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

Jun 4 2020

With health precautions in place, farmers market season kicks off at Mt. Pleasant’s Island Park

2020-06-04T11:16:16+00:00June 4th, 2020|Epicenter|

The familiar sights and sounds of neighbors milling about the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market will seem a little different this year, at least in the beginning of the season. Health and safety restrictions and precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have dictated a change in the way we do many things these days.But the market, including

Jun 4 2020

Chippewa River offers wide variety of fun summer activities

2020-06-04T11:15:27+00:00June 4th, 2020|Epicenter|

Summer is just around the corner and with any luck the warm weather will provide a reprieve from the cabin-fever of quarantine. One place to enjoy the Mt. Pleasant summertime is the Chippewa River, which provides a variety of opportunities for summer fun that can be adapted to social distancing recommendations. Here are four fun ways

Apr 30 2020

Mt. Pleasant to install repair stations for bicyclists

2020-05-01T13:52:48+00:00April 30th, 2020|Epicenter|

The City of Mt. Pleasant is addressing its vision of a bikeable community by installing bicycle repair stations at three different locations. Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy said the stations have been assembled and are ready for installment in late May or early June once the weather changes. “These are great products that

Feb 20 2020

Local legends: the stories behind 5 of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular bars

2020-02-21T12:03:41+00:00February 20th, 2020|Epicenter|

In 1933, in the small town of Mt. Pleasant the bar business was booming. Prohibition had just ended, and in its wake a myriad of pubs and bars were popping up all over town. Some of those establishments continue to be prominent in the community today; but given their storied histories, there’s more to these local

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