230 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
Sun-Tue: 8am - 4pm
Wed-Sat: 8am - 6pm
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.
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.
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.
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