Recent Blog Posts

We are on the cusp of summer, can you believe it?! Long sunny days, warmer weather, and July 4th are right around the corner! We hope you have been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather lately and spending as much time outside as possible.  Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day? You’re p...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

This summer at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts we are celebrating our 75th year in business! To mark this occasion, we are asking all artists ages 14 and under to participate in our Carlos Coloring Contest. Enter to win by adding your own flair to our new logo on a reusable tote bag. Feel free to ...
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Categories:  Kids Club

Beach days are a ton of fun, especially if you're planning on staying for most of the day. Here's a list of 10 things to bring to the beach to make your day the best it can be. I'm all for a spontaneous couple hours at the beach where all you need is your towel and a swimsuit, but I also lov...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Petoskey, Travel

Join us for a paddleboard ride - A Northern Michigan adventure, and workout wrapped into one. Paddleboarding or SUP has become the new thing in Northern Michigan over the past few years. There are many local stores that sell them, you can rent them, join clubs, and even have a tour guide. It's a...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Sports

Let’s hear a cheer for the rain. Not only will the spring rains wash away winter’s accumulation of dirt and debris, but also with some warmer temperatures followed by more sunshine, we will soon see the season’s first morel mushrooms. Whether you are a first-time hunter or a veteran, it’s t...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

Hippity hoppity, the Easter Bunny is coming to town! Little ones are always excited about this special day. Many families have the tradition of hiding Easter baskets usually full of special treats left behind from the bunny. Favorites are chocolate and jelly beans, of course. Where did this ...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

Okay, so the jury might still be out on the question of waffles versus pancakes (waffles), but regardless of where you fall on this question, there is no disputing that pure Michigan maple syrup makes all your breakfast treats taste better. With the warming days of spring at hand, the sap is...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

Hello, there fellow Michiganders! How well do you know your state? Let's test your knowledge with some Michigan trivia questions! The answers are below but don't cheat! We hope you find this quiz fun, and we'd love to hear how you do. Leave us a comment below! Michigan Trivia Questions 1. What i...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Travel

It's that time of year when the snow is starting to melt and the weather is slowly starting to warm up, and spring is approaching. Here are some spring break staycation ideas if you're planning on staying close to home: Be a tourist in your town: This one is fun and one of my favorites. Have...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, Petoskey, Travel

Look no further, Grandpa Shorter's Gifts is your one-stop-shop for Easter baskets and Easter goodies. Once again we are offering Grandpa Shorter's custom Easter baskets, filled to the brim with handpicked items perfect for the little ones you love. Here are all the details: Choose your Ea...
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Categories:  Holiday Love
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