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It's a WONDERFUL LIFE From Our Little Family to Yours, Hope your Holidays are Magical

Photo by: Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios


Publishers Tom and Teri Gorsline with their 5 old daughter Teaghan.

0w... Another Holiday Season is upon us, and it begs the question, especially as we get older (and hopefully wiser), “Where does the time go?” Our kids get bigger, friendships more distant, family parties less frequent. We are all so busy with the day-to-day norm. As we navigate through this journey of life, the holiday season is a perfect excuse to make the time to reflect on what really is important in this big world. The answer is always the same every generation: Family, True Friendships and Giving Back. After all, in the end it’s all you get to leave behind—your love and your legacy for those your life touched. As Denise Busley, owner of The Grand Traverse Pie Company, said when she quoted the Beatles to me a few years ago, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”

So this issue is dedicated to creating and celebrating the Wonder of Practical Magic, the magic we are all capable of achieving and sharing with those important to us. For Holiday Magic, it’s a collection of our area’s fun family activities, starting with the basics of where to find a turkey farm all the way to Santa lighting the Christmas tree, and family and friends belting out “hallelujah” along with a joyful choir. You may discover new events that will become treasured traditions for years to come. Paper Magic is your golden opportunity to embrace a local organization that changes people’s lives every day. (Big statement, I know, but they truly do.) Just with a recycled greeting card from Paperworks Studio. I literally felt forever changed the day I toured their facility, guided by Brian Lewis who has been asking me to feature them in the magazine for over a year now to bring awareness to the inspiring work they do. (I felt shamed I hadn’t made time sooner.) Quite frankly, the dedication and real purpose they create for special needs individuals is nothing short of a miracle. And I hope when you read it you will be greatly touched, as I was. You CAN support them by sending their cards in the mail with a whole lotta love. You do it anyway, right?


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Makeover Magic is what we entitled the home feature, as David and Lisa Nicolaou made Monumental Changes to their family home. When your space isn’t working, do you move or fix it? After much anguish and time spent trying to find a perfect new home, they came to the realization that they loved where they lived. And all the money they would pour into overhauling it was priceless in comparison to their quality of life and Family Memories. Both are in the medical field, and as Dave put it, they performed Major Surgery on their home. In the process, they cured their home of all its ailments, and they created a harmonious home full of laughter and good times for many years to come. There’s more, of course—hello, 84 colorful pages worth—so grab a glass of eggnog (preferably, the spiked variety!), relax a while and read cover to cover. We hope you feel a little enriched, enlightened and enhanced (always our goal)! Go immerse yourself in the Magic of the Season with your family and friends. Reach out to some strangers in need, too, all the while celebrating, It’s a Wonderful Life! Be Jingly, Be Merry, Be Happy and Peace Out … till next year!

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Your family’s local guide to experience the perfect Holiday Season: Creating New Traditions to last a lifetime.

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The Dramatic Home Transformation of the Nicolaou’s Home on the Lake.


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78 THEN & NOW Traverse City's Christmas Tree Location

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The Host Family who shared their personal March of Dimes success story: Greta and Jason Myers with their miracle triplets now aged 6.5 Lukas, Niklas and Gabbie.

Supporting Healthy Babies

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The 11th Annual March of Dimes Signature Chef Event held October 14th at The Haggerty Center, is always a crowd favorite. Our community gathers to support the worthy cause, lots of money was raised, mouthwatering food was enjoyed and local wine flowed. Quite simply a delicious time was had by all.

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The Best Way to Spread CHRISTMAS CHEER, is Singing Loud for all to Hear! author unknown

Cave Men Rule! When David Foulkrod started to decorate his would-be Man Cave, he looked hard and long for unique masculine accessories to make it Rock! After much searching, he didn’t have much luck, and if he had this problem, he must not be alone. Every man dreams of his own Man Cave, and he could help hundreds of other men on this lofty quest. In Texas, he found a real bona fide Man Cave store! He boldly quit his job, buying the rights to open up his own Cave of Alpha-Male Treasures in Charlevoix. Opened just since September, he eagerly watches every couple come in, and delights in the sparkle in every guy’s face when he realizes the store is full of Male-Dominant Macho Stuff that he actually WANTS. It’s also the perfect place to buy gifts for that Man on your list. Now that deserves a celebratory AAARG! American Man-Cave, 229 Bridge St. 231-237-9585.

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What Lola Wants, Lola Gets. Well, Lola is actually the name of Denise Leeds’ beloved dog, but it’s also the perfect name for her new Downtown TC Fabulously Fashionable Shoe-Tique, Lola’s. Think Sex and the City Carrie’s bold style on a Not Breaking the Bank Budget! (Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik are fab, but they can set your wallet back a whole mortgage payment! Yikes.) Shopping at Lola’s gives you the passport for Guilt-Free Glee: It’s a variable Shoe Shopping Extravaganza, Ladies! Spectacular Shoes, Boots and Amazing Accessories with no buyer’s remorse and just in time for the Swinging Party Season! At these prices you can lust over and own a pair for every dress you said yes to. As SATC’s Carrie would say, “Hello Lover!” And just like Carrie, Lola’s owner Denise comes from New York. She is lovingly known to BFFs to always be rocking her sassy stilettoes, yes even in Northern Michigan. If the shoe fits … buy it at Lola’s! 123 East Front Street, Suite #1, Traverse City • 231.943.2122


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More Nifty Nifty Things owners Martee and Doug Hickman are

expanding their Nifty Empire with a Nifty Plan to open their fourth store in Suttons Bay. The new store will be located at 220 N. St. Joseph Ave. (downtown), and they are planting roots for a Spring Bloom Opening. At 1,200 square feet, the new store will mirror the sister stores in Elk Rapids and Alden. Of course, their flagship store sits on Front Street in downtown T.C. and is choc a bloc of unique items that inspired the name in the first place: Nifty Things! If you have never stopped inside, mistakenly thinking it’s only for tourists, you’ll be very surprised! It’s one of the best places to pick up a gift, buy jewelry, a handbag, and wine glasses or even decorate your home. Now that’s pretty darn Nifty!

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We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Buddy the Elf

The Low Down When Jim Smolak and Matt Cozzens first appeared in our magazine, they shared that they were opening this cool place in town, a Tap Bar, named 7 Monks. We got a sneak peek inside before it became the Now Hottest Bar in town and the beloved meeting place of many (many) Happy Hours. Now reeling from that success, they are at it again! They are expanding and busy working on a November opening for a new “IT” place they are naming The Low Bar. It’s aptly named because it will inhabit 1,500 square feet of basement space right next door and debut as a 1930s speakeasy-inspired lounge. Think bars from the era of prohibition and bootlegging, many were actually owned by the mafia. So get EST 2013 ready to strike a Greta Garbo pose and have your martini hand at the ready. It’s swankily going to add sass and elegance to cocktail drinking again. (Sign me up!) Mesmerized already? There’s more! If you adore the ritzy vintage spirits and concoctions feel at Ella’s on Front Street you will be in Great Gatsby Heaven, as they are overseeing the design and décor. Note: This will be a Legal establishment with no Bootlegging or Midnight raids. And the only organized crime will be what time to leave to go home!

