Click on list below for all sites that have the up to date information on COVID-19 and Business Assistance.

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How are you doing? ** How can we help you?

The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the DDA are concerned about you and your business as we all navigate uncharted waters with COVID-19. 

Our goal is to understand and capture your business needs so we can be helpful in providing visibility into the vast array of resources being established as we speak at the local, state and federal levels. In addition, we strive to help coordinate informational resources between our government and our local business community, share information, and provide assistance to help maneuver through these times.

We are surveying business impacts to be able to communicate needs to local, state, and federal partners. In addition, we want to be able to direct you to appropriate resources if/when available.
We hope that through collective action, we can help ease the burden and make positive impacts together on our local economy.
Thank you for participating in this confidential survey, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your individual responses will be kept anonymous however the summary data may be shared. Closing survey on Sunday, April 5
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year
Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing. Continue Reading
All 3 Village Markets Re-Opening Today
We would like to thank you for your overwhelming support at this time. Unfortunately, we have been unable to keep up with all the orders coming in and have decided to move in a different direction. Starting tomorrow Wednesday, April 1st, we will be re-opening the store to the public with the following safety mechanisms implemented:

1. Fewer registers open and spread further apart
2. Safety shields between the customers and cashiers
3. Social distancing markers on the floor near the registers
If you have placed an order and it has not been confirmed by our staff via phone, we will be contacting you in the order your message was received tomorrow. We will still offer curbside service as an option, but customers who respect the policies stated above will be allowed in the store. We will be resuming operations with the same 9 am to 6 pm schedule we started last week, with 9 am to 10am reserved for elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised customers. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

There are 3 easy ways to place an order for curbside pickup. Texting, email and lastly by voice.
Placing an order is simple. If you choose to send an order by text or email please include the item name, item size, quantity that you would like as well as your name and phone number. If product substitutions are permitted, let us know if our staff member can contact you while shopping to offer alternative options.

For orders that are 20 items or less you are welcome to leave your list on our Curbside Service Voicemail. Again, we need the item name, item size, quantity that you would like as well as your name and phone number. If you would like to place your order with a staff member please leave a message with your name and phone number and we will call you as soon as possible.

Once your order has been placed we will call to confirm we have received it, as well as arrange payment by credit card and schedule a pickup time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work the kinks out of this new service. Thank you for being a loyal VM customer!

Place your orders:
  • Elk Rapids Village Market
  • Text Orders – (231)499-1972
  • Email Orders –
  • Phone Orders - (231)499-1972
  • Rapid City Village Market
  • Text Orders – (231)499-2504
  • Email Orders –
  • Phone Orders - (231)499-2504
  • Central Lake Village Market
  • Text Orders – (231)499-1021
  • Email Orders –
  • Phone Orders - (231)499-1021

Our gas stations will have the same hours however; they will be pay at the pump only or cash and house charge at the window.
ACTS Food Pantry
Open: Tuesday 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wed 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m

ACTS now has call-ahead-to-order (231-267-3002) curbside delivery in place along with a maximum effort to protect our workers and clients. We still can use other able-bodied volunteers to help. If you can do this, please call Carol Hockin at 231-492-6952. We need your help to assist people in need, especially given rising unemployment.
ACTS Food Pantry * 8925 M-72 E. * Williamsburg, MI 49690

We truly appreciate what you can send to keep our Pantry open. ACTS -- Working Hard To Help People in Need
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is open for curbside/drive-thru pickup:
(231) 588-2208

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wed-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 1:30 p.m.

We have changed things to help protect our staff and community, as we now offer a drive thru service to receive food, and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, food, etc.). If baby items are needed beyond the basics please call (231) 588-2200. We are doing our utility and emergency assistance through phone by calling (231) 588-2208. One thing we are in need of is bar soap to hand out with our food boxes.
For those of you in the Elk Rapids School District:

Elk Rapids Community Cupboard (Food Pantry) is OPEN during this time. If you need help or have questions, please contact:
Pam Coleman at 847-445-8239

  • Donations may be mailed to PO Box 572, Elk Rapids, MI. 49629. We also have a donation box outside First Presbyterian Church at 404 Spruce Street, Elk Rapids. 
  • Accepting new clients and all groceries are delivery only, coordinated with each client. 

