Isle Royale named in National Geographic’s Best of the World 2021 list

National Geographic placed the remote Lake Superior island on its recently released “Best of the World" list for 2021. The list includes 25 spots around the globe considered to be “amazing places to inspire future journeys and remind us why we love to travel.” In naming Isle Royale to the list, National Geographic describes the island as

Isle Royale named in National Geographic’s Best of the World 2021 list2021-05-23T17:30:03-04:00

Boyne City Main Street earns national downtown revitalization award

Boyne City Main Street is a winner of the 2020 Great American Main Street Award  (GAMSA) presented by National Main Street Center Inc. The GAMSA award recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the

Boyne City Main Street earns national downtown revitalization award2021-05-23T16:13:05-04:00

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale named America’s best beer for 2020

 Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is, yet again, the best beer in America. Bell’s Brewery brought home top honors for the fourth year in a row in the 2020 Best Beers in American survey, conducted by Zymurgy magazine, a publication of the American Homebrewers Association

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale named America’s best beer for 20202021-05-23T16:05:31-04:00

2 Detroit-owned Black Startups receive $50,000 grants from Google

Two Detroit startups are among the nationwide recipients of $50,000 cash grants for minority-owned businesses from internet search giant Google LLC. The grants are part of the $5 million Google for Startups Black Founders Fund. They went to Alerje LLC, a medical technology and digital health company, and Raxplay LLC, a virtual reality music venue.

2 Detroit-owned Black Startups receive $50,000 grants from Google2021-05-23T15:58:29-04:00

Traverse City named #10 Most Arts Vibrant Middle Size Community in Midwest

SMU DataArts, a national center for arts research at Southern Methodist University, released its sixth annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand and government support for the arts in each city. Traverse City took the #10 spot on the list for communities of its size in

Traverse City named #10 Most Arts Vibrant Middle Size Community in Midwest2021-05-23T16:02:31-04:00

Loaded Dice

The Great Beer State is home to another new brewery. Loaded Dice in Troy typically has between four and eight taps flowing on any given day, and a food truck nearby to satisfy your hunger. It's located at 1725 Rochester Rd.

Loaded Dice2021-07-31T23:00:01-04:00

Oak and Reel

Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood will welcomed another dining option to its growing ranks with the opening of Oak and Reel. Despite current capacity limits, the eatery has chosen to offer a prix fixe menu where customers pay a set price and don’t need to necessarily rush through their dinner. It's located at 2921 East Grand Blvd in

Oak and Reel2021-07-31T15:35:08-04:00

Freakin’ Pickles

Freakin’ Pickles is now open in Au Gres. The pickles-only, counter-service retail shop serves these 12 flavors: double dill, old fashion dill, garlic, hot garlic, xtra hot garlic, bread and butter, hot bread and butter, horseradish, thick and sweet, sweet heat, flaming dill and veggie mix.

Freakin’ Pickles2021-05-23T15:32:03-04:00

Sleeping Bear Dunes sets new visitor record

Undoubtedly spurred on by the pandemic, Sleeping Bear Dunes welcomed a record number of visitors in July. According to the National Park Service, 592,404 visitors came to visit.

Sleeping Bear Dunes sets new visitor record2021-05-20T01:31:10-04:00

Alchemi

Alchemi opened in the old Mr. B's Gastropub space at 215 S. Main Street in Royal Oak. It's being described as a "farm-to-table bistro" and will have American dishes, global fare, small plates and options for vegans and vegetarians.

Alchemi2021-05-20T01:01:03-04:00

Cheboygan company awarded $7 million Soo Lock contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $7 million contract to J.F Ryba Marine Construction Co. of Cheboygan to replace old WWII-era tainter valves at the Soo Locks. Tainter valves are used to control the flow of water used for raising and lowering the water level in the lock during a lockage.

Cheboygan company awarded $7 million Soo Lock contract2021-05-20T01:18:11-04:00

Black Star Farms named Best Wine Country Hotel by USA Today

The latest USA Today Readers’ Choice poll has declared the Inn at Black Star Farms to be America’s “Best Wine Country Hotel.” The boutique lodging destination is situated beside Black Star Farms’ Suttons Bay vineyard in the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula wine region. It took the top honor after readers voted on their favorites from a

Black Star Farms named Best Wine Country Hotel by USA Today2021-05-20T01:09:20-04:00

Sugar Lu’s

Sugar Lu's, a colorful candy store selling treats from across the world opened at 116 E. Main in Northville. It sells a variety of sweet goodies from taffy and candy sticks to imported candy from Asia.

