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2020 Black Friday In-Store Specials

Posted by Mary W on 26th Nov 2020

This year, we're celebrating Black Friday all weekend long with exclusive savings in all six of our retail stores! Check out these great promotions that will run from Friday, 11/27/20, through Sunday, 11/29/20. Check our store location page for store hours. Plus, save 20% on these great IN-STORE ONLY offers:Sunset Blush, $15.00 $12.00Cherry Adore, $18.00 $14.40Original Cherry Salsa 16 oz, $9.95 $7.96Cherry Nut Mix 14 oz., $16.95 $13.56Dark Chocolate Turtles, $17.95& ...

Cyber Monday 2020

Posted by Mary W. on 26th Nov 2020

If you don't get all of the names checked off your list during Black Friday Weekend, have no fear! We have some great deals planned for you all day long on Cyber Monday, too! Just visit CherryRepublic.com or call one of our Cherry Ambassadors at 1-800-206-6949. Free Shipping on Orders of $100 or more. Applies to $9.95 standard ground shipping only. Only valid on one address per order. So if shipping to multiple addresses, the customer needs to hit $100 on each address to receive f ...

The Great Turkey Pardon of 2020

Posted by Mary W. on 25th Nov 2020

Picking up Jo-Ella Cherry at Biehl Turkey Farm"It all started when I signed up for the free fresh turkey that Cherry Republic was giving away to employees," Jessica Nuytten, Cherry Republic Quality Assurance Manager, explains when asked how she ended up adopting a healthy-sized turkey from a local farm.She's referring to the Thanksgiving gift of a Biehl's Turkey Farm fresh turkey that Cherry Republic owners Bob Sutherland and Todd Ciolek gave to all of their employees this week. Each member ...

31 Days of Giving 2020

Posted by Mary W. on 25th Nov 2020

Next week kicks off our 8th annual 31 Days of Giving -- Cherry Republic's oldest charitable giving initiative. Each day throughout the month of December, we will announce grants to non-profit organizations throughout Michigan. Over the years, the gifts have benefited everyone from children and families to our beloved Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 2018 and 2019, the imminent threat of climate change caused us to laser-focus on those groups that promoted clean and renewable energ ...

Meet Henry, Cherry Republic's Youngest Ambassador!

Posted by Sarah M on 17th Nov 2020

Earlier this year, we received a message on Facebook from Holly inquiring about a Cherry Republic baby onesie to welcome her little one into this world. "We would love to welcome our little one with a taste of 'home' since we live in Kansas now," said Holly. "Growing up in Glen Arbor, we have filled our nursery with Michigan love awaiting for the baby's arrival so we can share stories with him/her all about Northern Michigan." And we believe all children should have not only a little b ...

Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib

13th Nov 2020

Elevate your holiday prime rib roast to the next level with our Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt. Its smoky aroma and smooth, slightly sweet taste combines with fresh garlic, rosemary, and chili powder to create the ultimate salt crust that will have your roast brimming with abundant flavor.INGREDIENTS11 oz. jar Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt¾ cup coarsely ground black pepper1 head of garlic (peeled)½ cup rosemary2 tablespoons chile powder¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil15 pound prime rib roast ...

Boomer's Winter Getaway

Posted by Sarah M on 10th Nov 2020

A week ago, a blanket of snow covered the ground, but throughout the past few days, the weather has been spectacular, providing the perfect mix of blue skies and brilliant sunshine. The change in weather not only has us confused, but Boomer the Bear is quite baffled as well. We ran into him out on a hike the other day when he said, "I thought I was ready to sleep away the next few months, but I really just want to keep exploring!" Being in Northern Michigan, it's just a matter of time before Boo ...

Cherry Republic Named 2020 Top Workplace by Detroit Free Press

9th Nov 2020

Cherry Republic has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Detroit Free Press.The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.“We are so humbled to receive this award,” said Todd Ciolek, Cherry R ...

