On a Thursday morning in October, Nancy Nall Derringer, a staff writer forBridge Magazine, brought a homemade apple coffee cake to a story meeting. The nonprofit online publication has offices in Lansing and Detroit, but this gathering was at the publication’s home base—a cottage in a wooded area of Ann Arbor, built with reclaimed lumber from a local barn and expansive windows that bring in natural light.
Just up the hill is the home of Phil Power, the founder of Bridge’s parent organization and the site’s primary funder. Framed Inuit art hangs on the cottage walls, part of a Power family collectionthat was begun decades ago.“Well, you know me,” Derringer said, as her colleagues settled their laptops and coffee cups around the conference table. “It’s Teddie’s Apple Cake, a New York Times recipe.”