Connection & Communication

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce held a revamped and expanded “Manistee Forward” meeting in Arcadia Township Hall on May 24th.

The content focus included presentations on Economic Development 101 presented by Marc Miller, Director of Economic Development at the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce (pictured above), and Housing Basics (Housing North) with our hosts at Arcadia Township, Tracy Catlin and Janice McCraner (pictured below).

All public officials and related stakeholder groups in Manistee County were invited to discuss economic and community development.

In this issue:

Thank you for your support. We are making positive, incremental change happen in the area! For more information or to support our economic development efforts, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (231) 723-2575 or via email.

New Members/Investors

We encourage you to read and get to know a bit about your fellow Chamber Investors!

Manistee Shoreline ShowCase - Since 2003, Manistee ShoreLine ShowCase has been a volunteer, not-for-profit concert series featuring internationally touring professional, jazz, blues, pop, rock, and R&B entertainers. FREE to the public at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday nights at First Street Beach. Click the image to the left to download!

Alpine Chocolat Haus Manistee - Located in Downtown Manistee, Alpine Chocolat Haus features boxed chocolats, Chocolat Haus Chips, Carmel Corn, chocolat and caramel coated apples, fudge, seafoam, brittle, bark, pretzels, marshmallow treats, specialty items, and a variety of Michigan made ice cream. Get your sweet or sugar-free fix today!

The Speckled Goat - Located in Onekama, MI, The Speckled Goat specializes in gourmet ready-to-go sandwiches, salads, soups, dips, on-the-fly charcuterie, bath & body, and not to mention desserts! Hours are Monday & Tuesday from 7:30 AM - 5 PM, Wednesday - Saturday 7:30 AM - 7 PM, and closed on Sunday. Follow them on Facebook for more. 

Love Wines Winery of Ludington -Offering wines made from local fruit and grapes all fermented onsite at our lakeside winery and tasting room. Enjoy a tasting while snacking on Michigan cheese while your children sip on Michigan sodas or flavored waters. If you would like to schedule a private tour of our facility, reserve our tasting room for a private party, or have any additional questions, give us a call at 231 843-3363.

High Performance Services, Inc. - Servicing Manistee, Mason, and Oceana Counties, High Performance provides a variety of services such as exterior cleaning soft wash, tree removal services, handyman services, and interior cleaning. Learn more online at or

Aambe Health - Aambe Health provides Primary Healthcare, Occupational Health, Safety Training, and other similar services to support a more proactive healthcare solution for your workplace and our community. Learn more at

The Outsider Manistee, LLC - We bring food together with recreation in a way that promotes the exploration of Manistee. Handhelds, huge salads, wraps, and sides that feel like entrees along with a seasonal mashup menu that rotates clever creations that are oh-so-tasty, and interesting. We use quality ingredients that are thoughtfully sourced. The Outsider loves to help people picnic, learn more online at


Join us in congratulating the following organizations, businesses, and non-profits who recently celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony (click to enlarge the image):

Alpine Chocolat Haus - Manistee: May 10

Clean Water Recovery Facility: May 18

The Speckled Goat:

May 25

2022/2023 Manistee Area Leadership Cohort

Coming soon...

Budweiser Clydesdales hosted by Ludington Beverage Co.: June 8

Join us on Thursday, June 8th at First Street Beach for a viewing of the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales right here in Manistee!

5:00 p.m. Parade around the beach loop

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Photo Opportunity with the Budweiser Clydesdales

Brought to us by Ludington Beverage Company, in celebration of 90 years of service to West Michigan, and the birthdays of both the Budweiser Clydesdales and Ludington Beverage CO.

Chamber Golf Outing presented by Smith & Eddy Insurance: June 15

Get your foursome and Hawaiian fashion ready (within appropriate reason) for June 15th at Manistee National Golf & Resort! Your team's registration includes:

And supports your local Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, while meeting and networking with fellow business owners, non-profits, and organization representatives. Click here to register.

Register for the Independence Day Parade Before June 19

The Independence Day Parade has been a yearly tradition since the 1930s, and 2023 is no exception. The route will begin at the corner of Division St. and River St., then follow River St. out to the Armory. We will be joined by the 338th Army Band, Scottville Clown Band, and local businesses and schools.

Thank you to our parade sponsors, Edward Jones: Financial Advisor Jeff Reau, and Spicer Group, Inc. for bringing us this year's Independence Day Parade.

Click here to sign up for the Independence Day Parade

Add your event to the Manistee National Forest Festival:

June 29 - July 4

If you have any events planned for June 29th - July 4th, please submit the details online at to be added to the Forest Festival Event Schedule and print brochure. Let's make this year's festival even better than the last!

Member/Investor Updates

Sports Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery, LLC - Any businesses or organizations who need shirts for walking in the parade, PLEASE order by June 5th to guarantee them for the 4th or July.

Click here for more information.

Tomaski Agency, Inc. - Seeking a Customer Service Representative, with competitive pay, on-the-job training, continuous education, paid vacation, and a flexible schedule (after a probationary period). Please send resumes to

Manistee Beverage Company -  Run the Pier 5k is proudly presented by NOMI Racing, and raises funds for local causes. This year, Stomp Out Cancer is in the spotlight!

Click HERE to register today, rates will increase after June 29th.

Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee -  Now part of the 'Stee Social District! Sip your favorite beverage while you watch a movie or take it with you on a stroll. Learn more about the Social District here.

MacBeth & Co. -  New renovations & open for the season. Thank you for the invite, Beth! The store is lovely.

Manistee County Library -  Summer Reading Challenge, All Together Now, begins June 10th with a kickoff at the Vogue Theatre! Watch Shrek free for those who come, first come, first served. Sign kids up to join the challenge and enjoy a free book! For more info please contact

Congratulations to Deb Greenacre, former executive director of the Manistee County Library, on your new position at the Alpena County Library! Best of luck on your newest adventure.

To have your business update featured in the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter or on social media, please email with the subject line "Member/Investor Updates."

Get involved!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Bring your business, non-profit, or organization into the spotlight with one of our many program sponsorship opportunities.

  • Annual Chamber Golf Outing Lunch Sponsor
  • Forest Festival Golf Outing Cart Sponsor 
  • Forest Festival Whispering Pines Mobile Petting Zoo Sponsor
  • Chamber UnTapped September

For more information on sponsor recognition and costs, please browse our Sponsorship Brochure or Event Sponsorship Brochure.

Community Transformers

These businesses go above and beyond to invest in the Chamber programs & events,

ultimately benefiting our community. Thank you!

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