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Forum Apartments.........................2 Park Place..............................................5 Timber Creek......................................7 Massage Central................................8 United Apartments.........................9

Welcome to the 17th Annual Best of Central Michigan Reader’s Choice Awards Special Edition. Central Michigan Life readers sharpened their pencils and filled out ballots in print, and online, declaring their favorite places, people and things in the Mount Pleasant area. Survey ballots appeared in Central Michigan Life throughout the month of April 2017. Readers had until May 7, 2017 to fill out the forms and submit them to register their votes. In addition, voters could cast ballots online at cm-life.com, on CM Life’s Facebook page and at various store locations. Entries were tabulated over the summer.

Cops and Doughnuts...................10 Morey Courts....................................11 Central Michigan Family Chiropractic Clinic........................12 Las Senorita.......................................13 CMLife.................................................17 Hunter’s Ale House...................... 19

The top voted for in each category are featured in today’s edition. Each of the winning businesses is being awarded a commemorative certificate acknowledging their Reader’s Choice achievement.

The Cabin........................................... 19

Thank you to all CM Life readers who took the time and effort to help choose the 17th Annual CM Life Best of Central Michigan Reader’s Choice winners. And congratulations to all of the businesses that were chosen as the top picks by our campus and community readers.

The Village at Bluegrass............20

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Best Auto Service/ Best Apartment Complex Oil Change United Apartments

Krapohl Ford & Lincoln

989-772-2222 4175 E. Bluegrass Rd, Mt. Pleasant MI 48858 www.livewithunited.com

888-665-8421 1415 E Pickard Rd Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.krapohlford.com

United offers the amenities you deserve with lease rates you’ll love. This company prides itself on conveniently-located affordable housing. With apartments of varying sizes available throughout Mount Pleasant, you are sure to find the place that will best accommodate your needs with United. Other Favorites Tallgrass Apartments, Lexington Ridge, University Meadows

Krapohl Ford & Lincoln has qualified technicians that provide outstanding service to the Mount Pleasant community. If you are in need of an oil change or a brake repair, Krapohl will service your vehicle with expert care delivered in a timely manner. Contact the service center to schedule an appointment. Other Favorites Fast Eddie’s Oil Change, Belle Tire, Graff Cadillac & Buick

Best Auto Repair Shop

Best Barbershop

Belle Tire 989-546-5943 1204 E Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.belletire.com

No matter what kind of work your vehicle requires, Belle Tire can assist you. Their knowledgeable team is certified in brake repairs, batteries, alignments and much more. Let Belle Tire be the one-stop shop for all of your auto repair needs. Other Favorites Krapohl Ford & Lincoln, Graff Chevrolet, Dagwood’s Auto Repair

Best Bookstore

Great Clips

There is no better place to purchase your textbooks than from CMU’s very own bookstore. Located on the second floor of the Bovee University Center, the bookstore is conveniently located for any student who takes classes on CMU’s campus. Make sure you’re prepared throughout the semester – purchase textbooks, apparel, school supplies and more from the CMU Bookstore. Other Favorites Paperback Book Exchange, Cook Christian Supplies

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Isabella Bank & Trust 989-772-9471 139 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.isabellabank.com

Whether you need to open a checking account or request a personal loan, Isabella Bank & Trust is the local, trusted financial institution that will take care of all of your banking needs. With five locations in Mount Pleasant, there is always a Isabella Bank & Trust branch near you. Bank staff are committed to serving their customers and communities. They will make sure you always feel welcome and valued. Other Favorites Members First Credit Union., Isabella Community Credit Union, Mercantile Bank

989-773-0050 2018 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant MI 48858 www.greatclips.com

Best Bar

Great Clips is conveniently located on Mission Street near campus. With more than 4,100 locations throughout the country, you can always count on Great Clips to provide quality services at an affordable price. Schedule your appointment online to reduce you wait time – and at Great Clips walkins are always welcome. Other Favorites Salon Blu, Bob’s Barbershop, Broadway Barbershop

989-775-3751 2000 S Mission St. Mt Pleasant MI 48858

Central Michigan University Best Free Event Bookstore 989-774-7493 Up All Night 103 E Preston St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 www.cmubookstore.com