Local 211 - An Information and Referral service which is available 24/7. If you need assistance with paying bills, seniors, utilities, food, and other essential services please dial 211 on your phone and follow the prompts.
United Way of Northwest Michigan has launched a website where you can step forward to volunteer; background checks will be conducted and once completed, United Way will connect volunteers with opportunities. See this link:
To help Michiganders receive unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has developed a schedule for workers to file for benefits based on the first letter of their last name. Visit to file your claim.


You will be able to apply for the CARES Loan beginning on Friday, April 3, 2020
These loans will be available through your local bank.

Additional Resources to Help Small Businesses
Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic
I n addition to the information shared by the U.S. Small Business Administration, we encourage you and your members to utilize and share those created by  CO— , the U.S. Chamber's own interactive digital platform designed specifically for business owners and offering unparalleled assets and subject matter expertise from the U.S. Chamber.
CO—has created a  Coronavirus Small Business Guide  to help you navigate the pandemic with new stories daily—including a detailed breakdown of  federal stimulus aid programs , information about  managing financial difficulties keeping your team engaged supporting and retaining your customers , and more. 

To request no cost one-on-one business consulting, please visit
You are encouraged to register for other online and in-person workshops at

Elk Rapids Golf Club and Its Property is Closed Due to Executive Order 2020-21
Currently the ERGC is not allowing anyone to enter the golf course facilities and its grounds. Please understand these restrictions are in accordance with the
EO 2020-21 and enforced to help protect the health and safety of our community. 
With this fast paced virus, guidelines, hours, and life is basically changing every minute. Trying to keep up is impossible, but we are doing our best. Best practice before going out is to check a business' facebook page or call. Please notify us with any changes or additions.

Corner Drugs (231) 264-8033
Please call in all orders, prescriptions, and retail
Curbside pick-up, mail, or home delivery ONLY
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 12:30 | 1:30 - 5:00
Saturday, 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. see Facebook page

Crystal Lake Clinic (231) 264-9060
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 5:00
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT ~ Video Chat Available

Elk Rapids Medical Clinic (231) 264-0700 WALK IN NOT AVAILABLE!
Open for our patients during this time by appointment only in Elk Rapids and Traverse City locations. Please all with any questions.
Hours: Traverse City Mon - Fri 8-5  231.935.8346
Elk Rapids Mon - Thur 8-5, Friday 8-12 231.264.0700
Televisits and phone visits are sometimes appropriate as well.

Elk Rapids Physical Therapy (Mary Free Bed Rehab) (231) 264-6682
Hours: Please call for appointment
Tele-Health Therapy, Please call ahead

Elk Rapids Primary Care (231) 264-0399 PLEASE NO WALK-INS
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 - 3:00, closed on Friday
Please phone ahead see Facebook page for detailed instructions
As concerns about Coronavirus (Covid-19) circulate throughout our country, let it be known that we at Elk Rapids Primary Care are here for you. Continue Reading

Hufford Vision & Eye Care (231) 264-2020
Closed, Call Dr. Hufford 231-675-9646 for ocular emergency or medical eye concern. see Facebook Page

MI Family Chiropractic (231) 498-2128 or (231) 350-8892
please call for appointment Mon-Thurs 9:00-5:00 see Facebook Page

Munson Medical Center (231) 935-5000
Call your healthcare provider first, for guidelines, visit:
Facebook Page: MunsonMedicalCenter

River Pharmacy (231) 264-8165 Please call in your ahead
Hours for curbside Pickup: Mon - Fri 8:30 - 5:30 closed from (12-1), Sat. 9-1
Call when you arrive

Torch Chiropractic (231) 307-4200
Please call first, open for those in need. see Facebook Page

List of Restaurants/Markets offering take-out and delivery:

Changes are happening continually
Best to call ahead before heading out.

Blue Water Bistro (231) 331-6262, Option 1
Hours for take-out and limited delivery: Thurs-Sat 2:30-8:30 p.m. Sun 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Menu: Dinner menu and take-out menu. Facebook Page for menu

Blue Pelican Inn (231) 544-2583
Hours for take-out and delivery: Wed-Sat 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Menu: Limited see Facebook Page for Menu

Cellar 152 (231) 264-9000
Hours for take-out and delivery: Tues-Sat Noon- 6:30/7:00 p.m.
Menu: most menu items. Facebook Page
Selling Providence and Undertoe Farms fresh produce

Chang Express (231) 264-9140
Hours for take-out: Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sat 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular

Cone Corral (231) 264-6880
Hours for curbside pizza service only: Mon- Sat 4-8 p.m.
DIY PIZZA KITS, dairy free and GF available, see Facebook page for specials
Menu: Phone in orders only and must pay for over the phone

