2018 Insider's Guide to the Pointes and Harper Woods with Grosse Pointe Chamber Member Directory
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Think Spring!
Every March I write about the same thing: Detroit Tigers Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla. But the difference this year is I am not writing as an armchair traveler. In fact, as you are reading this, we will be (barring bad weather or work or health emergencies) enjoying the ever-swaying palm trees and warm, sunny skies at Joker Marchant Stadium at Publix Field.

We’ve missed the past two years of Spring Training due to business constraints. Two years ago, we were launching Detroit River Living Magazine. Last year, we were in the middle of due diligence for the purchase of the Grosse Pointe News. Needless to say, we are ready from some R and R!

There have been a lot of improvements since the last time we were in Lakeland, the spring home of the Detroit Tigers has undergone major renovation and expansion. Publix, the major grocer in Florida, is the corporate naming sponsor, though they did keep “Joker Marchant” in recognition of the former longtime head of parks and recreation for the City of Lakeland.

The ballpark now features a 360-degree walkway, new seating in right field and left, a Margaritaville bar and many more amenities. We remember when Joker Marchant Stadium was a sleepy, Minor League venue with bleachers and hot dogs served out of food trucks. Not so today. We’re talking the Majors!

Lakeland is the longest-running Spring Training home for any single Major League Baseball team. A couple of years ago, after 80 years together, the Tigers and Lakeland signed a 20-year renewal contract, which takes them to the centennial mark in 2036. 

I’m not sure if Terry and I will be there, but I am sure our niece Lindsay and husband Ben and their new baby now on the way will be there carrying on the Spring Training tradition!

We promise to take a lot of photos and share them when we get back. In the meantime, think spring and be sure to patronize the many advertisers and businesses that make living in Grosse Pointe the best. 

See you around the Pointe!
— John

It’s official. We are homeowners.
And that is somewhat bittersweet. The house we leave in Roseville was good to us. My Uncle John and Aunt Terry own it. I did a lot of growing up there. I’ll miss the neighbors. And the birch tree in the front yard. I climbed it countless times as a child. The evening light in the dining room. The old marks on the refrigerator’s side, tracking the kids’ ever rising heights. I’m thankful for the home videos that document the space and memories.

But when we walked into the new house, I immediately knew we had found home. I’d even go so far as to say it was meant to be. We saw at least 30 houses in surrounding communities before walking into this one in Grosse Pointe Woods. Our Realtor, Aunt Karen, opened the front door. I took one step inside and gasped. I envisioned Graham rounding the corner as a child. I saw a fire roaring in the fireplace and our photos on the mantel.

When we started the hunt, Corey and I wanted the house to feel like the workers’ apartment in the Irish Castle we had worked in while backpacking. Cozy, low ceilings, a funky red door, an old fireplace, an atmosphere of having been lived in and loved.
Yes, it had the cozy low ceilings, the old fireplace and even a red door. But this house did us one better. Its street name is the name of the castle. An ‘Ireland’ book was sitting on the coffee table. After closing, we discovered that a close work friend lived in the house next door. And the kicker: The castle’s basement had engravings with the symbol for the ‘eye of God.’ I stepped into the basement of this home, and there it was, carved into the wall. My heart raced.

Dwellings have been on my mind for another reason. In this issue, we are debuting a home tour series, “At Home in the Pointes.” The Boddy family kindly opened their doors to us and we could not be more stunned by the images captured by Donald Schulte. If you are interested in having your home featured, please e-mail me at 

You never know what you are going to find when you open the front door of a Grosse Pointe home. We’d like to give readers a peek.
— Lauren


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