Best Bank/ Financial Institution

989-774-3016 200 W Broomfield St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 http://cmich.orgsync.com/upallnight

Up All Night is a fun, safe and free event at the Student Activities Center open to all CMU students. As you approach the middle of the Spring Semester you need a break from the stress of studying. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, the event offers many activities to participate in, including sports and crafts. You night owls won’t want to miss the free food and fun! Other Favorites Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series, Mainstage, Ladies Night Out

O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill

Best Attorney Barberi Law 989-773-3423 2305 Hawthorn Dr, Suite C Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.barberilawfirm.com

Barberi Law specializes in personal injury, criminal defense, family law, elder law and estate planning. Their staff is attentive and professional. They make customer service a priority with every client, ensuring that your will have an excellent experience with Barberi Law. Other Favorites O’Neil & Lynch, Gordon Bloem, The Gallagher Law Firm

Best Frozen Treat Place Doozie’s Ice Cream Place 989-772-2332 1310 E Pickard St, Mt. Pleasant MI 48858

The best way to beat the heat on a hot, sunny day is to visit Doozie’s for your favorite frozen treat. They offer O’Kelly’s sets the bar for all other more than 70 arctic swirl flavors and watering holes in Mount Pleasant. It’s 16 hand dipped flavors. Whether the place to be for watching sports, you’re looking for a sundae, shake, affordable drinks and delicious food. float or lactose-free ice cream, From pay-per-view boxing matches Doozie’s has something for you! to college and NFL football, stop Other Favorites in and catch a game on one of the CherryBerry Yogurt Bar, Cold Stone many screens inside. Known for Creamery, The Malt Shop pint night and epic St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, it’s easy to see why O’Kelley’s is a favorite with CMU Best New Car Dealer students. Graff Chevrolet Other Favorites 989-773-3937 The Bird, The Cabin, Marty’s Bar 4580 E Pickard Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI

Best Breakfast Place Stan’s Restaurant 989-773-3259 220 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

The best way to start the weekend is with a hearty morning meal at Stan’s. Located in downtown Mount Pleasant, Stan’s is a local breakfast staple, serving classic American breakfast with an old-timey feel. From a big stack of pancakes, order of French toast or an loaded omelet, Stan’s is the best place to start your day. Next time you wake up with a grumbling stomach, make your way downtown to Stan’s. Other Favorites IHOP, The Diner, Cops & Doughnuts

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Need to purchase a new vehicle? Look no further. Graff has one of the largest inventories in Michigan, making car shopping a breeze. With competitive pricing and financing available for all credit scores, there’s no reason why you can’t be driving the new car of your dreams from Graff Chevrolet. Other Favorites Krapohl Ford & Lincoln, McGuire Chevrolet, My Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat

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Best CMU Club Team Men’s Hockey

Best Asian Restaurant Hunan House Asian Cuisine

5165 E Remus Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 http://cmuhockeyd3.pointstreaksites. com/view/cmu/home-page-657

989-772-7386 2157 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.hunanhousemi.com/photo.asp

A Division III hockey team that showcases team spirit in a competitive atmosphere, Central Michigan men’s club hockey team will fire you up. Bring your friends and go watch CMU take on the University of Michigan or Oakland University at the Isabella County Events Center. Be sure to wear maroon and gold to cheer on the Chips! Other Favorites Men’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Baseball

Egg rolls, wontons and rangoons, oh my! At Hunan House, you can find all these Asian cuisine classics and more. Located on Mission Street, Hunan House provides excellent customer service by creating a welcoming environment and using fresh ingredients. Next time you’re craving Asian cuisine, make a stop at Hunan House. You’ll be glad you did! Other Favorites China Garden, Dragon Express, Panda Express

Best Campus Dining

Best Used Car Dealer

Down Under Food Court

Graff

989-774-5755 103 E. Preston St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.cmu.campusdish.com/

989-773-3917 116 N. Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 58858 www.graffmtpleasant.com/

Located in CMU’s University Center, the Down Under Food Court offers a variety of dining options for hungry students, faculty and staff. Whatever you’re in the mood for – from sushi to burgers to burritos – it’s there in the Down Under. The food court accepts most forms of payment including Flex Dollars, making it especially convenient for students. Other Favorites Fresh, Einstein, RFOC

