Just about any type of business or service you need can be found right here on the Old Mission Peninsula. Fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, realtors, restaurants, insurance, home-watching services, art studios, yoga classes and more, not to mention a WIDE assortment of wine!
We love our OMP businesses, and we’re honored to help spread the word about them. Please patronize and support them, because not only are they wonderful businesses, but they also help keep Old Mission Gazette chugging along like the Energizer Bunny.
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BAY VIEW INSURANCE AGENCY. 4200 3 Mile Road N, Traverse City, Michigan 49686; (231) 941-2244; Fax: (231) 941-2208; email; website. This locally owned and operated insurance company is committed to providing top-notch quality service and coverage at an affordable price. They will shop the many highly-rated insurance companies with whom they’re associated to find you the best rate and coverage for auto, homeowners, life and commercial insurance. They also have excellent relationships with the claim representatives at their partner companies, and they work to make sure you get fair and prompt claims service. And the fact that they’re locally anchored matters at a time when many businesses are selling to larger corporations, exporting services and using call centers. With 80+ years of combined experience, expect prompt, honest, knowledgeable service from Bay View’s licensed agents and team.
Antiques, Gifts & Art
OLD MISSION PENINSULA STORE. Visit Old Mission Gazette’s sister site, OMPstore.com, for OMP-inspired t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, photo prints, greeting cards, vinyl car stickers and lots more. Learn the backstories of the OMPS Panthers, M37, OMPeace, Far Out Farms, Peninsula Redeyes, OMP History and other collections. Your purchases help to support Old Mission Gazette and a small family business devoted to the Old Mission Peninsula. Email us for more info, and visit the OMP Store on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
TINKER STUDIO. 13795 Seven Hills Rd., Suite D; (231) 223-4019; email; Facebook; Instagram; website. This creative destination features a rotating selection of local, regional and national artists, many of whom are OMP residents. Additionally, Tinker Studio offers a wide variety of art classes. They support independent artists, designers and makers, and stock unique art supplies, decorative papers, artisan-made gifts and cards.
WALT & SUSAN’S OLD BARN ANTIQUES. 2513 Nelson Road on the OMP; (231) 223-4123; (231) 223-7386; email; website. In business for 50+ years, this 1910 barn contains three floors overflowing with crocks, fruit jars, iron cookware, toys and dolls, books, postcards, tools, kerosene lamps, Limoges, RS Prussia, vintage clothes, quilts, primitive furniture and more, dating from 1830’s to 1940. In an adjacent building, Walt’s Garage features automobilia such as gas pumps, gas pump globes, advertising signs, Michigan license plates and more, as well as slot machines, cash registers and Indian artifacts. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5:30; Sunday by chance or appointment. Call ahead Jan.-March. (Although they continue to be in business, this antique shop with five acres is for sale or lease. Inventory optional.)
Wineries & Vineyards
CHATEAU CHANTAL | QUAFF & NOSH. 15900 Rue de Vin on the OMP (off Center Road); (231) 223-4110; email; Facebook; Instagram; website; limited to 24 people per event; register here.
Offered at 1 p.m. daily, mid-June through Labor Day, this event includes six award winning wines and six food pairings – an unmatched wine experience paired with light Eurofare for afternoon “snackers.” These pairings will illustrate how food and wine enhance each other and includes a brief tour of the wine cellar. Vegetarian option possible with advance notice. $35 per person includes food, wine accompaniment, palate enlightenment and tour of wine cellar.
SECRET GARDEN AT BRYS ESTATE. 3309 Blue Water Rd. on the OMP; (231) 223-4235; Facebook; Instagram; website. A few close friends. A warm, bright afternoon. A vast field of flowers. An experience unlike any other. Secret Garden at Brys Estate … where memories bloom. This lovely shop tucked away on Brys Estate consists of 6000+ lavender plants, fresh flower garden, strawberry patch, blueberry patch, herb garden and more! Guests can enjoy strolling the garden and picnic areas, and browsing a variety of handmade lavender products in the farmhouse-inspired garden shop with a wrap around porch. Enjoy flavored lemonades and custom flavors of Moomer’s Ice Cream made using their own strawberries, blueberries, and lavender on the porch overlooking fields of lavender.
Health & Well-Being
YOGA WITH SALLY VAN VLECK. 1308 Neahtawanta Rd. on the OMP; (231) 223-7315; email; Facebook; Instagram; website. Sally has studied, taught and practiced yoga for 40 years. She is a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and she does some flowing movements, as well as holding poses for a longer time to discover their deeper benefits. The practices of pranayama (breath control) and meditation are an integral part of her own practice and teaching. Sally offers weekly classes to the local yoga community on Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. During the summer, classes are held outside, weather permitting, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. All levels are welcome.
Farmstands & Agricultural
BETWEEN THE BAYS | WARREN ORCHARDS. Farm: 2705 Island View Rd.; Purple Stand, 8169 Center Rd.; Wendy (231) 590-2363; Jeremiah (231) 645-8300; email; Facebook; website. One of the first farms on the OMP, this farm has served the community with locally grown produce for nearly 150 years. Formed in 1867, the farm served as a place for wagons to stop and water their horses before heading up Kelly Hill. Currently, Wendy Warren and her son Jeremiah continue the Warren legacy by offering the freshest, highest quality produce available, including their own cherries, apples, saskatoons, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots. Other local fruits and vegetables are purchased to round out their inventory. Local honey, maple syrup, jams and baked goods are also available.
