St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making.
For their willingness to brave the winter waters of Lake Michigan, the hosts of NBC’s Today Show called the crew at Third Coast Surf Shop a “philosophical group of hardy souls.” The surfers have accepted their lot in life with cheer, working with what they have by pioneering the art of lake surfing. They’ve also shown up on the CBS's The Early Show, National Public Radio, and Newsweek in their effort to expose Midwesterners to surfing and paddleboarding and expound upon the advantages of the Great Lakes as a surfing venue. Along the sweeping shorelines, six quadrillion gallons of fresh water rise up in wind-generated waves, which are more manageable for beginners than the larger swells in the ocean and less likely to contain depressing submarines tangled in plastic bags. When not fitting patrons with paddleboards, the team of instructors leads camps, where young surfers find their sea legs, construct sand castles, and play soccer while building social skills.:
PRP Wine's continent-hopping wine experts search far and wide for the world's finest pours, constantly replenishing their stock with bottles plucked off the vine in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, and South Africa. PRP’s seasonal wine catalog champions unique adult beverages from renowned suppliers, including Germany's Ferdinand Pieroth GmbH Winery, whose grape-shucking traditions date back almost 300 years. Those who would like to try before they buy can call upon one of PRP's knowledgeable consultants to host an in-home tasting party, during which the wine expert brings a handful of samples and shares wine-pairing recipes. For special occasions, personalized wine bottles arrive at doorsteps bearing such messages as “Happy Birthday!”, “Congratulations on the new baby!”, or “Everyone falls off the water tower at some point––get well soon!”
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It's a philosophy that?s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part community center, Curves is a women?s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Curves has teamed up with health and fitness coach Jillian Michaels to develop full-body, 30-minute workouts that kick-start weight loss, combining strength training, cardio, and stretching into sessions that torch fat, build strength, boost intensity, and prevent plateaus. These workouts are enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program, available for an extra fee, which is rooted in Curves' method for effective weight loss in that it supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach.
For more than 25 years, the Moersch family has grown, crushed, and fermented grapes into carefully cultivated small-batch wines. Today, Matthew, Christian, and Nicole Moersch preserve their family's legacy wines while exploring their own winemaking instincts. Using the bounty of vineyards located in Berrien Springs, they craft several red and white wines, bottling their own takes on dry reisling, dry gew?rztraminer, pinot meunier, cabernet franc, and table wines. They also produce spirits, such as brandy.
At Northwest Athletic Club, patrons can train for almost any type of physical challenge. Those who want to become a tennis champion can reserve one of five indoor tennis courts for practice rain or shine. Those who want to dunk a basketball or just shoot a layup while yelling "dunk" can head to the facility's full-size basketball court.
Of course, the club has a vast fitness floor for those who just want to work out, as well as a studio that hosts Zumba dance parties, spinning sessions, yoga classes, and more.