Ready to upgrade your ride? Help is here in Central Michigan. Graff offers the best one-stop shopping for used Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. With two locations in Mount Pleasant, residents are never far from finding the perfect premium used car. Other Favorites Kraphols, Dick Sova Auto Sales, Auto Group LLC

Best Favorite CMU Athletic Team Men’s Basketball 989-774-4000 300 E Broomfield Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.cmuchippewas.com

Last season, students watched Marcus Keene become the highest scoring D1 basketball player in the country. The truth is, CMU’s Men’s Basketball team draws a crowd to every game, every year. Come cheer on the Chippewas – and try to go home with a souvenir from the T-shirt cannon. Other Favorites Football, Baseball, Gymnastics

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Best Massage Therapy Massage Central 989-953-1031 1010 W High St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.massagecentral.co/default.html

While massages are regarded as one of life’s most relaxing experiences, massage therapy can also aid pain management and injury recovery. Massage Central’s staff are certified to help you with your therapeutic needs. Massage Central’s licensed massage therapists are focused on helping you achieve your wellness goals. Stop by for a relaxing experience you won’t forget. Other Favorites Mountain Town, Herb’s, Salon Blue

Best Central Michigan Festival Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival 989-828-5278 251 W. Wright Ave, Shepherd, MI 48883 www.villageofshepherd.org/

Maple syrup pairs well with everything from pancakes to barbeque sauce. It’s no wonder Shepherd, MI has a maple syrup festival every spring! Residents of this small town collect syrup from local maple trees which fuel the celebration. People who want to experience pure Michigan and multiple ways to use maple syrup should mark this festival on their calendar. Other Favorites Pleasant Beer Fest, Clare Irish Festival, CMU Celebrating Life Pow Wow

Best Tire Store Belle Tire 989-546-5943 1204 E Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.belletire.com/

As a family-owned and operated business throughout the Midwest, Belle Tire gives its customers the same genuine service associated with small town business ideals. Belle Tire offers services for tires, auto resources and more. With more than 90 years of experience, customers can expect quality service. Other Favorites Olson, Tire Factory, Metro 25 Tire Center

Best CMU Landmark University Seal 989-774-4000 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 www.cmich.edu/Pages/default.aspx

Every university has a seal; an emblem that represents its identity. CMU’s seal is located in front of Warriner Hall, where it stands as a strong reminder of the university’s values. Students should snap a picture with this landmark before graduating. Other Favorites Kelly Short Stadium, Finch fieldhouse,

Best Place to Dance Wayside Central 989-772-2391 2000 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Get your groove on at Wayside Central. With a stage, two bars, a live DJ, dance cages and live music events, you’ll be able to really cut loose. Keep an eye out for when your favorite band comes to play at Wayside! Other Favorites Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Wheatland Music Festival, Encore

Best Expo/Show/Event Celebrating Life Pow Wow 300 E Broomfield, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 https://www.cmich.edu/office_ provost/OID/NAP/pow_wow/Pages/ default.aspx

The Celebrating Life Pow Wow allows Mount Pleasant community members and CMU students to Painted Turtle have an immersive experience with 989-317-8008 209 W Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI members of the Saginaw Chippewa 48858 Indian Tribe. The cultural celebration http://www.paintedturtle.co/ of music and dance allows pow wow attendees to participate and learn Explore your creativity by important lessons about the Tribe’s painting and crafting at Painted history. Turtle. Whether you prefer to Other Favorites do art in solidarity or craft with Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club Dog Show, family and friends, Painted Turtle HBACM Home Show, Soaring Eagle accommodates and enables you to alleviate stress and build your artistic Casino & Resort skills. Other Favorites Tropical Smoothie, Green Tree Coop, Art Reach

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Best Church

Best Coffee Shop

Best Food Delivery

Best Tattoo Business

Sacred Heart Parish

Tim Hortons

Jimmy Johns

Intricate Decor

989-772-1385 302 South Kinney Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.sha.net/

(989) 317-3544 1723 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.imhortons.com

989-775-3844 1901 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.jimmyjohns.com

(989) 773-2713 4934 E Pickard St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.jasonintricate.wix.com

