Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
January 25, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Good News!
The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to host our three Arts & Crafts shows this summer!

  • Saturday, May 29
  • Saturday, July 17
  • Saturday, September 4
  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
If you are interested in registering, please click HERE.
Looking forward to seeing you this summer downtown Elk Rapids on River Street!
More Good News!
Farmer's Market Registration Now Open
Friday's June 11 ~ October 8, 2021
8:00 a.m. until Noon

A Zoom chat with Doug Griffiths, President & Founder of 13 Ways
and author of β€œ13 Ways To Kill Your Community”
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm

You are invited to participate in a Q&A zoom with Doug Griffiths who will answer questions from a panel of five Elk Rapids community leaders about how to build a healthy, thriving small town. As the founder and chief community builder for 13 Ways Inc, Doug has a passion and commitment to improving the lives of people in small rural communities. His talents include targeted and focused tactical planning, communicating with those who are afraid of change, seeing through the lies we tell ourselves, overcoming bad attitudes, and building enduring prosperity for communities. The 13 Ways focus is on building strong communities because when communities are strong, leadership can succeed, businesses can prosper, and families can find great quality of lives.

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Monday, Jan. 25 ER Village Council Budget Workshop 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 DPW hosting a Q & A at the DPW Garage 5-6 pm
to answer any water quality questions.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 ER Planning Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27 DDA Work Session 6:00 p.m.
Website has been down...check for updates @ www.elkrapids.orgο»Ώ
MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order Modified
Indoor Dining Reopens February 1

Following last week's announcement about the plan to reopen indoor dining, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its next epidemic order today, which goes into effect on Monday, Feb. 1. The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters, and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21.

Highlights from the new order:
  • Indoor dining permitted at a 25% capacity, up to 100 people
  • Bars and restaurants must close by 10 PM
  • Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table
  • Outdoor tents with four sides are permitted under these same rules
  • Personal services requiring mask removal are now permitted
  • Non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households are now permitted
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Additionally, a voluntary MI COVID-19 Safer Dining program allows foodservice establishments to become certified by having their ventilation system inspected and submitting their inspection report to the state indicating they are optimizing airflow.
MI COVID-19 Safer
Dining Program

On January 22, the Governor announced the state would gradually open restaurants across Michigan as safely as possible. Part of this effort is a voluntary program called β€œMI COVID-19 Safer Dining” where restaurants can work with a certified HVAC inspector who will recommend changes to air ventilation to improve circulation and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. Restaurants will also abide by safety protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and regular disinfection and cleaning.
The goal of the MI COVID-19 Safer Dining program is to promote improved safety for diners. In the coming weeks, diners will be able to check back here to see which restaurants in their communities are participating in the program. We encourage diners to dine safely and abide by all CDC and MDHHS guidelines.
Beginning today, Mon. Jan. 11, MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of:
  • Michiganders age 65 and older
  •  Frontline essential workers (firefighters, police, corrections workers, inspectors)
  •  Child care and preK through high school staff
  •  Congregate care facilities (homeless shelters, juvenile justice, child care staff)

To find a vaccine and schedule an appointment, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine, and select Vaccine Locations.

You can also visit the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at: http://nwhealth.org/ and pre-register for your priority group.
Call (231) 715-5557
Covid Hotline Number is: 1-888-535-6136
SBA COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan Deadline Extended until 12-31-21

 The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration has been extended to December 31, 2021, pending the availability of funds. Every eligible small business and nonprofit is encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.

Jan.28 10:00am

PPP Update, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and SBA resources to help you recover.

Join us on January 28 at 10 a.m. for a webinar hosted by the SBA Michigan District Office with the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan. We'll discuss PPP updates and loan forgiveness, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Debt Relief, and new services from our funded resource partners to help you survive and recover from the pandemicClick here to participate.

Who Qualifies for the
Employee Retention Tax Credit?
When the CARES Act was passed in March 2020, it included the ERTC as an option for financial relief for businesses. But companies could only take a PPP loan or the ERTC in the original bill.

Congress has now changed this so companies can take advantage of both ERTC and PPP, and they even expanded the ERTC for 2021. In the first and second quarter of 2021, employers that meet the eligibility can receive a tax credit for up to $14,000 per employee.

