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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 ...

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 ...

Fall Color Tour of Leelanau County - Our Top Spots

Posted by andrewm on 5th Oct 2017

Northern Michigan's fall foliage is legendary, and Leelanau county might be the crowning jewel. While most visitors experience the soft summer hues of Caribbean blue waters, sparkling beige sands, and lush green forests, when summer ends and temps drop Autumn is ready to move in. Across the county, the foliage covering the rolling sandy landscape is slowly painted soft hues of gold, scarlet, purple, and orange, eventually giving way to an explosive peak of magical scenic transformation in mid ...

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. ...

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 ...

Glen Arbor Campus Expansion

Posted by andrewm on 23rd Aug 2017

At Cherry Republic, we have what you would call a good problem. We’ve been so blessed with visitors flocking to our Glen Arbor campus that we are, quite literally, bursting at the seams. We simply cannot squeeze any more customers into our store, winery, and cafe. And like many of our fellow Glen Arbor retailers and restaurateurs, we are fortunate to have the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore bringing so many new people to our little lakeside town.   We also realize that with all of ...

The Balaton Cherry - From France And Hungary, With Love

Posted by andrewm on 18th Aug 2017

You may be a self-professed tart cherry aficionado, but do you know how Traverse City and the surrounding area came to be known as the Cherry Capital of the World? And here’s a bonus question worthy of Trivia Night: Can you name the differences between a Montmorency and a Balaton cherry? Cherry Capital of the World Let’s start with the illustrious Cherry Capital title. In the mid-19th century, a Presbyterian missionary named Peter Dougherty was in search of a crop that would flourish in the sa ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Walk In The Woods... To School

Posted by andrewm on 15th Jun 2017

          Seven days before the Glen Lake Community School year ended, Colebrook, Hawthorn and I completed our annual walk to school.  I think this photo of our eleven year old taking a break at the Alligator Hill overlook perfectly captured this beautiful day and our world class commute. Colebrook looking over Lake Michigan. We happened to walk by Grammy’s house at the start of our walk.  We caught her in her pink bathrobe on her way to pick up her paper. Grammy, getti ...

Cherry Republic Arrives in Holland

Posted by andrewm on 30th Mar 2017

          We are excited to announce that our newest store in the beautiful town of Holland, in southwest Michigan, is set to open in only a few short weeks! Located at 29 W. Eighth Street in the heart of downtown Holland, the storefront is ideally located and has some great architectural detail. Our new Holland storefront. Our team has been working day and night over the last few weeks to get the store up and running. There's still quite a bit of work to do but the floo ...

Cherry Fun Facts

Posted by bob on 8th Feb 2017

In celebration of National Cherry Month, we put together a fun blog of facts about the world’s greatest fruit.  Did you know that the reason Broadway Street in New York City shifts west at E. 10th street is because a cherry tree once sat there?  Here are more facts to impress your friends with. Cherries are a stone fruit that belong to the rose family.  They are related to plums and more distantly to peaches and nectarines.  Cherries have been enjoyed since the Stone Age. The word "c ...

A Look in the Charlevoix Store

Posted by bob on 19th Jan 2017

Please Join Us at Cherry Republic’s Fire Sale Fundraiser!   10% of all sales this weekend will go to the City of Charlevoix to help in the recovery efforts after two major downtown fires in just over a month.  Any customer that orders at Cherry Republic’s website or calls in or comes into our stores will help raise money.   The state fire marshall let Bob and Tamie (Our manager) into our Charlevoix store and below is a short blog with photos of what they saw.  All of our cherry products have be ...