August 6, 2020
Here's how local businesses are coping

We asked our members how they are doing these days, when many of us have had to change how we conduct business. Is your business or organization doing something new, different, smart, and/or creative? Can your ideas help others? If so, we'd like to feature you in this new Member Spotlight feature.

If you’d like to be included in our Member Spotlight and share some of your ideas and coping strategies, please take this short survey. Then we will share them with our newsletter readers and social media followers. We plan to run several each week, so stay tuned.

We've received some great answers - 10 in the past two weeks and five more this week from:
  • Harbor Springs Mattress Co.
  • Wilson Insurance Agency
  • Hilda of Harbor
  • Two Glass Gents
  • Gattle's Fine Linens
Dar Charlebois, Harbor Springs Mattress Company:
"The pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of supporting our own communities and small businesses"

What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began?  
Of course, we have had to follow the Governor's guidelines like other businesses, with social distancing, extra sanitization and face masks. We also went a step further with additional protective measures such as disposable medical grade paper liners for our beds, similar to the paper you sit on at the doctors office. We have made our own pillows and purchased disposable paper pillow cases for our customers, to make them feel safer.
In our handcrafted production facility we have also had to become creative as Covid continues to affect our supply chain. We have had to reach out to several new companies in order to fill the gaps, and in the case of our natural cotton, we were able to source a new cotton fiber from a smaller company in America that is even more natural and organic than our previous cotton.

What has worked?  
One thing that has worked in our favor is that our customers are more appreciative than ever, of made in America, and especially made in Michigan products. There are few things we spend as much time with or are as close to as our bed. The fact that our mattresses are made fresh to order, one at a time, right here in Harbor Springs, has been a welcome benefit to our customers. We see more and more people in our stores who are coming in because they want to support local. The pandemic has had a leveling effect in some ways and has made many of us more aware of the importance of supporting our own communities and small businesses.

Another thing that has worked in our favor is that people are spending more time in bed than ever before. This has brought comfort and a chemical-free sleeping environment more to the forefront.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the past 4 months?
The most important thing we have learned is the value of supporting locally made products and businesses. It is the smaller businesses in Michigan that we have a relationship with that have been there to support us in our supply chain.

We took a leap of faith, and opened a third store on July 1st in Traverse City. This was something that we had in the works before COVID, and it would have been easy to stop moving forward, and certainly we considered not doing so. But we took a chance, and while we are still working hard to make it a success, we feel confident that it was the right move. We are thankful that what we have been doing all along - handcrafting ourselves here locally, has a renewed appreciation.

If there is anything else you would like to share?  
COVID has and continues to reset our lives and our businesses. I believe we are going to come through this with a renewed value for simplicity, and a more wholesome approach to how we relate to ourselves, each other and our planet.

> Harbor Springs Mattress Company, 8643 Harbor Petoskey Road M-199, Harbor Springs, 231-373-3638.
Phillip Goldsmith, Wilson Insurance Agency:
"We were not prepared to send our staff to work from home so suddenly; when we tried to get computers, they were out of stock"
What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began?  
We have asked our clients to wear masks upon entering the office, and if they would like to set up a meeting with an agent we can take appointments.

We are blessed to be able to still offer the same great customer service we have been since 1981.

What has worked?
Our line of work allows the majority of our business to be available online or by phone so it is very minimal that we would have to have a face-to-face interaction. This is a great way to protect our customers and our staff from unneeded exposure.
What has NOT worked? 
We were not prepared to send our staff to work from home so suddenly, and when we tried to get computers they were out of stock. This made it difficult for our staff to do their daily tasks and to keep our office running efficiently. We are now preparing for this next fall in case of another shut down, so that we can keep working from home and providing great service.

What is the one most important thing you have learned?
We can be flexible and we can be compassionate. We have been able to adjust to the changes that we have needed to make in order to comply with any governmental orders, and we have kept a smile on our faces during this time. More than anything we want to be available to our customers and show our support to our community.

