Why I Love Michiana: Whitney Behnke
Whitney Behnke is no stranger to southwest Michigan. After growing up in Coloma, the 28-year-old explored the United States for a bit but returned home to the corner of the Mitten State where she met her husband, a Dowagiac police officer.
Drawn to Lake Michigan, Behnke left Dowagiac last winter and moved a little farther west. Today, she spends her days showing off all St. Joseph and the surrounding communities have to offer as executive director of St. Joseph Today.
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Silver Beach Pizza expansion a hit with customers
A kaleidoscope of glass, metal and leather, the latest addition to one of Michiana’s most popular pizza destinations more closely resembles a modern microbrewery than the classic atmosphere of the former train depot down below.
A closer look at the schooner-shaped insignias carved out of the back of the chairs surrounding the bar and the unique light fixtures — also shaped like the trademark beer glass — surrounding the upper balcony dining room reveals that, despite the updated looks, ...
Do it yourself: Mini-campfire perfect for indoors
Summertime is here, and if you are anything like me, you are itching to cozy up around a campfire to make ooey, gooey s’mores.
Many of us are lucky enough to have a great sized yard for a fire pit or friends who do. But for those who do not, this DIY is just for you.
This tabletop fire pit is perfect for apartments, small yards or even for when you are in the mood to bring the outdoors inside.
All you will need is a shallow planter, river rocks and a small can of chafing fuel.
STEP ONE: Fill ...
Cassopolis rental lodge built for fellowship
Homes are synonymous with the idea of a sanctuary.
An implicit belief buried in this notion is that a home has a singular family, but this is not the case for Ted and Brenda Gogol’s Knotty Pine Lodge.
The sprawling 3,770-square-foot structure has a wide open-concept space and is situated on picturesque Stone Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan.
Popular in the summertime, the lake serves as a getaway for folks who share its charms, surprises and comfort for everything from workshops and conferences ...
Cup runneth over
Unique business model helps coffee shop build community
It seems fitting that the maroon-painted brick building with the faded, green-striped awning stands at one of the most unique intersections in South Bend, Indiana.
Four streets — Portage, DeMaude, California and Cottage Grove — all converge from a variety of directions, forming anything but right angles. Just a few dozen feet away is the door to a place that reflects a similar nexus on the inside of its walls.
People from diverse ...
Granger Community Church celebrates 30 years of service in Michiana
Some time after transplanting his wife and children to Granger, Indiana, in the mid-1980s, Mark Beeson found himself discouraged and questioning his decision to relocate.
After parking his car outside the former Service Merchandise (now Best Buy) on Grape Road in Mishawaka, the tall, stocky man then in his late twenties shed tears as drivers passed by, wondering if he would ever be able to serve the community he felt so drawn ...
Gondrezick girls dominate the court, charm off of it
Story by Allison Hayes & Ambrosia Neldon | Photography by Wes Jerdon/Westley Leon Studios
When the final buzzer sounded after a basketball game in late February, the entire crowd in the packed Buchanan gymnasium erupted. Fans of both teams jumped to their feet, clapping and screaming after an intense double-overtime.
While of course not everyone was cheering for the winning team, fans on both sides were excited because they knew they had just witnessed history being made.
Kysre Gondrezick, ...
Aquatic expert weighs in on benefits of exercising in the water
Swimming is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise.
It may be easier to go for a jog or hop on an elliptical machine than it is to suit up and take a plunge at your local pool.
However, for those willing to brave the water — and possibly some chlorine hair — an ocean full of benefits await.
“It is a great total-body workout,” says Tricia Yack, the director of the Bridgman Aquatic Center in Bridgman, Michigan. “Overall, you are using every muscle group, as ...
Camp director makes impact on youth
Winding through the gravel drive on a cool spring morning, visitors can almost hear the sounds of summers past: The laughter of children playing capture the flag, the zing of basketballs missing their swoosh and the snap of arrows impaling bales of hay holding brightly colored targets.
This is the symphony of summer at Fitch Camp.
In a place where time has nearly stood still, among picturesque hills and trees, a sandy beach and a quiet lake, you’ll find a humble man who is making a difference ...
Local ice cream shops serve cool treats, each with their own unique flair
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This age-old adage certainly takes on new meaning during the summer months in Michiana. As temperatures begin to rise, children young and old find themselves longing for a taste of the sweet treat. But ice cream is no longer as simple as chocolate and vanilla. Three local ice cream shops are out to prove it, each with their own unique claim to frozen fame.
Oink's Dutch Treat
A nickname given to him by a longtime friend was the inspiration ...