Sugar Lu’s2021-05-20T01:22:41-04:00

4 Michigan breweries win medals at international beer competition

Four Michigan breweries took home medals at the 2020 New York International Beer Competition (NYIBC). In total, Michigan breweries took home one gold medal, two silver medals, four bronze medals and four individual awards for achievement in specific beer styles. Honorees included HomeGrown Brewing Company in Oxford, North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City, Third Monk Brewing

4 Michigan breweries win medals at international beer competition2021-05-18T16:35:02-04:00

Michigan captures eight top 10 spots in Business Facilities’ annual Rankings Report

Michigan has captured eight top 10 spots on Business Facilities’ 16th annual Rankings Report for 2020, including once again taking the #1 ranking for in the Automotive Manufacturing Strength category. The other top 10s include: Manufacturing Employment (#4), FDI-Investments (#5), Manufacturing Output percentage of GNP (#3), Gross Domestic Product (#10), Cybersecurity (#9), Opportunity Zones (#8) and Tech Jobs

Michigan captures eight top 10 spots in Business Facilities’ annual Rankings Report2021-05-18T16:19:26-04:00

Beyond of Ada

Part of the Sporthaus Collection, which includes Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, Beyond of Ada offers outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories for men, women and children. The Ada Village store can be found at 551 Settlers Drive.

Beyond of Ada2021-05-18T16:13:42-04:00

So Delish

A new bakery and cake shop, So Delish, has opened its doors in Livonia. It specializes in cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and rolls, and can be found in a strip mall at 33825 Five Mile Road.

So Delish2021-07-31T15:14:08-04:00

Wallethub names Ann Arbor as America’s most educated city

Ann Arbor has once again been named the most educated city in the United States, according to personal finance website WalletHub. To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across 11 metrics. The data ranged from share of adults aged 25 and older with a

Wallethub names Ann Arbor as America’s most educated city2021-05-18T11:14:53-04:00

Carhartt Workshop

Carhartt, a workwear clothing manufacturer founded in Detroit in 1889 that today is based in Dearborn, has launched the Carhartt Workshop, a collaborate community space located on the second floor of its flagship store at 5800 Cass Ave. in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. Through the workshop, community members will have free access to tools and landscaping equipment needed

Carhartt Workshop2021-05-18T11:06:47-04:00

3 Mackinac Island hotels rank in Midwest’s top 10

Travel & Leisure magazine chose three Mackinac Island hotel properties in among its rankings of The Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest. Not surprisingly the Grand Hotel ranks highest, coming in at the #2 spot, behind only the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois. Hotel Iroquois claimed the #3 spot, with Mission Point rounding out

3 Mackinac Island hotels rank in Midwest’s top 102021-05-18T10:29:47-04:00

Retro Rocks Pub

The popular Saginaw bar Retro Rocks Pub has opened a new location playing all of your favorite music videos from the 70s, 80s and 90s, while serving up affordable, but creative pub fare in a casual environment. It is located at 708 Saginaw Street in Bay City.

Retro Rocks Pub2021-07-31T15:56:54-04:00

Michigan honored with Silver Shovel Award for economic development

Michigan has been awarded a Silver Shovel Award for excellence in economic development and job creating projects by Area Development’s 15th Annual Gold & Silver Shovel Awards, announced today. Each year, the Shovel Awards recognize states that attract high-value investment projects that create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. Michigan received recognition in the

Michigan honored with Silver Shovel Award for economic development2021-05-17T15:14:43-04:00

Michigan snags 13th spot in Best & Worst States for Business rankings

Michigan has jumped 19 places as a top state to do business in Chief Executive magazine’s 16th annual Best & Worst States for Business survey, released this week. Coming in this year at No. 13 on the list, Michigan now claims the biggest single-year move in the ranking’s history. The Chief Executive rankings reflect CEO perceptions of

Michigan snags 13th spot in Best & Worst States for Business rankings2021-05-17T15:01:44-04:00

Michigan quickly becoming known as Arsenal of Health

During World War II, Detroit became known as the Arsenal of Democracy based on the incredible efforts of automotive companies to step up and support the war effort with planes, tanks, and other equipment. Today, Michigan is quickly becoming known as the Arsenal of Health with well over six hundred companies, large and small, retooling and ramping

Michigan quickly becoming known as Arsenal of Health2020-04-27T15:38:03-04:00

Educational resources for kids of all ages

Below you will find resources and ideas to help educate and entertain your kids during school closures and shelter at home orders. They are divided by category, though many overlap. ART Share Their Creativity with the neighborhood. More people are walking around these days, and all of us can use a little motivation and cheer. Have the

Educational resources for kids of all ages2020-05-08T16:53:42-04:00
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