Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Healthy Alternatives

Kristi Kates - August 22nd, 2011
A Healthy Alternative in Petoskey
By Kristi Kates
“I think that sometimes people just buy an item because they saw it on television,” chuckles Healthy Alternatives founder/owner Wade Kelso, whose store has become a beacon of - as indicated by the store’s name - healthy products for people in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area and beyond.
But these products aren’t things you’ll see hyped on the cable channels, with candy-colored sugar coating or questionable artificial flavors or additives; Kelso’s inventory consists of products aimed at keeping body and mind fit and well through the store’s selection of organic food and beverage items as well as vitamins, supplements, teas, and even beauty/cleansing products.
“The most common thing that I see people coming in for are simply too-aggressive promise of cures seen on commercials or read in articles,” Kelso says, “while what we are selling is really just improved nutrition and better quality of life.”

The store, which resides within Petoskey’s Toski-Sands Plaza, is brightly-lit and well-organized, with a wide array of intriguing products. The store combines Kelso’s interests in the well-being of the residents of his community and his strong business acumen.
“In the fall of 1996, I had just graduated from Central Michigan University with a BAA in public health and a minor in science, after a summer internship at the Community Health Education Center, which I had returned to Petoskey to complete,” Kelso explains. “I had always wanted to go into some sort of business, and the idea of opening a health food store had come up. I dove into researching and looking into the possibility of making this a reality.”
“I had the education in promoting public health, and a very strong interest in running a business,” he continues. “ I formally opened Healthy Alternatives in January 1997, at 23 years of age; it seemed to be a pretty good fit.”

Kelso’s customers definitely think so. The store, which began with a focus on more athletic-minded customers, has grown to encompass a broader range of people who have all manner of reasons to improve their diet or personal care, whether it’s recovering from an illness, losing weight, or simply making more positive, healthy changes in their lives.
“I’d say that I wasn’t exactly sure of what my niche would be (at first),” Kelso says, “but there seemed to be a very strong appreciation for my new store as customers quickly learned of it.”
Kelso slowly expanded his offerings from what he calls “a modestly stocked start-up health food store with an emphasis on sports nutrition” to the fully stocked store that Healthy Alternatives has become.
“I’d say my niche is definitely in the supplement area, and in guiding customers into selecting the proper high-quality items that we offer,” Kelso says, “customer service and educating our customers about our products are our forte.”

The top three products at Healthy Alternatives are supplements, organic foods, and what Kelso calls “clean ingredient” general merchandise such as body care and cleaning products, which he carefully selects to ensure they’re chemical-free and contain natural or organic ingredients. Burt’s Bees and Alba Botanical Products are a couple of favorites; natural makeup, aluminum-free deodorants, and facial cleansers are also good sellers.
“Increased interest in customers purchasing these products is based on the growing awareness of the poor quality of ingredients and chemical additives in mainstream products,” Kelso says.
Pretty much every vitamin and supplement - including herbal - that you could think of are lined up on Healthy Alternative’s shelves. A cooler is stocked with a variety of organic sodas and juices, bulk foods, and specialty butters and cheeses. A frozen foods section offers such products as the dairy-free So Delicious line of coconut milk ice crème treats and organic “healthy” microwaveable dinners; and a couple of aisles of grocery goods presents everything from Bob’s Red Mill natural flours to gluten-free cereals, organic snacks from cookies to chips, cooking and baking necessities, and such treats as raw honey, organic chocolate, and the popular Larabar energy bars.
Add to that a well-informed, interested crew to answer questions and make suggestions; they’re even quick to hop on the computer to look up information if they don’t know the answer.
“What makes our store unique is the quality and amount of help that we provide in selecting the correct products with our customers, and the quality of the products,” Kelso says.

Healthy Alternatives is located in the Toski-Sands Plaza at 2290 M-119 just outside of Petoskey, telephone 231-348-8390.
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