On top of the new ERTC credits that can be obtained in 2021, many businesses may also qualify for smaller credits that were offered in 2020, which are worth a maximum of $5,000 per employee. Some companies that are filing quarterly taxes with a deadline of January 15, for example, should talk to their tax preparers about 2020 ERTC eligibility.
SBDC's new webinar series -

The SBDC and partnering vendors are ready to assist in getting your small business back on track by offering you free webinars through CARES Act funding. Webinar topics will include:

January SBDC Cares Webinars

Tuesday, January 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 28 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) launched a hotline to help answer COVID-19 workplace guideline questions. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the hotline at 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219). 

MIOSHA also has a set of online resources at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, fact sheets, educational videos, and a reopening checklist to keep workplaces safe.
Are you aware of the latest COVID-19 workplace safety requirements?
It's not too late to join our partners at Barnes & Thornburg LLP on THURSDAY to receive an insightful fast-paced update on the latest COVID-19 workplace safety requirements. This webinar will also include an examination of the anticipated federal OSHA changes from the new administration and lessons to be learned from recent MIOSHA inspections, citations, and appeals.
There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information..... http://www.nwmiworks.org/job-seeker/workshops.html
Shop, Eat, Stay, and Enjoy Local
Eat. Drink. Support!

Tired of your own cooking?
Why not "lively up your day" with some take-out...and help keep your local restaurants thriving!

ο»ΏRestaurants offering take-out
Note: Hours could change, best to call ahead
Dining In Re-Opening February 1, 2021
American House Wood Fired Pizza
πŸ“ž (231) 264-6062 phone lines open 3:30pm
⏱ Tues- Sat 4-8pm
πŸš— take-out

Blue Pelican
πŸ“ž (231) 544-2583
⏱Thurs-Sat 5-8pm
🌐 thebluepelican.com
πŸš— curbside pickup only

Cellar 152 Pub & Provisions
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9000
⏱ Closed until week of Jan. 25
πŸš— curbside * take-out
Click to: Order On Line
   deli counter & retail open
Cocktails to Go!

Chang Express
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9140
⏱ Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat 3-8pm
Closed Sunday
πŸš— take-out * curbside
     party tray delivery

Cone Corral & Pizzeria
πŸ“ž (231) 264-6880
⏱ Mon, Wed-Sat 4-9pm
🌐 conecorral.com
πŸš— takeout * curbside

Ethanology Distillation
πŸ“ž (231) 498-2800
⏱ Thurs-Sat 1-10pm Sun 12-5pm
🌐 to order online:
πŸš— patio pick-up
Yurt Village, call for reservations

Flour Pot Bakery
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9732
⏱ starting Jan. 8 Fri & Sat 7am - 2pm
🌐 theflourpotbakery
πŸš— curbside, carry out, call ahead for special orders

Grand Traverse Resort/Jack's Taproom
πŸ“ž (231) 534-6390
Pavilion tent open for al fresco meals
⏱Friday & Saturday 3 - 9 pm

Mico's Torch Riveria
πŸ“ž (231) 322-4100/322-3104
⏱ Everyday 11:30 - 9 pm
🌐 micostorchlake.com
πŸš— takeout * curbside
Delivery available
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
πŸ“ž (231) 264-0530
⏱ Everyday 9am-8pm
Outside Patio Open 9am-8pm
πŸš—  Curbside * Patio * online ordering

Pelican's Nest
πŸ“ž (231) 533-9000
⏱ Wed-Sun 4-8pm
πŸš—  curbside only * limited outside seating
     full menu & specials available

Reflect Bistro (inside Cambria Hotel)
πŸ“ž (231) 778-9000
⏱ Everyday 7am-9pm
(last order taken at 8:30pm)
πŸš—  take-out * curbside

Short's Brew Pub (Bellaire)
πŸ“ž (231- 498-2300 x 2
⏱ Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
πŸš— curbside * take-out * delivery (in-town)
      weekly/daily specials

