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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë


Behind the Scenes photo shoot: Our daughter Teaghan and Ray Minervini


hile researching the spiritual and inspirational meanings of the coming of Autumn, I discovered that the most common thought about the falling of the leaves is that this signifies a time mirrored in our lives as Letting Go. To visualize this more simply, picture Disney’s Ice Queen Elsa bellowing out, “Let it go.” Let It Go means a lot of things, like no longer sweat the little stuff, be confident, have courage and strength, follow your heart, try something, don’t be afraid to fail. The list goes on, but to me they all commonly connect in this: Be Resilient, and resilience is what the people we share with you in this issue have in abundance. In the photo (pictured with our own variation of Where’s Waldo, our daughter Teaghan) is Ray Minervini, a warm and wonderful man we are personally lucky to call a friend. His monumental vision of restoring and renovating the historic old State Hospital turned a collection of derelict buildings into what is now a vibrant, hustling and bustling community spanning the buildings and grounds. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is truly an astounding place to be. His pure resilience has made it worthy of the title Historic and Grand once again. Farmers have to be Really Resilient, maybe times 10! It’s sad we really only think of them seasonally when it suits us, particularly during Fall, of course, when they share the fruits of their labor. We kind of make hay while the sun shines, taking those fun family road trips to revel in the vibrant Fall colors along the way. Visiting farm market stands, picking pumpkins, tractor rides and getting lost in a corn maze—these say life on the farm to us. But we easily forget the legacy of the people and families who forged those farms, the long hard years of blood, sweat and tears and the manual labor it took to pass these farms along for generations. We celebrate some of the families behind these farms in these pages. There are many we couldn’t get to, but our hats come off to them all.


Breast Cancer Awareness is in October; we have highlighted local ways to get involved. This is personally very dear to me as it took my mom at the young age of 59. Never a day goes by that I don’t think of her boundless energy, English wacky sense of humor and the wisdom and kindness endlessly shown in her loving words and actions. She fancied herself as a writer, so I always know she guides me through my heart as I write these pages, hopefully approving! I also send a hug and a prayer to every Beautiful Resilient Local Lady battling this wicked tyrant of a disease—and to those who kicked its butt and are now called survivors! That’s Pink Power and Resilience, ladies. Allison and Gary Jonas, the owners of the Little Fleet we feature in Date Night, exhibit a more modern kind of resilience. They had the shear gumption to try something that’s almost crazy, and in the process of its wild success, changed our community’s entire perception of an evening out, dining on Food Truck Fare. These are not your Father’s Greasy Food Trucks. The modern food trucks are Mobile Cuisine and are no longer a trend, but very much here to stay, serving delicious and mouthwatering wonders, catering to all taste buds. For Nancy and Gary Nealis’ story in our pages, we revert back to “Let It Go.” They simplified their lives, custom building a much smaller house, but creatively included many of the creature comforts they loved in their much larger home. We even joked on our visit that if they haven’t unpacked all their boxes, now it is stuff you don’t need. “Let it go!” They have four young granddaughters; pretty sure they know that song, too! So as the kids go back to school, life returns a bit more back to normal, even though it’s hectic and we find order from chaos. Nights will get shorter, and the crisp air of Autumn will slowly breeze in. The trees dazzle and shine in all hues, singing their last hurrah, taking our breath away, before their final curtain of winter’s barren arrival. As you reach for that blanket, hot apple cider, turn up the heat, and stoke the glowing fire, remember Queen Elsa’s other famous words: “The cold never bothered me anyway!” Have a glorious Fall.

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FOOD NATION What happens when two street smart New York Experienced Entrepreneurial Restaurant Owners move to Northern Michigan? Shaking up the local Food Scene and the East End of Front St., with a new edgy and engaging concept in Food, Drink and a Lively Evening Out; they named The Little Fleet.


FALLING FOR FAMILY FARMS We celebrate the harvest, and the bountiful fruits of labor the farmers reap from their fields and inside the farmers markets. Instead of just visiting the farm, sipping on cider, getting lost in a corn maze, picking out your perfect pumpkin and bushel of apples, we introduce you to the families behind them. We hear straight from the horse’s mouth their history and daily operations.


JUST RIGHT For Nancy and Gary Nealis simplifying their life and downsizing from their big family home and planning a custom built smaller one didn’t mean they wanted to skimp on luxuries and amenities. See how they still managed to fit an Outdoor Pool and a Baby Grand Piano and much more inside 1800 Sq. Feet.
















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Reel Fun Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2015 once again captivated the entire town. Their mission is to enlighten and entertain, knowing “1 great movie can change you,” and sharing ‘Just Great Movies’ helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms- the cinema, while having a lot of fun in the meantime! Here is just a snapshot of the parties, filmmakers, stars, volunteers, sponsors and attendees. Photo’s courtesy of The Traverse City Film Festival.

Dr. Matthew Sm ith

Family at the Fo unders Party Geraldine Chaplin visits Traverse City and meets new and old friends

Family Movie night! Cici Clough with husband Erik Foged and sons

Zackary Canepari, Michael Moore, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields and Sue Enjoying the Founders Party. Marge Lacrose and Sharlene Kruger

John Robert Williams, Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter

More Party goers striking a pose

Michelle Cross & Juliette Goodwin

Amazing Volunteers sporting Endless Smiles

Saying Cheese with the perfect backdrop!

Volunteers Wally Wolfe and Chris Hoben

Pamela & Mark Bevelhymer

Can't have a movie without Popcorn

Wish You Were Here We would love to highlight your vacation photo! Take us along in your suitcase and simply snap a pic and we’ll show everyone. It’s one step better than Facebook!




"Change the way YOU see things, and the things YOU see will change. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

DINNER IN THE HILLS As the crisp air starts to breeze in, it won’t be long until our families once again will be donning thermals and ski boots, and descending upon the communities favorite Happy Place; Mt Holiday Ski Resort. Let’s not forget this cherished mountain is a non-profit and relies on its fundraising for daily operations and expensive equipment maintenance, so we can all have snow much fun! So come out and support them at the annual Dinner in the Hills September 26th 6pm. (Ever wondered how to get that Upfront parking spot? You can bid on it!) A huge white tent and a whole lot of fun, frolic and merriment ensues! All hosted by emcee WTCM Talk Radio Host Ron Jolly, encouraging your paddles to be raised high! Forget the stuffy fundraisers, if you only attend one this is it. Don’t forget your wallet. For tickets Mt Holiday's Michelle Konstanzer and WTCM's Talk Radio host and Dinner in the Hills emcee Ron Jolly pictured at last years event.

