Thursday, May 1, 2008

An Adventure in Gladwin

On Wednesday, Shirley took me on an adventure to Gladwin, Michigan. Gladwin is a very small town in the middle of Michigan. I wasn't expecting much. We went to the Riverwalk Place building. It is on a small river, and it landscaped very nicely. They have built a wide sidewalk all along the river bank into town, might go a mile or so. The building is very nicely constructed with lots of stacked limestone and construction detail, like keystones over door ways. I think Post and Beam construction, is what Shirley said.

The first floor is full of nice shops. Very nice woman's clothing. One is designers like Liz and New York and Brooks, the other is more casual and features Fresh Produce designs and tee shirts. Also a large men's department. We shopped at the Blackberry Lodge, a great gift shop in the "up north" style. Just the place to go to furnish your cabin. Even had themed curtains with pine cone curtain hooks. I found some very unique greeting cards, lots of weddings coming up soon!

The entire river front of the first floor was The Riverwalk Grill, a bar and restaurant. Of course we ate there. It ws surprisingly crowded. I had a Philly Cheese Steak, the ingredients were good, but it was dry. Shirley had a seafood pizza with Alfredo sauce. She gave me a taste, very good. The menu had many interesting items on it and they were reasonably priced. Most entrees were $14 to $17, even the NY Strip steak. We sat on the upper tier of booths, I was too short to see the river. The wait staff was excellent. Will be back there for sure.

The second floor is offices and The Oasis Salon and Spa. Shirley bought some moisturizers. She had been there before. The spa was hopping with customers. There must be a demography of citizens in the area that is well hidden. They have little girl spa parties and over nights for adults, using a condo on the third floor. The condos have garages on the first floor too.
Photos are the Aspen out behind the garage and flowers by the lake.

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