Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
January 11, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Four New Board Members

(Elk Rapids, MI) Tom Shelder, President of the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, recently announced the appointment of four new board members for 2021. New members are:
  • Rod Kuncaitis: Treasurer - Acme Business Association
  •  Katy Caddy: Branch Manager TCF Bank - Elk Rapids
  • Christa Brenner: Marketing/Creative Manager โ€“ Shorts Brewing Co.
  • Julie Brown: Superintendent โ€“ Elk Rapids Schools
โ€œI am extremely excited to have Julie, Christa, Katy, and Rod on the chamber board of directors. I believe each of them will bring a level of business expertise that will assist the chamber as it moves forwardโ€ said Tom Shelder.
The new members join current members:
  • Gene Davis: Manager - Elk Rapids Golf Club
  • Sara McGuire: Owner - Royal Farm Market
  • Jill Scheitler: Downtown Alden Business Association
  • Marcie Earl: Owner โ€“ The Place
The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is a 305-member based organization dedicated to promoting and developing a thriving business environment while serving the area as a focal point for information, events, and economic development.

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Monday, Jan. 11 ER School Board Organizational Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11 ER School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m
Monday, Jan. 11 Harbor Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Offshore Boat Race is on the agenda
Monday, Jan. 11 Milton Township Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 Elk Rapids Township 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 Milton Township Planning Comm. Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 13 DDA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Offshore Boat Race is on the agenda
Thursday, Jan. 14, ER District Library Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

Check website for agendas: www.elkrapids.org๏ปฟ
As you may have heard, there is a proposal for an offshore Boat Race in August 2021. The โ€œSteering Committeeโ€ is seeking public input and feedback and encouraging questions to be asked in order to appropriately move forward and gauge the community support for this event.
They are inviting all to please take this survey as a start. Following the survey, if approved by the Village, the committee will hold some FAQโ€™s and Q&A Zoom Sessions.
The race is proposed to take place August 18-21st in Elk Rapids. Though the dates range for multiple days, the proposed race events and schedule is attached. The estimated economic impact would be 1.5+ million dollars. The anticipated crowd size is estimated around 5,000-7,000
Thank you for giving your opinion on this matter.
Your voice matters as we work on plans to communicate together to revitalize downtown, and maintain our charming Elk Rapids village.

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
Covid Hotline Number is: 1-888-535-6136
SBA and Treasury Announce
PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced on January 8 that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially, only community financial institutions will be able to make:

First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and
Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13

For more information on the PPP Loan, EIDL Loan, and Employee Tax Retention Credit, click HERE
Start 2021 off right with the 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

Wednesday, January 20 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 21 at 2:30M to 3:30 PM
Tuesday, January 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 28 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

SBA and Partner Training
2021 is here and the SBA is gearing up for the launch of the next round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the extension of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Agency officials are working around the clock to implement the new guidelines, so stay tuned for more information soon!
Here at the local level we are here continuing our support of the small business community. We are also busy planning new training and more to help you start, grow, expand, and recover even more in the new year.
Check out the recorded training on the SBA's Learning Center

The SBA and our resource partners have a variety of training coming up for business owners at different stages of development.
Already in business? Join us and our partners for important training that can help you understand key SBA-backed financing options. Just getting started? In addition to the financing options you need to know about, upcoming training can help you understand the basics and start-up strong.
Forming Your LLC or DBA, Do It Now (Small Business Development Center)  
Jan 11, .2 p.m. Register
Starting a Business (Small Business Development Center) 
Jan.12, 9 a.m. Register
Business Start-Up Essentials (Small Business Development Center) 
Jan. 12, 6 p.m. Register
Entrepreneurs Took Box: How to Promote Your Business on Facebook (Small Business Development Center) Jan.12, 10 a.m. Register
Starting a Business (Small Business Development Center) 
Jan.12, 6 p.m. Register
Preparing to Speak to a Non-Traditional Lender (Small Business Development Center) Jan.13, 12:30 p.m.  Register
First Children Finance Support Services (Small Business Development Center) Jan.13, 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. CST  Register
Leading Your Business to Success (Small Business Development Center) Jan.14, 9:30 a.m. Register
Entrepreneurs Series (Small Business Development Center) Jan.14, 9:30 a.m. Register
Entrepreneurs Toolbox: How to Promote Your Business on Facebook (Small Business Development Center) Jan.14, 10 a.m.  Register
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). #COVIDWorkplaceSafety
Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation in late December to extend the federal unemployment insurance programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Among other things, the bill provides an additional $300 a week to those who qualify for unemployment insurance in their state through March 13, 2021.