UNVEILED Good things come to those who wait. Perry Hannah’s stately bronze statue, created by local artist Verna Bartnick was finally revealed in a ceremony to celebrate the hard work that made it all possible. The unveiling of the man himself was the highlight witnessed by a cheering crowd of well-wishers. The founding father of Traverse City can now forever watch over the town with pride, from his striking stone plaza overlooking his namesake park at Sixth St and Union. Just in case you’re wondering, in his outstretched hand sits The ladies behind the Bronze a pine cone, signifying Statue: Artist Verna Bartnick and Co-Author of Perry Hannah's Gifts, the pine trees of his Peg Jonkhoff lumber legacy.



SAFE HAVEN The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center recently moved into a Bigger Home. The tireless efforts by this terrific team led by Executive Director Sue Bolde serves a vital role in providing a safe haven for local children in need. Spreading the message of bringing Darkness into Light is a heavy load but many hands make light work. You can help too, be a part of the mission by attending their annual Circle of Friends Luncheon October 6th 11:30-1PM at the Hagerty Center. 2000 Chartwell Drive Ste 3 (Off Hammond Rd)


BUSHELS of FALL FUN Corn Mazes, Hayrides, Pumpkins, Cider, Apple Picking … OH MY … Fall Is Here … Make some Family Play Dates and Create Awesome Autumn Memories. Here’s a list of our local Pickins The 6th Annual Acme Fall Festival Fun Factor: Pumpkin decorating, pony rides, bounce house. Wings of Wonder live raptor show, classic car and tractor show and more! Sep 26th Proceeds benefit Mt. Holiday and Yuba Historic Society 10:00 am – 4:00pm Flintfields Horse Park, Bates Rd Williamsburg Jacob's Corn Maze Fun Factor: The theme this year is Ancient Egypt. 7100 East Traverse Highway (M-72 West), TC 231-632-6293 Friske Orchards Fun Factor: Harvest Festival (pumpkin pancake breakfast, live music, wagon rides, face painting and more) 10743 North US 31, Atwood 231-599-2604 Hoxsie's Farm Market Fun Factor: Corn Maze, hay rides and play in the Big RED Barn 6578 M-72 East, Williamsburg 231-267-9087

Rennie Orchards Fun Factor: The Teepee & Log Cabin 11221 Munro Road, Williamsburg 231-264-8387 Pahl's Pumpkin Patch

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Fun Factor: Take a train ride! 11168 N. M37, Buckley 231-620-1242 Gallagher's Farm Market Fun Factor: See the animals in the Petting Zoo. 7237 M72 West, TC 231-947-1689 Pond Hill Farm Fun Factor: Shoot the Super Squash Rocket! 5581 S. Lake Shore Dr., Harbor Springs 231-526-3276 Mt. Holiday: The Great Pumpkin Dash Fun Factor: Run or walk Jack-o’-Lope 5k timed event or a 2K Great Pumpkin Lug obstacle course; costumes optional while carrying a pumpkin. October 17th 9am. 3100 Holiday Rd, TC 231-938-2500 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | BAY LIFE NORTH


FIRST We Eat THEN We Do Everything Else - M.F.K. Fisher

Cuisine for a Cause It’s for the kids! Support the March of Dimes and attend the beloved Signature Chef Auction Event. The entire community looks forward to this unique and memorable evening. Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering delights from the finest of Gourmet Cuisine by our area’s Top Chefs from the hottest restaurants—all under one roof, paired with local wines to complete the experience. The extraordinary evening is held once a year—this is the 13th Signature Chef Auction—at the elegant conference space at the NMC Hagerty Center overlooking the bay. This is truly a not-to-be-missed event where you are wined and dined in style. You also have the opportunity to give back to a marvelous cause with silent and live auctions. All the culinary magic happens on Monday, Sep. 28, 6:00 PM Get your tickets in advance. The community comes out in abundance, and it always sells out. It’s Foodie Fabulous! Signaturechefs.

Chef Myles Anton of Trattoria Stella

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Terry Beia


Chef Micke y Cannon of

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"My passion is cooking over live fire." Dean Sparks

Food Truck Spotlight:

Sparks BBQ “Sparks Fly” when taste buds are ignited by one mind-blowing bite of Sparks BBQ, slowly grilled to ultimate perfection by the passionate and self-taught Grill Master Dean Sparks. (Really, that’s his last name.) We discovered his tantalizing BBQ creations at a fundraiser. Dean’s enticing pulled BBQ Pork Sundae, pork layered in a cup with crispy creamy coleslaw and grandma’s pit-roasted beans drizzled in hot sauce, was just as monumental as the evening’s largest donor. We mouthwateringly longed and lusted after more of Sparks BBQ, seeking him out far and wide. Usually you can find him at 415 E. Front St., carving out his own legendary spot. Dean and his wife Natalie, a physician and a vegetarian who actually eats his BBQ, transplanted to T.C. two years ago with their young boys. Dean, with a Master’s Degree in Architecture, was a stay-at-home dad busy perfecting his craft as a skilled killer griller. The BBQ BUG bit him hard enough to Fire the Flame of Desire, inspiring him to

take the show on the road and share with the masses his marvelous menu of Michigan Hardwood Smoked and Fired Pulled Pork, Chicken, Robust Ribs and a Bodacious Beef Brisket all topped off with his crowning glory of Beef Jerky. BBQ at Sparks is Succulent, Scrumptious and Simply Spectacular! Fired up? Discover Sparks yourself and tell Dean we sent you. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | BAY LIFE NORTH




2 cups whole beans 1 small white onion 1 large red bell pepper 1 large Poblano pepper 2T chopped garlic 1t Ground Coriander 1 t Ground Cumin 3T Oil of your choice 6 cups Left over rice ( we use Spanish rice flavored with chilies but any leftover rice would work) Sea salt to taste


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Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a hot skillet and add the peppers and onions. Cook until just softened then add coriander, cumin and garlic. Remove from heat. Heat 2 tablespoons for oil in a hot skillet and fry rice until heated all the way through. Add the reserved vegetables and sautĂŠ. Season with sea salt to taste. We garnish it with chopped cilantro, onions and crumbled feta. This basic recipe can be adjusted to use what ever vegetables are on hand. Also a great way to reuse leftovers. Alternative garnishes Avocado Toasted Pepitas Diced tomatoes Hot sauce chili flakes



GOOD EATS Off the Beaten Track! Foodie Gems you need to discover.

