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New Charlevoix Store - A First Look

Posted by andrewm on 7th Jun 2018

After years of renovation due to a devastating fire (no one was injured), on Thursday, June 7, 2018 Cherry Republic of Charlevoix opened its doors for the first time. Here are some photos of the store as Cherry Ambassadors from far and wide prepare it for those summertime Charlevoix visitors. But photos can only do so much justice, stop by and see it for yourself! Planting flags in the exterior of our Charlevoix store. Front shot of Charlevoix store. Checkout counter in Charlevoix ...

Some Northern Winter Fun

Posted by andrewm on 16th Feb 2018

        It has been a few years since our winter has been cold enough to produce abundant Lake Michigan ice.  We saw it a few days ago while hiking Pyramid Point.  I knew we would be on a beach soon to explore all the beautiful blue and winter whiteness.   There was so much variety -- from bright blue puddles like this... .... to dense pack ice that has filled Sleeping Bear Bay and half the Manitou Passage... ... to a frozen beach with big chunks of sandy ice ...

Detroit Tigers In The Republic

Posted by andrewm on 26th Jan 2018

A line of eager Detroit Tigers fans snaked through our Traverse City store and down Front Street yesterday afternoon, hoping for the chance to snap a selfie with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Alan Trammell and pitchers Shane Greene and Daniel Stumpf as the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan rolled into Northern Michigan. The three players happily served up free samples of cherry pie, ice cream and Sour Cherry Patches for about 30 minutes, while chatting with fans and posing for photos. The spirited event ...

Now Is The Time to Protect our National Lands

Posted by andrewm on 6th Dec 2017

"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." -- Wallace Stegner, Writer & Historian Photo credit to Scott Thomsen. One day last week, I needed to clear my head. I stepped out of my office, jogged the short distance toward the water, and was at the Lake Michigan shoreline in minutes. I spent the next hour walking the beach, breathing in the wonder of this majestic body of fresh water, and fee ...

The 31 Days of Giving

Posted by andrewm on 1st Dec 2017

Cherry Republic is proud to announce the 50+ worthwhile recipients of our 2017 31 Days of Giving.  Our donations are focused on environmental and agricultural organizations with vision. This year, we introduce a new mission of ours --  In five years, Cherry Republic will be powered by 100% local renewable energy.  We hope to contribute to organizations that share the same values, but we all have five years to get there.  Check back each day around 12 P.M. EST as we recognize and reward a new ...

The Joy of Giving

Posted by andrewm on 17th Nov 2017

The holiday season is here, and at Cherry Republic we’ve had “joy” on our minds. The joy of living in Northern Michigan … the joy of two terrific cherry crops in a row … the joy of a successful summer and fall season (thanks to all of you). But perhaps most importantly, we are focused on the joy of giving. After all, nothing feels better than brightening someone’s world with a heartfelt gift of ruby red morsels of joy from the happy lands of Northern Michigan.   And so, with joy in our hearts ...

Introducing our Ship From Store Program

Posted by andrewm on 2nd Nov 2017

‘Ship From Store’ This Holiday Season There’s just something satisfying about plucking the perfect items from a store shelf, filling your basket to the brim, and watching while those treasures are carefully packed by Cherry Republic’s friendly staff into gift boxes, addressed, and placed in the outgoing mail. There’s no wondering if your gifts end up in the right box. No gift wrapping marathon on a wobbly card table. No grueling trip to the Post Office or UPS store. Just the satisfact ...

A Few of Our Favorite Fall Things

Posted by Mary W on 13th Oct 2017

Fall is one of the shortest yet most spectacular seasons of the year in Northern Michigan. And if steamy summer days stretch on through September and biting winds start blowing ahead of schedule in early November, you might just blink and miss this glorious time of year! All the more reason to be purposeful about squeezing in autumn activities while you can. To help you stay ahead of these fleeting fall days, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite autumn adventures. Pick one or two, or ...

Winners Announced! 2017 Summer Photo Contest

Posted by andrewm on 7th Sep 2017

We received hundreds of amazing submissions during our 2017 Summer Photo Contest. Each and every photo beautifully captured our motto Life, Liberty, Beaches, and Pie, and we loved seeing how you experience it.   From beautiful shots of nature at its finest, to family portraits with many smiling faces and kids freely eating their slice of cherry pie with no hands, we saw it all. Grand Prize Winner   But we're happy to announce that Linda Wallman of Columbus, Georgia is t ...

A Toast to Resilience: Glen Arbor and the Storm of 2015

Posted by Mary W on 4th Aug 2017

August 2, 2017, marked the second anniversary of the Glen Arbor Storm of 2015. In a way, it's hard to believe it's been two years. Yet when I consider how far we've come since that fateful day, my heart is full of pride for our community. I think it's important to look back, though, and revisit the raw emotions of that time.  The Storm The Storm of 2015 was a sudden and devastating event that rocked our idyllic village to its core that steamy summer afternoon. Crushing winds reached 100 mph ...

2017 Summer Photo Contest

Posted by andrewm on 15th Jun 2017

Sunset over St. Joseph's Lighthouse in early-May 2017. Photo credit to Laurie B. Tell me more... Here in the Republic, we live by the motto Life, Liberty, Beaches and Pie. We try to define it, but what makes it special is that it means something different to each person. So what does Life, Liberty, Beaches, and Pie mean to you? Can you capture its spirit? Did you witness the perfect sunset? Hike the Dune Climb with your children for the first time? Spend a few weeks kayaking the Michigan c ...