A welcoming atmosphere awaits at Sacred Heart Parish. Community members, CMU students and those looking to explore the Catholic faith are welcome to take part in mass at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Other Favorites Mount Pleasant Community Church, His House, Victory Christian Center

Tim Hortons coffee, sandwiches, “Timbits” doughnut holes and customer service are the perfect dining solution for those students on the go. Tim Hortons caters to those with busy schedules by pairing their signature freshlybrewed coffee with speedy service. Other Favorites Biggby Coffee, Starbucks, Kaya Coffee

Jimmy John’s is famous for its freaky fast delivery! Jimmy John’s gives customers the ability to choose from a wide array of fresh sandwiches and subs. All of their delicious menu items are only a quick call and short delivery away. Other Favorites Pisanellos, Domino’s Pizza, The Cabin

Intricate Decor is known for its complex, detailed and elaborate tattoo designs; that’s how they got their name! No matter what the design, Intricate Decor will provide you with an artistic piece of body art that will last a lifetime. Other Favorites Evolved Artforms Tattoo, Sinister Productions

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Best Fast Food Restaurant

Best Florist

Best CMU Fraternity

Taco Bell

Norm’s Flower Petal

Sigma Pi

989-773-7997 201 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.normsflowerpetal.net

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989-773-9048 1143 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.tacobell.com

Taco Bell is affordable, fast and offers a wide variety of menu options; what more could a person want in a fast food restaurant? Make a run for the border and satisfy your cravings with one of the many tasty items on Taco Bell’s menu that’s fit for both day and night. Other Favorites Pixies, Jon’s Country Burger, Panera

Flowers are a thoughtful gesture that are perfect for any occasion. Norm’s Flower Petal will handdeliver those fresh flowers right to your door. Norm’s Flower Petal also offers deals for numerous holidays and special events that are guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day. Other Favorites Elliot Greenhouse Inc, Three Wishes Floral, Jim and Donna’s Flower Shop

Sigma Pi is recognized as one of the most respected organizations in the Greek community. Sigma Pi aims to promote fellowship, moral awareness, academic achievement and leadership within its chapter while giving back to with its philanthropy effort, the Altruistic Campus Experience Project. Other Favorites Phi Sigma Pi, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Best Body Piercing Business Sinister Productions 989-772-4505 1807 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Sinister Productions’ convenient location and trusted reputation gives CMU students and Mount Pleasant residents a safe, professional option for body modification. With more than 25 years of piercing experience, Sinister Productions is a business you can trust. Other Favorites Intricate Decor, Evolved Artforms Tattoo, Claire’s

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Best Gift Shop

Best Golf Course

Basketree

Riverwood Golf Course

989-773-0020 112 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 w.bsketree.net

989-772-5726 1313 E Broomfield Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 ww.riverwoodresort.com

There’s a little something for everyone at Basketree. Located right in the heart of the downtown, Basketree is your go-to shop for unique gifts ranging from home decor to jewelry. They are guaranteed to be unforgettable. No matter what you’re looking for, gifts both large and small can be found at Basketree.

Featuring 27 beautiful holes of golf and a 3,200 square-foot pro shop, Riverwood Golf Course offers an experience you won’t forget. Enjoy a scenic round of golf on the greens that overlook the Chippewa River. Make sure you visit the fullystocked pro shop equipped with the best gear and a friendly staff that can assist you with any of your needs. Other Favorites Pohl Cat Golf Course, Buck’s Run Golf Club, Pleasant Hills Golf Course

Other Favorites Ace of Diamonds, Art Reach Gift Shop, CMU Bookstore

Best Gym/Health Club Morey Courts 989-953-7529 5175 E Remus Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.moreycourts.com

Morey Courts isn’t a regular gym – it’s a facility that boasts eight full-size basketball and volleyball courts, a track and a fitness center. The facility also offers numerous programs featuring sports training, leagues, tournaments and clinics. Morey Courts even owns and operates a deli inside the recreation center that’s perfect for those craving a lean, healthy meal after working out. Other Favorites Planet Fitness, the SAC, Mt. Pleasant Hot Yoga

Best Thrift/Vintage/ Antique Shop Goodwill 989-773-4884 4529 E Blue Grass Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.goodwillgr.org

