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  • Natures Engineers Versus The Park Service

    The Leelanau County Road Commission per the National Park Service has pretty much given up trying to outwit the beavers, and as there is another route to get through, it looks as though the flooding over that section of road is permanent. Read more...

  • Traverse City's Grand Reopening

    It was a long time coming, but our Traverse City Embassy's remodeling was finally completed last month. We celebrated a grand reopening last week for what is now a flagship store the equal of Glen Arbor. I was joined by staff members and many friends in marking the occasion with food and festivities. Read more...

  • What's New Up North This Summer

    A lot has happened locally over the past few months. If you’re returning for summer, here’s a sampling of what you’ll notice. Read more...

  • Happy Mother's Day

    Bob's mom is one of the icons of Cherry Republic, and indeed, of Glen Arbor. Here she and Bob discuss growing up in the area and some of her thoughts on family. Mother Mary tells us what it was like to raise, in her words, "Six ornery children." Read more...

  • Boomer the Bear

    The bear has been around for ages, but he's lacked a name until now. We asked for suggestions from our Orchard Report readers, and hundreds poured in. After whittling the nominations down to a short list, you weighed in with your votes and we have a winner. Read more...

  • The Pursuit of Perfection

    We went back to basics with our new Cherry Blossom Lemon Cake, making it by hand with the finest ingredients. Sadly, we’re not going to have enough of them. Please accept our apologies if you’re not one of the lucky few who get to enjoy this cake this year. If you are able to get one, it is our hope that this taste of spring brings the same joy that we experienced in getting back to basics. Read more...

  • Name the Bear: 5 Finalists

    We’re one step closer to naming our mascot. Thanks to the great suggestions we received, we’ve narrowed the list to the five favorites. Now it’s up to you. Read more...

  • Rules for Grandmothers

    Grandchildren are adorable, wonderful, imaginative and brilliant. But being a grandmother is no easy task. With a few years of experience, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade. Here are some ideas for getting the best out of your grandkids – with the least friction from their parents. Read more...

  • Name the Cherry Republic Bear

    Can you think of a good name for the Cherry Republic bear? If so, let us know in the comments below. If we like your suggestion the best, you'll win a gift box specially picked out for you by Bob. Read more...

  • Traverse City Cherry Republic's Grand Remodeling

    It's been boarded up for weeks and has been the scene of noisy, dusty construction work with a near-constant stream of contractors coming and going. But the day is finally here! The work is almost finished! Our fabulous, shiny, new Traverse City Embassy is ready to reopen its doors! Read more...