Our Friends and Networks

Our friendships and networks are constantly growing. If you’d like to be included here, please send an email to abby@porterhouseproductions.com

Alan Newton : Traverse City, MI
Alan Newton is a Traverse City photographer who loves the challenge of capturing the action in front of him no matter what the spotlight, gel gods and restrictive tour managers throw at him. Besides a regular diet of bands and concerts, he has shot for the U of M Men’s Soccer team, the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, mixed martial arts, and numerous high school sports. Contact him at alan@newtonphotography.us.

Bay Area Recycling for Charities : Traverse City, MI
Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) is a Traverse City, Michigan-based non-profit company providing comprehensive recycling services to residents and businesses in the Grand Traverse Bay area.  What is unique about our company is that we offer our customers the opportunity to give back to the local community. Through BARC’s Customer Shares program each customer annually designates a charity of their choice to be the recipient of the revenues resulting from their recycling partnership with BARC.

Bioneers : Santa Fe, NM
A leading source of innovative solutions. An annual environmental conference. A network of networks. An oasis of hope.

Broneah Kiteboarding : Traverse City, MI
bro-neah bro-ne-ah n 1: brothers of neahtawanta (ne-ah-ta-wanta) – Broneah’s mission is to become the foremost provider of kiteboarding products and services to the people of North America. Broneah Kiteboarding’s employees and owners are seasoned kiteboarding professionals. Broneah Kiteboarding seeks to connect kiteboarding newcomers and veterans with service, instruction, camps, equipment sales and information that fit the client’s desires, budget, and skill level. Broneah Kiteboarding is enthusiastically dedicated not to just meet our customer’s needs and expectations with unmatched professionalism and creativity, but cares enough to surpass them. We have developed a thorough instructional program for all levels of kiteboarding any time of the year. Our PASA-certified professional coaches — recognized in Kiteboarding Magazine as among the best in the sport — are available in Michigan, Puerto Rico and Argentina. Progress your skills quickly, effectively and safely as you learn everything you need to know to enjoy kiteboarding.

City Opera House : Traverse City, MI
The City Opera House is the oldest of three historically intact Victorian Opera Houses in Michigan. The primary objective of the City Opera House, over the last 29 years, has been the restoration of this unique public environment. With its historic ambiance the theater offers to the northwest region of Michigan an exciting, one of a kind venue for national, international, local and regional entertainment and arts opportunities, educational programming, and public and private celebrations.

Cornwell Architects : Traverse City, MI
Cornwell Architects is a second generation, practice-led business of architects focused on the goals of our clients and the growth of our community.  Over the past six decades, the firm has earned a reputation as a comprehensive, multi-disciplined firm with successful projects located throughout Northern Michigan.Cornwell Architects is one of the few design firms in the area that offers professional services to a wide range of markets and needs including environmental compliance, corporate and urban design, civil/land planning, health care, and industrial services.  We provide every service your project needs – from planning, architecture, engineering, and program management, to construction assistance and environmental design.

Cultivating Women’s Leadership : Bioneers Community, Santa Fe, NM
Cultivating Women’s Leadership brings together women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds—activists, educators, philanthropists, nonprofit professionals and others to learn from and with each other. Emphasizing the unique qualities and opportunities that women bring to leadership, this training will help you learn practical skills to develop a stronger connection to your own purpose; explore the nature of shared leadership and practice reclaiming your own inner authority; hone your relational intelligence, helping you navigate differences to enhance collaborations; cultivate a practice of inner reflection to better align your intentions and behavior; investigate challenges with competition, power, self-limiting stories and internalized oppression; and effectively balance your personal self-care with your larger work. Join us to explore how to most effectively transform yourself and the world.

Downtown Traverse City : Traverse City, MI
Downtown Traverse City serves as the shopping, dining and entertainment destination for Northern Michigan. Enjoy shopping at one of the great galleries or boutiques, catch a performance at the City Opera House or State Theatre and dine at one of the many renowned restaurants. Downtown Traverse City is also home to the largest Farmers Market in NW Michigan and offers many community events throughout the year.