T.J. Charlies
πŸ“ž (231) 264-8819
⏱ Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat 7am-1pm
Sat 3-6pm ribs and chicken
Sun 7am-1pm
πŸš— Take-out * delivery within village limits
Town Club
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9914
⏱ Thurs 4-8pm, Fri & Sat. 12-8 call or
check facebook page hours and day vary
πŸš—  take-out
Townline Ciderworks
πŸ“ž (231) 883-5330
⏱Thurs-Sun 3-7pm
πŸš— takeout * outdoor cidergarden - please make reservations
Waterfire Vineyards
πŸ“ž (231) 498-2753
⏱ Sat-Sun 12:00-6:00 pm
πŸš— outdoor service- RSVP * curbside pickup
Pearl's Brunch menu is available to you EVERYDAY starting at 9am!!
Call 264-0530 or order online using the TOAST APP.
Townline Ciderworks "Cidergarden"
Open Thurs-Sun 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Seating is by RESERVATION ONLY (call between 3-7 pm & speak with a person to reserve); BYOB (bring your own blanket) & BYOF (bring your own food) is welcomed (although we do have some of both available); enter via the front door & check-in at the counter upon arrival. If you do not have a reservation, there just may be an open spot. If not, picnic tables outside of the Cidergarden are available. Oh...and it probably goes without saying but dress for the outdoors! Cheers ~ Located at 11595 US 31 S. * Williamsburg, MI 49690 * (231) 883-5330

The Nest now has limited outdoor seating available!!!
Please call ahead: (231) 533-9000

5085 Shanty Creek Rd.
Bellaire, MI 49615

Waterfire Vineyards

Open Saturday & Sunday
12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Call for reservation

12180 Sutter Rd.
Kewadin, MI 49648
(231) 498-2753

Yurt Village @ Ethanology

Reservation recommended:

127 Ames Street
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 498-2800
The Music House Museum Presents a Special Streaming Concert with Steve Stargardt and Crispin Campbell
Beginning January 24 at 7:00 p.m. and you watch anytime through January 31, 2021

Click for details:
Arcadia Brewing Co. Announces 2021 Legacy Lineup

After a successful reintroduction to market in summer 2020, Arcadia Brewing Company is coming in hot with a lineup of heavy hitters for 2021.

Licensed in early 2020 by Superfluid Supply Co, a division of Short’s Brewing Co, the Arcadia brand plans to offer two rotating productsβ€”a bi-annual offering with quarterly seasonals to keep things interesting.

β€œArcadia has a pretty large portfolio of products that range across many styles, it was really tough to narrow down our 2021 line up.” Stated Pauline Preuter-Knighton, the Sales Director for Superfluid. β€œWe chose these specific products based on gaps in the market, how they would compliment our Short’s brand offerings, and admittedly, we picked some of our favorites, too.

” Whitsun, the brand’s flagship Wheat Ale brewed with coriander, orange peel, and honey, will be available thru summer 2021 and will be replaced by Sippelicious Wheat Ale in September, just in time for fall tailgating season. Continue Reading
Paddle Antrim Executive Director Receives Verlen Kruger Award
Paddle Antrim is proud to announce that Executive Director Deana Jerdee has been selected by The Quiet Water Society to receive the 2021 Verlen Kruger Award.

The Verlen Kruger Award is given annually to a person who has supported and promoted paddlesports along with water conservation, education, or history in Michigan. Verlen Kruger was a world-class Michigan canoeist, who was the first to receive a Quiet Water Society award in 2003. Since then, the Verlen Kruger Award has been presented annually at the Quiet Water/Quiet Adventures Symposium.

Jerdee, a certified ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor, began as the executive director at Paddle Antrim in 2014 when the organization was founded. Since then, she has tirelessly worked to promote paddle sports in the Chain of Lakes region to fulfill the nonprofit's mission of protecting the pristine lakes and rivers in the region by connecting people to paddlesports.....Continue Reading
The Grand Rapids Boat Show has been postponed. Grand Bay Marine is having an in-store boat show at their Traverse City location, February 18th-28th. They will have over 30 boats on display in their safe and heated showroom.
* Text them today to schedule your appointment 231-943-0333 *
Grand Bay Marine * 291 N. US Highway 31 S. * Traverse City, MI
New Year 2021
Special Offer
Elk Rapids Yoga Flow is committed to supporting your wellness journey, physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically.