Anything else you would like to share?
Wilson Insurance Agency is an independent agency that has been able to provide excellent customer service since 1981. We are not a large agency and therefore are able to be present and available to our customers and build a great relationship with them. We service all of Michigan and provide auto, home, commercial, farm and life insurances. We love our community and try to find areas to give back.

> Wilson Insurance Agency, 2073 US-31, Petoskey, 231.347.4464.
Nancy Breighner from Hilda of Harbor:
"People are not shopping the same as they have in the past"

Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Kulp had the honor of sitting down to chat with Nancy Breighner, the long-time owner of Hilda of Harbor, on Tuesday. Nancy is an amazing woman with a wealth of knowledge and understanding for Harbor Springs, our surrounding areas, and the merchants within our beautiful downtown area. Before we got to the survey questions about Covid, I needed to learn a little bit about Hilda of Harbor, and the roots of the store. Over 30 years ago, Hilda of Harbor grew out of a trip to Carmel, CA and a store Nancy and her husband visited there. Nancy took those ideas and ran with them. Hilda of Harbor grew from the original shop here in Harbor Springs to at one point six stores in the state of Michigan. 

After much conversation, we got around to discussing Covid-19.

What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began?
We are cleaning the store continuously. There has been an extensive amount of time spent making sure that the store is continually wiped down, and all surfaces are maintained. Hilda of Harbor is fortunate to have a decent amount of square footage, which allows the opportunity for social distancing for customers and employees. 

What has worked? 
The one thing that continues to hold true is the uniqueness of the store, and the quality of the apparel. People know they can count on Hilda‘s to continue to have top quality as well as different clothing lines from what they will find in other stores. This is very advantageous. 

What has not worked? 
We have noticed a shift in the customer base this year. We are seeing a younger crowd, and not as many purchasers. People are not shopping in the same way as they have in the past. We are not exactly sure why that is. 

What is the most important thing you have learned over the past four months? 
We normally rely on the second home owners and we are not seeing those individuals as frequently. People are not shopping the same as they have in the past. 

Anything else to share with others? 
The scary thing is, if this continues or we have to shut down again, what will happen to downtown Harbor Springs? I truly love Harbor Springs and our uniqueness. I genuinely wish the very best for all of our businesses and for their continued success. All of our shops are nice, and different, and fit their own niche. One final thing I would love to see is the resurrection of the merchants group to have the same feeling of camaraderie as in the past.

> Hilda of Harbor, Main and State Streets, Harbor Springs, (231) 526-6914.
Blaize Mason,Two Glass Gents:
"We started doing Electrostatic Sanitizing in addition to other cleaning services we offer"

What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began?  
Initially we had to delay the start of our season, then we had to implement new safety measures like providing the crew with PPE to wear inside of homes with clients. We also had to make sure everyone was diligent about washing and sanitizing their hands extremely frequently. Ultimately we decided to add a new service to help people have some peace of mind. We started doing Electrostatic Sanitizing in addition to other cleaning services we offer.

What has worked?  
The PPE really helped people feel comfortable with us being in their homes. And it's a pretty new service but the Electrostatic Sanitizing seems to be something that local businesses in particular have shown quite a bit of interest in.

What has NOT worked?  
Fortunately, everything has worked out pretty well this year. It's been an adjustment but we've done what we needed to to guarantee the safety of our crews and our customers.

What is the most important thing you have learned?
As this was all beginning to unfold and stay-at-home orders were in place there was some concern about what to expect this season. We just waited until we were given the green light to work and took it all one day at a time. We already knew that our clients and this community we are fortunate to live and work in are amazing, but seeing everyone be patient and do their best to adjust to the new normal really reassured us of that.

Anything else you would like to share?  
We also learned that you need to be flexible. We saw that there was a need for people to feel safer and if we can do something new to help with that, we want to.