Earthwork Music : Lake City, MI
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture : Bozeman, MT
The mission of the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is to serve as a primary resource for the arts, arts education and cultural activities in southwest Montana by stimulating and celebrating the arts in all its forms, fostering lifelong appreciation and understanding of arts and culture, and building community and economic development among creative enterprises, businesses and civic organizations.

Family Wisdom Conference : Traverse City, MI
This is our 6th year of the Family Wisdom Conference and we are getting bigger and better every year! We have been working hard to provide Traverse City with a unique opportunity for parents, caregivers, and people of all walks of life to come together and gather the latest information in parenting, health, pregnancy, and childbirth. Whether you are an old friend who has attended year after year, or just checking us out for the first time, everyone who attends the 2009 conference will be blown away as this is surely going to our best year yet!

Fox on a Hill Productions : Petoskey, MI
Fox on a Hill Productions, LLC, is a for-profit organization for and by artists, musicians, filmmakers, and business leaders interested in recognizing and promoting arts and culture. We work to discover, support, and distribute works by community-minded and independent artists throughout the northern Michigan region.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy : Traverse City, MI
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is a non-profit serving Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Manistee and Kalkaska Counties.  Our mission is simple: to protect those significant land and water resources that make our part of the world so special.  We protect farmland (and farming!), scenic areas, natural areas (go parks!), and we advance stewardship (in so many ways!) now and for all future generations.  Protecting land for the right uses, forever!

HATCHfest : Bozeman, MT
HATCH is a year round non-profit organization, designed to develop and foster the growth of creative minds in various industries through mentorship, exposure, and networking. Since it’s inception in 2004, Hatch has successfully developed an environment, from HATCHfest to HATCHlabs that strikes the enthusiasm and stimulation of young artist’s creativity throughout the world, by connecting new filmmakers, musicians, photographers, designers, architects, writers and fine artists with award-winning veterans in the entertainment industry. The inspiration of one affects the lives of millions. Who’s next?

InsideOut Gallery : Traverse City, MI
The largest selection of urban & underground art in the Midwest. Including Outsider, Lowbrow, and Pop Surrealism. Our music and film venue features an amazing performance space for a great listening experience.

ISLAND (Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design) : Bellaire, MI
ISLAND is a non-profit arts and ecology center dedicated to connecting people with nature, art and community. ISLAND helps people become native to place by supporting artists — visionaries, conceptual explorers and compelling communicators — with dedicated time, space and resources to create new work; restoring the old and developing the new skills and traditions of community self-reliance; and creating and sharing a broad collection of tools for ecological living.

jROD aRT : Bozeman, MT
Jarrod Eastman grew up surrounded by art. Not until the early 90′s did he embrace the paint brush and his nickname: jROD. Influenced by the nascent pop surrealism movement, music like Jane’s Addiction, and the writings of Charles Bukowski, he began the journey of becoming a self-taught artist and free spirit. Fifteen years later he paints full-time, communicating his imagination through images.

KGLT : Bozeman, MT
KGLT 91.9 fm is listener-supported, alternative public radio broadcasting for over 40 years from the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, with translators in Helena (98.1) and Livingston (89.5) and streaming on the web at www.kglt.net. KGLT provides an alternative to conventional radio by offering commercial-free programming with a staff of community volunteers playing music in a format-free environment.

Kyle Bert / Desert Mountain Didgeridoos : Bozeman, MT
Over the past nine years, I have crafted over 100 agave didgeridoos and played them at many shows and open mics, both solo as well as with a wide variety of other instruments. I continued to collect the agave stalks in the Arizona desert and then make the long drive back to Montana, where I was living. This led to the name, Desert Mountain Didgeridoos. I have recently moved back to Tucson to spend more time doing what I feel so passionate about.

M-22 Challenge : Leelanau County, Michigan
The M-22 Challenge is a multi-discipline event based in beautiful Leelanau County in Northern Michigan. The event is designed to challenge athletes against the natural terrain and environmental elements of the area : 1) Bike around Big and Little Glen Lakes, 2) Paddle crystal waters of Little Glen Lake, and 3) Run the “Dune Climb” along Lake Michigan. Are you up to the Challenge? The first annual M-22 Challenge takes place on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9am. Space is limited, register at www.m22challenge.com or email challenge@m22online.com.

