Downtown Art Walk Friday May 1st

April 30, 2009

Artists take to the streets and storefronts this Friday in Traverse City

The Downtown Traverse City Association will host the spring Downtown Art Walk, sponsored by ABC 29&8 and WTCM on Friday, May 1, from 5 – 9 pm. Downtown Traverse City invites the public to enjoy art, refreshments, food and music while supporting our local and regional artists. Visit participating locations and check out the art scene from oil paintings to glass bead making along Front St., Cass, Union and the Warehouse District. 
Refreshments will be offered at various locations throughout the evening.  Purchase a commemorative wine glass and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Public Art projects.  The public has an opportunity to participate in a Public Art project throughout the evening, featuring a water theme.

The Annual Downtown Art Walk is provided by the over 200 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association.  Please contact the Downtown Traverse City Association at 922-2050 or e-mail for further information.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Opens May 1st

April 28, 2009

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre graphicDrive-In Theatre Opens for 56th Season

Every year since 1953, the official start of summer in Northern Michigan has been marked by the opening of the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre in Honor. The authentic 1950’s Drive-In Theatre offers the Finest in Food, Fun and Family Entertainment with a family-friendly double feature on weekends through May, then every night between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Shows start at dusk and families come early to enjoy a round of mini-golf, play a game of volleyball or have a delicious homemade dinner.


This year’s opening movies are Monsters vs. Aliens, rated PG, and Fast and Furious, rated PG-13.

New for the 2009 Season, owners Harry and Laura Clark have expanded Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies, located right next door to the Drive-In. “Now we’re offering great meals next door at Cherry Bowl Charlie’s Café inside Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies,” said Harry. The Café offers homemade sandwich and panini meals for $6.99 that include chips, an apple or carrots, and a homemade dessert. Those desserts are favorites of Café patrons and include pies, several flavors of cheesecake, fudge, cookies and brownies. Bakery items such as breads, croissants, and muffins are available for breakfast, too. Moviegoers can take advantage of special offers on meals at the Café before the show and can browse through the wide selection of Michigan-made gift items, too. Kids can build their own stuffed animal friend at the Cherry Bear Factory. Guests can dine in the Café, which offers free WiFi service, or call ahead for convenient carryout service.

A visit to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre is always an opportunity for families to make great memories. This year’s season offers lots of fun events between May and September to make your visit even more special. Check the theatre website at for the most up to date list of events and current movie listings. Cherry Bowl Gifts and Goodies will remain open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Interlochen 2009 Arts Festival Tickets Available

April 24, 2009

Arts Festival Tickets on Sale Today!

Interlochen Center for the Arts invites you to join us this summer to enjoy a great lineup that includes classical virtuosos, rock-n-roll legends, country superstars, folk icons, master comedians, phenomenal dancers and more!

Highlights include:

  • Willie Nelson & Family
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Paula Poundstone
  • Interlochen Irish Festival, featuring Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul and the Glengarry Bhoys
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • Parsons Dance Company
  • Hot Peas ‘N Butter
  • Indigo Girls
  • Styx
  • The Capitol Steps
  • Joan Baez
  • Cherryholmes
  • The Wallflowers …and much more!

Ticket go on sale today, April 24 and can be ordered online at or by calling the Interlochen Box Office at 231.276.7800 or 800.681.5920

Downtown TC Celebrates Earth Day, Children & Chocolate

April 23, 2009

 Festivals, Parties and Parades, Oh My! Downtown Traverse City will be busy this weekend.


The fun begins on Saturday, April 25th with the 20th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade. It begins at noon starting at Central Grade School.  Everyone is encouraged to parade in costumes, or just sit back and watch.  After the parade, gather at Hannah Park for more festivities and a community potluck.


Along with the parade Downtown Traverse City is also hosting their Celebration for Young Children from 11am – 3pm on Saturday. Activities and events will be held at the City Opera House, Traverse City State Bank, Horizon Books and various locations downtown. 



If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated check out the Traverse City Chocolate Festival. The inaugural event takes place Sunday, April 26th at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City from 1-5pm. The proceeds  benefit the Michigan Community Action Agency’s food programs. It features area chocolatiers along with wine and other beverages. For more info check out this link:


Congratulations Small Business of the Year Nominees

April 13, 2009

 Mealtickets Advertisers Vie for Small Business of the Year Award

Chamber Small Business Celebration logoEach year the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce hosts a Small Business Celebration and awards one local establishment the honor of Small Business of the Year. This year three Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas advertisers are among the nominees.


The Cherry Stop, owned and operated by Nick and Jamie Roster, is a specialty store in Downtown Traverse City featuring everything cherry. Located on Front Street, The Cherry Stop offers direct shipping and operates a unique wine bar in the back of the store overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. 

Chateau Chantal, an Old Mission must-see, is a beautiful winery complete with rolling vineyards, a tasting room and a bed & breakfast. Guests enjoy fantastic views from the rooms which are named after famous artists.

Right Brain Brewery, located in the Warehouse district of Traverse City, is a local favorite. Owner Russell Springsteen has created a comfortable retreat for beer lovers to explore the many flavor possibilities of brewer John Niedermier. The brewery is located next to Salon Saloon, where guests can have their hair trimmed while they sip a stout.


Check out these three fantastic businesses, and all the other deserving nominees at this year’s Small Business Celebration at the Candidate’s Showcase held this Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City from 5:30 – 7:30pm. There is no cost for the event. So come, meet the candidates and wish them good luck.