Author: Katie Birecki

Gaylord Fit Body Boot Camp Helps Local Restaurants, Community with New Program

Times have been tough for businesses this past year, especially restaurants, and one business, who is struggling themselves, wants to make sure the community getting the support they need. “We really sympathize and we feel what the restaurant industry is going through,” said Gaylord and Petoskey Fit Body Boot Camp co-owner Jason Mathias. Like many other businesses during this pandemic,…

Grand Traverse Youth Advisory Council Creates Social Media Campaign For Child Abuse Prevention

The Council started the #MakeNoise campaign—a three part video series focusing on teaching their peers about topics such as technology safety and child abuse. The Youth Council, made up of high school juniors and seniors, does all the research, writing and teaching in the videos. While the youth are focused on sharing their findings with their peers, and the public,…

Reed City Rotary Club Starts Relief Fund for Local Restaurants

The Reed City Rotary Club is helping the city’s local businesses through a fundraiser. They created the Reed City Rotary Relief Fund for restaurants, after being inspired by Barstool Sports’ Relief Fund that’s helping restaurants across the country. All the money raised stays in the Reed City community. The focus for the fundraiser is on local restaurants, however, the group…

Families Against Narcotics Benzie-Manistee Support Group Help Those Struggling During Pandemic

A narcotics support group based downstate called Families Against Narcotics formed a chapter in Manistee and Benzie county in December 2019. “FAN is a group that provides support to families who have a member who is struggling with addiction,” said Board President Daryl Goodman. “Whether it’s a family who has a member that has recovered from addiction or is currently…

Elk Rapids DDA Launches Community Listening Campaign for Area Businesses

The Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is launching a new campaign in hopes to better their community as a whole. They’re calling it the community listening campaign, where businesses can provide input on how the DDA can better support the community. “The DDA is really going into it to make sure that our ears are open,” said DDA Chair…

Winter Weather Allows Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal to Harvest Grapes for Their Ice Wine

The chill of the winter weather is the perfect time for workers at Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City to harvest grapes for their Ice Wine. “We’re at nine degrees right now, so it’s pretty cold,” said Director of Marketing Kyle Brownley. “That’s pretty important for us to be able to do our Ice Wine harvest.” The process to get…

West Shore Community College Partners with Local Organizations on New Collaborative Community Space

West Shore Community College recently finished construction on their new Manistee downtown center. “It’s kind of going to be another catalyst for development in downtown,” said Stacie Bytwork, President and CEO of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. The college, along with their partners Northwest Michigan Works! and the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, had the idea for this new…

Local Restaurants Prepare for Super Bowl Customers

This year’s Super Bowl the matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers may look a little different for restaurants and bars as they deal with limited crowds and a set 10 pm closing time. “In years past, we’ve had parties here where we do hors d’oeuvres and that kind of thing,” said Sunny’s Bar and Grill owner Jesse Kailing. “I’m curious…