Did You Know: Alpena Lighthouse

The Alpena Lighthouse in Alpena, Mich., does not look like a typical lighthouse. The red tower, which marks the entrance to Thunder Bay River from Lake Huron, is thought to be the only lighthouse of its type in the U.S. A beacon has been on the site since 1875; the current tower, which is 40 […]


Making Sense of Office Space

The prospect of moving your business to a new space can feel overwhelming. There are dozens of things that you have to take into consideration and it can seem impossible to figure out what’s critical and what’s not — especially since there’s no one-size-fits-all solution because every business is different and every business owner’s needs […]


Unleash Your Inner Warrior

As we wrap up 2016 and plan for 2017, I’ve always found the holidays a perfect time to reflect on the things we are grateful for. Our families, our friends, our volunteer efforts, and business successes all provide fuel for our souls throughout the year. A wise person once shared with me that the secret […]


Did You Know: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world, thanks to its distinctive black and white candy cane striping. The beacon was built in 1803 and its light marked the dangerous shoals of the Outer Banks. At 208 feet, it is […]


CRE Expert – Organizational Leadership

Every month we feature an industry expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Walter Jankowski, Reinvention Consultant for Better Dash Faster Consulting,  offers some great insights into making 2017 your best year yet.   Now is the time to plan for your best year yet in 2017 Do […]


Holiday Giving

We’ve had a rough and tumble election season, so with the holidays coming up, we want to share some ideas on how each of us can give back to our communities. We could all benefit from a little bit of kindness and nothing creates that faster than sharing your kindness with someone else first. The […]


Did You Know: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island in Ohio, is not a traditional lighthouse. The monument, a 352-foot-tall Doric column, was built between 1912 and 1915 to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates the peace that has existed ever […]


Live Your Life Golden

By David Haug Despite her petite size she bowled me right over.  She showered me with kiss after kiss. It was a relentless onslaught of licks, kisses, and whimpers.  Where did this come from? Why was she so insatiable? Was my face made of chocolate or salt? Had I become some sort of salty sweetness […]


Real Estate Horror Stories to Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky

A few weeks ago, we asked for your real estate horror stories. We’ve compiled our favorites, plus a few ghastly real estate tales from the spookier corners of the Internet. Settle in and enjoy! Our first story comes from Brian Roberts, a broker for J.B. Roberts, Jr. & Co. in Madison: We had a Pizza […]


Did You Know: Pilot Island Light

The Pilot Island Light, on Pilot Island in the Death’s Door passage at the tip of Door County, Wis., was built in 1858 after sailors complained that a range light on Plum Island was too far from the entrance of the passage to be effective. The 41-foot beacon was constructed from Milwaukee cream brick and […]