When you’re short on cash or on the hunt for a bargain, start your shopping at Goodwill. From apparel to home goods, there are many hidden treasures just waiting to be found. Need to clean out your closet? Consider donating your clothing and accessories to Goodwill. Your wallet will thank you for shopping affordably and your donations will positively impact numerous people Goodwill supports. Other Favorites Salvation Army, Merchandise Outlet, Restore Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop

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Best Grocery Store Meijer 989-772-4700 1015 W Pickard Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.meijer.com

Meijer is the name and higher standards and lower prices are their game. From food to pharmacy, you can find just about anything you need at Meijer. The Mount Pleasant store offers a huge selection of CMU gear. When you are in the mood for one-stop shopping, head to Meijer. Other Favorites Ric’s Food Center, Kroger, Greentree Cooperative Grocery

Best Party Store Old Mission Wine Cellar 989-773-3001 5030 S Mission Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.facebook.com/pages/OldMission-Wine-Cellar/

With an impressive selection of craft beer, wine and spirits, you can’t go wrong with Old Mission Wine Cellar as your go-to party store. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help you find what you’re looking for. Before a night out with friends or a relaxing evening at home, stop by Old Mission Wine Cellar to get something to perfectly fit your taste. Other Favorites Pickard St. Party Store, Mission Store, Liquor One

Best Pharmacy

Best Pizza Place

Meijer

The Cabin

989-775-2110 1015 W Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.meijer.com

989-779-9167 930 W Broomfield St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

No appointments, no hassle and no charge for select prescriptions - these are just some of the perks of having Meijer as your pharmacy of choice. Meijer also offers immunizations and health screenings as needed. This is your one stop shop to make sure you and the ones you love are healthy. Other Favorites CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, Mission Pharmacy

Conveniently located near campus, The Cabin’s mouthwatering pizza, breadsticks and drinks are just a short walk or quick drive away. It’s not just pizza – Cabin pizza is a CMU student tradition. With featured specials most weekdays, experience what the Cabin has to offer. Other Favorites Pisanello’s, Pizza King, Pizza Hut

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Best Place to Take a Date

Best Jewelry Store

Mountain Town Station

Ace of Diamonds

989-775-2337 506 W Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.mountaintown.com

989-779-9919 406 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.aceofdiamondsjewelry.net

Looking for the perfect place to take your perfect match? Mountain Town Station has a variety of menu options from ribs, steaks, sandwiches, pasta and seafood - not to mention its craft beers made on site are always on tap. The friendly staff will ensure you have an enjoyable night out.

Ace of Diamonds is Mount Pleasant’s diamond in the rough. This full-service jewelry store specializes in diamond engagement rings, but also offers products such as Alex and Ani, Pandora and Bellarri along with watch and jewelry repairs. Visit Ace of Diamonds - where jewelry buying is fun!

Other Favorites Celebration Cinema, Camille’s on the River, The Ice Arena

Other Favorites S. Silverberg Finer Jewelers, Trudeau’s Jewelry, Kohl’s

Best CMU Residence Hall

Best Restaurant

Fabiano Hall

989-775-7427 2177 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.texasroadhouse.com/ restaurant-locations/michigan/mtpleasant

989-774-3111 300 E. Ojibway Ct. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 www.cmich.edu/ess/reslife

A residential upgrade from the typical dorm, Fabiano has everything you could want in an on-campus home. Each resident has a private bedroom, perfect for those who want a little privacy when they aren’t in the spacious common room. Make sure you sign up early rooms in Fabiano go fast! Other Favorites Merrill, Sweeney, Wheeler

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse has dinner options for everyone that offer exceptional value at an affordable price. Start your dinner with something from The Real Bar and a Texas Roadhouse staple – delicious, buttery dinner rolls! Known for its impressive hand-cut steaks and county-style dinners, there is no way you won’t leave the table feeling full. Our recommendation: Try the fall-offthe-bone ribs for a taste as big as the Lone Star State. Other Favorites Mountain Town Station, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s

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Best Buffet Pisanello’s Pizza 989-773-9906 110 N Main St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.pisanellos.net

Satisfy your craving for pizza with Pisanello’s buffet. With cheesy bread, a neverending selection of specialty pizzas and a salad bar, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in a casual environment. If you aren’t up for going out, Pisanello’s also provides delivery services. Other Favorites Great Wall, Ponderosa, China 1 Buffet