Neahtawanta Center : Traverse City, MI
The Neahtawanta Center is a place of gathering and a community of kindred spirits, created to serve people and institutions interested in working toward a sustainable and just society. As a place of gathering, we provide an environment in which people can enjoy, seek wholeness and uncover their own spirituality. As a community, we seek the common good in all we do and believe that the earth and all living beings which inhabit it are fundamentally good.

New Mission Organics : Omena, MI
New Mission Organics is a small, family owned 20 acre farm located on the Leelanau Peninsula. They are dedicated to using organic and sustainable farming methods. Currently they specialize in fresh sweet cherries and recently planted Montmorency tart cherry trees. This spring they planted hops that they provide to local breweries. Visit New Mission Organics on Facebook!

The Nova Cafe : Bozeman, MT
The Nova Cafe, located in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman, Montana, is locally owned and serves up the best breakfast in town!! Our unique and delicious breakfast and lunch menu is offered daily. The Nova Cafe desires to enrich the lives of its guests, employees and community. We strive to be an integral part of our community by supporting local artists, farmers, producers and other local businesses. The Nova Cafe also offers a children’s menu and gluten-free-baked goods. A changing exhibit of artwork by local artists is featured in the restaurant.

Obvious Advertising : Bozeman, MT
Obvious Advertising believes in community-based business alliances. We do our part for our community by assuring that all advertising in Obvious Ads space supports local businesses and organizations that give back to the Bozeman community. Our ads consist of full color, magazine quality ads displayed in specially designed tamper-proof frames. These stylish frames are strategically placed in restrooms next to sinks, mirrors and hand dryers, on the inside of stall doors in women’s and men’s restrooms, and above urinals in men’s restrooms of high traffic locations such as restaurants, coffee houses, sports bars, night clubs, gyms, retailers, hotels, and other public establishments.

Oryana Natural Foods Market : Traverse City, MI
Since 1973, Oryana Natural Foods Market has been Traverse City’s largest and best source for naturally good food. At Oryana you will find a great selection of local produce in season, other local products, organic and natural foods, natural bath and personal care items and more. We invite you to come in and visit our full-line grocery store and our superb Lake Street Café, where we serve up fresh, delicious fare daily.

Right Brain Brewery : Traverse City, MI
Welcome to Right Brain Brewery, the premier northern Michigan brewery and bar. We are Traverse City, Michigan’s only micro-brewery. We are a 7 bbl system located in the newly developing Traverse City Downtown Warehouse District. Right Brain Brewery connects to Salon Saloon where the motto is “You Sip, We”ll Snip.” We only serve our own northern Michigan beers, because that’s what we do well. We usually have 12 beers on tap, but it depends on the day and the thirst of the people.

Rockwood Leadership Program : Berkeley, CA
Since 2000, Rockwood has trained more than 1500 leaders from thousands of organizations in the United States and Canada. Our Leadership programs are led by nationally and internationally-recognized thinkers, educators and activists who are experienced in sharing the most in-depth, leading insights on leadership development, collaboration and capacity-building. We have a vision–of thousands of inspired activists trained in partnership, communication, conflict resolution, team-building planning, and producing powerful results; of thousands of non-profit organizations endowed with the skill and heart to bring out the best in their people, collaborate effectively with allies of all kinds, and produce real, lasting change.

SEEDS : Traverse City, MI
SEEDS is a non-profit research, design and educational institution whose mission is to seek the development of socially and ecologically sustainable environments. We foster projects that are participatory in nature and holistic in perspective. To this end, we act as an educational and networking resource. SEEDS focuses on incubating projects that lessen our ecological footprint, and designing spaces conducive to this.

Short’s Brewing Company : Bellaire, MI
Short’s Brewing Company, located in downtown Bellaire, Michigan (MI), is a fine craft brewery serving up innovative brews and delicious deli food.

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons : Traverse City, MI
Welcome to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, where one of the largest, historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country is underway. A beautiful solution to urban sprawl, The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, and previously, the Northern Michigan Asylum. The auspicious location of this 63-acre site, centered in one of the Midwest’s most desirable locations, underscores the unparalleled beauty of magnificent, century-old Victorian-Italianate architecture.

WNMC : Traverse City, MI
Small town radio, world class station.