> Two Glass Gents, Harbor Springs & Petoskey, 231-881-4050.
Gattles owner Glenna Atkinson and store manager Abby Rogers

Glenna Atkinson of Gattle's Fine Linens:
"I have appreciated being a part of the Chamber of Commerce through all of this"

What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began? 
We have instituted a sanitizing regime, wear masks, and distance ourselves.

What has worked? 
All this seems to work well. It seems we have to be extra friendly, welcoming and patient with customers.

What has NOT worked? 
Stressing over the whole thing does not help.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the past 4 months?
Change is inevitable and adjusting is imperative. Pulling together, supporting our community is important. We are all in this together.

Anything else you would like to share?
I have appreciated being a part of the Chamber of Commerce through all of this. Their support in bringing us information and feeling a part of other businesses makes us feel more secure and less worried. Thank you.

> Gattle's Fine Linens, 236 E Main St., Harbor Springs, 231-242-4377.

The Member Spotlight features above were included in our August 6th Harbor Happenings newsletter.

Here is the rest of our newsletter from that day:

3 weeks remain for Street Musique on Thursdays
There are just three weeks remaining for this summer's Street Musique with music taking place on the streets of downtown Harbor Springs from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 6. Street Musique continues on Thursdays through August 20.

The theme for this week's music is: The Sounds of Emmet County, featuring Chris Michels, Tyler Parkin, Hand in the Hopper and The Lonely Lovers. This year, there are seven new picnic tables at the waterfront, donated by the Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA), so pick up a take-out dinner and cocktail at one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy the music. Also new this year: State Street is closed from Bay to Main Street for strollers and music lovers. Social distancing is enforced by roaming volunteers.

Street Musique is a program of the Harbor Springs Chamber Foundation and the Blissfest Music Organization and is supported through contributions by many in the community including the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.

Here are tonight's musicians and their locations, also shown on the map above:

A. Hand in the Hopper at Johan's Pastry Shop
B. Lonely Lovers at Mary Ann Archer Gallery
C. Tyler Parkin at Pierson's Grille & Spirits
D. Chris Michels Band at the Waterfront

> Next week's August 13th Street Musique will feature Blues, Tunes and More with Lara Fullford & The Riverdogs, Keith Scott, Holly Keller-Thompson, and Peacemeal String Band.
DONATIONS WELCOME! Street Musique is funded solely by contributions. Please consider supporting this long-standing program that brings music and joy to downtown Harbor Springs. Donations are tax deductible and much appreciated! You can make your donation online or mail a check to the Harbor Springs Chamber Foundation, 368 E. Main St., Harbor Springs MI 49740.
Chamber Gazebo now open Thursday through Sunday

The Chamber’s Visitor Information Gazebo on the Waterfront near Stafford’s Pier restaurant has reopened and is staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday. Our regular crew of “Gazebo Guys” - Fred Tabor, Dave McSherry and Larry Richey - are there to answer questions and give out brochures, maps and information to visitors.

Chamber members who have updated brochures and fliers are encouraged to drop them off for use at the Gazebo and at the Chamber office, 368 Main Street.

People typically ask - and our guys give answers - about topics such as fishing, restrooms, boating, bike rentals, the Pointer boat tour, Mackinac Island, the Lighthouse,where to get sandwiches, the Tunnel of Trees, ice cream and lakefront dining. Visitors on a summer day last year were from Ohio, Florida, Chicago, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Holland and Clarkston MI, Dallas, Baltimore, San Antonio, California, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana and Colorado.
Safe Harbor masks and window clings available

Our original order of Safe Harbor face masks sold out quickly, and more are now available at the Harbor Springs Chamber office, 368 E. Main Street. The office is open from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional masks are available for $10 and Safe Harbor window clings are $3, including sales tax. If you missed out or would like to order more, you can purchase masks online, or just stop in and purchase them at our office.
HS resident John DaMoose wins GOP state rep primary
From the Petoskey News-Review: Harbor Springs resident John N. DaMoose will face Sault Ste. Marie's Jim Page in the race for Michigan's 107th District House seat in the Nov. 3 general election. According to unofficial vote totals reported by the Michigan Secretary of State, DaMoose easily won a seven-way race in the Republican primary, receiving more than 56 percent of the vote, while Page defeated Brimley resident Kurt Perron by about a 70-30 percent margin in the Democratic primary race.
Primary election winner John DaMoose, third from right, with his family.
The 107th District includes the counties of Emmet, Mackinac, Chippewa and portions of Cheboygan. The seat is currently held by House speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican from Levering who cannot run again because of term limits. Full story.