Eastport Market (231) 599-2507
Hours: Sun-Thur 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri & Sat 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pickup Service 9am-5pm see Facebook page for instructions

ER General Store -- (231) 264-9266
Hours: THURS-FRI-SAT Noon until 6:30/7:00 p.m. curbside & delivery
Menu: Pizza, liquor, beer, snacks Facebook Page

Flour Pot Bakery (231) 264-9732
Hours for window service: Fri 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sat 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Menu: Call to order, see Facebook Page f or menu

Friske Farm Market (231-599-2604
Hours for curbside: Tues-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular Facebook Page for details

King Orchards (231) 544-6479 (M-88 Mkt) Call to pre-order
Hours for curbside service: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sat 10-4
Menu: see Facebook Page for items list
Pearl's (231) 264-0530
Hours for take-out and limited delivery 11:00 am - 8:00 p.m.
(delivery from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Menu: Regular including specials Facebook Page

Pelican's Nest (231) 533-9000
Hours for take-out and delivery: Tues-Sat 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Menu: Limited, see Facebook Page for menu

Providence Organic Farm (231) 599-2020
Hours for Pick-up: Tues-Sat 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Order online: Providence Farm Online Order see Facebook Page for details

Reflect Bistro (Cambria Hotel) (231) 778-9110
Hours for curbside pickup: Daily Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. |
Lunch & Dinner 11:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular + Happy Hour menu 4-7 p.m. see Facebook Page for specials

Royal Farms (231) 599-3222 Please call ahead to place order
Hours for curbside pick-up: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Menu: apples, pies, pasties from freezer, cherry products, and beverages

Shorts' Brewing Pub (231) 498-2300
Hours for take-out and beer delivery: Every day 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular Facebook Page for menu and specials

T.J. Charlies (231) 264-8819
Hours for take-out and limited delivery: Mon-Sat 8:00 - 3:00 CLOSED SUNDAY
Menu: Regular Call for daily specials

Torch Lake Cafe '  (231) 599-1111
Hours for take-out & gift certificates: Mon-Sun 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Menu: Lunch menu + pizza  Facebook Page

Call about delivery see Facebook Page
Spring Produce Box and specials, Order online: Undertoe Farm online order

Village Market- Elk Rapids (231) 264-5629
Village Market - Rapid City (231) 331-6111
Village Market - Central Lake (231) 544-3300
Hours: 9:00 - 6:00 Mon - Sun
see Facebook Page curbside service available
Waters Edge Market (231) 264-5511 can call ahead to order
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Daily, see Facebook Page

Waterfire Vineyards (231) 498-2753
Pick up order upon request any day of the week, order on line
Menu: Regular see Facebook Page for updates
Shop online. Buy gift cards. Support Local!

List of open businesses. Please follow all your favorites on social media 👍
Alden State Banks (231) 264-6900
Lobby closed, Drive thru open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat. 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Call to schedule an appointment

Chemical Bank (231) 264-8160 NEW REDUCED HOURS
Lobby Hours by appointment ONLY
Reduced hours starting 4-6-20 Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 9-12
Click to read NOTICE

Elk Lake Floral (231) 264-8188
Hours for curbside pickup only: Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-2
Call for order!

Fifth Third Bank (231) 264-5621
Beginning Sat. 3/21 Lobby Closed, Open by appointment
Drive-thru Hours: Mon-Thur 9-5, Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-12

Gill-Roys Hardware Elk Rapids (231) 264-8457
Gill-Roys Hardware Torch River (231) 322-4600
Call ahead phone orders are accepted
Hours for both stores: Mon-Sat 8:00 - 6:00 | Sun 10:00 - 4:00

Harbor Antiques (231) 264-6850
CLOSED Call for a special appointment (231) 313-1436

Mobil Station - EZ Mart (231-264-6200
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. DAILY
Call for Subway and Lucky Louie Pizza Hours

Shell Station on Ames Street (231-264-5990)
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. DAILY

U.S. Post Office
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 4:30, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch
Sat. 8:30 - 10:30)
The Elk Rapids Chamber Gift Certificates are now available on line.
Click on link: Purchase Gift Certificate and follow steps.
Once complete we will mail out certificate for you.
Call Laura at (248) 404-7511 with any questions.
These certificates can be used at any local business.
Thank You!