The Blue Heron 2

Visiting the Blue Heron 2 bakery and café on Union Street is like finding a little hidden gem. Husband-and-wife team Brian and Julie Williams opened the original Blue Heron in Cadillac over 17 years ago, and they added this second Traverse City location more recently. Julie and Brian’s mission is to provide fresh, simple, local food in a delicious way. The Blue Heron 2 is a little place that packs a delicious punch of flavor, whatever your appetite is craving: Decadent, Comfort or just Plain Yummy! The doors open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, and the plethora of choices are overwhelming. A bakery case brims over with fantastic fresh pastries, and a menu presents wicked delights all the way to a Stuffed French Toast with strawberry rhubarb cream cheese, topped with maple caramel and crème fraiche. At 11 a.m., lunch begins and includes daily special sensational soups made from scratch. Perfect as we head into the colder seasons, these soups can be an indulgence in a bottomless bowl served with the best sourdough bread ever! The sandwich specials would surprise you for sure: How about a TC Cheese Steak—slow-roasted beef, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, cheddar cheese, and cherry maple mustard. The marvelous and unique menu is an unforeseen treat you would never expect. Julie and Brian pride themselves on it. “Creative does not mean weird or shocking. Creative is using unique combinations, proven techniques and common, easy-to-find ingredients,” says Julie. They even offer many choices that are gluten-free and vegan. “Most people are surprised to hear, when asking for a recipe, how few ingredients are in our dishes,” Julie continues. So saunter over to old town and taste what you’ve been missing. Blue Heron truly romances your taste buds … Out of the Blue!

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

A Year Round French Sipper FWith some good luck, there are plenty of sunny warm days left this fall and I have the perfect sipper wine for you. Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc region of France has proven to be a crowd pleaser. With flavors of citrus and exotic fruit this crisp and lively white wine is nothing short of exceptional. One of the oldest grapes in the Languedoc, the picpoul grape has been growing near the Thau Lagoon for centuries. The dry warm climate of Southern France is perfect for this varietal to ripen with late summer humidity to help it fill out. Fantastic with shellfish and seafood, or enjoying on the dock, this wine is a must try.

Cheers, Blue Heron 2 408 S. Union St Traverse City

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"CONFIDENCE" – is something you create within yourself by believing in who YOU are.



PINK POWER Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. So with Breast Cancer Awareness Month upon us, we have unlimited local opportunities to pitch in and support amazing charities. The best part is much of the actual money raised directly helps women in our own community stricken with this disease. Make a goal and pick just one on the list. You’ll feel terrific while helping, having fun and making new girlfriends for life!

Sept. 19-21, Trailing for Triumph Celebrating its 11th year, this event founded by Lori and Lisa McFarlan grew out of a love for horses and honoring their mom’s passing. It’s not just all about horses either. Non-horse enthusiasts can enjoy fly fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and more. Held at Ranch Rudolf.

Oct. 3, Remembrance Run: This beloved fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Fund is lovingly put together by the Traverse City Track Club and held at Timber Ridge Resort 5K & 1-Mile Race/Run/Walk. New this year, a 3K Obstacle Course; Run a 3 KM obstacle course with unique obstacles from "the wall" to the "cargo climb" spread throughout the beautiful hills of Timber Ridge. Just like the women who battle cancer, this course will offer physical and mental challenges! You must preregister online!

Oct. 9, Bras for a Cause: Come join the 6th Annual Bras for a Cause. This hilarious event is like no other. Men strut the runway wearing sponsored, decorated bras. The funds raised this year will benefit the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Munson Healthcare Mammography Assistance Program. The event is held at Streeters Center. 22


SCHOOL’S BACK IN And that means so are CRAZY mornings! Do a few things different this year and you’ll make it through unscathed and less stressed. Here are 4 ways to lessen the load. Do it The Night Before: Train yourself and your kids to pack their backpack, prepare clothing and plan for the next day, before bed. This equals less morning panic and what to wear struggles! Everything Has its Place: Create a special place where ALL school related things go, backpacks, lunch boxes, library books, permission slips etc. Preferably near the door. (Less searching)

Create Charts: Organize the kids with a Morning Routine Chart – get dressed, comb hair, make bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes, grab backpack – and out the door!

DIY Breakfast: Empower the kids to fix breakfast for themselves. Save hot breakfasts for the weekend. Have cereal and bowls out where kids can reach them with milk, yogurts and fruit. Breathe: Once the house is clear take 5 minutes for yourself. You earned it, and because they will be back SOON.

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Ray Minervini

President The Minervini Group. Developers of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Recipient of the 2014 Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award MOST PEOPLE KNOW THE VILLAGE WAS THE OLD STATE HOSPITAL AND PREVIOUSLY AN ASYLUM BUILT IN 1885 IS THERE A FUN FACT WE MAY NOT KNOW? Perry Hannah (city “founder”) was a legislator and on the site selection committee for the State Hospital. He helped choose the site and, coincidently, he owned the property and his company sold the lumber to the State for the construction. (somethings never change) The entire 400,000 Square foot Building 50 was constructed in 2 years. HOW LONG HAS THE PROJECT TAKEN SO FAR, AND CAN YOU SHARE ANY FUTURE GOALS. It took us 2 years to work thru the permitting and approval process from 2002 to 2004. We have been working on the reconstruction of buildings for 11 years thus far. We started at the south end of Building 50 and last year we completed all of the main 400,000 square foot. Our goal is to continue with the redevelopment of the balance of 350,000 square feet of the historic support buildings behind Building 50. WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND MOST REWARDING IN THE PROCESS? The plan from the beginning was to create a place for people to come together to celebrate life. A true community for everyone…. the “butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker”… with a multigenerational cross section of mixed incomes. Beautiful market rate condo’s and work-force housing. IS IT REALLY IS HAUNTED? We see “spirits” every day….behind the bar at Stella’s ENOUGH WORK STUFF! WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT DAY OFF? Without a doubt….Hanging out, doing fun things with my grandkids !! WHO’S YOUR ROLE MODEL, AND WHY? Besides my parents?...Doers…People who don’t just talk but work hard every day to make Traverse City (and the world) a better place. My dads favorite saying was “after all is said and done, there’s a lot more “said” than done. ANY WORDS OF WISDOM THAT YOU LIVE BY? Count your blessings, be positive. Whenever life deals you a box of manure… always be looking for the pony… it’s in there somewhere. IF YOU COULD CHOOSE A SUPERPOWER WHAT WOULD IT BE? The power to insure my grandkids have the wisdom to find happiness. WHAT WOULD YOUR GRANDKIDS TELL US ABOUT YOU? My 16 year old granddaughter Camellia said..."I'd say you are:Supportive, active, up for any fun idea, motivated, passionate, and inspiring." My 14 year old grandson said "You don't need help to get things done." My 12 year old grandson said "You’re a doer!!!" 24