Best Sporting Goods Store Dick’s Sporting Goods 989-772-1990 4208 E Blue Grass Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.dickssportinggoods.com

You don’t need to be an athlete to shop at Dick’s. There is plenty of apparel and equipment for any lover of recreational sports and the outdoors. Kayaks for the family, sweatpants to lounge in or a hammock to read in - anyone can find something to be excited about at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Other Favorites Jay’s Sporting Goods, Dunham’s, C&O Sportswear

Best Steak House Lone Star Steakhouse 989-773-7827 5768 E Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.lonestarsteakhouse.com

Lone Star Steakhouse is the place to go if you want to treat yourself to a prime cut of beef. Want a savory classic? You won’t find a better, classic New York Strip anywhere. The bacon-wrapped filet mignon is always a crowd pleaser, but if you’re looking for bigger, bolder flavor you want the Texas Ribeye. Got a big appetite? The 20 oz. porterhouse will surely leave you satisfied. Other Favorites Texas Roadhouse, Mountain Town, Siniikaung Steak House

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Best Shoe Store Shoe Sensation 989-773-4985 2151 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.shoesensation.com/shoesensation-835

If you need specialty work shoes, running shoes, dress shoes or just looking for something new, you will find what you need at Shoe Sensation. Make sure you check their website for coupons. Other Favorites Kohl’s, Payless, Runners Athletic Company

Best Restaurant Dessert Menu

Best CMU Sorority

Ruby Tuesday

989-774-3016 916 S Main St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

989-775-8737 1023 E Pickard Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.rubytuesday.com

If you’re looking to satisfy your taste for something sweet, Ruby Tuesday is there to help. Blueberry Lemon Cake, Cookies & Cream Cake, Caramel Crunch Cake and New York Cheesecake are just a few of the options on the dessert menu - no special occasion required. Other Favorites Applebee’s, Robaire’s, Olive Garden

Alpha Chi Omega If you’re interested in the greek community at CMU, Alpha Chi Omega is a great place to start. These women are great leaders in the Mount Pleasant community who seek to bring awareness to the dangers of domestic violence through fundraisers and initiatives. Other Favorites Delta Phi Epsilon, Pi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha

Best Tanning Salon Best CMU Student Organization Men’s Club Hockey 5165 E Remus Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.cmichhockey.com

No weekend plans? See if the CMU Men’s Club Hockey team has a game! Watch CMU show their skills on the ice and cheer them on with friends or family. If you can’t catch a game in person, check out a live broadcast. Other Favorites Fish & Chips, American Sign Language, Circle K

Best Mens Clothing Store Kohl’s 989-773-4640 4855 Encore Dr, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.kohls.com

Affordable and fashionable, Kohl’s has plenty of options for men of any age. Kohl’s offers the best brands at affordable prices. Frequent shoppers are given Kohl’s Cash to score clothes at even lower prices during their next visit. No time to shop in store? Order online and your purchase will be shipped to your door. Other Favorites JCPenney, TJ Maxx, Rue 21

Best Sub Shop Jimmy John’s 989-775-3844 1901 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 989-773-4444 117 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.jimmyjohns.com

With two locations in Mount Pleasant, Jimmy John’s is forever freaky fast. Great subs, great prices and great service. There are options for everyone, with the opportunity to customize your sub. Try the unwich - the same sub but with a lettuce wrap instead of bread. Other Favorites Subway, Firehouse Subs, Max & Emily’s

Best Womens Clothing Store Maurices

989-772-2718 2227 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.maurices.com

It’s time to clean out your closet. Replace that shirt you haven’t worn in years with a trendy new one from Maurices. Feeling good about yourself is important, and Maurices gives you the outfit you need for the confidence you want. Other Favorites Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, JCPenney

Mountain Tan 989-775-8267 1635 E Broomfield Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.mountaintan.com

Just because the sun is hiding doesn’t mean your tan has to suffer. Stay sunkissed all year long with some help from Mountain Tan. Be productive while you tan - Mountain Tan offers laundry services so you can wash your clothes while tanning. Check www.mountaintan.com for great new deals every month. Other Favorites Maui, Sky Salon, Salon 312