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Party in the Loft Marie and Jeff Schwartz, owners of the Corner Loft, unveiled their Exquisitely Restored Venue with a Grand Opening reception recently. Guests were left in AWE! The Corner Loft, located at 201 E. Front St., occupies the top floor of a historic, neoclassical-style building that used to be a bank. The magnificent renovation makes it the newest “go-to” place for events of all shapes and sizes with a max of 120 guests. It’s also a room with a view, overlooking the hustle and bustle of downtown and creating a unique upscale atmosphere. With a bird’s eye view of the Christmas tree, it’s the perfect setting for Happening Holiday Parties! Guests can bring in their own caterer and adult beverages! We see a busy future for this new Hotspot! Book early, book soon and add us to the invite list! Photo by: Blake Harrigan of Up North Productions


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2013 Seasonal Events

30 Years of Fun Early In 1984 and way before our little town was a renowned Foodie destination— heck, most of the chefs today were probably in grade school—all those 30 years ago, one lone ranger (friends call him Duke, too, because of a resemblance to John Wayne) named John Rodge started the ingenious business Two on the Town! The idea was to make a night out affordable and fun. John, who was a teacher for 12 years, had actually dreamed of opening his own restaurant, but interest rates were sky high then and this became his plan B. (Always have a plan B.) It wasn’t profitable for the first two years, but people finally caught on to the great idea of Twice the Fun for Half the Cost! Today, he works with more than 130 restaurants and local entertainment outlets to provide hot date nights for all worthy couples who need to watch their budget! (That’s everyone!) A night out For Two on Town can chip away at the wallet with not much to spare for the babysitter at home! Think of John as your personal Social Planner! All you do is purchase a card, and participating businesses are all 2 for 1.

November 28 November 30 December 15

Ice Cream Trees

Your guests will be Winterland Wonder Wowed! By these simple Dessert Treats.

1 Gallon of Ice Cream (any flavor) 1 Bag White Chocolate Chips 1/2 Bag Milk Chocolate Chips 6 waffle cones

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Level the cones so they stand up straight when placed Upside down.

Coat the inside with a thin layer of melted chocolate. (protect the cone from getting soggy once you put the ice cream in) Fill each cone with softened ice cream, return them to the freezer.

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secret recipe: Maple Bourbon Salmon with Candied Walnut Fingerling Potatoes Ingredients 2 6oz Salmon Filets 2 Tbsp. Salad Oil 1 cup Real Maple Syrup 1/3 cup Whole Grain Mustard 2 Tbsp. Bourbon 2 Tbsp. Butter 8-12 Fingerling Potatoes 1/2 tsp. Sugar 1/8 cup Candied Walnuts, chopped Salt and Pepper For the Brine 1 gal water ¾ cup kosher salt ½ cup brown sugar 4 bay leaves 1 tbsp whole peppercorns

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Directions, Serves 2 Heat oven to 350 degrees. Toss fingerlings in 1 Tbsp. oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly on a sheet tray and bake for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together syrup, mustard, bourbon, and a pinch of salt

Aerie Sous Chef Anie Driscoll "I can't believe I get to come work here — I feel like I get to play every day." One of the few female chefs leading restaurants in the Traverse City area, she brings an energetic, innovative approach to creating the distinctive dishes on Aerie’s menu.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in medium size sauté pan on high heat. Season salmon filets with salt and pepper and sear flesh side down until golden brown. Flip salmon in pan and drain any excess oil. Add maple syrup mixture to the pan with 1 Tbsp. butter while still over a high flame. Allow butter to melt completely. When butter is completely melted and bubbles in the maple syrup appear to be even throughout the pan, transfer the sauté pan to the oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until the glaze reduces to a caramel consistency. While salmon is in the oven, toss baked fingerling potatoes in 1 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp. sugar, candied walnuts, and a pinch of salt. Return to oven for 4 minutes. Plate salmon on top of the fingerling potatoes and spoon excess glaze over the top.


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Darric Newman is the wine aficionado and co-owner of Folgarelli's Market and Wine Shop

Photo by: Wesley Mayer

Buds Bud’s in Interlochen wants to be the best part of your day, and leave with a smile! So if you’re craving the nostalgic, All American Experience, look no Off the Beaten Track! further! Grab your family, Foodie Gems you need friends and experience to discover. Americana at its Finest. Housed in an old gas station Bud’s opened in the 1950’s and was the local hangout, including the favorite childhood ice cream parlor for the now owner Sue Bowen. It closed in the 1970’s and she yearned to recapture those fond memories, and opened in 2008. The motto is “Life’s Simple Pleasures’.”


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That alone conjures up dreamy plates of comfort food galore, tempting your taste buds with endless options: With Hot Sandwiches like Bud’s Philly Steak, The Cuban, and Over Brimming Juicy Burgers aptly named Cherry Bleu Burger and the All American. Perfect Panini’s to salivate over and Wondrous Wraps to open wide for! Wash these beauties down with reminiscent Hand Dipped Shakes or Malts and if you have any room left? The delectable desserts are all made from scratch; some Bud’s fans claim it’s the best cheesecake on the planet! You can devour all this while sitting in the glow of the warm fireplace, just like at home: Only way better! Enticing as it is so far, there’s more! You can even shop to your little hearts content, the delightful store is full of things you don’t need, but will most certainly want. The plethora of goodies includes cookbooks, candles, scarves, jewelry and much more. Go grab that slice of feel Good Americana today, and tell them we sent you! 3061 M-137, Interlochen • • 231.276.9090

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere With the Holiday’s rapidly approaching, many who entertain are looking for that festive bottle of bubbly to help celebrate the occasion. While many call any bubbly wine Champagne, that name is truly reserved for the classic sparkling wine of Champagne, France. Made from primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine claims some of the greatest nobility and the highest dollar with labels such as Dom Perignon, Roederer’s Cristal and BillecartSalmon Brut Rosé. But rest assured, there are many other sparkling wines from around the world such as Italian Prosecco, Spanish Cava and U.S.-produced Bubbly that will make for an enjoyable drink without breaking the bank. Locally, you can order up Sex nearly anywhere. Get your mind out of the gutter, we are still talking wine here. Sex Brut Rose by M. Lawrence is what I am referring to. A great dosage (blend) of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir creates a bubbly with a light pinkish hue, bright fruit aromas, yeasty accents and a beautiful soft finish. This is just simply delicious and enjoyable every day and not just for special occasions. Feel free to stop by and get a tour of our bubbly selection and learn a bit more. Cheers, Darric 424 West Front Street, Traverse City • 231.941.7651 november /december 2013 | BAY LIFE NORTH


And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy! author unknown

Unwrap a New You It’s YOUR TIME! This Holiday Season it’s time to give yourself the gift of Looking Fabulous! Give your confidence a Big Sexy Boost and Unwrap a new younger you. Make plans with your BFFs to attend the Open House “Aesthetics Unwrapped” at The Center for Skin Care at Copper Ridge on Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “doctors are in” to customize your personal plan for bringing Back Your Beauty. Consult with them on a procedure you’ve always dreamed about! No more excuses, No More Shoulda Coulda Wouldas! You only live once. Do it feeling good and looking good! Talk about a New Year’s Resolution, right! Of course there’s a plethora of nibbles, discounts, door prizes and demos, too. (You have got to try the

Visia® complexion analysis system that scans your skins health in six key areas; this is the only place in Northern Michigan it’s offered.) It’s a fun day of meandering, mingling and finally considering the idea to do a little something for YOU (with super savings as the enticing incentive). A simple skin care cream can never make any real promises! Of course, good health, eating right and exercising all play a part in looking and feeling good. But imagine the possibilities! Embrace looking at yourself in the mirror again. As Katy Perry sings, “You’re gonna hear me roar!” 4110 Copper Ridge Drive, Suite 242 Building D, Traverse City 231.929.7700

Let the meltdowns begin Remember, the best way to take care of those you love is to take care of yourself. So while we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, all that Joy can also add up to stress, over-commitment and excess really quickly. Practice these five things and you’ll breeze through to 2014. Stop: Make the world stop spinning at least once a day for five minutes. Sit down, relax and regroup.