Juliette Schultz Executive Director Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area YOU ARE PART OF AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION; (OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH). WHAT IS MOST REWARDING FOR YOU PERSONALLY? I’ve always had deep desire to help others. Ending domestic/sexual violence is a cause that is very near-and-dear to me personally and being a servant to this community, helping those victims and survivors is the most fulfilling job I can imagine. INSPIRING OTHER WOMEN TO BE STRONG IS ESSENTIAL IN YOUR JOB, WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS? The top two would be: My Mom who is a fearless and determined social activist and The Survivors that we care for who have the courage to leave their abuser. YOU ARE ALWAYS SMILING WHAT ARE SOME WORDS YOU LIVE BY? “The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” Someone once sent me a card with this statement on it during a difficult time – and it really resonated with me. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR SON ROWAN WOULD SAY ABOUT YOU? Direct from Rowan (11): “I love Mom very much, and I like how funny she can be. I really liked when she took me to the FOX Motors FIAT dealership to test drive cars. That is something my Dad would never do. If you ever ask Mom what her idea of having fun is she will say “sitting on the beach and doing absolutely nothing” and I will say “going kayaking in three foot waves.” WHAT WOULD SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU? That I’m not competitive in the traditional sense. I’m hardwired to collaborate. I prefer competing with myself versus competing with other people. I enjoy testing my own physical and mental limits. TELL US SOMETHING YOUR KIDS WOULD SAY ABOUT YOU? They would say that we can’t go anywhere without running into people who know me or I know them. Sometimes it drives them crazy because a quick trip to the grocery store can turn into a longer ordeal than they planned. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPER POWERS OR HIDDEN TALENTS? I make delicious and simple banana bread and have a knack for making soup. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU CAN SHARE FROM YOUR BUCKET LIST? To learn to play the Cello. FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN? The quality of life. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of different places and Northern Michigan is my all-time favorite place on the planet. The people are warm. And there is never a shortage of good food to eat, places to visit and friends to share it all with. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | BAY LIFE NORTH


Elegance is not about being Noticed, it’s about being Remembered - Giorgio Armani By Kristy Kurjan

Fall Classics

49 Sq. Miles Hip Belt $121 Eleven

Shinola Birdie Watch $475 Wood + Cloth

Moto Suede Jacket $79 Spirals Boutique

Modernist Necklace/Pin by Artist James LeTerneau $320 Michigan Artists Gallery

Shinola Leather Bag $595 Wood + Cloth

Bussola Booties $140 Golden Shoes





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At Last!

Sweater season

is finally back and this is really good news! Nothing is more comfy than a pair of jeans, a sweater, and a fluffy scarf. Jeans? You have the choice between skinny or the shredded slouch boyfriend jean. Some nice days are still ahead so fall dresses can also be light, just covered by a coordinated cardigan 28




The Exchange boutiques in downtown Traverse City and Suttons Bay feature a large selection of basics and layering pieces - camis, leggings, bralettes along with beautiful sweaters, cardigans, fall dresses and scarves - all at a price that will not break the bank! We want to thank the Groleau family for letting us use their charming barn and vegetable stands for the photo shoot. The Groleau farm is located at the corner of Hammond and Four Mile Road. They offer a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.


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food N ATIO N The Little Fleet Hip Bar and its innovative choc-a-bloc parking lot showcasing eclectic and enticing food trucks, rocked the Traverse City foodie scene two years ago and woke up the quieter east end of Front Street like a Sleeping Giant with a continuous swarm of foot, bike and car traffic. An endless array of trendy folk in all shapes and sizes began to come and go continuously, experiencing good times and great friends with Adult Libations, Music and an Epic Food Utopia. PHOTOGRAPHY BY COURTNEY MICHALIK/THE COMPASS POINTS HERE



"This delicious mecca of tantalizing choices is a feast as much for the eyes as it is for your rumbling stomach"

feast as much for the eyes as it is for your rumbling stomach. It’s a glorious sensory overload, triggering all five in one date night. The delectable aromas beckon your sense of smell, chatter and music perk your ears, eyes scramble to take in every tempting option and multitask to get in some people watching too, and once you hone in on your appetizing final decision, you engage the sense of touch and mouthwatering taste. Enhancing your entertainment is the fun social aspect, too. You can get down and dirty with the real characters behind the window, talented up-and-coming chefs fulfilling your edible desires while they thrive on the instant gratification of satisfied patrons.

Name your heavenly mantra, be it spicy, doughy, crispy, hot, mild, juicy, cheesy, savory, rich, buttery, tangy, gooey, zesty, fiery, fresh, peppery, hearty, infused, meaty … we could go on, but I think you get the point. All under one roof—well, open air and seven food truck roofs technically—this is a magical culinary place where almost any food wish can be granted. What’s more, this delicious mecca of tantalizing choices is a

Of course, this is not just a date night option, where you have to stay and play; it’s a Food on the Fly fast food option, too. It’s just as bumping in the middle of the day with the lunch bunch. And if you catch it on a Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m., it morphs into a Gypsy Market where eight to 12 artisan vendors peddle their wares of homemade soaps to jewelry and everything in-between. If you have never lingered at The Little Fleet, we could say you must live under a rock, but that wouldn’t be nice. Plan a date night or gather with friends—this is a pure urban vibe

that’s truly addictive. For those who already have discovered this authentic corner gem, both recent converts and hip early adopters, you get it. We thought it would be fun to sit down and chat with the brainchild owners behind the unique concept that created a new option for a diversely different and lively evening out. It’s obviously no surprise that the husband and wife team, Allison and Gary Jonas, are young, cool, smart and very business savvy. They also are very humble, which is a really endearing quality, and their faces light up like any parents when they mention their two little girls. I have no idea how they juggle all this. It’s pretty amazing! Allison is from Grand Haven and Gary grew up in Dallas, Texas. They met in Ann Arbor while attending The University of Michigan, Go Blue! After college they moved to the Big City of New York, Allison working in marketing and Gary in mortgages. “We were just kids and dreamers,” says Allison, explaining how they got into the restaurant business initially in New York. They didn’t know a thing about owning a restaurant. “It was an up-and-coming spot in SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | BAY LIFE NORTH


