September 23, 2021


Big Boost for NoMi Sushi

Charlevoix sushi bar awarded MEDC grant
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 18, 2021

Typically, restaurants don’t begin earning money until after they’ve opened. NoMiSushi, which opened up earlier this month in Charlevoix, isn’t so typical. Before taking its first takeout order, local leaders presented the business with a $25,000 check, a grant awarded through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Match on Main program.  Match on Main provides funding to communities that participate as a select and master level community in the Michigan Main Street program ... Read More >>

Escanaba in da Moonlight at Old Town Playhouse Sept. 23–25

More plays scheduled in October
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 18, 2021

A trip to the U.P. is as close as Old Town Playhouse. The venerable community theater is welcoming back audiences with Jeff Daniels’ play about the vagaries of deer camp. “It’s ridiculously silly,” says OTP Artistic Director Phil Murphy. “I look at it as he learned from [the film Daniels co-starred in] Dumb and Dumber. I think this may be the ‘dumberest’ of all.” Murphy says the return of audiences to the ... Read More >>

Special NWS Event: Afghanistan Today

Sept. 23 panel featuring Afghanistan-born NMC grad, author, former diplomat, more
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 18, 2021

Even though the Afghanistan war took place half a world away, there are many connections to that 20-year conflict right here in Michigan. On Thursday, Sept. 23, The National Writers Series is bringing a few of them to the City Opera House stage to talk about America's Longest War. NWS co-founder and bestselling author of the Afghanistan-based “Horse Soldiers” Doug Stanton will host guests Jack Segal; a former senior U.S. diplomat and ... Read More >>

Big-time Small-town Pride

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 18, 2021

Wee McBain has held the honor of being the eighth smallest city in Michigan but that doesn’t mean its 650-some residents don’t have a huge heap of pride in the place they call home. The evidence: The frequency at which Cornerstone Coffee has to re-order its popular “Bainer” sweatshirts. Credit fall-sports fever and some savvy citizen preparedness for cooling October temps — or assume they’re just another genius idea from shop owner ... Read More >>

Where to Eat this Fall

Our seasonal showcase of Up North restaurants
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | Sept. 18, 2021

Please be seated for this abbreviated version of the restaurant profiles we've featured since our Summer Restaurant Issue. Bon appetit!Grand Traverse Salad Co. Traverse City It’s not a straight line from the gas station to restaurant, nor is it a direct route from doughnut shop to salad emporium. But it’s the path John and Jan Sheill embarked on, and they’re more than happy with the result: Grand Traverse Salad Company.  “This is ... Read More >>

Cruise the Breezeway: Three Saturday Color Tours

Sept. 25, Oct. 2 & Oct. 9
By Jamie Kauffold | Sept. 18, 2021

Antrim and Charlevoix counties are gearing up to show off their fabulous fall colors! The 13th Annual Breezeway Fall Color Cruises will be held on three Saturdays: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, and Oct. 9. Color-tour participants pick up goodie bags filled with trip tips, color tour maps, coupons and other surprises at Royal Farms Winery in Atwood between 10am-noon on these days. Participants then proceed at their own pace along C-48 — aka ... Read More >>

Where Did All the Ubers Go?

Northern Express hails some rides and learns why toting takeout is better than porting people
By Brighid Driscoll | Sept. 18, 2021

Is there a better airport experience to be had at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City? I don't think so. The postage-sized airport is pleasant. It's clean and quiet, and its small size makes for a simple, streamlined experience. Never have I dreaded navigating a long TSA line or long-distance run to another terminal at Cherry Capital. What I found myself dreading the last time I returned from a trip was finding ... Read More >>

Touring Shows Return to City Opera House

Eight sweet shows on stage — and four big Broadway hits COH will take you to see
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 18, 2021

A number of national touring acts are coming to downtown Traverse City as the City Opera House returns to business as (almost) normal. Events like the TCNewTech Pitch and Networking nights and presentations by National Writers Series and artists like May Erlewine have brought crowds back, and now, for its 2021-22 season, the COH has lined up an impressive roster of performers from across the country — and the continent — to ... Read More >>

A Matter of Life & Breath

Two farmers, AC/DC, and a singleminded love for a single stinky vegatable
By Brighid Driscoll | Sept. 18, 2021

When it comes to cooking, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone opposed to throwing in a few extra cloves of garlic. Humans have used and loved the aromatic herb for thousands of years, with early uses being culinary, medicinal, and even spiritual. Though we no longer use it to ward off ominous creatures or open the third eye, garlic remains a kitchen staple that finds its way into dinner more nights than ... Read More >>

Read ’Em and Meet

Big authors at Harbor Springs Book Festival 2021
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 18, 2021

Bibliophiles rejoice: The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is returning Sept. 23–25, with a slate of authors, in-person events, and books. “We’re thrilled,” says Amy Gillard about the upcoming festival. It will take place at four venues across the city; masks will be required at all indoor locations. Gillard is the executive director of the festival, a role she took on after serving as author logistics coordinator for the first festival ... Read More >>

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