> County & township results: Linderman wins prosecutor race and more - Story

CIty only owns part of West Bluff; Tree trimming moratorium ends - Story

Health Dept. announces Covid-19 testing by appointment - Story | Latest update

Harbor Springs Library restoration update - Story | Library newsletter

Little Traverse Conservancy's annual meeting report - Video
City of Harbor Springs news

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES - Harbor Springs Parks and Recreation is offering free exercise classes with instructor Jeanne Schaberg at Zorn Park, starting this week. Participants are asked to bring a mat or towel. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s for everybody. Social distancing practices are a priority for all classes.
ZUMBA: Monday (5pm- 6 pm). An exhilarating, easy-to-follow, international dance inspired, calorie-burning fitness party™ that will leave you wanting more! No dance experience needed, just a desire to sweat and have fun.
TIGHT & TONED: Tuesday (9am-9:45 am) Sculpt your entire body while building muscle through small movements and isometric work. This 45-minute class will use body weight exercises to tone your arms, legs, butt and abs. This challenging class accommodates all fitness levels.
STRETCH FOR LIFE: Thursday (9am-10 am). It’s a fact that we begin to lose our range of motion as we age. The old saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it” couldn’t be truer in this case. By doing some simple stretches every day, we can keep our muscles long and agile for life. This class will provide an easy to follow and easy to practice foundation for maintaining flexibility and range of motion. This is a class for any age, any fitness level and is senior friendly, and Instructors will only use static stretches to avoid the possibility of injury or hyperextension. Techniques will be incorporated into this class to promote and improve balance; something we can all use to avoid unnecessary falls.

Tree Advisory Board opening - application

Upcoming city meetings on Youtube:
City Council, 7 p.m. Aug. 17.
Downtown Development Agency (DDA), 8 a.m. August 13.
Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 20.

City website has details, calendar and more information
Business resources and COVID-19 updates

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Covid-19 Resources from the NW Michigan Health Department

Template for a Preparedness and Response Plan for a lower risk business (MS Word)

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Our Restaurant Guide is moving online

Harbor Happenings is moving our Restaurant Guide online. We will continue to update it and provide any restaurant news here in our newsletter with a link to the online guide. It includes info on 24 restaurants offering both dine-in and take-out service.
> Restaurant managers are asked to send updates to
McLaren names North Pavilion Entrance in honor of Harbor Springs residents Martin and Lisa Sutter

McLaren Northern Michigan is dedicating and naming its north pavilion entrance in honor of Harbor Springs residents Martin and Lisa Sutter. The dedication is being made in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Sutter for their generous support of McLaren Northern Michigan and the Building the Future of Health Care project that will add 92 new private patient rooms and a state-of-the-art surgical center. The new wing is scheduled to open next summer.

“Northern Michigan is a magical place made even more special by the exceptional care offered at McLaren Northern Michigan,” Marty said. “Lisa and I have been supporters of the hospital since 2002. Given the increased importance of health care today and the hospital’s recent recognition as a Top 100 Hospital in the U.S., we felt there has never been a better time for us to increase our giving to ensure this hospital continues to stay at the forefront of medicine.”

The Sutters' gift will fund future equipment and technology for the McLaren Northern Michigan Petoskey Campus.