National Use Your Gift Card Day reminds Americans to use the $1 billion in gift cards left unused each year. On the third Saturday in January, take stock of the gift cards you received over the holidays. Make the most of each one of them before theyโ€™re forgotten for good!
We all do it. Stash away gift cards thinking we will have more time later to use them. They collect dust and disappear into an abyss somewhere. We discover them as we clean and often donโ€™t remember how much was on the card or if we used a portion of it. Those partial balances add up, too!  The first step is to collect the cards together and see what you have. You know where to look.
  • Every pocket of every purse and wallet you have
  • The infamous junk drawer
  • Glove compartment of the car
  • Bottom of the toy box (it may have been used to scrape goo off a toy)
  • The other junk drawer
  • A gift bag with the tissue paper still in it
  • The toolbox (we know what happens when a flathead screwdriver canโ€™t be found)

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!

๏ปฟRestaurants offering take-out
Note: Hours could change, best to call ahead
American House Wood Fired Pizza
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-6062 phone lines open 3:30pm
โฑ Tues- Sat 4-8pm
๐Ÿš— take-out

Blue Pelican
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 544-2583
โฑThurs-Sat 5-8pm
๐ŸŒ thebluepelican.com
๐Ÿš— curbside pickup only

Cellar 152 Pub & Provisions
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-9000
โฑ Closed until weekend of January 15th
๐Ÿš— curbside * take-out
Click to: Order On Line
   deli counter & retail open
Cocktails to Go!

Chang Express
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-9140
โฑ Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat 3-8pm
Closed Sunday
๐Ÿš— take-out * curbside
     party tray delivery

Cone Corral & Pizzeria
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-6880
โฑ Mon, Wed-Sat 4-9pm
๐ŸŒ conecorral.com
๐Ÿš— takeout * curbside

Ethanology Distillation
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 498-2800
โฑ Thurs-Sat 1-10pm Sun 12-5pm
๐ŸŒ to order online:
๐Ÿš— patio pick-up

Flour Pot Bakery
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-9732
โฑ starting Jan. 8 Fri & Sat 7am - 2pm
๐ŸŒ theflourpotbakery
๐Ÿš— curbside, carry out, call ahead for special orders

Grand Traverse Resort/Jack's Taproom
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 534-6390
Pavilion tent open for al fresco meals
โฑFriday & Saturday 3 - 9 pm

Mico's Torch Riveria
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 322-4100/322-3104
โฑ Everyday 11:30 - 9 pm
๐ŸŒ micostorchlake.com
๐Ÿš— takeout * curbside
Delivery available
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-0530
โฑ Everyday 9am-8pm
Outside Patio Open 9am-8pm
๐Ÿš—  Curbside * Patio * online ordering

Pelican's Nest
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 533-9000
โฑ Wed-Sun 4-8pm
๐ŸŒ thepelicansnest.com
๐Ÿš—  curbside only * limited outside seating
     full menu & specials available

Reflect Bistro (inside Cambria Hotel)
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 778-9000
โฑ Everyday 7am-9pm
(last order taken at 8:30pm)
๐Ÿš—  take-out * curbside

Short's Brew Pub (Bellaire)
๐Ÿ“ž (231- 498-2300 x 2
โฑ Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
๐Ÿš— curbside * take-out * delivery (in-town)
      weekly/daily specials

T.J. Charlies
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-8819
โฑ Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat 7am-1pm
Sat 3-6pm ribs and chicken
Sun 7am-1pm
๐Ÿš— Take-out * delivery within village limits
Town Club
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 264-9914
โฑ Thurs 4-8pm, Fri & Sat. 12-8
๐Ÿš—  take-out
Townline Ciderworks
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 883-5330
โฑThurs-Sun 3-7pm
๐Ÿš— takeout * outdoor cidergarden
Waterfire Vineyards
๐Ÿ“ž (231) 498-2753
โฑ Sat-Sun 12:00-6:00 pm
๐Ÿš— outdoor service * 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
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 Yearโ€™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. 


