Apr 15 2021

Central Escapes brings puzzle-solving fun to Mt. Pleasant

April 15th, 2021|Epicenter|

Charlene Northon and her husband Kevin have owned and operated Central Escapes in Mt. Pleasant for just over three years now, but it wasn’t long before then that inspiration for the business struck as a result of family memories. Charlene Northon defines an escape room as a “physical adventure game in which 2-8 players solve a

Mar 11 2021

Over 1,000 pizzas donated through The Cabin’s Pizza 4 Hope program

March 11th, 2021|Epicenter|

When Michigan shut down indoor dining in 2020, local restaurant owner John Hunter wanted to find a way to give back to the community while continuing to provide employment for his workers. Hunter, who owns The Cabin, Hunter’s Ale House, and O’Kelly’s, found a solution in Pizza 4 Hope. “We were trying to connect frontline workers

Dec 17 2020

Stakeholders across Mid-Michigan collaborate on strategic plan to develop Chippewa River Water Trail

December 17th, 2020|Epicenter|

Flowing for over 90 miles, the Chippewa River touches a wide variety of communities, and there are many people and organizations interested and invested in its future – from students at Central Michigan University to residents who live along the river, from the City of Mt. Pleasant Parks to Midland County Parks and Recreation, from downtown

Oct 22 2020

Isabella County parks offer year-round opportunities for recreation

October 22nd, 2020|Epicenter|

There has always been significant value in the parks, but since the quarantine resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been driven outdoors, motivated to find new opportunities for recreation. In their search, many have discovered their local parks and developed a newfound appreciation for them. Parks offer more to communities than an area to

Oct 1 2020

Local Legends: 4 diners that deliver delicious meals and deals in central Michigan

October 1st, 2020|Epicenter|

Every movie or television show set in the 1950’s has one: a local diner. Depending on individual specialties, the establishment may be famous for burgers, pies, milkshakes, coffee, or exceptional service. What central Michigan diners offer competes valiantly with any national chain or franchise. Here’s four – but not nearly close to all – of the

Oct 1 2020

Respond to fall’s call with these 7 fun fall activities in Isabella County and across the region

October 1st, 2020|Epicenter|

As soon as the air feels crisp, the thoughts of many Michiganders turn to pumpkins, cider, cozy clothes, and crunching leaves. While autumn in Michigan may look a little different due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of fall activities to keep you and your family busy without sacrificing safety.Conquer the highest peak in Isabella CountyA

Aug 13 2020

Bike repair stations installed in Island and Nelson parks, downtown

August 13th, 2020|Epicenter|

Retractable tools. An airpump. There’s even a QR code bicyclists can scan with their smartphones, immediately bringing up instructions for how to operate the bike repair station. There's a reason these bike repair stations are considered "Deluxe." When Chris Bundy says that the city put in a lot of research before purchasing the right bicycle repair

Jul 9 2020

Chamber, CVB, MMDC pivot efforts to continue supporting local businesses throughout pandemic

July 9th, 2020|Epicenter|

At first Chris Rowley, executive director of the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, thought COVID-19 would be short lived. At the time, the way the virus would alter American life, on both a local and national scale, was unimaginable. It didn’t take long, however, for Rowley — and executives from the Mt. Pleasant Chamber

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