“I am truly moved by Marty and Lisa’s generosity,” said Todd Burch, McLaren Northern Michigan President and CEO. “In addition to supporting future equipment and technology, Marty and Lisa contributed to the new wing and they recently funded a state-of-the-art Ultraviolet disinfecting robot to ensure our spaces are sanitized and safe for both patients and caregivers. Our hospital is strong because of their commitment and support.”

If you would like to learn more about the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation or make a gift, please visit or call (231) 487-3500.

Stuff the bus to provide school supplies for local kids

Petoskey's Salvation Army is hoping to give local kids a great start for the new school year. This weekend (Friday, August 7th-Sunday, August 9th), purchase school supplies for local children who need them most and drop them in the collection bin located in the entrance/exit of Walmart in Petoskey. Here is a detailed list of supplies, and flyers with this list will be available on Walmart's information table in the entrance to the store.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas in July Campaign raised over $6,000 to help those experiencing financial set-backs due to the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to many community partners, volunteers and caring neighbors who donated. Envoy Greg Irwin said “Since March 16, the Salvation Army has delivered 8,000 hot meals to elders, homeless and mobility-impaired individuals, and delivered 1,000 boxes of fresh produce, groceries, and frozen meat to low-income rental communities. We are now supplying community lunches two days a week and continue to provide emergency financial and other types of assistance via phone appointments. Details.
Arts center presents concerts through Labor Day
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is thrilled to be open and presenting limited capacity, socially distanced, live events every weekend throughout August and September. Attend with confidence and your mask! The Center has worked hard to create a responsible space for staff, volunteers, artists, and patrons. Artists will perform one-hour shows at 5 and 8:30pm on their event date. Each show will be socially distanced and limited to 132 patrons. 

  • The Center welcomes 14-time Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Dan Tyminski and his band on Saturday, August 8. 
  • August 15 brings “Broadway’s Last Leading Baritone” Brian Stokes Mitchell to Center Stage. The Tony Award-winning singer’s career covers Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances. 
  • Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek member, Grammy Award-winner, and MacArthur Fellow, Chris Thile, takes the stage on August 22.
  • The last Saturday of the month, August 29, features one of the longest-lived classical music ensembles with all of its original members and four decades of worldwide success, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
  • Heading into Labor Day, the Wheel rolls into town, Asleep at the Wheel that is, on September 6. This evening of “western swing” country features twin fiddles and boogie piano and promises to have you dancing in your seat.

> Tickets and details at
Trisha Witty is featured artist for online Dart for Art

This summer, Crooked Tree Arts Center is celebrating its 23rd annual arts fundraiser, DART for ART, in a new way. Join us as we celebrate the sunset on half a century of inspiring and enriching lives through the arts in Northern Michigan - ONLINE. While we may not be celebrating and fundraising in person, this reimagined event will feature all of your favorite DART highlights, plus a live-stream culmination to a week of festivities.

  • Dinner and drinks for you and your guest(s) at your choice of Dart for Art partner restaurant - use within one year
  • Live-stream events, artist demos, and performances from the CTAC School of Music, CTAC School of Ballet, Trisha Witty, and more
  • Free entry into daily “virtual door prizes”
  • A $250 credit for artwork from the DART for ART online art gallery
  • Host an in-home viewing party for the live-stream finale and we’ll deliver wine and a complimentary cheese and charcuterie tray from Petoskey Cheese to your door! (Bronze level & above)

The 2020 Virtual DART for ART Featured Artist is Harbor Springs’ own Trisha Witty. The featured artwork, entitled Ethereal, is an original palette knife oil painting created by Witty, which will be auctioned off online during the event. More about Trisha.

The DART for ART gallery features original works of art, including paintings, watercolor, photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and more! View the gallery in person at CTAC-Petoskey or view the VIRTUAL CATALOG.

