Month: January 2016

Why I Love Michiana: Rob DeCleene

Rob DeCleene, a native of South Bend, loves the fact that he is able to turn the love for the area he grew up into his job as the executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka, which is the convention and visitor’s bureau for St. Joseph County. He has extensive […]

Small plates, big taste

GRANGER, Ind. — Five years ago, Michiana chef extraordinaire Sean Kelley accomplished a goal that many dream of the first moment they fall in love with food — opening his own restaurant. Moving into the former home of Wine Down Bistro in Granger’s City Plaza shopping center in 2010, Kelley’s […]

Setting the stage

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Anchored about halfway between Memorial Hospital and the heart of downtown South Bend is a large, historic building. At night, lights between six large columns illuminate the front entrance and balcony, creating an image that screams importance and invites curiosity. On a Monday night in late […]

Businesses cater to furry friends

Bakeries, toy stores and photography studios. Luxury retreats with personal flat-screen televisions. They are all business models we’re familiar with — or at least not surprised by. Around Michiana, however, four businesses offer these services to a unique kind of customer — one that has no form of payment, no […]

Mother nature’s ultimate gift

You’ve likely heard the phrase “Stop and smell the roses,” but have you stopped to think about what gives the roses their unique scent? The natural aromatic qualities found in the seeds, bark, roots and flowers of a plant are known as essential oils. In addition to giving plants their […]

Nothing lasts forever in the world of an ice sculptor. They create something beautiful with their hands, a few tools and an artist’s eye, only to watch it melt away — drip by drip — back into the Earth. There is no well-known museum for their work, no place where […]