Breathe: Close your eyes and take three long, deep breaths.


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Take a Walk: Just for a few minutes; it’s a moving meditation. Exercise: It will boost your mood, calm you down, get rid of extra tension and clear your mind. Just Say No: Realize when you are over-committed. It’s liberating to politely say no! Life will go still go on, and you will actually have time to Enjoy the Holidays.

Inner Good Feeling good is always a state of mind. But nothing can match the feeling of selflessly doing good for others. Make a point this holiday season to help those in need however you are able. Whether you volunteer your time to any one of the local charity organizations, adopt a needy family, give toys for tots, donate food to the pantries or give a monetary gift, your heart will be glad you did.

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I've been an Angel all year Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight. SPIRALS Photography by

Gold Flapper Dress $64.95


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Yumi Purple Dress $138


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Rhinestone Heels $40

Leopard Booties $49

For 10 years, Spirals boutique has proven with their fabulous Indie style that they will remain a downtown icon. Owner Mary Herzog is always searching for the newest and cutest dresses and purses to bring to the area. The store itself is like stepping on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, complete with the most beautiful vintage-inspired styled dresses imaginable. With the recent addition of Cosabella lingerie, DL1961 jeans, and the new passageway being built to connect Spirals to Lola's next door, Spirals will be your favorite stop for holiday sparkle and cheer!

Say hello to Lola’s! Just opened in September, the newest shoe and accessory boutique on Front Street promises to be a hit with locals and visitors alike. A walk through the store is guaranteed to make your jaw drop, not just because of the amazing high fashion styles and fun accessories. Owner Denise Leeds certainly has an eye for fashion, combined with her connection to Spirals next door; she and her store are one of the most exciting additions to the Downtown Traverse scene.


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LBD Black Magic: The Little Black Dress It’s that classic staple in every ladies closet that you can break out for any occasion, especially the Holidays. Why is it the “go to?” 1. The LBD never goes out of style 2. The LBD knocks pounds off every figure. 3. A LBD is for any occasion, dress it up or dress it down. 4. A LBD is available in all price ranges. 5. The LBD is unmatched in versatility.


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With every $100 Pavlova Gift Certificate receive an additional $20 gift card from The Exchange Boutique – voted TC's best new store! Hurry, this chic deal won't last!

LBD History So why is the LBD such an icon? Long before Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy launched a thousand copycats from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in Vogue. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”

A casual comment made by Wallace Simpson, Duchess of Windsor has been quoted endlessly in the fashion industry: “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.”

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The cozy but hip fireplace sets a warm winter feel. Photo by: Marie Clark Photography

On Walloon Lake On a sweltering July day, the new hip restaurant Barrel Back opened in Walloon Lake. The wait was two hours and the service was a tad slow. It was worth it, though, because the food was Outstanding, the ambiance undeniably cool and the view overlooking Walloon Lake from the second story open Marina was priceless, of course! When we stumbled upon this new hotspot we were a little bummed that we hadn’t been able to fit it in for a summer issue. But after talking to General Manager Bryan Banfield, we were thrilled to hear they would be open All Year, unlike some of our favorite destination restaurants that close their front doors right after the visitors depart

and leave us poor locals with fewer destination choices the whole long, long winter. We troopers that call the frigid North home deserve some bright spots to look forward to, don’t you think? Barrel Back is for sure one of them, I am happy to report. (They are closed on Mondays, though! Make a note!)

Just a few of the delicious items from the simple American food menu . Photo by: Marie Clark Photography


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Barrel Back refers to the iconic, curved barrel backs of classic wooden boats.

General Manager Bryan Banfield

The new marina building where Barrel Back overlooks Walloon Lake from the 2nd floor.

Just a few months old, Barrel Back is already bringing in rave reviews, thanks to meticulous planning from owner Matt Borisch. He put experienced key people in place to thrive, from the management team to the gifted Executive Chef DJ Flynn. And from the ground up, he worked with interior designers every step of the way for the full WOW effect. Matt, a first-time restaurateur, had an “out-of-the-box” list that makes the place uniquely different and worth a trip. One aspect of this is the seriously cool garage doors that overlook the lake and can be opened fully on a gorgeous day. Don’t worry: They have industrial heaters strategically placed above all three, the same type found in a stadium above the bleachers at a hockey game, ensuring it’s toasty on a cold day! And for extra warmth and ambiance, there is a metal-hooded killer gas fireplace smack bang in the middle. Rich wooden walls complete the other side, transforming the entire room into a modern ski chalet atmosphere.

Executive Chef DJ Flynn

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The wood fired oven creates the perfect pizzas.

Which leads us to the next “Matt Must Have,” a Wood-Fired Oven. DJ, the chef, took this idea one step further, sharing his input for a Wood-Fired Grill and turning it up an extra notch by adding a rotisserie smoker! (Now that’s comfort food!) As Bryan conveys to us, “Because of this, our food tastes like nothing else I can compare anywhere. The food is all so delicious it tastes like it’s cooked over a campfire.” The woodfired oven creates the perfect pizzas, of course, but shake up the norm and try the Slow-Roasted Smoked Pork Pizza! “We use a special dough recipe that sets up the night before to rise, so it has a thicker crust and a different flavor,” says Bryan. The Smoked Chicken “Wonder” Wings are hailed as “amazing,” so if you consider yourself an expert, these alone make the drive worth it.

The modern and relaxed atmosphere.

If you have to label the food (it seems everyone always asks?), Barrel Back’s would be considered Simple American Food. They only serve Fresh Fish, and the menu is printed daily to reflect seasonal fare. Most of your tried-and-true favorites stay on the menu, though. Tantalizing must-try dishes include the Beer-Battered Whitefish Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries, The Chopped Salad (like nothing you’ve ever had!), and Smoked Beef Brisket. They even have a vegetarian menu and a kids menu that actually offer a little variety! Try the Slow Roasted Smoked Pork Pizza.

The S’mores dessert.


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The Chopped Salad is like nothing you’ve ever had!

There is an array of craft beers on tap. Try the namesake beer Barrel Back Signature IPA, a collaboration with Petoskey Brewing Company.

Large Glass Globe fixtures hang on each corner looking like a cross between Funky Industrial meets Victorian gas lights.

