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Have Some Summer Fun in Leelanau County!

Posted by andi@cherryrepublic.com on 21st Jun 2019

Tackle the Sleeping Bear Dunes ‘Dune Climb’ What’s better than climbing up a golden sand dune? Running back down, of course! Serious hikers can choose to make the 3+ hour trek to Lake Michigan. Just be sure to bring water and sandals … that sand gets hot!   Kayak, canoe or tube the Crystal River A leisurely float or paddle down the lovely Crystal River in Glen Arbor is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Let your fingers skim the cool, clear water between lily pads, watch for Great Blue ...

Charles Murphy's 'Little Dwellings' Come to Cherry Republic

Posted by Mary W on 31st May 2019

Traverse City artist Charles R. Murphy has long been revered for his inspiring and iconic watercolor paintings, which have found their way into private and public collections, have graced the pages and covers of books, and have even adorned CDs and wine labels. Over the past 40+ years he's also shared his knowledge with budding artists through innumerable painting classes and workshops throughout the Midwest and has exhibited with the American Watercolor Society and International Society of Expe ...

2019 Mother of the Year Contest Winners

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 12th May 2019

Cherry Republic partnered with Leelanau Vacation Rentals to recognize those amazing women we call Mom! We asked people to tell us why their Mom deserves to be crowned Mother of the Year, and in return, we promised to make sure she’s treated like a queen! With over 150 submissions for our 1st Annual Mother of the Year Contest, this decision was not an easy one! With so many submissions, we decided to give away $50 gift cards to the four runners up as well. Thank you to all those who shared the ...

2019 Mother of the Year Contest

Posted by andi@cherryrepublic.com on 30th Apr 2019

Cherry Republic is partnering with Leelanau Vacation Rentals to recognize those amazing women we call Mom! Tell us why your Mom deserves to be crowned Mother of the Year, and we’ll make sure she’s treated like a queen! Sing your Mom’s praises in 100 words or less. Submit here or email contests@cherryrepublic.com. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 12. Visit https://leelanau.escapia.com/Unit/Details/141178 for available dates; must be redeemed before May 12, 2020. ...

Traveling Test Kitchen

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 18th Apr 2019

February 28 - We're Hitting The Road! March and early April can be a bit quiet in the Republic, so we decided it would be the perfect time for a road trip! Starting next weekend, March 9-10, we'll be packing up our Traveling Test Kitchen and hitting the road. Our goal? Visit Citizens throughout the state and have them give us feedback on some new products we're thinking of rolling out this summer. We hope to see you along the way! March 8 - First Stop: Traverse City! Our Traveling T ...

Boomer Bear Makes It Home For Christmas

Posted by Mary W on 19th Dec 2018

Boomer Bear celebrates his long-anticipated return to the Frankenmuth Cherry Republic store. Boomer visits with Santa in Traverse City. Longtime Citizens of the Republic are familiar with Boomer, our affable bear. He's always in high demand, often traveling between our six Michigan stores. He's become quite the celeb over the years, making guest appearances at ribbon cuttings, visits with Santa, and at various parades. So we were more that a little concerned when he went missing in late ...

Tickling Our Funny Bone

Posted by andrewm on 11th Jul 2018

We had a sneaking suspicion that our Citizens are among the most clever folks around, and you proved us right! Last month we put the word out that we were looking for new quips for our legendary in-store signs, and we received ideas from more than 100 people! Our first winner was Sandra Byrnes, who submitted this little gem: “CAUTION! Free range children.”   Next up was John Love, who gave us this profound thought to ponder: "If George Washington had chopped down an apple tree, no one ...

A Wonderful Leaf Day 2017

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

First Stop: Grass Lake Nature Preserve I took my family to the other side of Grand Traverse Bay — to Torch Lake, Bellaire and the farms, trails, woods and wetlands of Antrim County. It took some time to persuade the boys that this switch in Leaf Day activities would be worth it. “Usually, we go exploring nature in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park for the whole day,” reasoned Colebrook. “There’s no time wasted sitting in a car.”  “It is a change,” I agreed. “You don’t have to go — you can stay in sc ...

Leaf Day Around the Republic

Posted by andrewm on 19th Oct 2017

Cherry Ambassadors around the Republic took full advantage of Leaf Day 2017. From baking with family and friends, to fishing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, to driving a semi to Kansas City for our first holiday gift show of 2017. Here are some of our favorite stories... Fishing the Pere Marquette River JP, our I.T. hero, spent his Leaf Day on a day-long guided fishing float trip down the Pere Marquette River with Steve Galbraith and world renowned fishing guide Steve Cornetet.  It was a beauti ...

Leaf Day - A Letter from Our President

Posted by andrewm on 15th Oct 2017

Dear Customers, I am happy to announce Leaf Day, our very own Cherry Republic National Holiday. We will be closed today Monday, October 16, to honor the autumn season and all the good in our lives. I feel like I should apologize to all of you for being closed, but truly, more than anything, I feel compelled to express my gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of people who have supported us so loyally. It is your support that has compelled us to work tirelessly this summer and fall to ke ...

Summer Into Fall

Posted by andrewm on 28th Sep 2017

This September has truly become an extension of summer.  I am thankful that the boys haven’t had any homework, so the moment they are out of school we’ve been able to do all the million things a person can do under the sun in Northern Michigan.  Colebrook and Hawthorn caught the biggest fish they’ve ever had on a line.  They built beach structures and slept on the beach under the stars.  They’ve snorkeled and tubed and learn to water ski.  But again, these photos can express the fun far better t ...

Two Boys and Their Lines

Posted by andrewm on 22nd Sep 2017

The Coho came into the Crystal River recently.  Colebrook and Hawthorn have been driving by the fishermen on their way to school each day, which really put them in a fishing frenzy this past weekend.  On Friday night, we shopped in TC for spawn bags, hooks, and heavy duty line, and when the boys woke up Saturday morning they had one goal-- catch a big Coho, King or Chinook Salmon.   [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="5874,5875"] As you can see from the photo’s, both boys had success. ...

Holland Store Hosts Its Grand Opening

Posted by andrewm on 22nd Jun 2017

By Mary Winowiecki, Cherry Republic Cherry Republic’s newest retail location — this one in beautiful downtown Holland, Michigan — threw a grand Grand Opening on Friday, June 16, 2017. Eager customers, members of the West Coast Chamber of Commerce, the media, and even Boomer the Bear were all on hand to christen the new store. The celebration included appetizer and baked goods samplings, free wine tastings, customer giveaways, and 20 percent off select products. The morning was highlight ...

Thank You Gift Box

Posted by bob on 7th Dec 2016

A Circle Of Gratitude Many people touch our lives, others provide support, and some lend a helping hand. What could be better than giving them a gift that says “thank you” in a cheery, cherry way? The Thank You Gift Box contains four small gifts of chocolate cherries and cherry jam to give as holiday gifts to teachers, neighbors, co-workers, postal workers, dog sitters, dog groomers, hair stylists, and all of those people who enrich your life with their presence. And we think you deserve a “ ...

Cherry Cheer Events

Posted by bob on 16th Nov 2016

  Holiday Fun in the Republic Join us Up North for fun in the Republic. We have lots of events coming up at our retail stores during this Holiday season. Santa’s Coming to Traverse City 11/25 4pm-6pm On Comet, On Cupid, On Donner and Blitzen! On to Cherry Republic to celebrate the kick-off of the 2016 holiday season. Santa Claus is flying in from the North Pole and will arrive at the Traverse City Cherry Republic on November 25th from 4 pm - 6 pm. Eat cookies and drink hot cocoa with him ...