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Faces & Spaces: Sandy Miller

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Sandy Miller’s apartment in Building 50 exudes absolute tranquility.  It can be felt whether morning fills the windows with natural light or the warm glow from a lamp lights the room in the evening. Sandy’s personality certainly reflects this same peaceful nature, with an appreciation for life and a friendly smile that’s sure to rub off on you. Read more

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The Observer Exclusive

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is home to over a hundred different businesses. From retailers, professional services, dining, wineries and more, the variety is what makes us unique. In our Village Business Spotlight we highlight these businesses and their owners, a group of passionate entrepreneurs. These people and their amazing work are what sparked our newest addition, The Observer Exclusive. Read more

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Now Available: The Kirkbride Suite

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is an ongoing redevelopment project and that means we’re able to introduce new spaces to Traverse City and to our guests on a regular basis. The Kirkbride Suite is one of those places and it stands as an unforgettable launching point for everything that The Village and the Traverse City region has to offer. This dramatic 2,700 square foot, two-level retreat is in the historic 1885 Chapel Building and is now available for short-term rentals. Read more

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The Artists in Residence at Cordia

The Members of Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons will enjoy an abundance of amenities living on site. Among those includes easy accessibility and classroom instruction from three local ‘Artists in Residence.’ Mary Kay Burbee, Mark Meyer and Shanny Schmidt were recently selected from a group of talented applicants to be the 2015 Artists in Residence within Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons. Read more

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Faces & Spaces: Paul Boel

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Few people choose to water ski in their fifties, even fewer would attempt it after turning seventy-five, but Paul Boel continued to water ski into his nineties.  Today at 91 years old, Paul is a living example that proves age is just a number. Read more

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Compete for the Bocce Cup!

Bocce is a game of precision,  for some that may be a skill and others might rely on luck, but truly it’s all about enjoying a beautiful day with family and friends. The 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament will be held on the Historic Front Lawn this Saturday, August 16th from Noon- 5 PM. Over 64 players will compete for the coveted bocce cup, through a series of games on clearly marked courts. Read more

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Faces & Spaces: Evelyn Shelagowski

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Evelyn Shelagowski has spent nearly a full decade as a resident of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. She was the first person to live in these renovated halls and if given the chance, she would have moved in as soon as Ray Minervini purchased the property. Evelyn is an artist who studied architecture for her own personal interests and to strengthen her skills in perspective. The minute she heard about the gorgeous structure, how it would be saved, and ‘The Village’ it would become, she knew she wanted to live here. Read more

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Red Drive is Back!

When the gravel streets of the Traverse City State Hospital were first given their name, careful thought was put into who would be navigating these roads. Its our understanding that literacy was the factor under consideration, and with a wide range of education levels the streets were given the names of colors with a corresponding colored sign. Read more

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The History behind Kirkbride Hall

The newly restored Kirkbride Hall is brimming with rich history in both place and name. The structure was originally built between 1883 and 1885 as the Chapel of the former Northern Michigan Asylum. The central Chapel Building, occasionally referred to as a Lecture Room, is characteristic of a Kirkbride Asylum, or those based on a standardized design and construction for mental health treatment known as the Kirkbride Plan. This concept originated with Pennsylvania physician Thomas Story Kirkbride in the mid-19th century.  As a pioneer of the moral treatment of the mentally ill, Dr. Kirkbride intended for these grand structures to be the ideal sanctuary for the mentally ill and act as a participant in their recovery. Read more