About Devils Lake View Living
As a child, Darlene spent a lot of time around the water, whether it was boating on Lake Erie, camping in Northern Michigan or visiting friends and family on smaller lakes.
The Toledo native’s love of the water means she always wanted to live on a lake. When that dream came true for her and her husband 12 years ago when they moved to Devils Lake, it also put the couple on the path towards helping to be a part of the area’s recent development. Darlene Heller opened Devils Lake View Living in May of 2013, a boutique with distinctive gifts for your home and your lifestyle. Darlene went with a wide variety of items women would love to purchase for themselves or for gifts including purses, jewelry, clothing, beachwear, jewelry, chocolates, candles, pillows, lamps, lotions, baby gifts, old framed photos of the Devils Lake, American Spoon and more. Darlene is always looking for new items to go with the change of seasons.
The lighthouse building is already a landmark and will be for years to come. Devils Lake View Living will be opened year round.
About the Development
David Gajda and his partner Jose Malagon started developing their vision for the Mantiou Beach Village in 2009. David’s sister Marie Parker owned the Manitou Bar and Grill (which burned down in 2009 and Dave and Jose helped rebuild) and is now owned by her daughter Kim Picken.
So David and Jose owning several restaurants in clubs in Hollywood California (including Beso, they own with actress Eva Longoria), decided the area needed help in restoring some of the charm of a bygone era. They bought a pole barn and old post office on Devils Lake Highway and remodeled the building into a New England style which now houses “The Buoy on the Lake”. They then bought several other buildings and lots in the old commercial district of Manitou Beach with the long term plans of transforming the area into a New England style resort town nestled next to Devils Lake (largest inland lake in southern lower Michigan and a short distance from the major metropolitan areas of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Toledo).
After buying and remodeling several cottages (build in the late 1800’s) that had fallen into disrepair in the area, David and Jose decided their vision needed an anchor landmark building. They designed and built what is currently the ‘Devils Lake View Living’ or also referred to as the “Lighthouse” building. This building continues the New England style look and feel and also moves the area closer to their vision of an artist village full of shops and bed and breakfast lodging sitting right on beautiful Devils and Round Lake.
The next project, “Tibbs Corner,” was completed in May of 2014 and includes Jenni Coffee & Cream and Foundation Realty. In 2015 Trends Salon & Spa moved into one of the restored 1800’s houses on Lakeview Dr. That same year, construction was started on the Boathouse in the Lakeview Shops and today, we have Michigan Gypsy and the Manitou Beach Boathouse Art Gallery. During that same time period, Devils Lake Watersports also did a major renovation on their warehouse building in the Village and this is where the Manitou Beach Village Farmers Market takes place from Memorial Day to Labor Day as well as the ‘Rockin the Hills” Beer Festival. Dave and Jose also purchased another old cottage on Walnut St. across from the Manitou Bar and Grill which was renovated into “The Coral House” and now houses “Two Twisted Sisters” which is another retailer. They also purchase Marie Parker’s former house on the corner of Walnut and Devils Lake Hwy., which will soon become 3 micro stay units and a commercial space. They also purchased the house behind it on Devils Lake Hwy and are transforming that building into another commercial space.
In a few shorts years, we have had much success with a variety of events and activities in the Village, including; “Devils Lake Festival of the Arts”, An Antique Car Shows, a Craft Beer Festival, the Nautical Flee Market, our Fall Festival, Christmas in the Village and more.
Manitou Beach Village has also been featured in the Pure Michigan campaigns and a variety of articles throughout the Irish Hills and surrounding area.
In 2016, the Brooklyn Irish Hill Chamber of Chamber of Commerce gave the Village the “Emerald Award-Gem of the Community”.
Stay tuned for more progress and growth as much more is in store for this jewel of the Irish Hills.