Harwood Gold Cafe, Charlevoix, Michigan

Harwood Gold Cafe

Located in downtown Charlevoix

230 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 437-3900
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Summer hours at the Cafe

Mon-Sun: 7am - 8pm


The Parsons family has been quietly farming and making maple syrup on the shores of Harwood Lake, a few miles south of downtown Charlevoix, since 1898. After five generations, we are very proud to announce the opening of the Harwood Gold Cafe. We opened August 2016, and we want to thank you – our friends, family and customers – for your incredible support of our local, family and women-owned business.

Our cafe is half cafe, half store. Representing our dedication to supporting local farmers and businesses, the cafe features a farm-fresh, seasonal menu, as well as espresso drinks, fresh juices and smoothies, plus our hand pies both hot and frozen. Our menu includes several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The store side features all of the Harwood Gold products, with a tasting bar so you can try before you buy. You can also create unique gift boxes in the store and we can ship them out for you.

Harwood Gold Cafe
Harwood Gold Cafe - Smoothies and Coffees
Harwood Gold Cafe Baked Goods
Harwood Gold Cafe Fresh Salad
Harwood Gold Cafe

The Murdick's Famous Fudge building before renovations

A Part of Charlevoix's History

For those who know Charlevoix well, we are located in the old Murdick's Famous Fudge building at the corner of Bridge and Clinton Streets. We feel very honored to be in this location, as Murdick's was another local family business that had been in the building since the 1950's. The building was sort of an icon in downtown Charlevoix, but the owners had retired and the building had been vacant for nearly 10 years.

The building sits along the park in downtown Charlevoix, and has a great view of the marina and Round Lake. During the summer, we have outdoor seating on the sidewalk along the park, so you can enjoy the fresh Charlevoix air with an even better view of the park, marina and lake.

The Renovations

When we started to renovate the building, we were very excited to find the old fudge-making marble slabs had been left in the building. We were able to reuse the slabs by making them into our tabletops and countertops. We are so happy to have such a beautiful piece of the fudge-making history still present in our cafe.

We also made a wonderful discovery when we took a peek above the drop ceiling - the stunning original tin ceiling. It had a lot of damage, but we were able to restore the whole middle section. So when you stop by, be sure to look up!

Most of the barn wood used in the cafe came from the Parsons Farm, where we make our maple syrup and all Harwood Gold products. We love having a part of the farm in the cafe, reminding us of our family's history. The wood came from a barn built by our grandfather and great-grandfather, and we know they'd be so proud of us for carrying on our family's tradition of making maple syrup.

Harwood Gold Cafe building

Harwood Gold Cafe

Harwood Gold Cafe marble tabletops

The beautiful fudge-making marble slabs used as our tabletops

Harwood Gold Cafe original tin ceiling

The restored original tin ceiling

Harwood Gold Cafe Job Openings

Updated March 1, 2018

All wages are competitive and depend on experience.
Apply in-person at the cafe or email amber [at] harwoodgold.com to set up an appointment.

Retail Salesperson / Customer Service

We are in need of retail / customer service staff who serves our customers by helping them select and purchase products. The ideal candidate is dedicated and dependable, has great people and verbal communication skills, and enjoys helping customers. Basic math skills are required, as this person will process payments for purchases, and open and close registers, performing tasks such as counting money and balancing cash drawers.

Additional duties include: provide information, recommendations, and suggestions for use of products; help locate merchandise based on customer needs; assist in pricing, arranging, stocking, and tracking inventory of merchandise; bag purchases and wrap gifts; process orders for shipment.

This part-time position is open immediately.

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We are in need of an energetic Barista who is a coffee enthusiast, has a positive attitude, and is driven to provide excellent customer service. The Barista will increase coffee sales by educating customers, and will prepare and serve a variety of coffee and tea drinks, smoothies, fresh juices, and baked goods. This person will assist in stocking coffee & tea supplies, maintaining a safe and sanitary work area, and will be responsible for operating equipment safely and correctly.

This part-time position is open immediately.

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Kitchen Staff

We are hiring kitchen staff for the summer season. This person supports the kitchen team by assisting in food preparation, maintaining orderliness of food supplies and equipment, and following all sanitary and health-related protocols. The ideal candidate is a quick-thinking multitasker, able to work in a fast-paced environment. They must be able to communicate well and perform a wide range of tasks. We're a busy and growing cafe and we are willing to consider advancement opportunities for the right candidate. If you're interested in a culinary career, this position will provide you with a great start.

This part-time position is open immediately.

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