Now You See It…

Now you see it

the old Wayfarer sign

With Glenn as my “model”

And now you see something much nicer

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with Douglas David the artist who first made an oil painting of the cottages a couple of years ago and then had the grand idea of turning this fabulous painting into a new roadside sign for us.

And let me tell you, this is saying it all:

We are

Wayfarer Lodgings

and we are not the norm

Douglas’ paintings are sold at Betsie Bay Furniture, at the Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort, at McBeth in Onekama, as well as online at his website.

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

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.

Frankfort Feb. 2013
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

Film Festival in Frankfort

A new and exciting thing is happening this month right here in Frankfort.

The Garden Theater

is holding it’s
Inaugural Independent Film Festival
on October 23-25, 2009 .
Yes, that’s right, it takes place

In honor of this most excellent event,
the Wayfarer is giving away 2 tickets to the festival
Cottage 6 for that weekend (Friday and Saturday night) to the lucky winner !

So, here’s how we’re going to do this:

Please post your answer in the comment section of this post

Tell me how many feature films were filmed in Michigan in 2008

or if you don’t know the answer,

just say ‘hallo’ <–  with a British accent if you please         :mrgreen:

Every entry counts!



As your entries (enter as many times as you want to) come in,
I’ll assign a number to each of them
and with the help of a random number generator
a winner will be found.
Enter until Friday, October 9, 2009.
The contest closes at 5 PM

Good luck everyone

I did nothing today, I think

I had a lot of things planned for today. Nothing urbane nor the least bit interesting – some cleaning, some laundry, dealing with the laundry man, picking up after the boys, clean the kitchen, thinking about what to write next in this blog and going to the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce After Hours at the Betsie Bay Inn.  I got only very few things done.

The laundry man came, while I was still in the shower. He waited and waited…I told him not to be here before 8:30 but he won’t listen. So he has to wait a little. Then I folded a bit of laundry, then I hauled some more washed and dried laundry into the kitchen and onto the kitchen table. The idea being that I would fold that as well. That was before 10 am.  Jan and Kathy came to visit after a few months down yonder in the sun and to have coffee.  I then did something I can’t even remember and at 2 pm I went to shop for dinner and to go to the bank.

at 2:41 pmat 2:41 pm

It was 46 degrees and very nice and sunnyIt was 46 degrees and very nice and sunny

in Frankfortin Frankfort

I could go on and on and you would be so bored.
At 5:30 pm I went into town to do the Chamber thing, which was so much fun, again. They drew my business card and I won stuff from Hulls
I love winning stuff from Hulls because it usually includes some of their incredibly cute socks

a pair of cool socksa pair of cool socks

this cute little braceletthis cute little bracelet

and this ball filled with lip balm, SPF 20 - Mariah tells me :)and this ball filled with lip balm, SPF 20 – Mariah tells me 🙂

There were lots of nice, fun people at the cocktail hourLeslie, from ScottlandLeslie, she is from Scotland and plays euchre with us sometimes

Arlene from Olsen_Sayles, that gift shop on Main StreetArlene from Olsen-Sayles, the gift shop on Main Street

Katie!Katie! and Mindy being silly (she’s going to kill me for posting this) and Joanne from the Chamber of Commerce
looks like turquoise was the color of choice today.

The MitchmateThe Mitchmate – this “barge” is so big, it has an amphibious car on top of it. I drove home along the waterfront rather than Main Street, it’s more fun.

House on Main StreetAn interesting cottage on Main Street.
I took that from the parallel street down by the water.  See Mike’s red truck?


Lots of good things are going on at our Garden Theater


Then I went home and cooked dinner.

Anyway, the laundry stayed on the kitchen table until after I was done cooking dinner.  Then I moved it back into the dryer so that we could eat in the kitchen.  Now I don’t feel like doing it. I will try again tomorrow.

The End 😉