Best Bakery Robaire’s Bakery & Doughnut Shop 989-772-3516 1903 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.robairesbakery.com

Whether you are satisfying a sweet tooth or you’re looking for a wedding cake, there are plenty of options at Robaire’s. Scones, danishes, muffins, coffee cake and all kinds of doughnuts! Make your next celebration - big or small - a little sweeter with a treat from Robaire’s. Other Favorites Cops and Doughnuts, Max & Emily’s, Meijer

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Best Local Brewery

Best Smoke/Vape Shop

Hunter’s Ale House

Vaped Ape

Quidditch

989-779-2626 4855 E Blue Grass Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

989-944-5480 1620 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.vapedapevapor.com

989-774-4000 1200 S Franklin St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 www.cmich.edu/ess/urec/Intramural_ Sports/Pages/default.aspx

Through four-day-a-week endurance, conditional and technical training, CMU Quidditch was a World Cup qualifier for the fifth consecutive year. That’s not magic – their success stems from the team’s hard work and athletic determination. Requiring speed and coordination to avoid bludgers, score points and catch the snitch, quidditch is as magical to watch as it is play. Other Favorites Softball, Floor Hockey, Dodgeball

Sampling craft while snacking on expertly-made pub fare – is there a more delicious way to relax after work with friends? Make Hunter’s Ale House your new weekly tradition and enjoy the best beer around with events including trivia, karaoke and live music. Sample ales, porters and stouts from Michigan’s best brewers, including exclusive beers made by students in CMU’s Fermentation Science Program. Cheers! Other Favorites Mountain Town Station Brewing, Crankers Brewery

Conveniently located within walking distance from CMU’s campus, Vaped Ape is ready to accommodate your vaping needs. Knowledgeable staff are onhand and prepared to assist you whether you are new to vaping or experienced. From starter kits to accessories, Vaped Ape is a one stop shop for your necessities. Other Favorites Wild Bill’s Smoke Shop, Blue in the Face, Mr. Vapor

Best Car Wash Firehouse Soft Car Wash 989-891-9270 430 S Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.firehousesoftwash.com

From dusty summers to slushy, salty winters, Firehouse Soft Car Wash is there to protect, maintain and beautify one of your most important investments. With unparalleled attention to detail derived from 50 years of experience, you will drive with shine and style. Other Favorites Pickard Street Car Wash, Fast Eddie’s, Rhyno’s Car Wash

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Best Bowling Lane Riverwood 989-772-5726 1313 E Broomfield Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.riverwoodresort.com

Equipped with 24 bowling lanes, Riverwood can accommodate groups both large and small. Whether you’re interested in bowling a few rounds with a friend or two, joining a bowling league or hosting a party in its renovated facilities, Riverwood can accommodate all of your bowling needs. Other Favorites SAC Bowling

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Best Downtown Business

Rubbles

Basketree

989-772-1132 112 W Michigan St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.rubbles.hub.biz

989-773-0020 112 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.basketree.net

Rubbles is more than just a bar, it’s an event venue that features live music from local bands and artists. Located in downtown Mount Pleasant, Rubbles provides a place for students and community members alike to enjoy music and karaoke in an intimate setting. Other Favorites Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Downtown Mount Pleasant Events, Hunter’s Ale House

As a staple business of Mount Pleasant’s downtown community, Basketree offers one-of-a-kind items such as jewelry, clothing accessories and interior design. Basketree aims to provide their customers with products from brands such as Lotti Dotties, Cavallini, Rifle Paper Co. and many more. Unique pieces and products await in the heart of downtown Mount Pleasant. Other Favorites Max and Emily’s, Ace of Diamonds, Dog Central

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Best Sushi Midori 989-775-7723 105 E Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.midorimp.com

Midori is committed to serving sushi with fresh, environmentallyresponsible ingredients. In combination with the trendy atmosphere and Instagram-able presentation, what are you waiting for? Midori is the place to be for date nights, celebrations and treating yourself. Other Favorites Mountain Town Station Brewing, Hunan House, Kroger

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Troy Henrie, Central Humane Animal Treatment Best Pet Store Michigan Family Chiropractic Society Redbird Pet Emporium 989-775-0830 Clinic 989-779-2225 1112 E Broomfield St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.mtpleasantchiropractors.com

