Thursday, March 25, 2010

City approves funding for Dilworth study

The Boyne City Main Street program has received city approval to spend up to $25,000 in tax dollars to help fund a study for a developer’s proposed redevelopment of the landmark Wolverine Dilworth Inn. The Boyne City City Commission unanimously approved the expenditure at its regular semi-monthly meeting March 9. Recently, Landmark Development Company, a partnership made up of long-time Boyne City businessman Tom Johnson and former East Jordan City Manager David White, unveiled a plan to renovate and re-open the now closed hotel under a franchise agreement with the national hotel organization Choice Hotels. The nearly 100-year-old hotel has been closed for about 16 months and reopening or redeveloping it recently was at or near the top of lists of citizens’ concerns and priorities for the city gleaned from a public input session and online surveys.

Bird’s Nest opening new store, “Girls Club”

The Bird’s Nest will soon be opening a second Boyne City store, to be called "Girls Club." The store will have a pre-opening March 26 and 27 and the full opening will be Friday, April 2. Girls Club is located in the Bird’s Nest’s original location, across the street and down the alley from the current store. “We have been busy transforming the store into a nook just for girls,” said owner Holly Watson. “The store product emphasizes the celebration of being a girl, having a BFF, and being fabulous and classy. The store has just about everything a girl could want from age two to tween. Some items we will carry are purses, glosses, bath items, manicure kits, craft kits, BFF shirts, pearl jewelry, and girl-sized scarves.” Until Memorial Day weekend, hours will be limited to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 4. Become a fan on Facebook – search for "Boyne City Girls Club."

New name, new façade for “inspired living”

The downtown Boyne City store formerly named bali living imports has unveiled its newly remodeled storefront and its new name, inspired living. And they are celebrating with a Spring Clearance Sale. They were spotlighted in a recent story in the Petoskey News-Review:
Willingness to make a change is what led Leslie Neilson to Northern Michigan, and it's also what has kept her Boyne City business strong for the last 10 years. Neilson left a promising career in microbiology to move to Boyne City a decade ago with her husband, Paul Nicholls. Here, they opened their business, Bali &  Beyond, where they sold items found in villages during their trips to Bali. Soon after, they changed the name of the business to Bali Living Imports. And recently, they changed the name for a third time, to Inspired Living.
 Full story.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dental clinic offices coming to One Water Street

A statewide dental services organization, Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Inc. has announced its commitment to occupy the entire second floor of the new One Water commercial business space currently under development in downtown Boyne City. Occupancy is expected in late June or early July. Phase I of the One Water project, which is an undertaking of Catt Development, will include a selection of small retail shops along with Magnum Hospitality's new restaurant, Santé, which will have a European Bistro theme. In addition there will be a state-of-the-art 24-slip marina, operated this year by the Boyne City Municipal Marina. Phase II of the development, scheduled to break ground in the fall of 2010, will round out the new marina district of Boyne City with a 37-room hotel that will include 17 condominium suites overlooking Lake Charlevoix. Michigan Community Dental Clinics, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dental services corporation, operates 17 public health dental clinics statewide, serving people on Medicaid and low-income uninsured individuals at reduced rates. MCDC facilitates the development of dental facilities for local health departments, and operates the clinics on their behalf. With a total staff of over 160, which includes 46 dentists, 28 dental hygienists, and over 80 auxiliary staff, Michigan Community Dental Clinics served more than 50,000 individuals in 2009. The administrative staff in Boyne will number about 20 in July, and will grow over time with continued growth of the clinic network. The organization expects to add three new clinics to its network in 2010.
> For more information, contact Dr. Tom Veryser, MCDC Executive Director, at, or by phone 547-7656; or Glen Catt at

New European bistro to be named Cafe Santé

"As-yet-unnamed" no longer! Magnum Hospitality is thrilled to "toast" the name of their European-themed bistro, Santé, scheduled to open in late May or early June at the One Water project in downtown Boyne City. According to Magnum's website, "The thrill comes from finally having the naming process over - this was tougher than naming any of our children! "À votre santé!" translates from the French to "To your health!", and is commonly shortened to "à la votre!" or "Santé!". It is used in similar fashion to our "Cheers!", the German "Prost!", Spanish "Salud!", or Italian "Salute!" Whether it is a special occasion or the celebration of another day, Santé! will be the place to raise a glass in appreciation of good friends, family, health and life. The new café will feature artisan pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and classic fare from all of Europe..... Santé!