To help you stay engaged in life, we are offering our annual New Year’s Package. Purchase this as a gift for yourself or gift it to a friend or relative.

>> 2 Months Unlimited classes for $100.00 <<

You can use this package between January 1 and March 1, 2021 and can be purchased now.  You can save your current class package, with existing classes, (excluding unlimited packages) while using this package. 

ERDL - (231) 264-9979 www.elkrapidslibrary.org

For craft instructions and Story Time with Miss Sue and Jacquie, Click on: YouTube Channel for ERDL
No internet connection at home?
No problem.

With an ERDL library card, you can check out one of our hot spots!
Call for more information.
Dog Sled Rides in King's Orchards
Every Tues & Wed 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thru March 17, 2021
Enjoy this winter with a dog sled ride through the orchard hosted by Second Chance Mushers every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the winter. The course is 1/2 mile in length. The cost per sled load is $35. Sign up and find out more info at:
January is All About the Locals at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
ACME, Mich., January 11, 2021 – This January, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is honoring our local community with exclusive deals and specials. From the health club and spa to food delivery and shopping, you will want to take advantage of these specials as we kick off a new year.
Start 2021 off right with a trial membership at The Club. Join by January 31 and get 30 days to experience Traverse City's most inclusive health and fitness club. Enjoy cardio and weight rooms, our indoor pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts. And who doesn't love discounts on spa, golf, dining, and more! Interested in tennis? Whether you are a tennis enthusiast or new to the sport, The Club offers one of the leading facilities in the Midwest. Named Tennis Organization of the Year by USTA Northern Michigan, we offer five indoor and four outdoors courts, leagues for varying ages and skill levels, group lessons, and private instruction. Trial members pay half of the regular monthly dues for the trial period of 30 days with no initiation fee. Offer expires January 31, 2021......Continue Reading
Greetings to All Potter Wannabe’s!

Announcing... Silly Sister will begin Pottery Classes Round 4.0 for January & February, 2021, as detailed HERE. As this may be the second or third round of classes for at least some of you, classes will be geared BOTH toward newbie potters, as well as continuing potters. Instruction and demos will be geared toward multiple levels of ability, so never worry about getting bored! 

Denise B. Moline (630) 408-1405
Silly Sister's Pottery * 11421 Hickin Rd. NW * Rapid City, MI 49676
It's time to make your move..............
In the stillness of winter, we are here to help keep your body moving. Yoga & Pilates classes are on ZOOM weekday mornings. Visit erbodywise.com 
January 2021
We have a special program planned to kick off the year. We have incorporated the Nutritarian Diet, the gold standard for nutritional excellence combined with fitness & meditation instruction. But most importantly, change is easier in a group. We'll do it together.

Bonnie Twiss Music Instruction

  • Piano Lessons
  • Music Composition & Theory
  • All Ages Welcome-
  • In Elk Rapids,
  • call (248) 648-9741 or (231) 498-2181
  • Healthy Safety Protocols Observed
  • Gift Certificates Available

Valentine's Day is coming soon......

Learn to play a love song for your sweetheart  -or learn to write one.  

Music is the language of love .  

The Manufacturing Technology Academy begins hosting their virtual sessions to inform parents and high school students about the amazing resources they offer.

The first session is on January 26th from 6 - 7 pm, to sign up visit their website!


To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: January 23, 2021
Re: Weekly Update

Hello, Everyone!

Raven Hill is frequently the recipient of some intriguing items. Because we have state and federal salvage permits, we often inherit wildlife that has died recently or in years past. Some taxidermied specimens come to us ready to display. Other times, if the specimen is in good condition, a donor will pay for an animal to be mounted. Some animals that are in less than prime form are buried in our β€œDead Zone”. Dermestid (skin) beetles and other detritivores, like earthworms and fungi, feed on dead and decomposing organic matter, cleaning the bones for us. At some point in the future, college paleontology students and summer campers will simulate digging for dinosaur bones and excavate the skulls, which will then be added to the Center’s extensive skull collection or used in other displays in the museum. Raven Hill is a place where these objects acquire a new purpose and help us provide opportunities for our visitors to learn...... Continue Reading
Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates, and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.