Niles man uses flowers to express his creativity, family history
Customers walking into East Main Gardens, located at 1521 East Main St. in Niles, will first be greeted by a waft of fresh, floral fragrance as they open the door to the small flower shop.
As they move further into the store, they will notice a sea of orange and brown colored flowers and decorations celebrating the Thanksgiving season covering every surface from the checkout counter to white chair in the corner of the shop, before settling on the friendly face of Mike Peters, the store’s ...
Slocum’s Gifts, Décor and More returns to Buchanan
Whether searching for the perfect accent piece to brighten up a dull room or a gift handcrafted by an area artist, those who search Slocum’s Gifts Décor and More at 111 Main St. in Buchanan, will find something to help them make a statement.
This has been business owner Penny Slocum-Correa’s mission since her passion for interior decorating began at an early age.
Growing up in Buchanan, Correa sometimes woke in the middle of the night and crept to the living to re-arrange her parents’ ...
Gifts that glitter
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 ...
New Buffalo’s first brewery finds a home in a former church
Less than a mile from the glittering waters and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan is a white church with a steeple and a unique congregation.
It might seem a bit sacrilegious, but at the new Beer Church brewery in New Buffalo it is easy to taste how beer can be a religious experience.
Since March, Beer Church, the first brewery in New Buffalo, has opened its doors and welcomed those with a thirst for craft beer.
The church’s resurrection began when co-owners John Lustina and Jane Simon began ...
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 ...
Dainty Maid in South Bend revitalized as ‘Cops and Doughnuts: The Dainty Maid Precinct’
When Dainty Maid shop owner David Hab died Feb. 5, 2016, the bakery closed shop at 231 S. Michigan St. in South Bend. For six months the downtown area was devastatingly devoid of the usual smells of freshly baking doughnuts, until the long arm of the law swooped in to rescue the shop and its following of hungry customers.
In late August, Clare, Michigan-based Cops and Doughnuts bought the bakery, restoring the shop and reviving some of the same recipes that first drew customers to the Dainty ...
New adventure attraction in South Bend offers team building, family fun
When the door locked behind them, Liz Noland, of South Bend, and the rest of her family of 10 began to comb the parlor for any semblance of a clue.
Liz and Audrey Miller, of Goshen, start their search near a set of antique chairs facing a fireplace. Outside the room, co-founder for Michiana Escapes Aaron Smith watches the family on a monitor. He sends them a message: “good luck,” which appears on a screen in the parlor.
Aaron likens the escape room concept to a live game of Clue without any ...
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 ...
Driving new business
A few Michiana business owners saw it coming — their enterprising drive and vision, suddenly here today and gone
tomorrow. And driven right back the day after.
For the owners of Luxe Wagon, Grateful Green Food Truck and Boho Pretty Mobile Boutique, it is exactly what they had in mind when beginning their mobile truck businesses. From fashion to food, each vendor has varying mileage in their experience catering to the local community, but they all share the belief that the business-on-wheels ...