Two Reasons to Head to Lakeside, Michigan

Get your motor running

Italians have Capri. New Yorkers have the Hamptons. We have Harbor County, Michigan: a sleepy, verdant gem a little more than an hour east of the city.

We recently took a day trip to check out two new spots; below, a full report on each. Suffice it to say we can’t wait for take two.


When Ariane Prewitt emailed to tell us she’d relocated her shop, we hustled right over. The style guru (and Columbia College professor) honed her chops in the visual department at Barneys. Today the second iteration of her picture-perfect, brilliantly merchandised shop lives just off Red Arrow Highway.

Nestled in the second oldest property in Lakeside, AP resembles the kind of cottage dreams are made of: three sunlit rooms (one for linens, body care, and decor; another for jewelry, accessories, clothing, and extra linens; and a dressing room fit for a queen), plus a hidden area for trunk shows with Scout LA’s Joey Grana, Lisa Kingsley, and others. Add to the mix a charming back patio with midcentury modern chairs and a sound track of birdsong.

Snack on Michigan berries and gluten-free muffins on the patio before heading inside. Prewitt combs the globe for rare finds both vintage and new: kantha blankets from India, Japan’s luxurious Fog Linen tableware and apparel, Mexico-based Hacienda Montecristo woven accessories with leather detailing, Anndra Neen mixed-metalwork jewelry.

Baskets of Beatrice Valenzuela’s stitched moccasins, Lisa Kingsley’s reclaimed French linen and exotic skin bags, and abundant jewelry (Prewitt’s own stone and gem creations, vintage Kenneth Jay Lane) are sprinkled throughout.

Takeaway: You’ll drop a bundle but look better than everyone else.

AP, 14931 Lakeside Road, at Pier Road (apshop.blogspot.com).

pleasant house bakery!

Pleasant House Bakery
Chicagoans with a taste for royalty (Royal Pies, that is) are undoubtedly familiar with Bridgeport’s Pleasant House Bakery. So imagine our surprise when we stepped into the second location in Three Oaks, Michigan, and found not just the requisite edibles — but a nano-brewery with PHB’s name on it.

Owners Art Jackson and Chelsea Kalberloh managed to keep the brew news mum until they opened over July 4 weekend. Now the cat is out of the bag: Pleasant House Brewing Co. is here — with a female brewer. Amanda Bates crafts four debut drafts: English pale ale; Belgian pale ale; Dry Stout; and ESB, or Extra-Special Bitter. They’re only available at the restaurant, so load up (safely) while you can.

Teetotalers can sip newly launched bottles of PHB’s Royal Ginger Fizz, a spicy bev packed with fresh ginger juice. Charcuterie and cheese plates are coming soon. Also new? Ice cream made with seasonal fruits and — you guessed it — beer. Decked with English candies, it’s the cherry on top of your day trip.

Pleasant House Bakery, 9 North Elm Street, at Maple Street (269-756-3600 or pleasanthousethreeoaks.com).

Photos: Emily Fiffer / DailyCandy; Bobbi Lin / Courtesy of Pleasant House Bakery