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Ready To Come Home

Oct. 21, 2022 — It is Wednesday in Amsterdam, and we are in transit home to Glen Arbor. Yesterday, we saw pictures Hawthorn took after the big wind and rainstorm that ripped through the north. The back of my truck is smashed and undrivable. On Monday night, a huge branch from a 200-year-old oak fell …

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Halloween 2022

Halloween 2022 is less than three weeks away, so we checked in with our Cherry Republic outposts to see what kind of spooky fun is on tap for this ghostly holiday. In addition to surprises planned for our six Michigan retail stores, there are also lots of community events planned throughout the Republic. Here’s a …

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A New Olympic Sport

Oct. 7, 2022 — On Sunday, Hawthorn and I watched the latest episode of The Rings of Power. We were munching on a bag of popcorn and enjoying the show when Sonny thought he’d join us. So our big dog snaked his way between our coffee table and couch and under teenage legs and positioned …

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Fall In Love With Holland

We have a saying in the Republic that cherries don’t grow in ugly places, and the same can be said for the hometowns of our six Cherry Republic retail stores. And our Holland, Michigan, store is a prime example. Holland’s iconic Big Red Lighthouse has stood watch over the town’s harbor for nearly 100 years …

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Breaking Out The Flannels

Sept. 29, 2022 — I don’t ever remember such a profound shift from summer 80s to the windy, wet and cold of fall. It is beautiful — these days of big clouds over hillsides with the first hints of orange. Of huge waves scouring clean the remnants of summer beach fires, sand castles and footprints. …