Looking for an intimate venue with a gorgeous view? Try the Corner Loft in Traverse City.

The 2,000-square-foot space, which opened in October 2013, is the project of Marie and Jeffrey Schwartz. The couple, both employed in the oil and gas industry (Marie retired in May 2013), purchased the loft with the intention of turning it into a condo. But after their sons hosted a lively New Year’s Eve party there, they got other ideas.

“We realized it was such a great space for parties and meetings,” Marie says. “We thought we could put it to better use for ourselves and the community.”

The Corner Loft has capacity for 128 people and has hosted weddings, film-festival parties, a prom and more. The brick walls, dimmable track lighting, black-silk chandeliers, wood-laminate floors, high exposed ceilings and neutral palette give it a Manhattan-loft feel. It offers both a built-in bar and a rolling bar, each topped with old-barn finished wood.

“The biggest selling point is the beautiful windows,” Marie says. “They’re gorgeous. You have a panoramic view of downtown, and when the trees aren’t leafed-out, you can see the bay.” Winter offers an added bonus: Downtown trees, lit for the holidays, surround the building and can be seen through the windows.

The Corner Loft is walking distance to downtown hotels and has ample city parking behind the building. A facility manager is on-site during all events and runs the audio-visual equipment, which includes three 5-foot drop-down projector screens. 

Included in the rental fee is use of the loft’s 120 chairs and its tables, which include 12 5-foot rounds, four 6-foot banquets and 10 cocktail tables. Chocolate-brown linens can be used for just a cleaning charge; other linens can be rented at a discount from local companies.

Planners may use the caterer of their choice; the loft includes two caterers’ tables and a commercial refrigerator, sink and dishwasher.

Michigan is home to nearly 150 wineries, many with private events spaces set against backdrops of picturesque vineyards and wide-open rural countryside scenes. While weddings are among the primary celebrations hosted, many also offer venues ideal for business and corporate receptions or events.


After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.


From the exterior alone, the Guardian Building distinguishes itself as an extraordinary place in downtown Detroit. Over 2 million tangerine-colored bricks texture its 40 stories, later to be named “Guardian bricks” by the manufacturer in honor of the project. Although there are more curiosities to be discovered inside, the one-of-a-kind “Aztec Art Deco” style influences the design and materials in the space.