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I Love MI Stones Nowicki

Michigan’s shoreline is an amazing place for rock hunting because there are a wealth of beautiful stones and plenty of parks and beaches from which to access Lake Michigan.

Related Member: Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Warren Dunes State Park, Grand Mere State Park, Jean Klock Park, Tiscornia Park, Silver Beach County Park, Warren Woods State Park

birds on the beach

The number and diversity of birds in Southwest Michigan make it a great birding destination. The area has a wide range of habitats including dunes, forests, wetlands, meadows, agricultural lands and numerous bodies of water. Moreover, many migratory birds follow Lake Michigan's shoreline making our area beaches a great location to view a larger variety of birds in the spring and fall.

Related Member: Iron Shoe Distillery

Iron Shoe Distillery

Did you know that there’s a business in Niles that brings together people, good food, great cocktails and the legend of St. Dunstan? If not, you must visit Iron Shoe Distillery.

Related Member: Lazy Ballerina Winery: Saint Joseph Tasting Room, Forever Clean Soap Works

 Forever Clean Soap Works - Lisa Miller

Female Founder: Lisa Miller

What started as a fun hobby for Lisa Miller became her life’s purpose when she started Forever Soap Works. At her shop in St. Joseph, Lisa handcrafts bath & body products for the whole family with the most natural ingredients available. She creates her own recipes, makes all of her products by hand, designs her own labels and does all of her own packaging. *Whew* Read on to learn how Lisa pursued her passion here in Southwest Michigan from the soap maker herself.

Related Member: ARS Gallery, Lazy Ballerina Winery: Saint Joseph Tasting Room

Anna Russo-Sieber

Female Founder: Anna Russo-Sieber

Anna Russo-Sieber (ARS) Gallery Arts & Culture Center is a community art center offering cultural arts, applied arts, fine arts, and extensive outreach programming. The programs offered embrace our whole community and foster personal growth through positive interaction and social development. Owner, Anna — with her extensive teaching background — continually uses art and the powerful vehicle of public art to educate our youth with a distinct focus on bringing youth with diverse social, racial, and economic backgrounds together.

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