Beer Battered Whitefish Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries

The bar is also a stunner. As you walk in, it’s the huge centerpiece of the main room, framed on one side with huge comfy booths and graced by at least 30 enlarged vintage postcards of Walloon Lake Memorabilia on the wall above. These are a subtle reminder of the lake’s rich history. Ernest Hemmingway himself used to summer here as a boy. Large glass globe fixtures hang on each corner, looking like a cross between funky industrial meets Victorian gas lights, and high above on a shelf is an eclectic element of old bottles in varied colors and sizes. An array of beers is on tap, and the restaurant has even crafted its own namesake beer, Barrel Back Signature IPA, with Petoskey Brewing Company. Not a beer lover? How about Some Sex on Tap? No, that’s not a typo/ Local winery M. Lawrence’s popular sparkling rose that has become the “it” brand. (Can’t imagine why.) Makes sense when you consider that an opened bottle’s bubbles fade, but when the wine is hooked up to a tap with a barrel, every pour is fresh and bubbly. Such brilliant thinking, and it goes down nicely served in a fabulous fluted glass. The “Hot Toddy” was recently dreamed up by bartender Melissa, and with colder nights creeping in, this sounds just perfect! Oh, and they just added a Happy Hour special, too. Every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can enjoy $2 drafts and special appetizers! Before the cabin fever sets in, make a date to dine at Barrel Back. It’s a great excuse for a little road trip. We forgot to tell you the origin of the name Barrel Back. The restaurant is named for those iconic, curved barrel backs of the classic wooden boats that cruised Walloon Lake in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, and still do today. On a summer visit, you’ll see Matt’s Mascot out front, a 1942 Chris Craft 26-foot runabout. . 04069 North M75, Walloon Lake 231.535.6000 november /december 2013 | BAY LIFE NORTH


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AwArd winning wine List Over 300 wines A wide seLectiOn Of Beers & spirits The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers an eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay’s waterfront featuring fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. Our restaurant opens daily at 5:00 p.m. and features nightly appetizer and dinner specials, which may include such delicious dishes as oysters on the half shell, mussels Provencal, walleye, rack of lamb and many other favorites.

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Wesley Mayer

Magic The Wise Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Be the Change You Want to See in the World.” The phrase is awe-inspiring, but it throws down a daunting task. Where the heck does begin? What if you had the power to help change someone’s life just by buying a simple greeting card? That’s doable right? To buy a handmade Paperworks Studio card is YOUR perfect opportunity to Pay It Forward. Not only are you choosing a unique card for a special occasion to make a loved one smile, but in the process YOU transform a stranger’s world. It’s kind of like changing the world One Card at a Time.


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This is something to be proud of as locals; the organization is a nonprofit and part of Goodwill Industries homegrown right here in Traverse City. Here’s the “Wow” part! It’s the only program of its kind in the entire country. Paperworks Studio cards quite literally help change the future and write new chapters of life for the special needs and disadvantaged people who hand-make these monumental cards with Magical Powers. Each individual has their own path of struggles, obstacles and adversity. Some are affected by Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, to name a few. They work hard every day to overcome the daily challenges they face, and in doing so, they create something beautiful. But more importantly, this gives them a Purpose in Life, a place to be where they are needed and share a safe haven with coworkers all on the same mission, reaching life goals. Quite simply put: A whole lot of Love is jam-packed into every exquisitely created card, especially when you also count the amazing people who have made a career of managing this group of artists. Their passion for Paperworks and their commitment to the people they help are truly Remarkable.

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Paperworks gives them a Purpose in Life, a place to be where they are needed and share a safe haven with coworkers all on the same mission, reaching life goals. The paperworks crew led by director Brian Lewis, far right.

As we head into the Holiday season, it’s quite fitting to liken the comparison of touring the Paperworks facility to visiting the North Pole and catching a secret peek inside Santa’s Workshop. (Although the radio was playing the Bee Gees, not “Jingle Bells.”) Director Brian Lewis proudly led us room to room where we watched in awe, now privy to the coveted made from scratch Magic Recipe that creates the one-of-a-kind recycled paper. Spoiler alert! It even contains Super Sparkle! In the first room, we met Dan, recently promoted to Assistant Team Leader. His task is to take all the shredded denims, wools, cottons and linens and “beat them to a pulp” with the help of a big machine, of course. He also adds the dye and shows us his blue Smurf hands. But his big accomplishment is actually that he has turned his life around with a job he feels blessed to have. “I enjoy working with people and making a difference. I feel proud with a sense of accomplishment,” he tells us. So he should, as it wasn’t long ago he called the Goodwill Inn home. They didn’t think he would be able to handle just a few days of work, but he has now been flourishing at Paperworks for three years. Audrey is one of many dedicated workers in the next room. She looks like a prospector mining for Gold, only it’s the Blue Rush. She starts to make a wet paper. Once it’s in place, it gets hung to dry, literally changing the Dan, who was recently promoted to Assistant Team Leader


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Hanging up to dry.

Audrey looks like she is mining for gold, as she filters out the pulp.

Many Hands Make Light Work, it is said, and that happens here.

form of a fiber.Audrey and her coworkers average around 500 sheets a day, enough paper for 1000 cards. Their personal best and record set is 677 sheets in a day. Once the paper is dry, its next journey is to Quality Control. Here it meets Nick, and it has to pass a weight requirement on the scale that sits on his desk. Nick’s smiling face immediately gives him away. “I love that they let me do quality control,” he says. He spends three days a week here and cherishes every minute of it. Nick is in a wheelchair, but we are so enamored of his illuminating smile and huge personality we don’t really notice it. Behind Nick is the Bustling Busy Workshop. Many Hands Make Light Work, it is said, and that happens here. Tables are full of the magical cards being made at every stage. There are endless piles of card and paper in all the colors of the rainbow, with scissors and glue sticks at the ready. Fingers are prepping, creasing, folding and counting. People are working away with full concentration and keeping their eyes on the prize. Among the helpers are Jen, who is a diehard University of Michigan

“I love that they let me do quality control,” Nick working away at his desk.

They average around 500 recycled sheets every day, enough for 1000 cards.

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fan and has been here for three years. We also met Marley who shared with us, “I’m learning really great work skills.” Front and center on Marley’s station is a treasured smiling photograph of him with a friend. It’s a gentle reminder to focus on, helping him to Stay Calm and Relax when things get a little overwhelming. (Hello, I think we can all relate to that!) Marley is proud to be learning really great work skills.

The myriad of paper colors, used inside the cards.


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High above them is a reminder of how astounding their success is becoming. A long line of 2013 Christmas cards drapes along the wall, 15 different designs to be exact. Pretty phenomenal when last year they only had six designs, and in 2011 it was just four. Of course, Christmas isn’t all they do. You may think we have let you in on a little secret and this is just a small operation, but you may be surprised to know that the Whole Foods Corporation carries their cards around the country. In fact, Paperworks makes LOVE cards for M22, Michigan Great Lakes cards, The National Autism Society, Woolrich and even for Lee Jeans. Impressed? They also make custom and spectacular wedding invitations and boast art designers on staff who can knock the glass slippers off any picky bride to be.

Special Needs and Disadvantaged people hand-make these monumental cards with Magical Powers.

The Boom is just beginning. Get ready for Paperworks to soar. They recently sent an exclusive box of their handmade goodies to “Good Morning America.� With such a wonderful philosophy committed to teaching work skills to special needs people to help them eventually become an integral part of the community, not to mention the stunningly gorgeous cards they create, how could anyone ignore such Wondrous Paper Magic. I know it left a lasting impression on me. I hope our readers will be forever inspired to Send a Card with a Purpose and Help Change a Life.

Jen, a die hard University of Michigan fan has been here for 3 years.

The personal artist profiles that come with each card.

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Each individual has their own path of struggles, obstacles and adversity. Send a Card with a Purpose and Help Change a Life.