Meet Our Cherry Farmers

Posted by Mary W on 30th Oct 2020

When Bob Sutherland founded Cherry Republic in 1989, his mission was to create a company that celebrated both Michigan cherries and the hardworking men and women who plant the trees, prune the branches, harvest the fruit, and spend sleepless nights worrying about pests and weather. Meet Sarah, Nels, and Nikki -- three great examples of why we love the cherry industry. SARAH HALLSTEDTReturning to Michigan after raising their family in Indianapolis, Sarah Hallstedt and her husband, Phil, ...

Dried Cherry Apple Stuffing

Posted by Mary W. on 16th Oct 2020

This might be the year to shake things up a bit with your traditional stuffing recipe! The addition of plump dried cherries, apples, and walnuts will make your dressing moist and flavorful.Ingredients:½ cup melted butter1 cup finely chopped onion16 oz. bag herb-seasoned stuffing mix2 cups chopped red apples1 ½ cups Cherry Republic Montmorency Dried Cherries1 cup chopped walnuts32-oz. carton chicken brothDirections:Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Melt butter ...

Leaf Day 2020: Taking Time To Recharge

Posted by Sarah M on 13th Oct 2020

On October 19, our staff will celebrate what has now become one of our favorite days of the year: Leaf Day. All Cherry Republic locations — including our HQs, retail stores, Public House, and mail order — will be closed for the day so every employee can enjoy this unique Republic perk. Created in 2014 to take advantage of that magical-yet-fleeting season that hovers between the dog-days of summer and the biting chill of winter, this unique Cherry Republic holiday is meant to be spent out-of ...

Move Over Route 66

Posted by Mary W. on 13th Oct 2020

One of the most beautiful scenic highways in the country cuts right through the middle of the Cherry Republic. M-22 comprises 116 miles of pure driving or biking wonder. Starting north of Manistee, it hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline through Benzie County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, making its way around the north tip of Leelanau County and eventually winding down on the eastern edge of Traverse City. Voted the Best Scenic Fall Drive by USA Today, we thought we’d share a ...

Slow Cooker Smoky Braised Ribs

Posted by Mary W. on 28th Sep 2020

Just add our Smoky Cherry Slow Cooker Sauce to your favorite short ribs, and prepare to fill your kitchen with heavenly aromas!Ingredients:Bone-in short ribs*, 2-3 lbs.Smoky Cherry Slow Cooker Sauce, one 17 oz. jarExtra virgin olive oilKosher saltDirections:Season each short ribs generously with salt. Add olive oil to frying pan and bring to a high heat. Add the short ribs and brown well, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place short ribs in a sprayed slow cooker and cover with Smoky Cherry Sl ...

Favorite Holiday Appetizer

Posted by Mary W. on 21st Sep 2020

Every hostess needs a go-to appetizer for those last-minute gatherings over the holidays. This one isn't only easy, it's delicious and sure to become a seasonal favorite!Favorite Holiday AppetizerIngredients:- Cream Cheese, 8 oz. softened- Cherry Nut Mix, 14 oz. bag- Cherry Pepper Jelly, 9 oz. jar - Water Crackers, 1 boxDirections:Spread cream cheese in the center of a serving plate. Cover with Cherry Republic Cherry Pepper Jelly and top with crushed Cherry Republic Cherry Nut Mix. Sur ...

Frozen Cherry Berry Smoothie

8th Sep 2020

Ingredients:4 oz. bag Ruby Red Freeze Dried Cherries1 1/2 cups almond milk, skim milk, or fruit juice1 banana, sliced1 cup frozen mixed berries3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt1 tablespoon honeyFresh fruit and mint sprigs for garnishInstructions:Place all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. If the smoothie seems too thick, add a little more liquid. Add additional honey to taste. Pour into two glasses, and top with fresh fruit and mint sprigs. Enjoy!Visit Dinner at the Zoo for more d ...