From time to time I feature some of my favorite foodie or garden shopping spots. This month, I have to feature the Cherry Republic. Since Northern Michigan is the cherry capitol of the United States, cherries are quite popular here. This store is a “Michigan thing” and first opened in Glen Arbor in 1989. That location remains the flagship store, although recently this year, a second flagship store was expanded in Traverse City. The Traverse City store has grown in size and now includes a cafe, a bakery, and an ice creamery. The store also has a wine section with sampling available. Cherry soda is available for those who prefer a non alcoholic version.
Cherry Republic has two other locations, one in Charlevoix and one in Ann Arbor. We have visited each of these shops. I would love to say that I have sampled all the cherry products, but with 170 different varieties, that has not yet happened. They offer jams, nuts mixes, chocolates, granola, dried cherries, cherry coffee beans, hot chocolate, cherry pretzels, cherry peanut butter, ice cream toppings, sour cherries, cakes, cookies, salsa, cherry summer sausage, and even cherry vinaigrette. (and so much more)
I love to use their products and often serve them to guests in my home. Their mail order catalog suggests recipes using their products. I heard that our sunny but cool Spring weather should yield a large bumper cherry crop this summer up North. Wonderful.
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A trip up North would not be complete without a stop at one of their locations.