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Macarons • Cakes • Party Room Special Events • Gift Cards

Open 10am ‘til the last cupcake! 445 E. Front Street (across from Bubba's) 231.633.CAKE (2253)

where to buy

The Life Changing Cards Locally: Paperworks Studio, Aero Park Drive Tom’s Food Markets, East Bay, West Bay, Acme, 14th Street Oleson's Hammond, Silver Lake Oryana Natural Foods Market Edson Farms Natural Foods Brilliant Books Horizon Books Ace Hardware, Front Street Wild Birds Unlimited The Copy Shop, 8th Street Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, Empire Whole Foods (Midwest and Pacific Northwest Stores)

I help clients Build, Manage and Protect their wealth. Offering personalized and comprehensive financial strategies based on your situation, preferences and goals, isn’t it time to consider putting a plan in place or having a “second set of eyes” evaluate your current one? — Call today for a no obligation consultation or review and let’s work together towards a “Life Well Planned”.

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First snow of the 2012 Winter season! Downtown Traverse City and Marina, looking West, captured by Jim Anderson of Anderson Aerial Photography.

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Bells are ringin’, children singin’, all is merry and bright.

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Leaves of Love I was inspired to share this story of making a Thankful Tree, starring my friend Greta. She made one a few years ago with her kids and family. No one really took her seriously, but they humored her! The next year her father sadly passed, and now his handwritten thankful leaf is one of her greatest personal treasures. It really is the little things in life that mean a lot! So grab a few big sticks, cut out some leaves with your kids and go create your very own family Thankful Tree. Gives a whole new meaning to turning over a new leaf!

The Kid Table

It’s About


Here’s a great new tradition to start with your kids! Buy some cute Santa sacks and have your kids lovingly say farewell to 10 old toys to fill them up. (These should be toys in good shape that other kids would actually want!) Leave the sacks under the tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes them back to the North Pole to fix up and give to needy kids, and he leaves new toys in their place. (You can put new, unwrapped toys in the same sack and save on wrapping and trash pickup Christmas morning.) It’s a great way to teach your kids that Christmas is about giving rather than receiving. Of course, Santa Mom takes the old toys to recycle at local charity drop-offs!


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Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of family dinners. With wiggly little ones, these can be a challenge! Here’s a simple idea that just about every restaurant in town already knows! Crayons, paper placemats, fun plastic plates and violà—you have the Best Kid table ever!

(231) 946-5191 | TCCENTRALUMC.ORG | 222 Cass, Downtown TC

YOUare welcome HERE. Sunday Mornings Chapel Worship at 8:15 am | Casual Worship at 9 am Sunday School at 9:45 am | Traditional Worship at 11 am

Give the gift of Stafford’s. Always a perfect fit!

Toys of every color...but ALWAYS GREEN!

Stafford’s gift cards can be used at any Stafford’s location Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge, Perry Hotel, the Pier or Weathervane Restaurants. Use them for dining, lodging, gift shop purchases and more. Stop by any Stafford’s establishment, choose a denomination and your Christmas shopping is done! 800-737-1899 •

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Santa’s Coming? I know him, I Know Him!

Big Arms to Hug Are you familiar with the recent story of Davion that spread like wildfire across social media channels? Davion was a foster youth who had been waiting most of his life for an adoptive family. His desperation led him to visit a local church to plead for someone to adopt him. "I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be." His story tugged at the nation's heartstrings and had scores of people sharing his story. His social worker reports that more than 10,000 families have inquired about adopting Davion. The point? There are many like Davion out there in our local community. Foster children, more than anyone, need a support system as they become adults. The outcomes for foster children who age out without finding a family are not good. And yet, so many of them just need support, love and the promise of a family. For more information or to help foster, adopt, volunteer or donate funds, consider these organizations. Child & Family Services, Holy Cross Children’s Services, Bethany Christian Services, My Sister’s House, Catholic Charities

Ski Swap

Charge it!

Ski Stuff isn’t cheap, and it’s a long winter!! So make sure you schlep your kids over to The Grand Traverse Ski Club Ski Swap to get new-to-you stuff and switch out their old stuff. This year’s event is being held the weekend of Nov. 15−17 at West Middle School, 3950 Silver Lake Road. The event in past years has boasted more than 10,000 items, and the Ski Club receives a commission on all sales that goes toward supporting training clinics, purchasing equipment, making improvements to Hickory Hills, and supporting high school ski racing in Traverse City.

Teens are hard to buy gifts for, here is one they will be excited about. A Portable Charger! Phones will never die, tablets will last forever and all will be well in their world, this is a no brainer. Not only is the charger portable but they can use it at home, too. It has the ability to charge 4 different devices all at the same time and comes with different adapters. EasyAcc® 12000mAh Power Bank 4 USB 3.5A Output Portable Charger High Capacity External Battery Pack.


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1217 E. FRONT ST. 231.929.2999


Traverse City - Glen Arbor

Everything You Want, Nothing You Need Rockin’ Gifts for the Man who has Everything

229 Bridge Street Charlevoix, MI 49720 231.237.9585

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Dear Santa,

I’ve been an extra good girl this year, so I would love a gift card from imprés salon spa! Your Neighborhood Bakery ARTISAN BREADS SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ESPRESSO’S & MORE!

~imprés Gift Card Special~ For every $100 purchased in gift cards, receive an added $15 through Dec 24th!

*Mention this Bay Life ad to receive a special gift with your gift card purchase! 601 Randolph Street, Traverse City 231.922.8022


Original Fine Art Contemporary Craft Studio Jewelry Handcrafted Gifts

Traverse City: 231.932.0775


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Front Street, Downtown Traverse City Visit our new location inside Red Ostrich! 231.421.9160 We Ship!


“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

Holiday Magic You’re Customized Holiday Plan To Finding a Turkey, The Perfect Xmas Tree, and all the Fun Festivities in between to last you until 2014. Please Jingle Responsibly My friends!

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Gobble Gobble Support Local right from the start and find your Fresh Thanksgiving Turkey at one of these Northern Michigan Farms.

Biehl’s Circle B Turkey Ranch

Mancelona, 231.587.9580

Duerksen Turkey Farm

Mancelona, 231.587.8267

Echo Bend

Arcadia, 231.352.6998,

Sonny’s Farm

Cedar, 847.271.6002

Hubbell Farm

Cedar, 231.228.6390

Turkey Talk

95 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, translating to 45 million birds! Benjamin Franklin originally proposed the turkey as the official bird of the U.S. instead of the bald eagle.



Turkey Time

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The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City hosts this annual event. Come on out to this FREE event and bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate. Noon to 2:00 pm

November 29 Charlevoix Community Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade A holiday parade down Bridge Street will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Santa lighting the tree at 6 p.m.

November 30 Stafford's Holiday Parade The parade will wind through Downtown streets and end at the Perry Hotel. 10–11 a.m.

November 30 Harbor Springs Open House The Home for the Holidays Downtown Harbor Springs and Holiday Open House will kick off with the Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival at 6:30 p.m.


November 23 Northwest Michigan Toys for Tots Kick-Off Event


Santa Claus

The Holiday Season can’t start without a peek at the big guy in red, singing carols, cheering a parade and with the flip of a switch: Let there be light!


“He knows if you've been Bad or Good.”

Here Comes

December 6 Santa's Arrival, Holiday Open House, Traverse City Shoppers will be serenaded with holiday music around the Holiday Tree. 5−9 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to light the tree and visit. 231.922.2050

December 7 Suttons Bay Family Day Activities all day with Santa arriving by fire truck at 5 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Village Inn after helping him light the big Village Christmas Tree.

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“I Give You, The Griswold Family Christmas Tree.” >•<•>•< Nothing beats this tradition, but unlike Clark in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” remember when finding your Perfect Tree, size does matter! Measure before you leave. Wander through some of the best Christmas Tree farms Northern Michigan has to offer. Go hunt your own favorite spots and check out some pre-cut, too. Here are a few tree farms guaranteed to make selecting a Christmas Tree a treasured event for your family.

