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Rick Paid

Artisan Design Network Gallery Bold gallery harbors 54 Michigan fine artisans — and one fearless guy who signed the lease. By Patty LaNoue Stearns and Tom Tracey, Photo by Brian Confer In the depths of the recession last October, Rick Paid was rollerblading down Traverse City’s Front Street and saw a prime retail spot with …

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Eco Queen

Eco Lawn Crusader In a neighborhood of too-perfect chemical lawns, one eco-queen’s quest for true green. By Patty LaNoue Stearns Worried about her pets’ health and the toxic chemicals being freely applied to the lawns around her downtown Traverse City neighborhood, eco-conscious artist Julie Pearson pulled together some convincing materials, found some great alternatives for …

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Rush Limbaugh

The World’s Most Tedious Interview An odd encounter with the ultraconservative blabber. BY PATTY LaNOUE STEARNS DETROIT–Crammed into the backseat of a limo with the 300-plus-pound syndicated radio personality Rush Limbaugh, we surmise he is peeved. In Detroit to kick off his “Rush to Excellence” concert tour, the arch-conservative talk-show host (weekdays noon-3 p.m. on …

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Detroit Home Magazine

River Reverie This Detroit Towers apartment with a Roaring Twenties past is infused with a modern, big-city presence. BY PATTY LaNOUE STEARNS/PHOTO BY JEFF GARLAND It’s one of Detroit’s fabulous architectural gems from the 1920s, yet the slender building with its distinctive gilded, witch-hat crown, is barely noticed by the Jefferson Avenue commuters who whiz …

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Boating Food

Take It To Go Upscale grocers and gourmet delis maximize your water time By PATTY LaNOUE STEARNS Spare no time on land this season and get thee to your watercraft. With help from the thoughtful spots below, you can pack a picnic and stay out as long as you want. Your boat is waiting. Union …

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Produce Gurus

Fresh Faces FAMILY HERBS Shelby, Mich. — If you’ve stopped by Cherry Point Farm and Market on the way to the Silver Lake sand dunes, you know about the Bull family’s asparagus, cherry pies and other seasonal produce. But venture out past the parking lot toward the arbor and discover the organic herb garden and lavender labyrinth. …

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Sage

Feeding Your Finer Senses Tucked away from the seduction of Odawa’s slots, Sage serves more than a memorable meal. By Patty LaNoue Stearns If you’re a gambler, you might miss Sage, tucked in the back of the massive Odawa Casino Resort. And that would be unwise. Pry yourself away from the seduction of the slots, follow …

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Food Museums

Pick a Food: Find a MuseumCorn, spuds, Col. Sanders and of course, SPAM. By Patty LaNoue Stearns All over the country, there are fascinating food museums celebrating single-subject edibles—celery, chocolate, corn, Coca-Cola, cranberries–and those are just a few that start with the letter “c.” Some of these institutions are educational, others are retail-minded, and still …

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Taste of Provence

Provence Comes to Northern Michigan with Divine Recipes By Patty LaNoue Stearns TRAVERSE CITY–No need to jump on a plane and travel to France this summer for lessons at a bona fide Provencal cooking school. Madeleine and Erick Vedel are bringing their school direct from Arles, in France’s Provence region, to Northern Michigan in early …

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