I first encountered Ana Skidmore at the EPIC Awards. I was new to the magazine, and attending the awards for the first time. (They were at The Henry Ford that year.) It seemed like every nomination included a company called TwoFoot Creative (a full-service planning company), and a good number of the winners did, too.

A couple of years ago, when I was casting about for new members of our advisory board, Ana, the owner of TwoFoot, expressed interest. Having seen so many images of beautiful events she’d helped plan, I snatched her up, and she’s been a consistently helpful and insightful board member since.

So when I got word that she was going to refresh her company’s brand—new logo, new website—I was excited for her. Her old website was, well, old, and she was ready to elevate her company’s profile. Ana started TwoFoot in 2007. Today, she has two employees and a small crew of interns who work with her.

Ana is half Norwegian, and she took the inspiration for her new logo from rosemaling, a style of Norwegian folk painting.

“I wanted something from my heritage,” she told me at the launch party for her rebrand she held Jan. 4 at Chair Covers and Linens—linen and chair cover rental company, as the name conveys. “I really like the logo. It’s teal and elegant without being champagne and blush.”

The new website got its start after Ana attended a WordPress conference, determined to learn how to create one herself. It showcases her company's work—primarily wedding but events, too—including video, testimonials and stories about the day of an event.

Chair Covers and Linens is a frequent partner of TwoFoot, and DeVonna Snowden and team were on hand to co-host and wish Ana well at her launch party. Food was from Zingerman’s—one of Ana’s favorite spots—and guests got gift bags that included issues of MIME.

So, check out her new site, and see if you can’t find some inspiration of your own.

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above.