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August 28, 2020

Todd Callewaert Elected to Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees

Todd Callewaert, of Mackinac Island and Gross Point Shores, was unanimously voted to the Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees at its annual meeting August 15. Callewaert is the CEO of Island House Hotel and restaurants. He has spent his summers on Mackinac Island and has assumed just about every role in the Island House business […]

August 27, 2020

It’s all things fudge this weekend on Mackinac Island

  The Fudge Festival is one of the few summer festivals in Michigan to occur during this summer of the pandemic. Like the island’s annual Lilac Festival, the event returns with a modified format with traditional and virtual experiences to enhance access and safety. Full Article

August 5, 2020

Limited-Time Fudge Flavor Available at Ryba’s Fudge Shops to Celebrate MSHP 125th Anniversary

There are few things as synonymous as Mackinac Island and fudge. To celebrate Mackinac State Historic Parks’ 125th anniversary, Ryba’s Fudge Shops has unveiled a limited-edition fudge flavor, Chocolate Cherry Walnut. This special flavor will be available throughout the month of August in the Mall store (7463 Main Street, across from Mary’s Bistro) on Mackinac Island […]

June 23, 2020

Fireworks will fly over Mackinac Island this Fourth of July

“We’re thrilled to continue some of our favorite traditions on Mackinac Island. Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and there’s no better place for it than the Summer Capital of the World,” Mackinac Island Tourism Executive Director Tim Hygh said. “We have our member businesses to thank, as they really stepped up to […]

June 9, 2020

Mackinac Island businesses are spending a lot of money on coronavirus safety

Todd Callewaert has already invested $50,000 on face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, plexiglass, and plexiglass installation in response to the new COVID-19 regulations. That doesn’t include the $5,000 heaters for added outdoor dining that allows for social distancing.  Full Article

June 7, 2020

We absolutely want people to come’ (prepared)

Mackinac Island business owners, hit hard by a shortened summer season due to the coronavirus pandemic, are urging people to pack face masks and head north. Full Article

June 1, 2020

Mackinac Island Begins Reopening

Mary’s Bistro Draught House reopens Saturday. Owner of the restaurant, Todd Callewaert said the restaurant will run at 50 percent capacity. Full article

May 20, 2020

Restaurants begin reopening

Northern Michigan bar and restaurant owners are scrambling to prepare for the unofficial start to the Up North summer season this weekend now that the state has cleared the way for a partial reopening of dining rooms. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Monday allowing bars and restaurants in the Upper Peninsula and the northern part […]

May 5, 2020

Five-day virtual variety show to benefit The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund

In the spirit of National Travel and Tourism Week, Under the Radar: Michigan, MLive, the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (MRLAEF) and Pure Michigan are hosting a five-day virtual variety show, Come Together. The event is co-hosted by MLive’s John Gonzalez and Under the Radar Michigan host Tom Daldin and will feature live […]

April 20, 2020

Summer Businesses Fear Coronavirus Lockdowns Means a Lost Season

Todd Callewaert said he plans to wait as long as possible to open his family’s businesses on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, which include the Island House Hotel and Ryba’s Fudge Shops. The company typically hires more than 250 people for a season that runs from the start of May to the end of October. “We don’t […]

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