TALK OF THE TOWN: JULY 22, 2021

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Donna & Aubry from West Shore Bank
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WEEK IN REVIEW

**NEW BUSINESS ALERT**

  • Babe’s Candyland will be opening soon at 307 S James St featuring bulk candy. They are also opening a sandwich shop in the same building later this summer.

CULTURE & MEDIA

  1. LACA is bringing back the Courtyard Concert series on Tuesday evenings starting August 3rd. They also hosted Bradford Loomis in the performance hall last week.
  2. Sandcastles Children’s Museum shared this creation made by a child visiting the museum. They announced the Amazing & Almost True Tale of Ossawald Crumb and the Michigan White Pine play event, which will be on the stage August 6-7. Admission is free, according to museum director, Kristin Korendyke. The play features several animal characters made famous in the Anishinaabe language of the Ottawa peoples— Waawaashkeshi, the white-tailed deer, Makwa, the black bear, and the large trickster rabbit, Gitchii-Waabooz. Also seen in the play are wise, old Grandmother Pine, Zhingwaak- Ookomis, and an Ottawa elder named Leading Thunder. The 30-minute play, written by local playwright, Rick Plummer, tells the story of how the forest creatures, led by the sacred pine tree and a wise Native American, teach the legendary lumberjack about the evils of clear-cutting and deforestation. Plummer also directs the production.
  3. The Library gave some suggestions for fans of Loki.  They announced a program where kids can earn free rides at the West Michigan Fair by reading library book! Get the details on their website. And there is a great article on Mason County Press spotlighting Sue Carlson, who has racked up THREE DECADES at the Ludington Library!
  4. WMOM is dishing out $102.70 to people with WMOM stickers on their cars! Stop in to the station to pick up a free sticker and you could win.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  1. ABC Kidz has new items on the Dot Dot Smile rack, sizes up to 14.
  2. Backstage Hobbies & Games says if you like the Love Letter or Marvel games, you’ll love Infinity Gauntlet. It has similar mechanics as Love Letter, but with Marvel characters fighting Thanos trying to get the Infinity Stones! And for Harry Potter fans, they have restocked Marauder Michigan shirts and have a new 1000 piece puzzle and Spot It (Harry Potter themed).
  3. Book Mark has new photography prints and greeting cards from Greg Wagner/WagsStuff, author of the much-beloved Michigan Treasure & Traditions Cookbook. They also have a variety of art prints from favorite local artist, Milo Beeman, that feature area landmarks.
  4. Cedar Chest has a beautiful wedding dress (size 12) in the shop.
  5. Evergreen Natural Foods Market featured Stomach Ease tea by Yogi Tea. It’s one of their go-tos for feeling heavy, bloated or just not well in the belly. It’s packed full of herbs to support healthy digestion including fennel seed, licorice root, ginger, and peppermint. They also have some new handmade mugs in stock.
  6. Giving Tree Garden Center featured a few items at the greenhouse including gazing balls, succulents, bird feeders and flowering arrangements.
  7. Gliks new blog talks about how monochromatic fashion is finding its way into everyone’s closets this year. Styling an outfit with the same color hue by using different textures or shades, provides an overall chic, tonal look that will have everyone talking. Read more: https://www.gliks.com/…/everyday-monochromatic-looks
  8. Hegg’s Furniture has some adorable new wall art available, as well as these cool pocket wall vases.
  9. Instrumental Music carries many acoustic guitar brands, one of them being Larrivée (a now USA-made brand) and each guitar is made entirely of solid wood. Their stock includes Mahogany, Rosewood and Bhilwara, with a few different styles.
  10. Ludington Paint & Glass can cut curved table top glass pieces, like this server top.
  11. Ludington Yacht Sales posted a 2900 Tiara on the market this week. They also welcomed new employee Kevin Miller, who is now a broker in the Ludington office.
  12. Magyar’s has 50% off thru the end of July. They are several handmade sun hats that are super unique and fun!
  13. Mariellen’s Hallmark featured a few fun items this week including one of Jen’s favorite hoodies, LumiPet soft and cuddly light companions, and the anti-theft Rucksacks.
  14. My Sister’s Closet has a few new bags on the shop floor and they are looking to re-home this amazing piano!
  15. Nautical Yarn introduced us to two of their employees, Michele and Debbie, both of whom have been knitting since they were kids!
  16. Purple Monkey Children’s Boutique has Copper Pearl items in stock and it doesn’t last long! They have swimsuits for all kiddos as well as these SUPER soft plushies and activity blankets from Demdaco.
  17. Red Door Gallery started their kids art camp this week and posted these rules, which we think are great for anyone!
  18. Sloaney’s and their customers shared some fun Big Foot photos!
  19. Snyder’s Shoes is carrying Hoka’s new hiker. You can read all about the new product here then stop into the shop to try a pair on.
  20. Spindrift Cyclesports  was featured in a great article by PikeLife.com, which introduces Dave, how he was involved in the start of the Shoreline Cycle Club, and his top 5 bicycling safety tips.
  21. Sweet Peach Children’s Boutique hosted a Silhouette Event this week.
  22. Todd & Brad Reed Photography was one of the downtown businesses featured in Amy Piper’s article “Ludington, Michigan: Where Art Meets Fun In The Sun”. The blogger also mentioned the areas cultural  trail system, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, as well as Q Smokehouse, Crown & Cork, Table 14, and both of our downtown Ludington breweries.
  23. Trailhead Bike Shop has new inventory hitting the racks.
  24. Windowsill featured the novel Providence. “Part love story, part supernatural thriller and completely engrossing” (People)—from the acclaimed author of You, now a hit Netflix series.

