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The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising success

Posted by bob on 10th Sep 2015

The Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign is a huge success. With some help from the Utopia Foundation, we’ve raised an astonishing $45,000 in just a month. During that same time, $28,000 in donations have been given to Glen Arbor Township to help with the clean-up. A big heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed. Recently, a Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Community Task Force was created to oversee the spending of both of these funds. The task force has representation from Glen Arbor Towns ...

Bloggers mix business with pleasure at Cherry Republic

Posted by andrewm on 21st Aug 2015

Millions of people visit northern Michigan on vacation and business; everyone has a great story to tell friends, family and co-workers. Northern Michigan really tells its’ own tale to each person uniquely. Recently we had a group of food bloggers visit Traverse City for a business retreat coined “Sharing By The Shore” mixing business with pleasure. These bloggers could not have selected a better backdrop than the Traverse City area or a Cherry Republic store. Their purpose was to connect, ...

Stronger Than the Storm

Posted by bob on 20th Aug 2015

My favorite tree - a giant Black Walnut - was so strong thru the great summer shear storm two weeks ago that it didn't even loose a leaf.  This tree lives on the Barratt farm on Port Oneida.  It stands over every tree in the county and towers over Lake Michigan. Two grand maples act as a gateway to Pyramid Point on Port Oneida road. This favorite white birch tree also withstood the storm. I almost didn't want to post this tree as I call it my secret tree. A free Big Three gift ...

New Look - Same Taste

Posted by cory on 20th Aug 2015

Change has come to the Republic! We've been working tirelessly to freshen up the look of our delicious cherry goodies. So far we've gotten almost all of our most popular products in their new packages and we're still moving along. It's an exciting ride, and we put this blog together because we were well overdue on passing along an update to our customers.  Plus, we wanted to share a few thoughts and hear some of yours. Last year, we updated our logo. This year, we wanted to freshen up the lo ...

Bring the Arbor Back to Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

Thank you for considering a donation to Cherry Republic’s Bring the Arbor Back to Glen Arbor Fundraising Campaign. Click to Donate. The tragic Summer Shear Storm that happened August 2nd, 2015 is the worst storm to hit Glen Arbor in recorded history. The storm has devastated acres and acres of old growth forest in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It has downed many of the tall trees that inspired Glen Arbor’s name over 150 years ago. In response to the storm, dozens of tree remova ...

Rising from the wreckage

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

An update on the progress from some of our staff Mary working the cash register in the Glen Arbor store I only work for a few hours each weekend, but people kept telling me how much they appreciated reading Bobby's Blog.  They really felt connected to the storm through his writing. Customers also wanted to know how to help and donate to the Bring the "Arbor" Back to Glen Arbor fundraiser. One woman said "That is so like Bob to do such a nice thing". Mary - Cherry Ambassador and “The Momma” ...

Progress From The Storm

Posted by bob on 13th Aug 2015

The sleeping bears seen in the clouds ushered in a peaceful sunset after the shear storm Sunday August 2nd Trucks full of new power poles were coming into Glen Arbor as crews worked for 108 hours straight to return power to the community last week. This oak tree now stands alone at the top of Alligator Hill Glen Arbor neighbor Bill Peterson wrote a note to Georgia Gietzen after a tree fell from his yard onto her mailbox FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) brought in truck ...

Bob's Story of the Storm

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

4 pm ~ 8/3/15 I am sitting outdoors under a great white oak.  It is one of the proud survivors that stand among his fallen brothers.  Both oak and I are stunned at the severity of this storm and Glen Arbor’s great white oaks are the ones that took the brunt of this bewildering storm of August 2nd, 2015. Hawthorn is hacking at white pine branches with a hatchet.  All day he has watched men with chainsaws cutting into the tremendous swath of fallen trees.  And finally it is his turn to show hi ...

Summer Storm Photos 2015

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

Here are three of the most poignant sky photos we have come across. They are beautiful images that bring you back to the time of Greek Gods and Moses. People say beauty before beast. And the beast landed hard and fast. Being first in line as the storm came across Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore received much of the fury of this storm. Look at Alligator Hill after the storm hit. Sections of this massive old growth forest was mowed down by what seemed ...

Our Staff Stories of the 2015 Glen Arbor Storm

Posted by bob on 6th Aug 2015

We are still serving food on the grill. I came to the store right as they opened on Monday, people’s baskets were full of product and they had smiles on their faces. Everyone just seemed to be so grateful we were open. We pulled out the old cash registers and credit card machines - things people had not seen or used in years! Who would have thought you could pay for things with cash? Then we started serving hot dogs and brats for lunch and the cafe was filled with people, so glad to have a h ...

Turning Lemons Into "Mula" The Cherry Republic Way

Posted by bob on 29th Jul 2015

Lemonade!... Lemonade for sale!... Get your Cherry Lemonade!... It is never too early to practice your entrepreneurial and business skills! If you are under the age of 10, grab your parents and head to the Great Hall to sign up for your hour long selling time. Times are available Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For $10, Cherry Republic will provide… The stand The lemonade The cups A board to create a sign You get to set your prices and keep half the profits, we ...

Cherries: From Orchard to Store

Posted by bob on 19th Jul 2015

A Queen Anne cherry tree outside of Cherry Republic. Within 25 miles of Cherry Republic’s headquarters in Glen Arbor is the greatest cherry growing region in the world with nearly 2 million cherry trees resting on our beautiful hillsides overlooking Lake Michigan. How do all those cherries get grown and harvested and then made into the 190 scrumptious Cherry Republic products? It takes a dab of luck, a good share of expertise, and lots and lots of hard work. Before Cherry Republic can do ...

Hide & Go Seek - Ready or Not...

Posted by bob on 15th Jul 2015

Here is everything you need to know to win products and have a great morning of fun playing hide and seek with Cherry Republic: First delivery teams leave at 8 am from the warehouse. Look for groups of two wearing red tees. At 11 am, all seven teams will be out making deliveries so that is the best chance to capture some goodies. All you have to do is walk up to them and say, “I’m intercepting your hide and seek delivery.” Be sure to check in often to our Facebook and Instagram and loo ...

Hide and Go Seek

Posted by bob on 8th Jul 2015

You’re never too old to play hide and seek. At least, that’s how we feel. And to prove it, we’re inviting you along to play. On Friday, July 17, a handpicked group of Cherry Republic employees will be delivering products to the Glen Arbor store. Rather than using our trucks, they will be traveling on foot, bicycle, or other non-motorized means. Here’s the fun part – anyone who can find and tag them will get a sample of the products in their backpack. We’re still working out the rules a ...

Natures Engineers Versus The Park Service

Posted by bob on 23rd Jun 2015

Kelderhouse Road flooding caused by beavers. A close up look at the extensive work of our furry engineers. They have been "busy beavers." Kelderhouse Road near Port Oneida bisects two ponds. Beavers have built their lodge in one and their dam in the other. Now, beavers don’t like walking across dry land, so they’ve done their best to connect the two ponds by flooding the road. Repeated attempts to reduce the water over the road, from trenches to culverts, have all been unsuccessful. They ...