Bill’s Farm Market in Petoskey

Family owned for more than 100 years, Bill’s is a Christmas Tree Paradise! There are rows and rows of Balsam, Fraser Fir and Blue Spruce to ooh and aah over. Bill will let you cut your own beauty down and even provide you with the saw and a map. Or you can select a precut ready to go. Throw it on top of the car and just add tinsel! 4450 East Mitchell Road 231.347.6735

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Goslin’s Greenery in Petoskey

McPherson Evergreens in Ellsworth

270 North Fletcher Road 231.203.1127

8103 Ellsworth Road 231.588.6137

All Cut-Your-Own Trees are only $25! But don’t forget your saw! Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Balsam Firs between 7 and 15 feet are just waiting for the perfect family to find them and take them home to love. Pre-cut are all under 7 feet and also available. Or Go Green this year and have a potted tree. Potted trees are available in three sizes .

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Brimming with 17 acres to get lost in, you can “choose and cut.” They offer fresh, pre-cut trees in endless varieties. The best part? Machined tree cleaning, drilling and wrapping! They will strap it to your car while you enjoy hot cocoa. They are a little famous for their fresh wreaths, too, that have even graced the Governor’s front door and were made legendary by their mom, Phyllis McPherson.

Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs.

Go searching for your tree on Nov. 30 or Dec. 6 and 7 and you’ll find a lot more! Their Holiday Winter Festival will be in full swing with Santa, Hayrides, Christmas Trees (of course), Cookie Decorating, Sledding, Ornament Making, Wreath Decorating, Homemade Garland, Wreaths and more! Oh yeah, even wine tasting for the adults! It’s a one-stop SANTA Shop. 5581 SouthLake Shore Drive 231.526.FARM

Schmukal Christmas Tree Farm in Kingsley.

Acres of “Cut-Your-Own Firs,” including Canaan, Concolor, Douglas and Fraser, are at the ready. Down on the farm they also have free hayrides, free bonfires, free hot chocolate and free popcorn balls! And what is Christmas without the trimmings? They have all that, too, with garlands and wreaths to ogle over. After a visit here, the family will be Merry and Bright. 5719 Schneider Road 231.271.6790

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Heart It’s not a holiday season until you have experienced the real joy of live music. A beautiful orchestra and a harmonious choir lift the soul and fill your heart. We are blessed to live where the arts are expressed with abundance.

December 8 35th Annual Community Sing

Handel’s “Messiah” hosted by Central United Methodist Church, led by Byron Hanson, conductor. "Many people have said the 'Messiah Sing' represents the start of their Christmas season," Hanson said. "We encourage everyone to take part, even if you haven't done it before.” 222 Cass Street, TC 231.946.5191

December 12 Grand Traverse Musical

The Traverse City West Senior High Orchestra will perform directed by Ann Marie Jones. A Holiday Bazaar at 12.15, Artist Performance at 1pm. Followed by light refreshments. Free. Public Welcome. First Congregational Church 6105 Center Road Traverse City



Music of the

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December 14−15 Home for the Holidays

The NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Children's Choir return for the Symphony's annual holiday celebration to capture the spirit of the season. Kevin Rhodes, conductor. Jeffrey Cobb, director. Lars Hockstad Auditorium

December 17 American Big Band's Home for the Holidays

A cast of eight singers/dancers and 12 musicians. Their ability to meld popular classics with the latest show tunes and choreography creates a uniquely entertaining evening perfect for the holidays. It will feature all-time holiday hits from Bing to Bublé in an energizing holiday spectacular! Tickets from $25 231.547.2101

More than 50 area artists will have items on display for your holiday gift giving.

December 7 Petoskey: Downtown Open House

Shop till you drop from store to store, with treats and specials galore. 231.622.8501

Merchants will be armed with samples, refreshments and more at participating stores.

December 7 Harbor Springs:

The Annual Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House. Enjoy a fun-filled day of shopping and an unforgettable evening of Holiday Festivities.


December 7 Charlevoix: Flurry Fest and Holiday Merchant Open House


Checking It Twice It’s all about Gift Shopping LOCAL: Support your community and small businesses. Downtown shopping is a small town treat and something to cherish. Skip the overcommercialized mall and embrace Local.

December 12 Traverse City: Ladies’ Night

A salute to the ladies; enjoy food, refreshments and specials for your shopping needs as well.

December 19 Traverse City: Mens’ Night.

Downtown merchants will have in-store specials, gift wrapping, refreshments and prize drawings.


November 22−December 18 Petoskey: Crooked Tree Arts Center – Annual Holiday Art Bazaar

Making a List

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Sleigh Rides

Bundle up together for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods. Bonfire and hot cocoa included. Call before noon on the day you want to ride. Shanty Creek • 800.678.4111

Gingerbread Party at Moomers

Make a reservation to experience the timeless sweet-tooth tradition of making a Gingerbread House. Only at Moomers can every house also be accompanied with an America’s Favorite Ice Cream cone. Yum, Yum and more Yum! 7263 N Long Lake Road TC 231.941.4122

Dec 13 – Jan 4 Festival of Trains

Featuring the Historic Miniature City from Clinch Park, interactive model trains for hands-on learning and fun! The Traverse City History Center 322 Sixth Street • 231.995.0313 54


More Santa

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Photo by: Andrew Williamson

December 13 Snow Day!

Six-for-one Ski Day when six people ski for the price of one lift ticket at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. 800-GO-BOYNE

Ann Porter Associate Broker, Realtor, GRI, CRS

402 East Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

231 944 4959

Movies at the State Theatre

For the spirit of the season on the big screen, and a Holiday State of Mind, take your loved ones and friends to the State Theatre. They play all your classical favorites with new ones too, from “White Christmas” to “Elf” and every jingly one in-between. Go on a Saturday morning and you get to catch the 25-cent matinee.

Art Babes Reunion

December 14 Santa Run

1st Annual Santa Run that will take place along a special mapped out area in Bay Harbor.

Open House 10:00am

Friday Dec. 6 5 till 8 (Holiday Show runs thru Christmas, Tues - Sat 11 to 6)

124 N. Maple at 3rd Street, Traverse City 321.620.0458

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Celebrate 4th Annual The Cherry Ball Drop >•<•>•<


Grand New Year



So you have Jingled and Jangled and Merry Ho Ho Ho’d, so now what’s left to do? Well the cherry on TOP of course is the 4th Annual Cherry Ball Drop. Downtown Traverse City will be packed with event goers for the 4th Annual Cherry Ball Drop. Right before Midnight a large, illuminated cherry will be lowered to signify the coming year! It all starts at 9 p.m. with live entertainment, DJ, a visit from the Coast Guard and other surprises.


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It’s all about Gift Shopping LOCAL: Support your community and small businesses. Downtown shopping is a small town treat and something to cherish. Skip the over-commercialized mall and embrace Local.

Our Legendary Steaks, Seafood and Prime Rib Have Made Us a Northern Michigan Landmark Ph. 231-946-3991 7208 secor road Traverse ciTy, michigan

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“My true passion is cutting the rock.”


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“Nature created that, I didn’t.” Memory stones that form a flowing river within the floor tiles at Korner Gem’s Store.

