The instructors at Core Group Fitness understand that getting buff doesn't happen by simply visiting the gym; rather, they see it as a process inextricably linked to camaraderie and community. This team-based approach comes out in their group classes and boot camps, where cohorts of exercises grunt their way through TRX suspension training or build lean muscle and improve flexibility with functional workout regimens. They pair strength training with cardio work during their interval training sessions, which torch fat thanks to metabolism-boosting exercises. In addition to group classes, instructors also build rapports with individual students during personal training sessions, helping clients prep for their first marathon or last street fight with the meter man.
“What was a quiet section of Michigan 139 in central Berrien County has turned into a heaven of sorts for horse lovers,” writes a reporter for the South Bend Tribune. That 39-acre elysian stretch, surrounded by fertile Michigan vineyards, is Concord Ridge Equestrian Center. There, equines clip drumrolls against the soil on a cross-country course complete with banks and water jumps, and riders on the Natural Horsemanship Course brush up on skills such as posture and honking motions at passing clydesdales. The center’s teaching team dispenses instruction to eager pupils on the three outdoor arenas and two indoor arenas. Students can then take their newfound expertise out onto the network of riding trails or the nine pastures. Chatter about riding apparel and technique drifts from an upstairs lounge, where guests find WiFi, elevated bleachers, and a kitchen.
Seven-time winner of the South Bend Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award, Mattress Warehouse stocks more than 1,000 name-brand mattresses, offering an array of innerspring, memory-foam, latex, and adjustable beds from manufacturers such as Serta, International Bedding, Sleep Logic, and Scandinavian. Sheep-counting customers can dive into recurring barnyard dreams resting atop twin mattress sets (starting at $199), Queen Memory Foam pillowtop sets (starting at $599), and Serta Perfect Day queen sets (starting at $1,499).
Luxe Home Interiors helps decorate domiciles by quelling customers’ décor cravings with comfy couches and other tasteful indoor accouterments. With thousands of fabric options, re-upholstery specialists preserve the comfort of existing pieces while making a reality out of cashmere-couch dreams and Faberge-ottoman desires. Hundreds of living room, dining room, and accent pieces inundate Luxe's showroom, including pictures ($34+) and throw pillows ($45+). Chairs ($747+), ottomans ($429+), sofas ($799+), and loveseats ($795+) ensure customers can finally kick back and rest in style without moving into a hotel lobby.
Joseph, the award-winning photographer behind Derby Photography, draws upon a range of aesthetic styles when taking pictures, from the realistic bent of photojournalism to the pristine composition of classic European portraiture and fine art. For more than 20 years, Joseph has captured high-school seniors, kids, families, and engaged couples in of-the-moment poses that represent his subjects’ personalities. Clients can flash a grin at a location of their choosing, or opt for the expansive confines of Derby Photography’s studio or Derby Portrait Park’s more than 3 acres of land. In addition to portrait sessions, Joseph also extends his services to weddings, modeling portfolios, headshots, and professional events such as auctions and charity benefits.
Wedding parties. Families. Graduating seniors. These are just a few of the subjects that attract the lenses of Classic Image Photography's resident artists. After free consultations, photographer Nicole Waldron and videographer Mike Trentacosti capture still and moving images with a combination of photojournalistic, traditional, and artistic styles. They then edit video and transform images into everything from custom storybook albums to metal prints.
When not at the studio, Ms. Waldron and Mr. Trentacosti hone their skills by snapping photos all over the country. In fact, customers can purchase some of Ms. Waldron's favorite images from her travels, such as the back roads of Utah or the spaghetti mountains of Colorado.