Virtual DART ticket holders will receive a $250 credit (per couple) to apply to their choice of artwork from the online DART for ARt Gallery auction. All artwork will begin at $250, you may bid additional funds on any artwork available - or use your credit with no additional costs to you. Details and registration.
New and gently used children's books needed after damaging storm

St. Michael Academy is helping our friends and neighbors at Bishop Baraga School in Cheboygan to re-stock its library after it was heavily damaged in the July storm.
Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs and St. Michael Academy in Petoskey, will serve as drop-off points to collect children's books, for children ages 3-13. Please use the marked bins in the foyers at both locations. All books for ages 3-13 are accepted. (No adult books, please.)

In addition, these specific titles are needed for required reading: The Hunger Games, Tom Sawyer, Dragonwings, Little Women, Where the Red Fern Grows, Divergent, The Diary of a Young Girl, Walk Two Moons, Among the Hidden, Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, The Breadwinner and Pictures of Hollis Woods.
The book drive will run until August 25th.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation to help Bishop Baraga rebuild, please make checks payable to Bishop Baraga School. If you'd like to make a donation specifically for books, please make checks to Scholastic. Both checks can be mailed to Straits Area Federal Credit Union, PO Box 367, Cheboygan, MI 49721 Attn. Stacey.
Virtual cooking demo benefits Festival of the Book
Join the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 11 for a virtual cooking demonstration class with Maureen Abood from her Harbor Springs kitchen. In this one-hour class you will learn a simple, healthy, delicious Lebanese menu.

Tickets and information are available at When you sign up, you will have the option to purchase a signed copy of Maureen's award-winning cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, Fresh and Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen, at 15% off. Read the New York Times review of Maureen’s cookbook by Melissa Clark.
The recipes will be sent in advance, so you can follow along! The Zoom link is included in the ticket confirmation. Moderator for the event will be Hollye Jacobs, New York Times best-selling author of The Silver Lining. Click here to sign up today. All proceeds will benefit The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book.
Jack Flynn is the featured artist from 5-7 p.m. Friday

Summer openings feature artists on Friday evenings as Tvedten Fine Art gallery marks 25 years in business
Harbor Springs gallery Tvedten Fine Art has milestones to mark this year not only for its history in business, but also for the building in which it operates.

It was 25 years ago, in 1995, when Margaret Tvedten acquired the building at 284 E. Third St. in order to put it to gallery use. In celebration of the milestones, Tvedten Fine Art has a fresh coat of exterior paint and a new outdoor sculpture, and is hosting a series of openings this summer for seven of its artists.

Openings have already taken place for Rick Ford, DeeAnne Watner, Margaret Tvedten, and Margo Burian and Sarah Sedwick with upcoming dates focusing on Jack Flynn (Aug. 7) and Katherine Bourdon (Aug. 14). The events run 5-7 p.m., with wine and lemonade served. Full story.
Shay House and ferry exhibits continue all summer
It’s a beautiful day to tour our new exhibit History Matters at the Shay House, pictured above! This community art display is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-3pm all summer, sponsored by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. The Historical Society also invites the public to step back in time to an era of steam whistles and fluttering flags at the group’s newest exhibit, “Don’t Miss the Boat.” It highlights the historic ferries of Little Traverse Bay and features original watercolors and giclees by local artist William Talmadge Hall. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11am - 3pm. Appointments for private tours are encouraged.
Admission to the Harbor Springs History Museum is by donation. The Historical Society’s Museum Store will also be carrying limited edition ferry posters and postcards to celebrate the exhibit. For more information, or to inquire about group tours, contact the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771 or email
Manna’s Empty Bowls Luncheon cancelled, Golf outing changed to an outdoor-only event

With the threat of COVID-19 continuing, Manna Food Project is announcing significant changes to its two annual events - cancelling the late-November Empty Bowls Luncheon, and holding the September “Golf Fore Manna” charity outing as an outdoor-only event. 
Empty Bowls is part of an international effort to bring awareness to hunger. Stafford’s Perry Hotel has generously hosted the event for Manna year after year, providing a large display room for guests to admire and choose a beautiful bowl hand-crafted by local potters. Patrons then enjoy a soup luncheon overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Tickets for the event benefit Manna’s programming and usually sell out every year. Due to the health risks of indoor dining and public gatherings, Manna felt it was right to cancel the event for 2020. This year would have been the 28th anniversary of thes Empty Bowls Luncheon. 

