Exciting Times

Much work has been done around here that is not visible to the eye until you click this link  Wayfarer .   My web guy, Jim, at  ATI Consulting and my friend, Kirby at Woolly Mammoth  have helped me greatly with this task.  I have been meaning to change things up for a very long time and now it’s finally happening.

Without further ado, here is the first glimpse of the new look.

Wayfarer Cottages

Please let me know what you think.  I thought that the colors convey a sense of water, sun and fun.  I hope we got it right.

Not everything is in place yet but we will roll it out over the weekend anyway 🙂 errrr…..I think

Can you say White-Out?

You know I love the snow. Well, we got some today!

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Al plowed around 9 am this morning and when we left the house at noon, you could not tell. Yay!

Drinks this afternoon with friends at the Villa Marine Bar and dinner at Fusion. Now we are all tucked in and tuckered out and happy.

The Record Eagle wrote…

Thanks to Jason Gollan, who pushed me in the right direction with his comment, here is a good article that explains it all.  Of course you see, that still does not cover the “gossip” part of the story. You know the part where I know the players and start to understand the connections, etc.

Without further ado, please read and get excited:

“January 20, 2013

Sun To Shine On Stormcloud

New brew pub, brewery under construction in Frankfort

By Kathy Gibbonskgibbons@record-eagle.com

FRANKFORT — Jim Kunz has never been a landlord.

But he’s about to be.

Kunz is one of three partners in a new brew pub under construction in Frankfort, a project they hope will open in early summer. A part-time resident for the past 15 years or so, he’s teamed with photographer Brian Confer and Crystal Mountain executive Rick Schmitt on Stormcloud Brewing Co.

Schmitt currently is vice president of sales and marketing at Crystal and part owner of the historic Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort. He will leave his job next month to help run Stormcloud full-time. After spending the better part of the last decade “self-training” to brew beer, Confer said, he’ll be brewmaster with help from an experienced assistant. Stormcloud will specialize in Belgian ales.

Schmitt and Confer had long discussed the idea of opening a brew pub. Then along came Kunz. He and his wife, Kris, have had a home in Frankfort for the past 15 years, though they were part-time residents until Kris retired from teaching three years ago.

Now she’s there full-time and he comes and goes while he still runs an information technology and computer systems business with a partner in the Lansing and Detroit areas.

“My wife and I were trying to decide where we wanted to be investing and where we wanted to support,” he said. “I’m not a professional real estate advisor. We’re just figuring out it should be a good investment.”

The Kunzes bought the building at 303 Main, most recently home to the Caddyshack Golf & Resort Shop. It’s being renovated to house the pub. They also purchased adjacent vacant lots to be the site of the brewery, which is under construction.

“He came to the table and made it happen,” Schmitt said. “It seemed like everything fell into place.”

The new brewery is next door to the newly restored Garden Theater, which Schmitt said will create synergy. At a little more than 3,200-square feet, the space is divided between the brewery and the brew pub, which will have about 60 seats.

“Part of the beauty of this project is that because we are building on a vacant lot, we are also creating an outdoor beer garden right on Main Street,” Schmitt said. “That will have about 50 seats so during the peak summer season; we’ve got additional seating we don’t need in the wintertime.”

In addition to between 10 and 16 beers on tap, Stormcloud will have a limited menu including a signature flatbread pizza, cheeses and spreads and charcuterie.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about it,” Confer said. “I think the potential is huge.”

And that’s how they and local officials sum up Frankfort. Planning commission Chair Bruce Ogilvie said there’s been steady progress on attracting new businesses to Main Street, including the recent completion of a three-story building that includes two retail stores on the main level and apartments and condo space above.

“We needed more opportunities for people to experience our small town and to have a reason to come to our small town for a unique kind of experience,” he said.

Joanne Bartley, executive director of the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce, said Stormcloud will give people one more reason to make a point of visiting Frankfort.

“Frankfort is kind of hidden,” she said. “You don’t drive by it, you have to turn at the light to get here.”

And the community needs more year-round businesses, she added.

“In the winter, we still need things to do and places to go,” Bartley said. “A lot of people feel Frankfort is a tourist town, but we also live here.”

Main Street

The other day I went into town – it was positively deserted.  Only one other car besides mine was there

Frankfort. Feb 2013

And then I saw the new brewery going up/ being built between the Furniture Store and the Garden Theater.

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Lots of new and exciting things are going on in Frankfort and Elberta and they all have to do with alcohol, heehee.

Down where the Kilwin’s store and Dinghy’s are, there will be a wine bar.  I don’t have details on either of these two new businesses, but I am planning on doing some sleuthing this coming week

She’s back!

Now don’t think that I forgot all about you. I haven’t.
But I have been busy doing nothing.
Well, not nothing. I have been brainstorming with myself about what to
tackle first in the cottages as soon as the snow is on its way out of here.
Mike quit his job in order to be here and work on making the cottages beautiful.
We are both very excited about that.

Do I hear a

WELCOME BACK

to me?

Right now, a huge snow storm is on its way across Lake Michigan.
Time to get back to my comfy chair,
put another log on the fire,
enjoy some *Russian (hot) Chocolate* and my kindle – yay

There is nothing better than snow on the ground and more snow falling from the sky.

True? – Opinions please.

See ya  in a couple of days

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Recipe for Russian Chocolate:

Hot chocolate,  shot of dark rum, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – enjoy!