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Local Spotlight

Local Spotlight – Sacred Dunes


Do you have aches and pains? Nervous about that new job or anxious about new life adventures? Look no further than Sacred Dunes.

Sacred Dunes Integrative Health is your complete holistic wellness center offering a multitude of products and services including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Cupping
  • Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Lactation Consultation
  • Natural Skin Care
  • Yoga
  • Aromatherapy
  • Workshops

Personally, I have been going to Stephanie Gordon for some time now. I first experienced cupping and acupuncture when I had no other options for the anxiety that was taking away from my life. Stephanie welcomed me and brought to my attention other issues that may have been creating the anxiety I was feeling. During the initial consultation she reminded me of things I forgot I even dealt with (acid reflux & back pains).

Stephanie was able to completely distinguish my anxiety issues and get my other ailments in order. Fast forward about 4 months, I was not able to get any appointments due to my work and school schedule. I was diagnosed with a herniated L5 disc. Classes finally ended and I called Stephanie, she got me in the NEXT DAY! She got right to work and could feel where I was having issues. Three weeks later and I feel better than I did before I originally started.

Please visit this place if you ever need something. This is my time whenever I go I get to relax and just release any of my stresses. It really helps me mentally.

Q & A:

Q: Who are you and what do you do ?

A: Hey! This is so sweet of you to do this! My name is Stephanie Gordon. I have a Master of Science and am a board certified, licensed acupuncturist. I own Sacred Dunes Integrative Health with Lindsay Negrelli-Gawat who is a licensed massage therapist. We are located on 410 Wabash Street in MC. We also have a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Taylor Devore that practices with us.
Most people know that acupuncture is great for pain, but I love to educate people about so many other benefits of acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine including: migraines, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, oncology, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, addiction, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders,anxiety, depression and the list goes on!

Q: How did you get into the field of expertise that you are in?

A: When I was in undergrad studying to be an early childhood educator, out of pure synchronicity became a birth doula . When I was helping my birth clients navigate the list of ailments pregnancy can bring, my research always led me back to acupuncture. One client asked me if acupuncture hurt and I felt like a hypocrite having never had it so I went in just to give it a try. I had no idea how educated an acupuncturist was in both Western and Eastern medicine. The acupuncturist addressed my debilitating migraines and cured my frequent migraines after six treatments! My life was changed forever! I signed up for grad school and my journey to becoming an acupuncturist began!

Q: What makes you wake up every morning wanting to help people like you do?

A: I love helping people. Even though acupuncture is an incredible way to keep a super healthy person healthy, I tend to get the difficult cases. People come to see an acupuncturist a lot of times as their last resort. To help give someone quality of their physical, mental and emotional life back is priceless. I am dedicated to empowering people to take their health and power back into their own hands. I love my job so much. I love my community and I just want to see us all healthy and thriving.

Q: If someone wanted to do what you do … what is some advice you would give them ?

A: DO IT! The world desperately needs more doctors and health practitioners who understand and empower our body’s natural ability to heal itself. We need practitioners that understand how to use food and herbs as medicine, to encourage simple lifestyle changes that can make a world of difference!

Q: What is one of your favorite healing stories ?
Oh man Alex, there are SO many. It gives me goosebumps to think about everything I have witnessed. To see people get a new chance on life when they had already given up. There are just so many.

Q: Anything else you want people to know about ?
We are open. We are here to help. Call or text us at 219.262.0034 or if you have questions and want a free 15 minute phone consult on how acupuncture or chiropractic can help, please call and schedule or email us at


Contact & Location:

410 Wabash Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
United States

Phone: 219.262.0034


Pileated woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large woodpecker with a long neck and a triangular crest that sweeps off the back of the head. The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head. In flight, the wings are broad and the bird can seem crowlike.

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Local Spotlight

Local Spotlight – Howe Farms

Take some time and look into the food you put into your body. Have you found any local farms near you? Have you been second guessing on the quality of product you are feeding to your family? If you’re near Crown Point, Indiana… look no further …

Wonder down US 241 about 15 minutes outside of Crown Point square and you will find yourself in another world. A world where animals roam free and farmers are tending to their crops and livestock. Some farm for trade and some just for pure self-sustainability. Luckily the family at Howe Farms are more than welcoming to their land.

Q & A

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

A: Steve and Jenn Howe. Owners of Howe Farms.

Q: How did you get into farming?

