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What will Grand Haven's notoriety lead to?

• Apr 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM

In her blog, Blueberry Haven owner Tiffany Balk weaves a cautionary tale for Grand Haven’s recent national recognitions.

“Have you heard about all the big press our quaint, little town is receiving lately?” the downtown store owner poses in a March 9 post. “It’s great publicity for our downtown, and we are hoping this publicity attracts hundreds of tourists to our beautiful town this summer. Right?”

Balk notes the Grand Haven State Park beach recently named No. 2 in the “Top Freshwater Beaches” poll by USA Today and the city as one of the “Top 10 Places in the World to Retire” by Condé Nest Travel magazine.

“It’s quite an honor for Grand Haven to be recognized by the news outlets and highlight what we already know to be true — Grand Haven is an amazing place to live,” Balk wrote. “And, while we appreciate being put on the map, it’s also a little scary.”

In the post titled “Watch what you wish for,” Balk cites how quaint Glen Arbor was before the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes was voted the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by “Good Morning America“ in 2011.  

”As Grand Haven receives all this great and much deserved recognition, let’s keep in mind what makes it so special,“ she wrote. ”It’s our small-town feel, the way the downtown merchants work together to promote one another, the packed football stadium on Friday nights in the fall, our made-in-Michigan products on local store shelves, the Lake Michigan cottages, and the many other little things that make Grand Haven unique.“

Read the complete blog post: ”Watch what you wish for!“ — then tell us if you agree or disagree.

The opinions expressed by bloggers are not necessarily shared by the Grand Haven Tribune or its employees. They are the sole opinion of the bloggers, who are not employed by or compensated by the Tribune.

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