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The metamorphosis continues as Meg Paxton readies the Blue Maple for its debut. The one-time garage in the middle of Maple City was home to Gabe’s Country Market for decades before Paxton moved in. She bought the 100-year-old, 5,000 square foot building in 2019 and immediately began deconstructing, then reconstructing it to fit her vision for the Teenie Weenie store, a retail shop focused on small dogs such as her own and their humans. In addition to a retail site, it will serve as a workshop for her and her sister Emily’s sewing and embroidery endeavors.

Tucked away in the hilly heart of Leelanau County are two under-the-radar, off-the-beaten path towns that need to be moved up on your list of destinations. Maple City and Cedar are especially great Leelanau hubs if you’re a family with younger children looking for a more relaxed vibe, but still plenty to do.

To all soccer aficionados, on Thursday, August 15, at 1 pm at Myles Kimmerly Park near Maple City there will be a NCAA division 1 exhibition soccer match. University of Virginia (UVA) v. Illinois.

The prospect of a Dollar General moving into the tiny Leelanau County community of Maple City drew swift, near unanimous, opposition from local citizens when the news surfaced in early April.

A new sport has come to sports-loving Leelanau County this spring, and this one could increase nostalgia for winter, even as summer’s warmth returns to the land. It could also help revive a once vibrant space in quiet Maple City. The Leelanau Curling Club opened on May 22 in a custom-made facility next to the restaurant Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse.

A Plow Day groundbreaking ceremony and celebration of National Historic Preservation Month will take place at the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn in Myles Kimmerly Park near Maple City on Saturday, May 25, from 10 am until noon.

Maple City and Lake Ann residents brace for potential battle with hungry national chain. Dollar stores are expanding in rural, and often economically depressed, towns throughout the United States. “Small box” dollar stores specialize in selling cheap commodities and pre-packaged food that undercut locally-owned grocery stores.

The Poor Farm Barn near Maple City, saved by the Leelanau County Historical Preservation Society, gets help from community partners including Buckets of Rain.

Camile’s Body Shop Studio of Maple City has partnered with White Tiger Martial Arts of Traverse City to offer a free Woman’s Self-Defense class geared toward all women ages 12 and older. The class will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Camille’s Body Shop Studio, 821 E Valley Rd in Maple City.

Kids enjoying the new Glen Arbor playground equipment but who also miss their past favorites will be able to ride that zip line, teeter totter, swing on those swings, and operate that excavator in Maple City next summer, thanks to the brainstorm of one Maple City resident with help from many others.