The Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerces Gingerbread contest, hosted at Staffords Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs, was a rousing success this year, with a record 26 entries in six categories. Winners were asked to choose a charity of choice that would benefit from donations connected to the success of their gingerbread creation; this twist in the event raised $2,489 for local, national, and international non-profit groups. The R.F.C. Fire Rescue Team won the Peoples Choice Award. The Chamber hopes that the contest will contine to grow in following years.
CUPPA JOE CONTINUES
Cuppa Joe is set to open a fourth Cuppa Joe coffee house, with the next one set to join Traverse Citys trendy warehouse district in February. Located next to the InsideOut Gallery, the coffee house is planning to outfit itself with comfortable furnishings, small plate snacks, and a schedule of weekly events, including a TV Dinner night. The newest Cuppa Joe is positioning itself as an alternative to the smoky local bar scene, and may also feature a Clover, a high-end, single-cup coffee brewer that would be one of only two Clovers in Michigan.
GREAT MUSIC, WORTHY CAUSE
There will be a special performance of the Michigan Technological University Jazz Lab Band at the Traverse City Opera House on January 8 at 7:30 p.m. in support of the Traverse City Music Boosters, which awards nearly $10,000 annually in scholarships and mini-grants to TCAPS Junior and Senior high school students and teachers in band, orchestra, and choir. Proceeds this year are being earmarked equally between the Adrian Morris and Christian DeWitt Memorial Scholarships, and the event is hoping to get as many people in the seats as possible to both enjoy the show and contribute to this worthy and non-profit cause.
POINTE CONTINUES TO DAWDLE
The Downtown Management Board of Petoskey voted yes on allowing the Petoskey Pointe developers to have their deadline moved, enabling them to continue moving forward on Petoskey Pointe. Previously, their deadline was supposed to be October 2008; now, theyve been given until the end of 2009 to complete the shell portion of the slow-moving upscale hotel/condo/shops complex.
TCS DOWNTOWN IS A WINNER
A recent survey by the Traverse City Business News indicates that there is a strong support of the downtown shopping area by local residents, with over half of those surveyed saying that they do shop downtown for household or business once a month or more. Downtown was also given a much higher rating than other local retail areas such as Meijer and the Grand Traverse Mall. The most suggested improvement made by those surveyed was to offer longer shopping hours downtown; now that the State Theater has reopened and more new restaurants are moving in, it may be only a matter of time before foot traffic will indeed be able to support later evenings in the downtown area.
ALERT CAB RETURNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A successful program known as ALERT CAB, implemented in 1986 during the Christmas and New Year holidays to improve highway safety and to reduce drunk driving will return to Grand Traverse County and Cadillac city limits this holiday season for the 22nd consecutive year.
ALERT CAB, which is done in cooperation with taverns and restaurants in Grand Traverse County and Cadillac city limits, provides free rides home for patrons who are faced with a potential impaired driving situation. Participating operators of taverns or restaurants are provided with a confidential telephone number, which can be used to call for a ride to take a patron home at no charge.
ALERT CAB is underwritten by H. Cox and Son, Inc. in cooperation with Cherry Capitol Cab Co., Celtic Cab Co., 24/7 Cab Co., Chippewa Cab Co., Cadillac Cab Co., and Taverns/Restaurants in the Traverse City and Cadillac area.
ALERT CAB will be in operation December 21st through December 31st between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am. On New Years Eve the program will run until 4:00am.
We do want to stress that the ALERT CAB program is not a substitute for responsible drinking. By working together, we hope to add to the margin of safety by providing an alternative to patrons who have consumed too much to get behind the wheel.