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5 for foodies bakeries

Few things in life are more satisfying that freshly baked desserts. Holiday baking season is around the corner, but if you want to avoid heating up your kitchen during the dog days of summer, Michiana has dozens of different, excellent bakeries to explore. Whether you are someone who is looking to have a wedding catered, or you want a quick snack before work, these five bakeries are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Indulgence Bakery Sean Wojtkowski, owner of Indulgence, has been baking ...

SLR Pilates offers aerial yoga

Preparing for a pose, Nicole Kellogg, an instructor at SLR Pilates in Niles, takes a deep breath and leans backwards into a yoga position. Hanging upside down from a looped hammock attached to the ceiling, she is not doing regular yoga. She is taking part in aerial yoga, one of the biggest fitness fads to hit yoga studios in recent years. Trending in places such as Los Angeles and New York City, aerial yoga, which adds to traditional yoga by suspending someone mid-air using nylon hammocks, is ...

Cass Family Clinic CEO dedicated to Michiana

When asked what her favorite part of her job as CEO of Cass Family Clinic Network is, Mary Middleton does not hesitate. “I get to tell the story.” The story of her own journey with Cass Family Clinic Network began in 1981, but the story of the family clinic started with humble beginnings of a private practice in 1964. What began as a small facility with two doctors seeing patients eventually evolved into a rural health clinic that is known today as the Cass Family Clinic Network, employ...

Music Village offers community the chance to sing, dance and learn about music

On an average Tuesday night at Music Village in South Bend, more than a dozen musicians are tuning up their instruments and selecting the evening’s play list. Sitting in a circle, some of them brandish guitars, banjos or a ukulele. Here the novice instrumentalists mingle with seasoned musicians. Each sings or strums along to any variety of tunes from Jimmy Buffet’s “Margarita Ville,” Gram Parsons’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” or David Bowie’s “Modern Love.” In a world of ...

Artist enlists community to illustrate Dowagiac’s past

Standing under the wooden plank of a scaffold, Ruth Andrews uses a paintbrush to depict the epic train ride orphans from New York City took to Dowagiac throughout the mid to late 1800s and the early 1900s. The mural runs on the east outside wall of the local post office, which is on Pennsylvania Street. It spans the length of at least 10 parked cars. On the wall, the journey of the orphans takes place from left to right, starting with the slum-like conditions they lived in while in New York ...

Michiana musicians offer a peek behind the scenes

For many, summer in Michiana is synonymous with outdoor festivals, sunshine and enjoying a cold drink at one of the many breweries and wineries across the region. Add in some live music and you have a thriving entertainment scene. With genres of music covering everything from bluegrass, soul, rock, country and jazz, there is something out there for everyone, so strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to jam with some of the coolest bands the Midwest has to offer. Elephant Rescue If ...

Michiana caricaturist catalogs memories, faces through his artwork

Acrylic paint, an assortment of markers, canvases and stacks of paper clutter the studio of an artist. The focus of the space is an easel in the corner. Finished and unfinished paintings and drawings hang, lean, lie and sit throughout the studio. Mixed in are a microwave, an old desktop computer and a software box. Mark Daniels is a northern Indiana artist who turns 40 this summer. His entire adult life has been dedicated to painting and drawing, which he has done at the Goshen Arts Center ...

South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op thrives on farm-to-table business

The sun was shining in fat golden beams through the large glass windows of South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op on a crisp winter day. Customers browsed between aisles eyeing varieties of fresh produce, taking great care to inspect each label. Myles Robertson, the local foods purchaser for the co-op, emerged from the back room clad in an apron and wearing a smile. Myles, who has been with the co-op since 2010, has worn a lot of different aprons in his time, which has included customer service ...

Ornish Program offers lifestyle, diet training

When life gets busy, developing heart healthy habits like exercising, preparing nutritious meals and managing stress may seem like the last of our priorities. According to Dr. Andrew Fiedler, a cardiologist at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, healthy lifestyle habits are key to keeping us from developing heart disease or other serious health problems. Heart disease refers to a variety of heart conditions, the most common of which is coronary heart disease, which is caused when plaque builds up ...

Berrien Community Foundation Executive Director Lisa Cripps-Downey is focused on family, community development

Crockpots and pressure cookers. That’s how Lisa Cripps-Downey gets through her busy life as wife and mother, community advocate, playwright and executive director of the Berrien Community Foundation. This small town girl who grew up in Niles has made her mark on the lakefront town of St. Joseph, where she now calls home. The University of Michigan alum’s resume is full of titles held in southwest Michigan — ranging from Buchanan High School theater director to news reporter. Today, ...