Friday, September 29, 2017

Wine Emporium/BC Provisions to add Fustini's tasting bars

The staff at Boyne Country Provisions/the Wine Emporium & Market is excited to announce that are again be offering the great products of Fustini's Oils and Vinegars. Although Fustini's closed its Boyne City retail store at the end of September, The Wine Emporium has installed two Fustini's "tasting bars" (pictured).
"We are excited about this opportunity," says Fustini's Founder/Owner Jim Milligan. "Ed and Kristine Brehm at Boyne Country Provisions carry a large array of quality wines and edibles. Adding our oils and vinegars is a natural fit."
The Wine Emporium is offering customers the Top 10 Fustini's favorite oils and vinegars, as well as 3 fresh crush single varietal extra virgin olive oils, Fustini's cookbooks and accessories. Customers are able to taste all of the delicious products free of charge in the Wine Emporium deli area. Pricing is the same as in the Fustini's retail stores, and qualified purchases count towards the Fustini's Frequent Buyer Club member rewards programs. In addition, customers may order any of Fustini's extensive product line and pick them up at the store at no additional charge. Fustini's products make perfect gifts for the "foodie" on your holiday gift giving list.
The Wine Emporium & Market is located at 123 Water Street. They are open 364 days a year; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
> The Fustini's store location at 120 Water Street is now available for rent. Anyone interested should contact Wes Dilworth at 231-582-6886 or Flier with details.

RE/MAX transitions to North Harbor Real Estate in Boyne City

Long-time Boyne City Realtor Jeff Wellman is excited to announce the transition from RE/MAX Resort Properties to North Harbor Real Estate. "For the past 25 years our company and associates have been honored to work with RE/MAX, building strong relationships with business associates, and serving our clients in the community.
In addressing both the current market shift and future demands, we have decided to emphasize the luxury market that is quickly evolving in the Northern Michigan region. Wellman announced a new partnership with Jay and Lora Higdon, who have doctorates in organizational leadership training and experience in global real estate. "We will work together to support and build a real estate team that can service customers of all levels and address lifestyle needs," Wellman said. "The team, community commitment and personalized service continue with a focus on enhanced leadership training and customer service in the local and global real estate market.
Wellman noted that his long-time RE/MAX co-owner Gary Deters will continue as part of the sales team. " I'm thrilled and I can speak for everyone at North Harbor Real Estate; that we are grateful you will continue being part of our team as you transition from ownership to full-time sales.  Thank you for your honesty in every situation. Thank you for teaching us all to live with the highest of integrity. Thank you for your incredible patience when sales agents, staff and myself ask your advice daily. No matter how busy you are, you always take time to help."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

20 choices for Boyne Appétit Restaurant Week

Locals and visitors alike have the chance to try new restaurants and food products from 20 participating businesses Oct. 16-22 in celebration of Boyne Appétit! Restaurant Week. Boyne area businesses are preparing amazing menu specials and offers to be featured for one week only.
"This is the fourth Restaurant Week that we have offered since Boyne Appétit! was organized two years ago," said Cynthia Boal Janssens, volunteer coordinator of the event. "We find that the community really supports this and that the restaurants are quite busy in what is usually a somewhat slow business period." Click here for details on each restaurant's special offers.
Participants include:
  7 Monks Taproom
  B.C. Pizza North & South
  Barrel Back
  Bella Vita
  Big E's Smoke Shack
  Boyne City Bakery
  Boyne City Taproom
  Boyne Country Provisions/The Wine Emporium & Market
  Boyne River Inn
  Cafe Sant
  Everett's at Boyne Mountain
  Forty Acres Tavern at Boyne Mountain
  Friggy's SoBo Pub
  Pine Lake Lodge
  Red Mesa Grill
  Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen
  The Venue Sports Bar at BC Lanes
  Thick 'N' Juicy Diner
  Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria at Boyne Mountain
  Whi-Ski Inn
> Boyne Appétit! Restaurant Week is sponsored by the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce and Boyne City Main Street.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

City approves Phase 1 of Veterans Park Pavilion Project

The Boyne City City Commission approved Phase 1 of the Veterans Park Pavilion Project at their meeting on August 29th. Phase 1 will include expansion of the footprint of the pavilion as well as removal of the fireplace and patching of the roof. The overall facade of the pavilion will be updated to tie in to the look of the new city facilities building.

In a memo to the City Commission, City Manager Michael Cain stated, "Working with Ray Kendra of Environmental Architects, the committee explored various options off the original designs to reduce costs and break it into phases while ultimately meeting the project's original objectives."

The project was awarded to local contracting company Kroondyk Construction, for a cost of $244,405.71. Work will begin right after Labor Day, and will be completed by May 1, 2018. Bob Kroondyk of Kroondyk Construction has stated he anticipates having the work completed faster than what was specified. The pavilion will not be open to the public during construction.

The ad-hoc pavilion committee, made up of several community members, will seek additional funds though grant opportunities and fundraising efforts to make future phases of the pavilion project a reality.

"The committee couldn't be more thrilled to have the community's vision of the Pavilion Project move forward," stated Becky Harris, committee member and Farmers Market manager.

Future phases would allow for modifications to the restrooms, a commercial kitchen and elimination of some, or all, of the support posts, to create a wide-open community event space.

For more information about the pavilion project, or to donate towards Phase 2, contact Kelsie King-Duff at

Bob Mathers Ford celebrates 100-year anniversary

The auto dealership that ultimately became Bob Mathers Ford was originally started on September 22,1917. And they will be celebrating that 100-year anniversary from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2017. It has been Bob Mathers Ford since 1973, and here’s the history of how that came about.

A century ago, the dealership was called Northern Auto Company. Bob Mathers worked there during his high school years in the late 1940's. Later, while living and working in Flint, he met Shirley Cunningham, and they were married in her hometown of Charlevoix on December 19, 1953. Bob and Shirley started their family in Flint where Cheri, Trish and Wendy were born. In 1962, they returned to Boyne, where Bob Jr. was born. They opened Mathers Sinclair on the corner of Lake Street and Water Street where Fifth Third Bank is now located. Robert repaired and sold used cars at his gas station and in 1972 they purchased the Body Shop from the Ford garage. The following year in the fall of 1973 Bob and Shirley purchased Dick Coté Ford and changed the name to Bob Mathers Ford. They sold the gas station in 1975 to the William Lindsay, who converted it to an insurance office. Robert G. Mathers passed away at the age of 76 on April 8th, 2005. Shirley passed away March 19, 2008, at the age of 76.

The dealership is now owned by the four Mathers siblings - Robert, Cheri, Trish and Wendy. Robert is now the General Manager, and daughter Wendy Mathers Reidel is the office manager. Robert and Wendy have been with the dealership since 1979 and 1981, respectively. The dealership has gone through several changes throughout the years, but the focus on customer satisfaction has always stayed the same.

> Historic pictures and more family history, including the story of how In 1936 Robert F. Mathers bought a 1935 two-door Ford from Northern Auto, trading in a cow, a 1929 Chevrolet and some cash. To close the deal Mathers then walked the cow to Deer Lake where John Parker, the dealership manager, had a farm.

> News-Review feature story.