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South Haven

In South Haven it's tempting to say it's all about the beach. South Haven's five miles of sandy shoreline on Lake Michigan make the city not only the playground of visiting Chicagoans and Detroiters but of water-fun lovers from across the country. For most communities it might be enough to be the place to sit on the pier watching the big boats, the spot to end the day soaking in the sunset of indescribable oranges and purples. But nature's best is just the beginning here. A downtown shopping district offers the eclectic: boutiques, T-shirt shops and a variety of restaurants. The city's four marinas have more than 225 slips some for boats as big as 65 feet and beyond. Bed-and-breakfasts, inns and rental properties abound. There's a blueberry festival complete with pancakes and pie eating contests. There's art in the park on the 4th of July weekend. Summertime is packed, but the city's year-round population of 5,000 will tell you there are four seasons to enjoy in South Haven. Throughout the year, Foundry Hall hosts national, regional and local musicians. The South Haven Center for the Arts offers lessons and exhibits. The Michigan Maritime Museum, home of the tall ship Friends Goodwill, keeps alive the city's nautical past. And for those looking for a home for their business the I-196 Business Park, with 122 available acres, offers room to grow. 
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A buy local gift guide with a high alcohol content

From underwear to T-shirts to barrel aged beers, this collection of holiday gift ideas offers something for the hops head on your list.

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Joe's Blues takes blueberry farming to the next level

Michigan is the number one state in highbush blueberry production with growers producing over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year. For the small farmer it takes a lot of good ideas to be competitive. Joe Corrado and his father, Frank, have a lot of good ideas. 

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Fear and loathing at Mackinac, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Policy Conference

Aspiring young leaders learn the art of the deal on Mackinac Island. 

Jeremiah Smith

An entrepreneur with more than a good idea

From a blighted property at the center of Hartford, Jeremiah Smith is building businesses based on others' need to clean.

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Remembering the best-read stories of 2013

One thing about the new journalism--as an editor you know right away whether a story hits or not simply by seeing how many people clicked on it, how long they spent reading it and whether they shared it. Here is Second Wave's top hits of 2013.

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Southwest Michigan's craft beer news from A through W

As Southwest Michigan becomes a hub for craft beer it's tough keeping up with everything that's going on. Jeremy Martin has all the news that's fit to sip from Arcadia Ales through Walldorff Brewpub.

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Outhouse Races for the contestants who just gotta run

In South Haven they call it the NASCAR of Outhouse Races. See the racers speed by in pictures of the event captured by Erik Holladay.

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A short break for the holiday

If the meteorologist is to be believed by this time next week we will be celebrating the national holiday in the sunshine. With the holiday comes a break for the staff of Second Wave during the week of July 4. We will return with new stories and pictures for you July 11. Meanwhile, check out places to enjoy fireworks displays next week.

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Michigan Hosts the Architectural and Industrial Design Event of the Year

State Historic Preservation Office launches blockbuster show June 14 at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills.


What I've learned during Michigan's fight on home foreclosure

MSHDA is partnering with the state’s religious leaders and faith communities to help homeowners avoid foreclosure with a program that addresses each homeowner’s unique situation.
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