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Brooklyn and had a great garden. So we took the leap and jumped,” she recalled. The restaurant is a modern farm-to-table establishment named The Farm on Adderley, and nine years later they still own it. A few years after opening The Farm on Adderley, they tried another concept, opening The Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop, again in the hip section of Brooklyn. “I dream things and he (Gary) builds them,” Allison laughs. She ran the flower shop in the front, planning weddings and events, while Gary took care of the whiskey bar in back. And once again 32


"I dream things and he (Gary) builds them," they created a great niche; they still own this place, too. Gary pops back to New York to conduct business once a month. Their connection to Traverse City at the time was family, Allison’s sister had moved here, and Gary and Allison actually chose Traverse City as their perfect place to get

married. After starting their family in New York, they decided to make a change. “We were burnt out and moved here three years ago,” says Allison. They loved the East end of Front Street and started to plan, loving the openness of the parking lot and its potential. “We planned an entire infrastructure to be able to provide Electricity, Trash Removal, Water, and we provide dry storage and a walk-in cooler. At first we only had Roaming Harvest,” recalls Gary. Their six reserved spots are full and contracted, and one spot they alternate. It’s

been such a hit that at least 20 food trucks are knocking down the door to get in! Of course, it’s not all just about the food trucks. The actual bar they built is its own superstar. It features a big garage door, and it’s a swanky yet casual chic space with a striking commanding bar ready to party! Shakers and juicers fire up with specialty cocktails all handcrafted with juices that are all freshly squeezed by talented bartenders. Any drink there can turn into an occasion to remember, as there is always some event

going on. “We are always re-inventing the wheel,” laughs Gary. The next fun event is a Food Truck BBQ Blowout that coincides with the MSU and UM Football game. “As winter blows in, the garage doors come down,” says Gary, and because they realized early on how seasonal food trucks would be, they came up with L.T.O. (Limited Time Only) by rolling inside an extra food truck that they own and inviting a new rising chef to premiere their food in the truck for a month. “It’s like an incubator program,” explains Gary. It’s how White on Rice got

started and also Betty’s, who now own trucks. Allison and Gary sure seem like the dream team of the Food and Drink Hospitality industry, with innovative and ingenious minds, amazing energy, passion and the Midas touch, too. We are lucky to have them be a supportive part of our beloved local community. The Little Fleet proves that Big Things come in Little Packages!

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Pond Hill Farms The Spencer Family BY JIMMY SPENCER What year was your family’s farm started? The farm was started in 1995 by my parents and myself. My Mom and Dad had always dreamed of having a farm. We had never farmed even a real back yard garden. I was about to graduate from high school and thought it sounded like fun. We hired several short term "farm managers", all of which didn't last long. We had a roadside stand with an honest box where we sold eggs and produce. It was deemed a traffic hazard so we decided to build the farm store. Growing things was trial and error and we grew weeds taller than my head the first year. I really enjoyed the challenge of it and being outdoors so I decided to get serious about it and transferred to Michigan State to study horticulture. The canned goods began when I would grow too much of something. Too many tomatoes, Mom would can pasta sauce or salsa to sell in the market... We then added some cattle and sheep. People began to come to visit and feeding them. We started doing field trips for the local schools. The cafe began after so many people would ask us in the store where they should eat lunch. We decided it would be so amazing to open a farm to table restaurant here on the farm. It's been amazing to see the farm fresh meals our chef Scott Schornak creates using our fresh produce and meats! The winery & brewery have since been wonderful additions. It's really evolved into an agritourism destination for all ages that we are really proud of. Our dream is that our children will someday take over & that Pond Hill Farm will be here for many generations to enjoy!” How many acres is it and what does it farm? The farm is 157 acres. We grow approximately 20 acres of produce and 10 acres of wine grapes. How many family members run it? Myself (farmer & problem solver), my mom Sharon (canning & finances), my wife Marci (marketing & mom), our three kids Emma (tour guide & pig chaser), JJ (pig chaser & entertainer- plays games with guests), & Lily (resident cutie pie) my mother in law Nina (organizer & ice cream shop manager) Father in law Gray (Mr. fix it and hayride man) & brother in law Chad (winery manager & best uncle) What’s a fun fact about your family’s farm? Our farm was the local milk supplier until the early 80s. The Griffin dairy farm milked cows and sold directly to the public for many

Gray, Nina, Sharon, Chad, Marci and Jimmy, with kids JJ, Emma and Lily

years. We are also the home to a nonprofit called: Farming For Our Future. It focuses on increasing awareness and access to local food. We run farm education programs throughout the year. What would we find at your Farmers Market store? We love to grow a wide variety of produce. We've got colorful carrots, potatoes, tons of winter squash, tomatoes, pretty much every type of veggie. We have our line of canned goods.(60 varieties such as Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Dilly Beans, Fresh Basil Marinara Sauce, & out two most popular items the Hot Garlic Pepper Jelly and Spicy Peanut Sauce) We also sell a wide variety of organic and specialty foods. In the back room of the store we have our gift shop with our popular shirts as well as our ice cream shop, The Milk Parlor. Upstairs you'll find the cafe, & wine & beer tasting room. What would surprise us about farm life? I would say that what is most surprising to us is that the joys of farming never seem to get old. We still get super excited watching our giant pumpkins grow! We enjoy our first tomato of the season just as much every year. Pumpkin harvest day is like a big party and a lot of our friends love to come and help. They say variety is the spice of life and with this farm we have a ton of variety. Maybe that's why we love it so much. On a beautiful Fall Day what can families enjoy on a visit to your farm? Every weekend from the last in September through October we offer our Fall Festival weekends. Activities include: Hayrides, pumpkin painting, u-pick pumpkin patch, kiddie train rides, cider & donuts, giant pumpkins, feeding the farm animals, feeding the fish, pig races, & pumpkin bowling down the vineyard! We have a few special events this fall. We have a Pig Roast on Oct. 2nd, The Lord of the Gourd Pumpkin Carver will be here Sunday, October 11th, a Harvest Farm to Table Dinner on Oct. 21st, and a Halloween Barn Dance on Oct. 23rd

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Ed, Dusty (far right) with Dana, Andy and son Carson


Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm The Knaebe Family BY DANA HEFELE What year was your family’s farm started, and how many generations today? The Farm was started in 1985, which means this year marks our 30th anniversary! Last year, our orchard went from 1st generation to 4th generation. It's sort of a long story which is best told over a glass or two of wine, but for those of you who aren't afraid of long division, here's the breakdown: Ed Knaebe and his wife Dusty started the farm (1st generation). Andy (2nd generation), Dusty's son from a previous marriage, married me (I'm Dana, Ed's granddaughter and 3rd generation). And, Andy and I have a 7 year old son, Carson (4th generation). Don't worry, we're not as weird as this makes us sound! Or are we?...” How many acres is it and what does it farm? We have 13 acres of apple trees and an acre of pumpkins. The surrounding land is wooded and used for our horse-drawn carriage rides in the fall. How many family members still run it? As of this season, Andy, Carson and I run the farm with lots of help and mentorship from Ed and Dusty (who we affectionately refer to as Grammy and Grampy K). We've also had help from Ed's son Fritz, Andy's brother Joe and sister-in-law Sara. Any other family members who are brave (or stupid!) enough to visit during the season, are promptly given an apron and picking basket! What’s a fun fact about your family’s farm? Friends and family who have visited the farm through the years swear they have seen Uncle Rudy's ghost in the windows and yard. Uncle Rudy is Grampy K's bachelor uncle who once lived on the farm. What are you most well-known for and what makes your families unique? Aside from our seriously delicious donuts, baked goodies and cider, we are known for doing things just a few degrees off normal (for instance we

have a Halloween Egg hunt with special guest Kount Kottontail, our resident vampire bunny). We also have an eclectic barn with lots of interesting decor, antiques and cool things that Grammy and Grampy have collected over the years. It's sensory overload in a really fun and wonderful way! What would we find at your Farmers Market store? We have homemade spicy apple butter, from scratch apple pies, a wide variety of jams, jellies, pickled items, hot sauces, and salsas. We also have cookie cutters up the wazoo! We serve local sausages from our "Haute" Dog stand on the weekends and we will soon be serving our very own hard cider! What would surprise us about farm life? It's pretty hard to surprise people after we describe our interconnected family, but I have to say it's really wonderful to work with the blend of generations on the farm. It really hit me this summer when I woke up one morning and realized I'm living in a travel trailer on my grandfather's farm. I wasn't sure whether to laugh, cry or write a country song! (Move over Carrie Underwood!) On a beautiful Fall Day what can families enjoy on a visit to your farm? Fresh picked apples, fresh cider and donuts, and homemade baked goodies galore! On the weekends, we have local yummy food at the hot dog stand, horse-drawn carriage rides, pony rides, and a fun kidyard with a farm animals to visit and a barrel train ride. Soon, we'll be serving up our very own hard cider, so we hope everyone's thirsty! We are so very excited to keep this Northeast Michigan fall tradition alive and hope to see lots of familiar faces and some new ones, too at the farm very soon!

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Hoxsie’s Farm Market The Hoxsie Family BY DENNY HOXSIE In what year was your family’s farm started, and how many generations today? Our farm was established in the mid 1800's. I am the fifth generation to operate the farm. How many acres is it? We currently farm 40 acres. The number of acres was reduced from 275 acres 3 years ago when we sold a large portion of our acreage How many family members still run it? Judy and I are currently operating the farm along with part time help from our daughters, Libby and Ali. Our grandchildren, Remy and Charlie, help out on weekends during the fall season. 40


What’s a fun fact about your family’s farm? Over the past 5 generations, our farm has raised or grown apples, cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, pumpkins, squash, gourds, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, corn, pickles, hay, oats, rye, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep and operated a dairy farm. What are you most well-known for and what makes your families unique? We are well- known for our creative, fun filled and informative television ads. Remy and Charlie, and even some of their friends, have enthusiastically participated in these television ads for the past 11 years.

Judy, Denny, Remy and Charlie on the tractor with mom Libby and Ali

What would we find at your Farmers Market store? First and most importantly you will find a smile from our friendly employees as they welcome you into our market. Once inside you will find delicious pies, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bread, muffins, and many locally made apple and cherry products along with pumpkins, gourds, and mums for your fall decorating What would surprise us about farm life? What would surprise you about farm life is the amount of thought, labor, planning and management that is required to bring our crops to the point that they can be sold to the public.

On a beautiful Fall Day what can families enjoy on a visit to your farm? Come out to the farm and enjoy a walk through the rows of apple trees and the fields of pumpkins and open spaces. Get lost in our corn maze and take aim with our apple cannons. Enjoy cider and donuts in our historic barn while the kids play in the giant hay stack, swing on the rope swings and ride our peddle tractors. It's all about "the farm experience" and we want every family that visits our farm to leave with some great memories.

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Anthony, Katie,their kids Jackson and Abella with Joanne and Douglas



Gallagher Centennial Farm The Gallagher Family BY JOANNE GALLAGHER In what year was your family’s farm started, and how many generations today? Our farm was started in 1905 by my husband Douglas’ grandpa John Gallagher. Our Grandchildren are the fifth generation, Jackson and Abella Gallagher helping on the farm. Their parents are our son Anthony and his wife Katie who are partners in our business. We (Douglas and Joanne) are not retired yet and work every day. Our daughter Julie Thon does the baking and works in our market. How many acres is it and what does it farm? We own about 550 acres and rent another 50 acres. Fun Fact? We work hard but have fun doing it. We enjoy going to farm markets and meeting people. Many return often and become good friends. Calving time is a fun time starting in April when all the new babies are born. We have baby piglet’s year around too. What’s your farm most well-known for? My husband Doug stopped President Gerald Ford in July 1975. We knew he was going to Senator Bob Griffins place on Long Lake. When he seen them coming he opened the gate and let the cows across the road. Our kids had sweet cherries for them but they wouldn't stop. We can still remember Mrs. Ford smiling and waving with the President. What’s unique about your farm? We have our own Black Angus Beef which is all born and raised here. There are no growth hormones, antibiotics, nitrates or GMO. What would we find at your Farmers Market store? All cuts of beef including steaks, roasts, and ground beef. Also have our pork including 7 kinds of brats, chops, roasts, bacon and hams. Also local farmers brown eggs, chicken, maple syrup and honey also. What would surprise us about farm life? How beautiful our land and views are. Rolling hills and woods abound with many deer, coyotes, and squirrels. We are very Blessed with what God has given us and we give thanks every day. It's a very busy life but you find time to relax.