Kevin Gauthier’s dedication to Rock Hunting began at around age 9. Lucky to be born and raised in Northern Michigan, his hunts were not just limited to vacations, like many collectors. Kevin had an endless array of vast beaches to pick from. He was partial to Petoskey Stones, especially those pretty blue ones (Leland Blue). He stowed away the finest of his pickings as colossal treasure troves in his room. And the piles upon piles of shoeboxes stashed to the brim drove his Mom nuts! She threatened, “Do something with these or get rid of them.”

Kevin at his saw cutting rock. Photo by: Wesley Mayer

How it all started, Kevin with his mom Ruth, who has worked in his store since day 1. Photo by: Tom Gorsline

In the early 1980s, Kevin became the youngest member of the Grand Traverse Rock & Mineral Club. The forever friendships he forged there are immortalized in colorful hues of Memory Stones that portray a river, now beautifully inlaid on the actual floor of the store he dreamed about for many years. Here’s how he went from a shoebox to a successful store named Korner Gem, located in Traverse City.

Photo by: Wesley Mayer

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Kevin’s love of rocks got thrown back into the water for a while, as he attended Michigan State and became part of the corporate world in Chicago. But he didn’t let go of his Rock Solid Dream. Even then, he was dabbling in jewelry making and driving home on the weekends to take part in art shows and let his creativity soar. With every extra paycheck or bonus, he saved up and invested in new rock collections, glass showcases, etc., stashing them away into storage and keeping his dream of owning his own store someday alive.

An impressive Amethyst sits, and behind is the creative workshop with designer Lisa. Photo by: Wesley Mayer

“He pulls the beauty out of rocks.”

When someday came, it happened as Destiny, for sure. His corporation offered him a huge promotion to travel internationally, doubling his salary. “Thanks But No Thanks,” said Kevin. “I’m going to move home to Traverse City and open a Rock Shop!” It took a couple of locations to get the right spot, but the Korner Gem of today has been there for almost 10 years. Kevin’s idea of a perfect “Rock Shop” is one that welcomes kids to come in and chose a treasure for 50 cents and invites Big Kids to come in and choose a treasure of fine jewelry worth thousands. All ages come into the store and all can still be in AWE. As Kevin says, “Our jewelry profession supports our Rock Habit.” From floor to ceiling, the store is a veritable Pirates Plunder of gold and silver with shiny jewels that bedazzle from every nook and cranny and wondrous stones that were handpicked from all over the world. The breathtaking one-of-a-kind pendants, rings and necklaces in all the spectacular colors of nature beckon and taunt you to “try me on” from their home below, elegantly draped on rocks in the mesmerizing showcases.

The colorful Fordite Photo by: Stephen Nesbit


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To guide you in your search is Kevin’s greatest gem, his dear Mom who has been with him supporting this Rock Addiction since the beginning. Almost hidden behind the sparkly showcases is the workshop where all the custom pieces are created. Busy working away,

Photo by: Stephen Nesbit

funfacts No other place in the World tops Michigan to Rock Hunt because of the Great Lakes. Thousands of miles north, the glaciers shattered, allowing rocks from all over the world in all varieties of colors to gather here. There is no one specific rock prevalent as they are not from a mine. Custom pendant

Collectable Stones are in the ground, too, not just at the beach!

Photo by: Stephen Nesbit

these are his diehard rock-ers, a valuable team of talented people who have been with Kevin for years, all with special abilities in design, cutting and setting. Very few jewelers have the ability to work with stone and metal. Every day they Rock On and Dream in color, allowing Kevin some freedom to play. “My true passion is cutting the rock,” he says.

calling to him! Some stones are the rarest of rare from mines that no longer even exist, diamonds in the rough just waiting to be uncovered. “I don’t let the shape of the stone limit what it can be. I can see what I want it to be before I even cut it,” Kevin passionately conveys. As Lisa, his designer, says, “He pulls the Beauty out of Rocks.”

What’s does the future hold? “I feel like I’m just starting,” Kevin says to me with big wide eyes and a boyish grin. With a trusted team in place he can now pursue those treasure troves still hidden, and he can’t wait to burn off some creative energy with those stones he has been collecting for more than 30 years from all over the globe. He hears them

So pop by and say hi, take your kids and pick out a rock, buy the perfect pendant or have Kevin and his team custom-design you a masterpiece from his hidden lair. It was a pleasure to get to know you, Kevin, and remember, the next time YOU are about to Rock, We Salute You!

The Leland Blue Stone is getting harder to find and could disappear in 20 years. All Stones contain their own scent when cut. Amber has one of the strongest scents. Want more? Pick up one of thethree books Kevin has written: Lake Michigan: Rock Pickers Guide Guide. 13031 S Fishman Cove, Traverse City 231.929.9175 •

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Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays! Anonymous

Deck the mantel with hundreds of Christmas ornaments.

Holiday Spruce Up Unpack the boxes, untangle the lights and joyously deck the halls. Here are just a few inspirations to recreate your Christmas all around the home this year.

For a stunning holiday table statement, add stockings.

Shake up the door wreath by making a custom monogrammed one.

Host a Dessert Soirée Party

Host a Dessert Soirée Party


A simple bouquet of bare branches in a sand- filled clear vas e offers a chic and eas y alternative to the cus tomary Christmas tre e.

Bring out the decadent sweets for a Holiday Soirée that will delight the senses. The best part of the holidays is dessert anyway, so embrace it and dare to be different by starting a new holiday trend. Not only is hosting a dessert party easy on the budget, it’s a way to entertain with less effort and simplicity. Forgoing the expensive entrée and a full bar really can save a lot. For drinks, serve a sparkling or dessert wine, spiked eggnog or a predetermined specialty cocktail like white chocolate martinis. Yum! This is a great way to still gather friends around the holidays and share the holiday spirit. Of course, it’s the perfect reason to decorate your home. Begin the party at 9 p.m. after most have eaten dinner or stopped by an earlier party. It should go until at least midnight. Enjoy!

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Angela Goodall is the lead designer and co-owner of Kitchen Choreography with her husband Mike. Kitchen Choreography was awarded by The History Center Awards Committee of Traverse City for their recent improvements to their new design studio at 420 South Division Street in Traverse City.

Designed with

Entertaining in Mind With the holidays upon us, our spaces take on a new role and need to function differently than they do with our normal, everyday schedules.

Photo Courtesy: Kitchen Choreography

Large meals, treats needing to be baked and just the right spot to set up the hors d’oeuvres become our priority. There are 2 key items that need to be taken into consideration when designing a space for the entertainer.


First and foremost we need counter space. Whether it is for prepping vegetables for that 5 course meal for 20, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, setting up a buffet for casual entertaining or a staging area outside of the kitchen, counter space is one of the most vital parts of a home designed to entertain guests. This doesn’t always mean you need to

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double the size of your kitchen. Although Butler’s Pantries are certainly a Kitchen Envy of mine. Creatively, we can design spaces that in our everyday world function with a different idea in mind. Laundry rooms can become butler’s pantries. A Sofa Table that has drop leaves, can become a buffet or bar area. Think inside and outside of the kitchen to create spaces that allow you to stage items for easy serving when the guest arrive. Secondly, storage for serving ware is just as important. Tray dividers aren’t just for cookie sheets, but can be used to store serving platters. Auxiliary cabinetry for additional glass

ware, table linens, silverware and such can be designed into the dining or living room areas. Purchase and set up sturdy shelving in the lower level to house some of these items, but be sure to keep them accessible (not boxed away) so when the time comes, it is easy to get to them. So the holidays get crazy, but with some forward thinking and a good design team, they can be tackled with ease, knowing you planned ahead to using alternate spaces for storage and staging. So, bake some cookies, invite family and friends over for a cocktail party and relax enjoying their company for the holidays.