A: We got into farming first from our interest in beer, but it has blossomed into an obsession. We truly want to raise the highest quality healthiest foods for our community. We want to positively impact NWI. We are region kids that love it here.

Q: What drives you to do what you do?

A: Drive…it’s a funny thing to me. From the community, to leaving something for my kids and grandkids, to being the best I can be, there are many driving factors.

Q: Any big plans for the future?

A: Our future is scaling up to meet demand, we have to be more efficient and continue to focus on our standards at the same time as we scale, do it is a constant redevelopment of a new system.

Q: What is one of your favorite stories about something that has happened on the farm?

A: I don’t have a particular story that stands out, but making memories with our family and friends is a constant goal. We try hard to treat everyone like family, we appreciate the love and support so much and everyone feels like family now. So we love to make those memories.


Howe Farms is located at: 14091 Grand Boulevard, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307

Due to the current pandemic, and the expansion of the farm, Howe Farms is offering tours at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm on the days the farm stand is open.  They are doing everything in their power to keep customers, farmers and animals safe.  

  • Farm stand is open May-October on Sundays 11-3
  • Tours are FREE
  • Tours last roughly 15-20 minutes
  • Limited groups to 10 or less for safety reasons
  • Parties of 5 or more please contact for availability
  • Fences are electric and bees are on the farm so please be aware of the safety concerns 


Rum Runner – 903 Brewers

This beer is intense looking. Murky and filled with sediment and pulp. Beer is pink in color with hints of pineapple and strawberries. Taking first sip this beer punches you right in the tongue, holy citrus! The orange is very bitey in the front along with the mixture of pineapple. You get mellowed out on the palate with banana . This beer is something I have never had before and it is great. Good job 903 brewers.

About 903 brewers:

Deeply rooted in originality, high quality, and community, 903 Brewers prides itself on solely offering its best to the best (you).

Acting on their dream of sharing their love of creating great beer with folks who mean the most, 903 Brewers is the product of the perfectionism and persistence of founders Jeremy (also head brew boss) and Natalie Roberts.

903 Brewers is located in SHERMAN, TX 75090




Charcuterie Board:
Chef’s Selection of Salumi & Artisanal Cheese • Served w/ crackers & accoutrement

Personal Goblin Bowl:
Linguine • Chicken Breast • White Wine & Garlic Sauce • Cherry Tomatoes • Cucumbers • Artichoke Hearts • Feta

Key Lime Pie:
Homemade pie w/ fresh lime zest





Brassica Caesar:
Locally Grown Baby Kales • Rapini Leaves • Brussel Sprouts • Charred Broccolini • Maitake Mushrooms • Crunchy Crumbs • White Miso Caesar

Grammy’s Lasagna:
Housemade Sausage • Leeks • Parmesan Béchamel

Caramelized Onion Tortellini:
Leeks • Gruyere





Tenuta di Ghizzano- Il Ghizzano 2016

Smells of tart cherries and currants. This wine smells incredible lasts long and very pungent. The color is burgundy and is elegant. Off the sip this wine takes your regular wine experience away. Medium body with tremendous flavor. Tannin is prevalent with backdrop of currant. First ever organic wine.

My rating: 93/100

About Tenuta di Ghizzano:

The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the upcoming and esoteric Colline Pisane area near Pisa in the 14th century. For 26 generations, the family has been growing vines, olive trees, and cereals with a deep respect for tradition and terroir. Since 1996 Countess Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini has run the estate, continuing the tradition of award-winning wines. Tenuta di Ghizzano became certified organic in 2003 and has employed biodynamic principles since 2006. 

Our aim is to keep investing in biodynamic agriculture and viticulture to offer the market limited quantities of outstandingly high-quality products, reflecting the inherent characteristics offered by these gentle hills. Respect for nature, the place that sustains us and the people that live and work here; these are the principles that our family has always observed in its management of the Tenuta di Ghizzano estate and has handed down through the generations.”  — Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, Winemaker and Proprietor 


Wethos 2014

Beautiful purple color when poured. Legs are prominent on the sides when stirred. The smell is very prevalent with oak and currant followed with the right amount of spiciness. This wine makes you want to close your eyes and be transported to another location. Long lasting and pungent. Flavor complexity is insane for this wine. Tannin lasting on the palate with a incorporated dry mouth feel. One great wine. Highly recommend.

My rating: 96/100