OLD MISSION FLOWERS. 16550 Center Rd., (231) 499-5474; email; Facebook; website. Owned by Ginny (Dohm) Coulter, this lovely garden is a self-serve specialty cut flower garden where you can cut and assemble your own fresh bouquets. Carnations, coneflowers, daisies, gay feathers, iris, lilies, peonies, snapdragons, roses and zinnias are just a few of the blooms you’ll find there. Ginny graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture Science from Michigan State University, where she held student jobs on campus in greenhouses and at the renowned W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens. The garden is open from dawn to dusk, May through October. Containers, vases, scissors and flower preservative are available. Flowers are sold by container size or by stem. As an example, a quart jar filled with flowers costs $15. Stop by and enjoy the peace of this OMP garden – and don’t forget your camera. Kids and the elderly are especially welcome.
NEAHTAWANTA COMMUNITY SUPPORTED INN. 1308 Neahtawanta Rd., (800) 220-1415; (231) 223-7315; email; Facebook; Instagram; website. Located on Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay, this historic inn was built in the late 1800s and began operating as an inn in 1906. In 2017, the inn shifted to a collaborative model, with different levels of membership that carry various benefits. While the Inn is also open to non-members, the advantages of being a member include earlier access to the booking calendar, discounts on rooms, and special events and activities for members. Inn members may enjoy relaxing on the front porch or on the large beach and dock, and the swimming is excellent. A yoga studio is available for members’ use, and Sally leads year-round weekly yoga classes available to the public.
BAYSIDE HOME WATCHERS. 1897 US 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686; (231) 313-3336; email; website. Serving the Grand Traverse area, this home-watching service is perfect for residential and second home owners who spend extended time away from their Northern Michigan home. Includes routine inspections for signs of forced entry, theft or vandalism; potential plumbing, heating and electrical problems; signs of pests and insects and more. They will also water plants, start vehicles, run water in sinks and tubs, take temperature readings and more. Great protection for seasonal home owners, vacationers and business travelers. Personal assistance services and waiting services also available.
GOOD EATON GOURMET. (231) 223-8472; (231) 499-4438; email; website. Owned by longtime Neahtawanta resident Brit Eaton, this Personal Chef service focuses on providing delicious, customized, ready-to-eat meals using home-made stock, fresh fruits and vegetables in season, top quality meats and fish, fresh herbs and seasonings, and expert wine and cheese pairings upon request. A Certified Food Safety Manager and member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association, Brit offers a variety of healthy, wholesome meals prepared in your home.
FULL MOON SUPPER SERIES. 1308 Neahtawanta Rd. Healthy Chef Ali and the Neahtawanta Community Supported Inn are delighted to offer Full Moon Suppers, June – October. Dinners are served overlooking Bowers Harbor, and each event features four to five vegetarian courses. Menus reflect the season’s offerings and available produce from local farms. Meals are scheduled so guests can be on the beach or dock for the moonrise. Cost is $50/person (not including gratuity). Bring a beverage of choice. Registration for each supper opens one month prior to the meal. Meal dates: July 27, Aug. 26, Sept. 24, and Oct. 27, 6:30p. To register, email email@example.com with the number in your party, any dietary restrictions, and your phone number. To spend the night at the inn, email innkeeper Sally Van Vleck for availability.
TED SCHWEITZER, SRS, RSPS | REAL ESTATE ONE. 511 E. Front Street, Traverse City; (231) 645-5656; email; website. As a member of Real Estate One’s “Presidents Club,” Ted has been recognized for his success in what he does by developing relationships that last, knowing the market, and hard work. A full-time Realtor and resident of the OMP, he is deeply connected to the Peninsula and owns a three-acre vineyard with his spouse. Ted is a certified Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS designation) and also a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS designation). He has a passion for real estate and customer service, but he believes the best part of his job is getting to meet and understand what’s important in helping his clients meet their goals.
THE 81 ON EAST BAY. Office: 314 Munson Avenue, Traverse City; Property: 15636 Bluff Road on the OMP; (231) 421-5161; email; website. Through years of diligent planning with a focus towards maintaining the natural characteristics of the land, InSight Building Co. is able to delicately place 41 waterfront homesites alongside 2500 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. Extensive care and intimate preparation result in a never before seen waterfront development located on the OMP in one of the most dynamic, sought after destinations in the country. This once in a lifetime community features half acre lots, 1500 feet of shared frontage, docking privileges, and 54+ acres of open space. Be at home in one of the most beautiful communities in the country. Be at home in The 81.
OMP UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. 16426 Center Road; (231) 223-4393; email; website. This long-time church on the OMP is open to all. The services are a blend of traditional and contemporary worship, and you’re welcome to come as you are. Programs include Sunday Worship, 10:30a; Sunday School, 9:30a; Kids JAM, 4:30p on Wednesdays during the school year; and Men’s Breakfast, 8a on the last Saturday each month. (Side Note: Old Mission Gazette Editor Jane Boursaw plays her violin in the praise band every Sunday.)