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magic How do you put a price tag on the quality of life that your family enjoys in a home location that you love?

The Nicolaou family inside their newly transformed home. Photo by: wesley mayer

Lisa and Dave Nicolaou along with daughters Andie and addie had this challenge.

Photo by: Wesley Mayer


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After: Custom made cabinetry installed makes the corner useful, and elegant. Photo by: Dave Holmes

Their home wasn’t working, and only a complete overhaul would really make it more livable. They had a long wish list of what they felt it needed. You might think it would be easier to just move, buy a bigger house that fits all of the needs on your wish list and solve your problem.


Before: In the living room a corn that was an empty space.

The Nicolaous heavily weighed out those pros and cons. Ever seen the show on HGTV show “Love It or List It”? Sounds familiar, right?

Photo by: Dave Holmes

But their home sat on the lake and a road to nowhere, grandfathered in with the surrounding protected land conservancy that is guaranteed to never change! Still, the nagging question remained: Was it a wise investment to renovate and renew knowing that if they poured all their available money into the house, they almost certainly would never, as far as the market goes, get it back? Photo by: wesley mayer

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Before: The front door entrance. Photo by: Dave Holmes

However, here’s the bigger picture of what you can never get back, the stuff that money can’t buy: your family’s memories like all the firsts that happened in your home, your kids’ forever childhood home, birthdays, holidays, parties, summer days by the lake, cozy fires in winter, triumphs, proms, graduations, celebrations and weddings all centered around harmony in your home. The main realization was they had to decide if this would be their retirement home.

After much anguish, the answer became an easy yes, and the almost complete overhaul of their home is a miraculous transformation. Lisa is a registered nurse and Dave a doctor, so they know that major surgery relies on dedicated, talented professionals who keep a keen eye on every meticulous detail. Almost by accident, they found the perfect contractor to fix all that was ailing their house in Kris Arnold of KA Construction. He was contracted to put a new front door on their house, but Lisa and Dave were so blown away by how much of a perfectionist he was, they asked if he did remodels. “Well, I build houses, so I guess I could remodel one,” Kris answered. And so it began. The project started in October 2012 and lasted all the way through May 2013. Lisa and Dave were in a unique situation. They were able to watch the remodel from afar by renting a summer house just five doors down. “It was invaluable, as things would change so much,” recalls Dave. “But because we were right there, it allowed us to participate in Real Time.” By being nearby, Lisa and Dave could give timely and concrete opinions as the remodeling progressed, sometimes on an hour-by-hour basis. “It would be freezing cold with holes in the floor, and we would take over a couple of beers,” Dave says. “It was surreal after a while that it was our house.” 70

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After: The high ceilings, dormer windows, flooring and everything new, now makes a Grand Entrance. Photo by: Dave Holmes

Before: The hallway closet. Photo by: Dave Holmes

After: Kris suggested a built in bookcase to use the space, as a mud room was added to the side including storage closets. Photo by: Dave Holmes

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“Kris had some fantastic ideas and 85 percent of any design changes came from him,” Dave says. “The dormer was all him—we thought at first we would do sky lights. The built-in bookcase was also totally random. It used to be a closet and because that was the main entrance, we just naturally thought we would keep it. But we had added on a mudroom and closets on the side, taking up 10 feet of the garage, and he reminded us this was now our formal entrance, so we didn’t need a closet there.” “Another huge help was we could reach him at all times. His communication was incredible,” he emphasizes. And it’s a good thing, too, as the best laid plans always have Surprises (not good ones usually). Lisa and Dave came across some big surprises like lake setbacks with limited footprints to honor. They also had to leave the exterior walls alone, but these were all challenges Kris took in stride. Dave was very impressed at what a superb listener he was.

Before: The original kitc hen


Photo by: Dave Holmes

“If something wasn’t done right, he would redo it,” Dave says. Surprises and all, Kris managed to actually come in at the end three percent under budget! Now that’s pretty amazing! Kris Arnold of K A construction with his crew, Tony, Stan, Peter and Vladimir.

Photo by: Dave Holmes


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Photo by: Dave Holmes

After: A beautiful kitchen ready for cooking and entertaining.

Photo by: Dave Holmes

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With construction nearing completion and the impending Summer Rental deadline looming (no pressure, I’m sure), the fun project got underway. “Operation Decorate” commenced, or what Kris and the construction guys jokingly nicknamed “Lisa, the UPS Queen.” Boxes started to arrive daily, and everything inside is new. It’s a completely new house. They are not finished altogether, though. “We wanted to live in the house and see what the day-to-day utilization of the house would be. We made a couple of realizations that if you already have a preconceived notion of what that space should be before you live in it, that may not be right,” Dave says. The Before and After images certainly tell a transformation story of their own. They are dazzlingly dramatic, and you may not recognize this as the same house. Of course, Kris didn’t do it alone—it takes a village!—and a long list of local subcontractors contributed to his success of a beautiful job well done. It was a Major Surgery they performed, but Lisa, Dave and Kris cured the home of all its ailments in the process.

Now they’re ready for a lifetime of family memories, and you never put a price tag on that.

The custom built cabinet next to the dining table.


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Project Overhaul: What was done? 1. Made all of the living room, dining room and kitchen ceilings vaulted. 2. Installed a large shed dormer in the front of the house. 3. Completely remodeled the master bath and guest bath. 4. New, larger kitchen. 5. Built-in entertainment center. 6.

Extended the basement into the existing garage space and put the laundry room, mudroom and large pantry over that.

The remodeled master bath.


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History Center of Traverse City

Old Settlers Rest Room Building Then: Circa 1915 The Old Settlers Rest Room Building was located in the middle of Cass Street just north of Front Street, where today’s Christmas tree stands. Originally it was the “Bureau of Information” building for the Traverse City Board of Trade. It then became a gathering spot for the older residents of Traverse City. On the porch is William S. Anderson, a pioneer wagon manufacturer who later was an undertaker. He was instrumental in collection and preserving many historical relics and photographs of the Grand Traverse area. The Old Settlers Building was eventually moved to 206 Union Street and later moved to Thirlby Field to be used as a warming hut.


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by john a. gessner

Steadfast Winter Warrior When winter comes calling, our local wildlife can do little about it. Instead, they use their hereditary gifts, strong will, and pure cunning to survive and thrive through the harsh winter months. One morning, in the woods near my office, I sat and watched in awe as a vibrant constellation of songbirds flittered and fluttered through an otherwise nude winter landscape. They were just carrying on their daily struggle to survive, and paid me no attention as I hunkered down in the cold alongside them, slowly sipping coffee for a brief rush of warmth and feeling in my cheeks.

I was watching this cardinal for nearly an hour, darting here and there and gathering seeds, all the while singing merrily to himself; or to me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure which. Eventually, he perched in the tamarack tree in front of me, and as he did, the wind picked up and snow started coming in sideways. He hopped down a few branches and turned towards me to brace himself against the wind. He fluffed out his feathers to in an attempt to block the chill. After just a moment, he turned and left to continue his season-long struggle.

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BayLIFE North Nov/Dec 2013  

The LIfestyle Magazine for Northern Michigan Families

BayLIFE North Nov/Dec 2013  

The LIfestyle Magazine for Northern Michigan Families