Monday, May 8, 2017

Perking up: Coffee shop to add Boyne City, EJ locations

From the Petoskey News-Review: An expansion effort is brewing for a Northern Michigan coffee shop, which plans to soon open new outlets in East Jordan and Boyne City to complement its downtown Petoskey location. 

"We are so passionate about Northern Michigan and excited to be expanding into two more really cool towns!" said Brittany McNeil, who owns North Perk Coffee with husband, John. "Though the vibes are pretty different, both East Jordan and Boyne City drew us in because we felt like they had niches ready and waiting for a coffee shop: a need for open, casual work and meeting spaces for the community to nestle into." 

The McNeils aim to open the East Jordan location at 101 Main St. around mid-May. It will be situated in local development group Cannonball's new business complex at the corner of Main and Mill streets.

North Perk's owners hope to have the Boyne City location - at 202 S. Lake St., next to the 7 Monks Taproom beer bar - ready to open around late June. "Boyne City has been steadily growing and we’ve watched other strong businesses open locations and do well while serving and adding to the community, and we are excited to add more value to downtown Boyne with our shop," McNeil said. Full story.  North Perk website

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Boyne Theater restoration plans revealed

From the Petoskey News-Review: An April 29th event at the Boyne Theater brought glimpses of restoration plans for the building, and also generated more than $7,500 to benefit the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. Theater owner Rich Bergmann revealed plans for the property on Saturday. The original venue opened in 1904 and became a movie theater in 1907. In 1916, it was cleaned and remodeled before being sold by the family in 1927, and renamed the Boyne Theater. The theater operated until 2006. While renovations are costly, the renovated building will have promising features both inside and out. Blueprints for a one-room theater include features such as a projection screen, theater seating for 290 people, a performance stage, a dance area, a bar with seating, new restrooms and handicap accessibility. The rehabilitated venue will feature hospitality service and have use of a liquor license. Full story.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Five candidates for three City Commission positions

City candidates

Five candidates will be competing for three Boyne City Commission seats in the November election. Filing petitions by the April 25th deadline were: Chad Culver, 1035 Lakeview Dr.; incumbent Ron Grunch, 400 Silver St.; Sally Page, 817 E. Main St.; Andy Smith, 6 W. Main St.; and Dean Solomon, 859 Deer Run Dr. Incumbents Laura Sansom and Gene Towne are not running for reelection, so there will be at least two new commissioners. We asked each candidate to provide us with some brief background information:
> CHAD CULVER - I am excited with the opportunity to serve the people of Boyne City. I have lived in Boyne City for 20 years with two children going through our school system and two more currently in high school and middle school. My main goal is to find a way to help our citizens by supporting your voice as our community continues to grow and evolve. After over 20 years in public education, I now own and operate a car wash in town as well as work for Bluegreen Resorts at Boyne Mountain. My family and I love Boyne City and want only the best for our beautiful small town and those visiting our city. I would be proud to serve as City Commissioner and am interested in hearing the concerns of residents.
> RON GRUNCH is the only incumbent running for reelection. He has served on the City Commission for 18 years, include a period as mayor. "My motivation is to 'keep the dream alive. We have a great team working for you - city staff and management, City Commission, Team Boyne, and the greatest group of volunteers in Northern Michigan. Boyne City has a great business model. And I would like to, God willing, continue as a member."
> SALLY PAGE - "My roots in Northern Michigan date back to 1962, but my permanent move back to the area came in 1987 when my husband and I moved from New Mexico to Harbor Springs and I became Office Manager for the Emmet County Prosecutor's Office in Petoskey. I held that position until I retired in 2013. For the last 12 years I have lived in Boyne City. I moved here to be closer to my children, who both lived in Boyne City at that time. My daughter Liz has been co-owner of Lake Street Market since 2004. At the urging of friends in the community, I decided to run for city commissioner because I felt that my years of government experience spanning 40 years would lend itself well to such an undertaking. My goal for Boyne City would be to make it serve all its citizens, and to involve the entire community, from the youngest to the oldest. I believe that a strong community spirit, including those who have lived here all their lives and those who are relatively new, is vital to that success."
> ANDY SMITH - " I have been living year-round in Northern Michigan for three years, but have been spending portions of my years in Boyne City since 1999. My career in Northern Michigan began with Boyne Resorts. I currently work for the Round Lake Group, LLC, managing marketing efforts for the Boyne City Taproom, the Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company, and the Bridge Street Taproom. I see serving as a commissioner as a great opportunity to get involved in the community and help share my ideas and opinions on how we can all work together to grow the community in sustainable and successful ways. I would like to work with the community to find ways to facilitate sustainable growth as one of the premier cities in Northern Michigan. Boyne City is not just a beautiful vacation destination, it is an incredible place to call home and offers a multitude of recreational pursuits of wellness. I will work with the community to further develop these healthy outlets for people, young and old alike."
> DEAN SOLOMON is the recently retired head of the Boyne City MSU Extension office. "Since moving to Boyne City 11 years ago, my family and I have grown to love the area - its beauty, friendly people, and can-do attitude. We truly live in a special place. I'm really excited about the possibility of serving on the City Commission and helping Boyne City continue to grow and meet our future challenges."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Visitors Guide promotes Boyne Area 20,000 times