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Friske Orchards

Richard, Wendy, Olga (Grandma Friske), Kasey, Richie, Heidi and Jonathan Friske

The Friske Family BY HEIDI FRISKE

In what year was your family’s farm started, and how many generations today? 1962 – 3 generations How many acres is it and what does it farm? 350 acres – asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, sweet & tart cherries, raspberries, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, APPLES! How many family members still run it? 7 family members are actively involved in the business What are you most well-known for and what makes your families unique? “A Bushel of Family Fun”! We’re the year-‘round farm market in northern Michigan where folks expect and receive finest quality products along with an exceptional experience. Our passion is to always provide an exceptional Friske experience that our customers eagerly anticipate visiting us for again and again. What would we find at your Farmers Market store? Fruit stand full of our fresh in-season fruits and veggies, Bakery (everything is made from scratch, fresh daily!), Orchard Café serving delectable farm-fresh breakfast and lunch daily, Marketplace full of specialty handcrafted foods (made here and locally with Friske and Michigan grown fruits), General Store full of fabulous, unique gift shop items made locally, in the USA or fair trade. 44


What would surprise us about farm life? The amount of work that goes into making the orchard successful. The farmer doesn’t have hours. You work until the job is done —even if that means never going to bed and working through the night. The farmer doesn’t have a reliable, steady paycheck. If it’s a tough year on the farm—which happens more often than we would hope—due to weather-related issues or produce markets in other parts of the world—all you can do is keep on keeping on and count your blessings…and pray. Pray a lot. Family and faith become and remain the most important things in life—hands down. On a beautiful Fall Day what can families enjoy on a visit to your farm? Hot award-winning Apple Cider, fresh from the fryer old-fashioned Apple Cider donuts, caramel apples, Aunt Judy’s German Apple Cake, Pick-Your-Own Apples, tractor-drawn wagon ride orchard tours, farm animal petting zoo, outdoor Orchard Play land, giant apple balloon fun, face painting, live music by local musicians, our own fresh-smoked bbq pork and other yummy lunches in the orchard café, lots of sampling and delightful shopping!

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L I F E Jacobs Corn Maze The Witkop Family BY MIKE WITKOP Laverna and Mike Witkop

What year was your family’s farm started, and how many generations today? 1892 -six generations

What would surprise us about farm life? How much science there is in modern agriculture

How many acres is it and what does it farm? 40 acres- apples, peaches, saskatoon’s, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, corn

On a beautiful Fall Day what can families enjoy on a visit to your farm? Families come to Jacob's Corn Maze every fall as we work diligently to create the best experience each year. Every year is different. Our theme changes every year and the design and games within the maze are challenging and educational at the same time. This year our theme is "Escape from Egypt". Our maze is open every day and on Friday and Saturday nights we stay open until 9:00 at night so you can try navigating the maze with a flashlight! They can enjoy great apples cider, caramel apples, warm donuts and bonfire. As fall progresses they can pick out their Halloween pumpkin. This year we also have antique tractor display. On weekends we have horse drawn wagon rides and apple shooting. Fun for all ages!

How many family members still run it? Two What’s a fun fact about your family’s farm? The largest world class corn maze in Northern Michigan at 10 acres with six miles of path design and new theme each year. What are you most wellknown for and what makes your families unique? Our corn maze which is open every-day and on Friday and Saturday nights we stay open until 9:00 at night for a completely different experience with a flashlight. What would we find at your Farmers Market store? Our in season fruits, apple cider, caramel apples and fresh donuts

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Looking West towards Greilickville and West Bay Photographer Jim Anderson of Anderson Aerial Photography captures the vivid fall colors of Elmwood Township and the shoreline of Greilickville and West Bay. Cedar Lake is the larger lake to the left and the masts of sailboats can be seen in Harbor West and Elmwood marinas.





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Rock Your World The Rockin’ World of Music just hit Traverse City with a Bang— that of a drumstick on a killer set of drums, that is! New in town and Ready to Rock is The Rock Stop Music School, an Ultra-Cool place where your kid really can feel like a Rock Star that, one that introduces a whole new era to teaching music and musical instruments. No more boring recitals either is Rock Stop’s rule! Elysha and Ben are the innovators of this music movement, and housed inside their school is a myriad of music rooms with rhythm. An Acoustic Room, a Band Room and a Recording Room, even a toy room, they are geared toward kids after all! Up to the Rock stopping here in Downtown Traverse City, the couple called San Francisco home. There, Ben spent the last 10 years teaching music to kids with the same concept. “This has been our dream. I love music and I love teaching. I don’t want to torture the kids. We engage the kids and let them play what they are interested in, which sometimes means a lot of Taylor Swift,” laughs Ben. Their band program lasts nine weeks; kids play weekly alongside friends, and the program ends in an actual concert. Traditional lessons are taught, too, just with more emphasis on making music fun. “Ben is very passionate about teaching,” says Elysha.

Elysha Rom-Povolo and Ben Davila owners of The Rock Stop Music School

We can attest to his overwhelming energy. Ben even removed his prized Fender Jaguar Bass guitar from the wall to share with our daughter. She beat the drums, tickled the ivories, strummed the guitar and left wanting more. This must be why they have a 30-minute, Free TRY ME lesson. It’s a “Cheap Trick,” and we got hooked. You will, too. 115 Franklin St. T.C.

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Autumn Adorned Mother Nature goes out with a bang, before drifting into the drab cocoon of winter. Lift your spirits while embracing the explosion of the season’s spectacular colors by using your home as a blank canvas to decorate. Design elements are out there for the picking in the backyard or at local farm stands. Find inspiration both outside and inside by creating glowing warmth and texture wherever you roam. Here are a few ideas that are sure to leave you spellbound by autumn’s glory.

HOT APPLE CIDER The perfect recipe for a crisp fall day, Recipe makes 6 servings 6 cups apple cider 1/4 cup real maple syrup 2 cinnamon sticks 6 whole cloves 6 whole allspice berries 1 orange peel, cut into strips 1 lemon peel, cut into strips Directions Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.



The MoM Cave



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Another room that is often referred to as the family room can serve as the MoM Cave as well. Plan in a wine refrigerator and some built in bookshelves and you have a perfect reading room. A red velvet chaise lounge with some frilly pillows is definitely a plus. As the days get shorter, kids go back to school, and the temperatures cool, it’s time to get back to routine of things. For so many women that means crazy, running around days, trying to get everyone with everything they need to a variety of places. Often multiple times in one day. We are caregivers and do a fantastic job of making sure everyone is taken care of and so often overlook our own needs. Let’s start changing that by designing yourself a MoM Cave to retreat to when you have some time of your own. The MoM Cave can be a room that is known by another name when the rest of the family is home. For most of us, it may also serve as the master bath. The current trend is to eliminate the tub from the master bath. For me, a Sunday afternoon after I have grocery shopped, finished the laundry, prepped all of our meals for the week, a hot bath with a glass of wine is right in order. A little candlelight and bubbles never hurt. So rethink what is practical and consider something of luxury for yourself.

