As you come down the hill on M-119 and past City Hall, park along the street among the stately homes and stroll into town. But don’t be surprised by what you find. There have been changes to the real estate in Harbor Springs!

The Lyric Theater looms stoically as you enter town. Open last year on July 27th, it’s gearing up to celebrate its first anniversary this summer. And while the façade speaks to a quiet renaissance, the inside is anything but stoic.

"People really enjoy our theater experience," says Scott Langton, Executive Director. "We have over 52 beverage selections, including new wines and beer, we have organic popcorn and use real butter, but best of all we have wonderful community volunteers."

Review the website often. Scott says they post lots of updates and a new schedule a month in advance.

"We've hosted 40,000 people since opening!" Scott says showing his excitement.

Not to be outdone with almost one year under its belt, Propellers of Walstrom Marine sits kiddie-corner to the theater on the south side of the street.

"We love this new location," shares Amber Osterhout, Assistant Manager. "The move from the old building by the docks has been very good for us."

Walking past the familiar Turkey's Café & Pizzeria, Gurney's, and Kelbel Pharmacy, you'll look up at a new façade on the south side of the street and wonder what's inside. The entire block down to the water has been transformed, but First Community Bank still resides in its original comfort. If you look close, the architects and builders saved some of the decorative motif and secured it nicely at the top of the building.

Meander further and relish in the comfort of Stained Cup Coffee, The Outfitter, Paper Station Bistro, Kilwins, Rocking Horse Toys, and Between the Covers bookstore. Stop there and look over at what used to be Island Bean Coffee Shop. You’ll find a new Johann’s waiting to open. They’re looking to have their final approvals soon and hope to expand outside.

Up State Street to the hill, Sam’s Graces is expanding while looking to celebrate three years, and across the street, Small Batch at the Cupola can now muster seating for up to 60 guests.

Down State Street, toward the water, Muer’s Kitchen remains with Journey North, The New York, and Bar Harbor, but now you’ll find Pierson’s in the old Juilleret’s. This apres ski grille and pub has been the hottest spot in town during the coldest months. New games, great patio, and a bar big enough for any party, brings a festive night every night to downtown Harbor.

Enjoy Harbor Springs as the days lengthen and the nights light up under the stars. You'll find a marvelous mix of new and old and always something for everyone.

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