Island House Readers * January Take & Make Crafts........ and more

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

The Elk Rapids District Library and Munson Healthcare are featured in this article by Connected Nation!

The Impact of Telehealth Within
Michigan Communities

In Michigan, one healthcare system teamed up with local libraries to help the general public learn how to use telehealth correctly. Munson Healthcare is northern Michiganโ€™s largest and leading healthcare system. Their Digital Health team has been working with Elk Rapids District Library and Leland Township Public Library to promote the use of hotspots for telehealth visits during the pandemic. ......Read Full Article
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:
As we look ahead to what 2021 has in store, we are pleased to share recent updates on what is happening up and down the corridor. Stay tuned for more from the project team over the coming months as we continue to make progress on this exciting community trail project.....Continue Reading
Greetings TARTans,
I started to write this note Wednesday afternoon, planning on sharing a lighthearted new year message. But I had to stop as I watched in disbelief at what was unfolding in our nation's capital. I don't consider this communication a platform to share political views and perspectives, but it is a way for me to reach out to you all on a personal level and share in the joys and, sometimes, the sorrows that we experience together. At TART I'm proud to work with so many diverse groups and leaders with multiple viewpoints as we all strive toward the shared goal of happy, healthy, resilient communities......Continue Reading
January is All About the Locals at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
ACME, Mich., January 11, 2021 โ€“ 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 Wannabeโ€™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
Free Ideal Protein
๏ปฟWeight Loss Seminar๏ปฟ
Call for Meeting Options

Tuesday January 12, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m.

Come learn about the doctor-supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.
Admission is free, but please RSVP, call 231-264-0700.
๏ปฟPresented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk Rapids Skin & Laser Clinic * 516 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids
(Mon. Jan.11 in Traverse City, Thurs. Jan.14 in Petoskey)
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.

New Year News from Harbor Fitness!

Our thanks go out to all our members for their support, and efforts to keep the gym open and safe. As the saying goes, It takes a village, and WHAT A VILLAGE we live in. Thank you!

In the spirit of the Season, Harbor Fitness is offering Specials that would make great gifts. What better way to show you care than investing in health and well-being? Whether it's for someone else, or.....yourself!
Family, Friend, or Foe Special:
1 Year Paid in Full Membership with 2 or more signups, get 10% off each membership

New Year Kick Start Special:
3 Month Individual Membership $150
Available until January 14, 2021

Gift Yourself, You're Worth It! Special:
1 Year Individual New Membership, enrollment fee waived

Spread the word! * We look forward to seeing you at the gym.
Harbor Fitness * 115 Ames St., Suite F, Elk Rapids
(231) 498-2224
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

Quote from a happy family who has studied with Bonnie......

" So, if you  are looking for  a one-of-a-kind teacher, Bonnie is it . 
She teaches music not just piano. If a song is too  difficult, she will transcribe it to your ability. If you like puppets, she's your teacher.   
We travel three and a half hours, one way , for lessons if that tells you anything ! "  A. Meyer 

To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: January 9, 2021
Re: Greetings from Raven Hill!

Hello, Everyone!
Since we are spending a lot of time at home these days, I thought it might be a perfect time to share Smallville with everyone. Raven Hill was on the cutting edge of the tiny house movement. In 2010, the Center was awarded a grant for Art and Architecture (aka Smallville) from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Along with support from local foundations, businesses, and individuals, our little village came to fruition. Raven Hill invited emerging artists, teachers, and professional artists to create miniature homes (18โ€ or less) for the town of Smallville, so named for Supermanโ€™s hometown. Artistic creations ranged from realistic to historic to fantasy......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.