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Food on Fridays with Ann
On our trip last week to northern Michigan, we visited Glen Arbor, near Sleeping Bear Dunes. Several people told us to pay a visit to Cherry Republic, a store selling all things cherry.
They have three buildings. The first we encountered sold cherry drinks of all kinds, especially wines. Just before entering, we saw this sign:
I failed to snap any photos in that building, but I remembered my camera again when we entered the main store, where we admired the Cherries for Sale sign at the entrance.
First stop: chocolate-covered cherry jelly beans.
Then the preserves.
We passed some glazes (forgive the blurry shot—I was in low light and didn’t stand still). They also sold cherry barbecue sauces and peanut butter, dried cherries and trail mixes, cakes, cookies and baking mixes. You can see their goods online.
My favorite: cherry salsas.
We met a guy at Empire Village the night before who confessed to dropping by Cherry Republic after dinner to graze the samples for dessert. As we moved through the store spreading and dipping and scooping goodies onto crackers and chips, I realized it was entirely possible to get by with that. The staff members didn’t seem to frown on that kind of gluttony; rather, they encouraged it by quietly hustling to the back and returning with jar after jar to refill bowls set out for tasting.
At the checkout counter, a friendly employee offered to package gift items in a sturdy box lined with natural shreds and sprigs of cedar. I bought a jar of salsa that they packed for my neighbor who was watering our garden and window boxes and taking care of our bird in our absence.
We didn’t visit the cafe and ice cream shop next to the store, but here’s the menu. The selection includes a lot of sweet cherry stuff, as expected.
Cherry Republic is a delightful place to visit if you like cherries…and it’s cute enough you should drop in even if you don’t.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe I’ll brew a cup of cherry tea…
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