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Traverse City's Grand Reopening

Posted by bob on 15th May 2015

Traverse City Cherry Republic celebrated its grand reopening with food and festivities. It was a long time coming, but our Traverse City Embassy's remodeling was finally completed last month. We celebrated a grand reopening last week for what is now a flagship store the equal of Glen Arbor. I was joined by staff members and many friends in marking the occasion with food and festivities. Take a look at the photos below and relive the festivities. [gallery ids="4053,4045,4046,4047,4048,4 ...

What's New Up North This Summer

Posted by bob on 8th May 2015

A lot has happened locally over the past few months. If you’re returning for summer, here’s a sampling of what you’ll notice. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail continues to grow. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail continues to grow. The three-mile trail from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida is under construction, with a planned completion date of June 1. There are some great sections in this segment that go thru swamps, cedar, pine and hardwood forests and fields with nice secluded distances from r ...

Traverse City Cherry Republic's Grand Remodeling

Posted by bob on 9th Apr 2015

Our chef, Tony Finnestad, fields questions from a reporter in the lead-up to our Traverse City store's reopening. It's been boarded up for weeks and has been the scene of noisy, dusty construction work with a near-constant stream of contractors coming and going. But the day is finally here! The work is almost finished! Our fabulous, shiny, new Traverse City Embassy is ready to reopen its doors! We'll still be making some modifications to the store in the coming weeks, and we'll be having ...

Spring in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 19th Mar 2015

Ice formations on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Sleeping Bear Bay After a long, cold winter, spring is coming to northern Michigan! While there is still a chill in the air and doubtlessly more snow before summer, the sun is noticeably warmer and the piles of snow and ice are melting. If you picture spring in northern Michigan, you probably imagine blue skies, cherry blossoms, and tulips and daffodils. We're a long way from any of that right now. While we've had some beautiful, sunny days ...

The Cherry Republic Experience

Posted by bob on 6th Mar 2015

Camps for the kids and tours and events for the grown-ups will hopefully be a fun way to get more people to experience life in the Republic! Cherry Republic has a new addition coming in June. We have named it the Cherry Republic Experience and its goal will be to bring memorable and heartfelt events to customers all summer. We are buying a bus for this new venture and we hope to fill it up with large groups of happy kids during the day and families at night. There are three parts to the C ...

Lake Michigan Ice Cave Exploration

Posted by bob on 26th Feb 2015

For the second year in a row, frigid temperatures over Lake Michigan have left it nearly 60% frozen. Those cold temperatures coupled with the strong winds we've had over the past month are the perfect ingredients for the formation of ice caves. There were ice caves on Lake Michigan last year, but none had formed so far this year. Until last week, that is. Eric LaPaugh, owner of Leelanau Adventures, shot some footage from inside an ice cave near Glen Arbor and shared it with us. Inspired b ...

The Quest for the True Cherry Pie

Posted by bob on 5th Feb 2015

Our True Cherry Pie. Simple and delicious. They fly off the shelves as quickly as we can bake them. It's become one of our signature products. But few people enjoying a slice of our True Cherry Pie on a balmy summer's day know of the desperate 40-mile journey through the teeth of the worst blizzard of 2002 that led us to discover the secret. We'd been making a Cherry Pie for years, and our customers were happy with it. Then we tasted something better: a pie far superior to the standard go ...

A Skate to School Across Glen Lake

Posted by bob on 28th Jan 2015

Setting off on the annual hike to school Somehow, the stars aligned to make the whimsical and uniting annual Sutherland family walk to school happen in the middle of winter. We hiked on Tuesday and planned to take a shortcut across Big Glen Lake. I excitedly thought we would set a new record time for this seven-mile trek. And our secret would be skateable ice on Big Glen Lake. Colebrook, Hawthorn, and I did it as a threesome last year and the year before. This year, we had a new partic ...

The Holidays in the Republic

Posted by bob on 17th Dec 2014

Ahhh, the Great Hall is so peaceful this Wednesday morning while all that Christmas rush is happening in other parts of Cherry Republic. A brief thaw over the last week had us wondering if we'd miss out on a white Christmas this year. The snow melted, and even the ice on Little Glen – which had been thick enough to skate on – began to break up. But last night the weather turned again, delivering strong winds, stormy skies, and a couple of inches of fluffy white snow on the ground. So it t ...

Winter Comes Early to Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 17th Nov 2014

Early snow blanketing the meadow in front of D. H. Day Farm in November. Winter has returned to the Republic a little ahead of schedule this year. No sooner had the spectacularly colored leaves fallen from the trees than they were being covered by snow. The snow came in light sprinkles at first. A dusting at the end of October didn't stick around for long, but that's changing. An inch or two last week and continual flurries over the weekend have us looking out the frosty windows at a w ...

Kick Off the Holidays with Cherry Republic

Posted by bob on 3rd Nov 2014

Hard though it may be to believe, the holidays are just around the corner! Swing by your closest Cherry Republic on Friday, November 14 from 5-9 p.m. as we kick off the season in style. We'll be introducing (and sampling!) all of our delicious new holiday products and there'll be games, prizes, and a raffle. We'll also have an array of cherry foods and drinks created by our executive chef Tony Finnestad for you to try, which just might inspire you for your own holiday entertaining. We ...

Fall Around the Republic

Posted by bob on 30th Oct 2014

Fall colors surrounding the red barn at the Charles Olsen Farm in Port Oneida. It's hard for us to pick a favorite time of year up north in the Republic. But if you forced us to, we'd have to say "fall." It's so peaceful. The bustling crowds of summer have returned home and life up north returns to a more sedate pace. The weather is often beautiful with fair skies and mild temperatures. When the weather is not beautifully nice, it's often beautifully dramatic as autumnal squalls blow in a ...

Hiking Beautiful Alligator Hill

Posted by bob on 22nd Oct 2014

The breathtaking Islands Lookout on Alligator Hill affords a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Bay, the Manitou Islands, and South Fox Island. Alligator Hill is an often overlooked jewel in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Its nine miles of hiking trails loop their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan. Located smack in the middle of Glen Arbor, Alligator Hill has been driven past by almost every up north visitor. Driven over the Glen Lake Narro ...

Hiking the Bay to Bay Trail

Posted by bob on 16th Oct 2014

Breaking trail for the Bay to Bay Hiking and Kayaking Trail. Here Bob and the team hike through the dunes in Platte Bay with Empire Bluffs and Sleeping Bear Point in the distance. It's an epic hike. From south to north across the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hiking the Bay to Bay Trail will be an amazing experience. When we first heard about the proposed Bay to Bay Hiking and Kayak Trail we were excited. The trail's planned route ran from the south of the park all the wa ...

The Great Bay to Bay Trail-Breaking

Posted by bob on 25th Sep 2014

Just one of many amazing Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore views that we will enjoy during the hike. A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to Good Harbor Bay at the north end. While the project is not fully funded yet, we're hoping that the park will start building the trail a year from now and complete it by the summer of 2016. Naturally, ...