pushing one another, feeding off each other, offering unique insights and collaborating for a common cause.
Similarly, married couples work in tandem to make a life together — to make sure ends meet financially and emotionally — and to make sure each other’s needs are met.
In some special instances, couples are so committed to one another and so in sync with each other that they use ...
The truth about smoothies
Who hasn’t heard the saying, “Drink your greens, purples and reds?”
They are creamy, cold, sweet, healthy and delicious — all fitting in the palm of your hand. It’s a whole meal and a grab-to-go snack. You’ll see them at the office, the health club, food markets and even children’s lunch boxes. There’s no end to the blending for wellness, fitness and energy; all including a prescription for better health.
They are listed at the fast food drive-thru, on the menu at ...