Bowlero – North Brunswick, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ September 2, 2019/ architecture, placemaking, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

Feature lights draw the eye towards the purchase counter and shoe rental. Note the use of threaded pipes for the Check Out signs mounted on the countertop. Feature wall incorporating Bowlero logo. Offset by reclaimed wood paneling to create an Instagrammable photo opportunity. Bowling is enlivened by video boards in the distance. Colored lighting enhances the experience. Grabbing a quick

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Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ architecture, Main Street, placemaking, preservation, program, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon. The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra

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The BOB – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 28, 2019/ architecture, music, placemaking, plaza, program, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

The BOB – which stands for “Big Old Building” – is a go to social and entertainment venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have creatively repurposed the space with dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and the new 20 Monroe Live space for up to 2580 people. The outdoor beer garden is more open than others we’ve seen and feels

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Mundos Roasting & Co. – Suttons Bay, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 27, 2019/ architecture, local food, placemaking, program, storefront/ 0 comments

Mundos Roasting & Co. is a wonderful addition in May 2019 to Suttons Bay, Michigan. This is the second location for a successful business that started in a non-descript area in Traverse City far off from the main shopping. Hopefully the Suttons Bay location will help to raise the profile for this small business that is putting out such a

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Kilwins – Petoskey, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, placemaking, storefront/ 0 comments

Kilwins has a corporate headquarters and showroom just outside of downtown Petoskey, Michigan. As we passed through the area thought we’d take a look in the store. And while the “Free Chocolate Tours” were not offered until several hours later, we did enjoy taking a peek inside. A circular feature table greets people at the entrance. To the left is

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Downtown – Cheboygan, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, Main Street, placemaking, program, storefront, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

This open-air canopy provides a covered space for markets and community events to occur. Loved to see a playful public art element near the market. The murals were simple but effective filling the wall and bringing “a little bit of happy” to those who pass by. Loved this cinder block and beam bench. What a clever idea to provide seating

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Downtown – Petoskey, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, Main Street, program/ 0 comments

Petoskey is one of the premier shopping districts in northern Michigan. Halfway between Mackinac Island and Traverse City, here you can find fashion, gifts, dining, ice cream, J.C. Penney Co. One of the last remaining downtown department stores. Wright Cycle Co. Wright brothers historian Dave Russell originally from Oakwood, Ohio, where the Wright brothers lived. Russell opened his Wright Cycle

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The Fort – Mackinac Island, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 25, 2019/ architecture, preservation/ 0 comments

North Blockhouse (1798) Entrance Gate Bathhouse (1885), Storehouse (1860), Office (1858) East Blockhouse (1798) Gun Platform Guardhouse (1828), Officers’ Wood Quarters (1816) Soldiers’ Barracks (1859) Officers’ Stone Quarters (1780) North Blockhouse (1798) Skull Cave Fort Holmes (1814) Governor’s Mansion