Dr. Troy Henrie at Central Michigan Family Chiropractic Clinic could be the answer to your health and wellness concerns regarding back and neck pain, work injuries and general misalignment. With professional and thorough service in a comfortable environment, Dr. Henrie and the staff are ready to take care of you. Other Favorites Michigan Spine and Pain, Mt. Pleasant Chiropractic Clinic

989-779-2227 1608 N Fancher Ave, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.chippewacab.com

1105 S Isabella Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.hatsweb.org

Make time in your schedule to volunteer at HATS. Seeing animals overjoyed to be with you is the ultimate reward. Petting orphaned kittens and taking dogs on walks to prepare them for their new forever homes not only improves the lives of animals, but positively impacts you and the community at large. Other Favorites Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Isabella County Soup Kitchen

The Cabin

Best Place for Cocktail/ Appetizer Midori

989-779-9167 930 W Broomfield St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.cabinbarmtp.com

989-775-7723 105 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI Always available to take you to your 48858 www.midorimp.com

Serving up delicious food and entertainment, The Cabin is the place to be on Thursday night. You next destination, Chippewa Cab is will surely leave The Cabin with a the company to call when you need Located in downtown Mount a ride. The cab service has been a Pleasant, Midori features an a unique smile on your face after a night of beltingyou’re your favorite songs favorite of CMU students for many atmosphere appropriate for any years because of its affordable prices, occasion – from your next date to an and hanging out with friends. Don’t forget to take a break from singing safety and reliability. The drivers are important work meeting. Serving ready to take you to your next stop up a variety of craft cocktails, Midori and enjoy The Cabin’s outstanding – and they offer runs to destinations offers the best in mixology. Stop by pizza, breadsticks and drinks. for a drink to spice up your evening. Other Favorites anywhere in Michigan! Hunter’s Ale House, Rubble’s Bar, Other Favorites Other Favorites Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Wayside Central Safe Rides, U-Ride, About Time Cabin

Best Salad Applebee’s 989-779-2766 4929 E Pickard Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.applebees.com

When looking for a fresh, delicious salad with variety, there is no better place to go than Applebee’s. Top you greens with chicken, shrimp and mouth-watering vegetables. Applebee’s is sure to leave you feeling healthy, nourished and satisfied. Other Favorites Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday, Mountain Town Station

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Best Late/Night Eatery Taco Bell 989-777-7777 1143 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.tacobell.com

“Fourth Meal” says it all. Whether you are looking for a breakfast burrito or plan on raiding the Dollar Menu, Taco Bell serves up your favorite guilty pleasures all day and late into the night. Other Favorites IHOP, Dog Central, Buffalo Wild Wings

989-773-2399 1235 N Mission St, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 www.redbirdfeeds.com

If your pet is your passion, visit Redbird Pet Emporium for all your supply needs. With a range of quality and natural products, you are sure to find food, treats and toys that vitalize your pet’s health and happiness. Other Favorites Soldan’s, PetSmart

Best Unique Food Best Place to Karaoke

Best Cab Company Chippewa Cab

Best Place to Volunteer

Best Place To Get A Costume Halloween Central 989-775-3500 1313 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

Every fall, Halloween Central offers the best looks at the best prices. At Halloween Central, you can find every accessory, costume and prop. Whether you’re in the market for silly, spooky or superheroic, Halloween Central has the costume for you. Other Favorites Black Tie Tuxedo and Costume, Goodwill, JoAnn Fabrics

Midori 989-775-7723 105 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.midorimp.com

Midori is the place to go when looking for something unique to eat in Mount Pleasant. Midori uses the freshest ingredients to create their share plates, main plates and sushi rolls. Don’t forget to check out its craft cocktails made with freshly-squeezed juice. Other Favorites Shin’s Korean Restaurant, Mountain Town Station, Tropical Smoothie

Best Non-Profit Organization Humane Animal Treatment Society 989-775-0830 1105 S Isabella Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 www.hatsweb.org

Giving furry friends a loving home has always come naturally to the Humane Animal Treatment Society. This non-profit, also known as HATS, serves the community by rescuing animals. Stop in to volunteer or adopt your new best friend. Other Favorites Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region - Isabella Branch, Goodwill, Special Olympics Michigan

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