So the best thing you can do to take of others is certainly to take care of yourself. Give YOU a place to decompress, relax and enjoy for a few minutes each week. And when you are out running around, don’t forget to pick up the wine and chocolates!

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Nancy and Gary Nealis


hen a young Gary Nealis met his wife, Nancy, he fell head over heels quite literally. Both were in college, and they met at an Ice Skating rink in Flint. Gary, being from West Virginia, was shaky on the skates at best. “I had no clue how to ice skate,” he laughs. Nancy, being a Michigan native, recalls the fateful meeting. “I practically grew up on skates at that same rink,” she says. As she naturally glided along. Gary was barely upright and “I knocked him down,” laughs Nancy. Turns out they also shared mutual friends, so he got back up only to fall again. This time in love. They married and were blessed with two baby boys. And as engineer, Gary forged a career at General Motors Construction Group. Their boys were growing up fast, so he asked Nancy where she Really Wanted to live and raise their family. Traverse City was her reply, and they planted roots on Old Mission Peninsula just one mile down the road from where they sit inside their newly built house today, celebrating 42 years of marriage. It gives a whole new meaning to the quote “We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason.” This turned out to be a lucrative move for Gary. He started his own business, Nealis Engineering. Now with 26 years of SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 | BAY LIFE NORTH


The Perfect Porch

success under his belt, Gary is far from retiring but stepping back just a little. His new project with Nancy’s help became downsizing their larger family home and building a custom, cozier and Just Right One. They already owned a lot. Purchased years before, it sat on a hill with a stellar view overlooking the Crystal Blue East Grand Traverse Bay. But this idyllic lot was far from buildable and ready to go, as it was covered in trees and very narrow. These natural terrains threw a few curveballs at the Nealis’ must-have lists and, more importantly, at the Architect Robert Holdeman and Custom Home Builder Brian Mohr of Calybr Homes. It challenged them to be creative and modify the norm. Both experienced professionals handled the extra complications with ease, even when Nancy and Gary mentioned the small detail of wanting the new house to be completed within six months. Impressively, they actually pulled it off, breaking ground in December 2014 and finishing by June. It did involve some below-zero degree days of outdoor framing in February, though. “I would say, ‘Are you sure? It’s really cold,’” recalls Nancy, admiring their tenacity to accomplish the timeframe and battle through a harsh Northern Michigan Winter. “They would stop at around noon,” says Nancy with a relieved sigh. I’m sure they were sporting major thermal underwear! When you build a house from scratch, even a smaller one, the exciting part is pursuing components you have always dreamed of, distinct details you are able to finally make a reality. One of Nancy’s inspirations was a white brick fireplace reminiscent of ones she had seen in the appealing pages of Coastal Magazines. “I just loved them, and it had to be white and old brick with no sharp edges,” a smiling Nancy recalls. The old brick wasn’t much of a problem. Gary’s office is right in the old 56


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historic Building 50, so his friendship with the developer and owner Ray Minervini came in handy. “It was a big old used pile of bricks, and I had to do a lot of work,” says Gary. Once built, the distinctive 1885 yellow stone brick fireplace looked great as it was, but Nancy insisted it had to be white. When the interior colors combined with the white brick fireplace, ultimately it didn’t work. The fireplace was repainted to add a hint of brown and even Nancy preferred it, too. The result is striking. The fireplace created a bold focal point for interior designer Kim Hooker of Cedar Creek Interiors to use for her blank canvas, and she guided Nancy through a myriad of coastal-inspired furniture and home accessory pieces that complement the space exquisitely—items like the chic curved oversized couch, barn wood mirrors and custom textured wallpaper adding a unique finishing touch in the master bath. Another desired element was the Shiplap Walls (a rough-sawn pine paneling placed horizontally, popular in coastal cottages as it’s less formal). Painted a delicate shade, they add a relaxed casual ambiance that conveys a breezy cottage feel. “It was so hard for the trim guy, Matt, though. He said I was killing him, to leave gaps and imperfections,” laughs Nancy. True tranquility oozes from the soothing porch

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“We’ve always had a pool, so it was an easy decision to add one.”

Access to the pool and hot tub right from their master bedroom

room that purposefully sits directly across from the pool doors, creating an open flow just as Nancy had envisioned. “Brian helped us with the sliding door decision. We were avidly against them initially, so he invited us to see the doors in his own house he built, and he was right.” The glass doors sit tall and wide next to a wall of windows looking out to their pristine bay view where natural light floods in from every angle in the living room. The light enhances the dramatic beamed cathedral ceiling and creates the perfect illusion of the harmonious space as much larger. The home’s classic ceilings all sit at 9 feet, and doorways are 8 feet. The finished presentation of skilled 62

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The rustic master bath with unique fiber wallpaper

craftsmanship shines throughout, giving the cozy home a much grander impression.


An enticing pool is an aspect they always enjoyed in their family home, so it was an easy decision to add one, especially when it lures extra visits from their four cherished granddaughters. Their very own monogrammed towels hang by the pool door at the ready. From past pool experience, they decided to face this one away from the bay side and wind, settling instead for a courtyard setting to the west, and adding easy access to poolside and hot tub from their master bedroom’s patio door. They magically managed to fit an entire pool, but the lot was too narrow to include an attached two-car garage, so this is a separate building at the bottom of their driveway. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, it’s Just Right and simply put, Nancy and Gary wisely used every inch of their 1800 square footage. They dreamed up innovative ideas to maximize their space wonderfully. From beds that snuggly fit a room, a tile shower enclosure with no door, swivel chairs to savor the view, old treasured wardrobes instead of built-in closets and double bunk beds for the grandkids. Even Nancy’s beloved Baby Grand Piano, bought with a promise she made to her mom of how she’d spend her inheritance, established its own esteemed spot overlooking the pool. It may be downsized, but everything they need found a special place in their new home, and nestled inside too is their perfect place in life: Right Next to Each Other. “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

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As we get ready to embrace the changing seasons and we walk towards the colors of Fall and everything it has to offer, we pay tribute to those last days of Summer. Give a word of thanks to Mother Nature for the eternal sunshine, perfect bay breezes and sharing her warmth with us the last few months. And we offer our gratitude for the magical display of color that is to come! Enjoy your back to school moments, have some cider and donuts, visit a pumpkin patch, attend costume parties, take a drive and do a color tour, stop in for some winery tastings ... oh and don't forget to take that one last dip!

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