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Jennifer Shorter and her mother, Mari Shorter at Sidewalk Sales 2019 I’m not going to lie: not having to haul stuff to the street last July was pretty blissful for me. Sidewalk Sales are a big job. A huge job. Monumental in a good year. Even harder in the middle of a pandemic and an employee s...
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Categories:  Events

Swimming in the Great Lakes is perhaps the ultimate perk for those who spend time Up North, but some precautions are wise to heed. Your mother might have told you to wait an hour after eating before swimming, and while this is no longer standard advice, there are other precautions to take: Enjoy t...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

According to the National Meteor Society, several meteors are visible every night. Of course, there are many other things to see in the night sky, like the Milky Way, constellations, planets, and even the Northern Lights. There are some important factors to consider that ensure you have the best...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

We love fruit, pizza, and the Fourth of July. To combine our love for these three things, we’re sharing an easy-to-make festive dessert for any patriotic holiday. This delicious red, white, and blue flag fruit pizza will be a hit with kids of all ages. (Don’t be surprised if dad goes back f...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

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
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