The Boyne Area Chamber's new Visitors Guide/Business Directory has just arrived, featuring a birds-eye photo of a Stroll the Streets car show on Water Street last August. The Chamber will distribute 20,000 copies of the new guide to members, highway Welcome Centers and high-traffic locations around Northern Michigan. "We encourage our members to keep the guide handy and to support the businesses and organizations listed in it," said Chamber Executive Director Ashley Cousens. The publication was produced by Harbor House Publishers in cooperation with the chamber. It is also available as a digital magazine, which contains interactive content, including page-turning, links to websites and video, as well as a full search function. To view the digital publication click here. Help us promote local businesses and the Boyne Area by spreading the word. Why not include this link as part of your email signature?
> MOBILE APP - The Visitors Guide mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store. Search for Boyne Visitors Guide and download to your iPhone or iPad.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boyne City Farmers Market opens outdoor season

Boyne City Main Street is pleased to announce the Boyne City Farmers Market outdoor season will start Saturday, May 6. More than 35 vendors will be in attendance for opening day of the outdoor season, in Veterans Park. Market hours are 8 a.m. to Noon. The first Wednesday market of the season will take place May 10 and the outdoor market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday, throughout the summer. 

During peak season the market features more than 65 regular vendors - all local, serving seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs; gourmet baked goods and preserves; eggs and cheese; honey and maple syrup; proteins, fish, potted annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, and cut flowers; plus a juried craft market with unique hand-made items for your home or a special gift.

“We are really excited to move back outside for the season” said Market Manager Erica Tosch. “The amount of fresh local produce already available is amazing, and we’re getting more every week.”

The market will be accepting Bridge Cards (SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for the sixth year. Customers swipe their card at the market booth and receive tokens to shop with. Eligible foods include all SNAP eligible food products, just like in the grocery store. The market also partners with Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program. The program allows for up to $20 per market day in SNAP assistance to be matched dollar-for-dollar. For example, if a customer swipes their Bridge Card for $20 in tokens, the $20 will be given to them, plus another $20 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens, to spend at the market.

“Doubling the value of SNAP assistance spent at our market helps people bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s really a great program as it helps low-income consumers eat healthier, local farmers gain new customers, and more food dollars stay in the local economy,” Tosch said.

The 4rd Annual Food Truck Rally will take place Thursday, July 13 from 6-9 pm at Veterans Park. Over 25 local food and beverage stations as well as live music will fill the park. The cost is $10 per person, which includes two beverage tickets. Children under 12 are free.

The Friends Farm Meals are always a highlight of the season, breaking bread and toasting the farmers and others who make Michigan’s agricultural community so vibrant. This year’s event on August 12 will take place at Bear Creek Organic Farm and features food from Pigs Eatin’ Ribs. Look for more information at the market booth. Proceeds raised from these events will be used to help fund the Community Pavilion.

The Boyne City Farmer’s Market is a program of the Boyne City Main Street and governed by an eleven member committee consisting of vendors and community members. For more information on the market, visit or contact market manager Erica Tosch at 231-330-0139 or Main Street at 231-582-9009.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bliss Salon & Spa opening on Lake Street

Dana Betchek
Bliss Salon & Spa will open Tuesday, April 11 at 210 S. Lake Street, Suite B. The salon will be offering salon and spa services including hair, nails, skin and massage. Owner Dana Betchek has had impressive success with her original Bliss location in Gaylord. "We've had tremendous growth. When I started three years ago, it was just me and two staff members, and now we have 12 people on staff." Asked why she chose Boyne City for her first expansion location, Dana said, "I've been in love with Boyne City for a long time. We come over to Boyne on weekends and I've really been impressed with how the downtown keeps growing and improving." Besides Dana, who specializes in hair styling, her staff in Boyne City will include Mechelle Gardner, specializing in nails; Dawn Jones, who has 19 years experience doing massage; and Megan Mollette, specializing in hair and eyelash extensions. Dana is excited to get the new business up and running and she is planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting in June. Phone  (231) 497-6066  |

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meet and greet new Main Street director in new office

Kelsie King-Duff
Everyone is invited to come check out the new Main Street office at 120 Water Street and meet the new director, Kelsie King-Duff from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13th. Fustini's will be providing snacks, featuring an array of their different products. Main Street and Fustini's are excited to partner for this event, and want to show off the new Main Street office, which is located inside Fustini's. Kelsie King-Duff started as the Main Street executive director January 30th after being selected from a field of over 40 applicants for the position. More about the new director To contact Kelsie at the Main Street office, call 231-582-9009 or email