Even when we cannot meet in person, it is incredibly important to keep connecting to friends and family. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) “reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.”
Make phone calls, email, text, FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. While social media may feel like a way to stay connected, it may also be a source of stress and anxiety. Try to make your connections intentional rather than haphazard scrolling. Make sure to balance small doses of the news and social media with something that brings you pleasure and takes your mind off the source of stress.
COVID-19 Food Handling Safety Tips
Viral video advises washing fruit and vegetables with soap. Here's why that's a bad idea.......

EX: No basketball except to practice individually.
At this time, Antrim County is in need of donations as part of a county-wide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Antrim County will distribute resources to essential workers such as emergency responders, gas station attendants, grocery store employees, county workers, and other individuals who will work with the public for the duration of the Michigan State Stay in Place Executive Order.

If you are able to procure or make these items, please consider donating them to support Antrim County efforts:

·        N-95, N-100, and KN 95 masks
·          Homemade 100% cotton masks (patterns at
·          Gowns
·          Disposable gloves
·          Face shields
·          Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
·          Disinfecting wipes
·          Contractor trash bags
·          Duct Tape
·          Rain poncho/raincoat

Donations will be accepted at the Antrim County Building, 203 Cayuga, Bellaire, MI 49615 at the drop box in the Southeast corner of the building. Please contact the Antrim County Logistics Section Chief at 231-533-3576 or if you would like to schedule for a county employee to pick up donations.

Thank you for your support at this time. When we work together at the local level, great things will be accomplished.

Jeremy Scott
Antrim County
Public Information Officer
Here is a great local business to support via gofundme in 3D printing hospital grade masks:

Joann's has an offer here: If you would like to participate in making supplies, visit  to find a classroom near you. Tutorials are also available online at .
We're in this together!

Our online classes are creating community and energy. It's about moving our bodies for the benefit of fitness, well-being and for the impact we have on others. I can't say enough about how this group has lifted me up and kept me on track! I hope it is doing the same for you.  Everyone is invited to the classes that I am offering online. Please click on link and follow the directions. There are recorded classes that you can access anytime and LIVE classes that you can tune in to every weekday morning at 9 AM. There are many different levels.

Comfort Keepers Northwest Lower Michigan has been preparing for the growing challenges related to the Corona Virus for the past several weeks. We want families in the area to know that we have been deemed an essential business by the Governor and we are prepared to assist seniors in their homes at this time. Our employees are trained home health care workers, and we are following all guidelines created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

The health, safety and well-being of our clients and employees remains our utmost focus. We are closely monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus and have put in place necessary measures, in line with the guidance of the CDC and local authorities.

We will continue to operate and provide uplifting care to our clients while ensuring we are taking necessary safety precautions. As always, our goal is to provide the highest quality care that enhances the lives of our clients and their families.

Please contact Comfort Keepers at 231-929-9044 for more information.
Some fun ideas, activities, start a new hobby.........
Virtual Piano Lessons

with Bonnie Twiss, Elk Rapids

Now is your chance to learn the piano!
Throughout the next few weeks, Grass River will be providing daily resources to encourage families to get outside during these stressful times and to keep the kids minds engaged during school closures. These fun and educational activities are designed to be completed in a local park or even your own backyard......

You can also visit their Facebook Page for other activities
Raven Hill Discovery Center

Go to their facebook page where you will find an activity daily for your kids....Let's have some fun

Elk Rapids District Library

Check out their facebook pages for lots of suggestions, ideas, and virtual tours!



We wanted to take a moment and check in with you. Like you, we are taking a moment to read the ever-changing flow of the situation, and identify a plan to best navigate these uncharted rapids. 

We believe that access to nature is critical during these times and will continue to be. Therefore, thanks to incredible donors who helped us create a successful capital campaign, we are working with local businesses to finish the tasks needed to open the Chain of Lakes Water Trail this summer, continuing to positively impact our region during these times. We know that once we are able to travel again, even more people will be looking for experiences like this to reconnect with nature and loved ones and we look forward to welcoming you and others to the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. 

Due to changing economic conditions, we are evaluating the continuation of other programs. We are pausing to assess our summer programming as well as our Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. We are working with key stakeholders to determine how we can best encourage people to get out on the water in a safe manner. We will make thoughtful decisions in the coming months and will keep you informed of our actions and our progress.

With your support, we will continue to work hard to fulfill our mission to protect our waterways and connect people to nature! Thank you, and stay safe. We look forward to our days out on the water with you again!! 

Warmest Regards,

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