DINING

  1. Crown & Cork posted a pic from the deck, overlooking Ludington’s Municipal marina. If you’re looking for a view of the water during your dining experience, this is a great spot! We also recommend the decks at Jamesport and Timbers for views of the harbor.
  2. HumaniTea was featured on the vlog, West Michigan Eats. Jeff called it a tea room so friggin’ sweet it may just put Hersey’s out of business! 😍💎 His page is worth a follow if you want to discover good eats in our area. 
  3. Keeper’s Fish Shack showed off their new merch!
  4. Krave Frozen Yogurt has Cookies & Cream on tap!
  5. Ludington Bay Brewing Co was the featured brew on MI Playground’s new series “Go Here, Do This“.
  6. Q Smokehouse now has their liquor license AND they are members of the LOSD social district! AND the back pavilion seating is now open!
  7. Sportsman’s // Prime Rib French Dip
  8. Table 14 // Whitefish with Lobster Tomato Sauce // Halibut w/ Pesto Oil Drizzle
  9. Timber’s Bar & Grill // Salmon // Surf N’ Turf // Scallops
  10. The Mitten Bar // Tap Board // Coconut Lime Paloma

SERVICES

  1. Adora Studio of Hair showcased a couple Olaplex products AND has a contest running until Saturday. Enter to win this set, simply by leaving a review of Adora Studio of Hair on Google.
  2. The Refinery has Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Restylane Kysse, and the NEW LIPS+ from Revanesse all in stock. And while we think you should not be ashamed to do things that make you feel good… they do offer back door entry upon request. Jen says, if it makes you happy, who cares what anyone else thinks!! 🙂
  3. Vintage Nutz has some great vinyl in the shop as well as new tees!
  4. West Shore Bank is gearing up for Rhythm & Dunes! Check the podcast or live show to listen to us chat with Donna and Aubry about the upcoming free concerts.

EVENT LIST

THURSDAY – JULY 22

  • National Hammock Day// Provisions has em!
  • NAUTICAL YARN // Knit & Crochet on the Patio 1-3pm
  • LEGACY PLAZA // Live in the Plaza // Mike Luusua // 5-8pm
  • STEARNS PARK // Slow Roll Bike Ride // 6:30pm
    This is a social ride with a relaxed pace riding the alleys and back streets of town. Ride will begin and end near the south concession stand at the city beach. The ride coincides with the Beach Bonfire that begins at 8:00 pm so bring a chair and some refreshments and stick around.
  • STEARNS PARK // Pure Ludington Sunset Bonfire // 8-10pm

FRIDAY – JULY 23

  • National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • SANDCASTLES //  Friday’s on the Deck // Conga Drumming
  • LIBRARY // Family Fun Craft Bags // 11am-3pm
  • LEGACY PLAZA // Farmers Market // 3-7pm
  • LEGACY PLAZA // Family Tree Mosaic Workshop // 4-6pm
    LUDINGTON’S FAMILY TREE MOSAIC will be installed in the restroom vestibule at Legacy Park. You can be a part of the mosaic by decorating your own clay leaf or apple tile at one of the workshops led by Mary Case listed below. Add a family name, positive message or just a creative design and your artwork will be part of the mosaic.
    Not feeling crafty, but still want to be a part of this fundraiser? No problem! Our staff can design a leaf for you.
    WORKSHOP FEES: Small leaf: $50, Large leaf: $100, Apple: $500, Tall grass: $1,000
  • LUDINGTON BAY // Live Music: Lynn Callihan // 6-9pm

SATURDAY – JULY 24


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MONDAY – JULY 26


TUESDAY – JULY 27


WEDNESDAY – JULY 28