Mar 11 2021

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

2021-03-11T10:56:06+00:00March 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

Feb 4 2021

Five options for winter fun in Central Michigan

2021-02-08T15:18:09+00:00February 4th, 2021|Epicenter|

Finding ways to have fun and stay safe during summer 2020 was an adventure in itself. Now that winter has come along, the challenge is twofold. But, don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the hidden treasures mid-Michigan has in store. Here are five opportunities we found to enjoy the outdoors during the

Dec 17 2020

10 holiday displays to see in Mt. Pleasant this year

2020-12-17T10:13:46+00:00December 17th, 2020|Epicenter|

Season revelers, the time has come to enjoy a favored tradition to herald in the Christmas season. Discover stunning holiday displays that are lighting up the community and brightening the spirits of many this holiday season. So bundle up, and be sure to wear your boots as you may want to venture into the snow to

Dec 17 2020

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

2020-12-17T10:15:51+00:00December 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

2020-10-22T10:19:47+00:00October 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

2020-10-02T14:30:52+00:00October 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

2020-10-02T14:32:02+00:00October 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

2020-08-14T09:38:23+00:00August 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

2020-07-15T11:24:28+00:00July 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

Jun 25 2020

State grants help 22 downtown Mt. Pleasant businesses keep the lights on

2020-07-09T13:49:16+00:00June 25th, 2020|Epicenter|

It hasn’t even been a year since Courtney Jerome moved her digital marketing firm to its permanent location in downtown Mt. Pleasant. And what a few months it has been. Jerome owns and operate Courtney Jerome Media in a space above Ponder Coffee Company downtown. Her business, like any number of others, has been affected by

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