Meanwhile, Manna’s September fundraiser, the “Golf Fore Manna” charity outing, is still planned to take place, with several significant modifications. While in the past participants have been invited inside the club for a post-event reception and sit-down dinner, this year’s event will be held entirely outdoors. Instead of a standard meal service, a “strolling dinner” will be provided, with chef stations and a cash bar on a tented patio. Additionally, the number of teams has been limited to 27, and there will be no silent or live auctions. 

The outing takes place on Thursday, September 10, at the Country Club of Boyne’s Moor course. Tickets are $150 per golfer, or $600 per team, and includes a boxed lunch, 18 holes of golf, holes prizes, and awards. Sponsorships are available for anyone interested in supporting the event. Registration and details.
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ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR - Due to a promotion within the organization, Bay View Association (a 501(c)3 organization) is seeking a customer service oriented person to fill the role of Administrative Coordinator. The candidate will join our year- round team in helping to advance the organization’s mission. This is a salaried, full-time position responsible for a wide variety of tasks relating to office management, administrative functions and written and verbal communications with members, and the general public. The starting salary range is $30,000-$35,000 per year with a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous retirement plan, vacation and personal days. Increases in pay and responsibilities are possible based on performance. 
For full job description go to To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and a professional reference list to:; or mail to P.O. Box 583, Petoskey, MI 49770. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 14.

Barrel Back Restaurant Line Cook - Join the Barrel Back Restaurant Team! A fast paced restaurant located right on Walloon Lake with the ability to average nearly 700 covers per day. We see many take out orders for our outdoor Dock Bar and travel to different locations using the Barrel Back Food Truck. We're open 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM seven days a week. Our kitchen staff are warriors. There is no shortage of overtime to be had. Being a line cook on the Barrel Back team can be quite lucrative. We simply require that you have a passion for food and are able to work hard. Between the wood fired grill, industrial smoker, pizza oven, and banquet facility, we have plenty of toys to play with.

BC PIZZA of Harbor Springs seeking highly motivated, energetic individuals for nights, weekends and holidays. All positions available, full or part-time. Pick up an application at store, go online to or call. Benefits include a fun, clean and well organized environment, fast pace, tips, summer bonus, meals and 401k. 930 State Street, 231-526-2424.

> Chamber members are invited to post their job openings on our Jobs Page. Log in to post, or email for assistance.
Harbor Springs Special Events Calendar

The Harbor Happenings newsletter will keep you updated as we learn more about possible cancellations. Here is the schedule of major summer and fall Harbor Springs events:

Now through August 20 - Street Musique** - live music downtown, 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursdays
August 13 - Harbor Springs Car Festival ** - cancelled
August 28-29 - Sidewalk Sales - cancelled but in-store sales all month
Sept. 25-27 - Harbor Springs Festival of the Book - cancelled but online events added
October 6 - Harbor Stars Community Awards Dinner*
* = Chamber events  |  ** = Chamber Foundation events
Thank you, new Chamber members!

These local businesses and organizations have joined the Harbor Springs Chamber in recent weeks. We'd love to have you join them - and us!

  • Bar Harbor
  • Zen Business
  • Two Glass Gents
  • TOPOnexus, LLC
  • Cottage Interiors
  • Luxury Bath & Spa
  • Northern Michigan Chorale
  • Efficiency United
  • Little Traverse Bay Ferry Company

Chamber member benefits |  Member application |  Call 231-526-7999 or email us.  

Chamber office open daily from 10 to 4

The Harbor Springs Chamber office at 368 Main Street is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Executive Director Bonnie Kulp is working full-time - so stop in and say hello! We ask that you wear a mask if you come visit us, and we'll be following social distancing guidelines. You're also welcome to call us at 231-526-7999.
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