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, […]

Growing faith

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]