There's an undeniable allure about "something new". Whether it's a restaurant or coffeehouse that's coming soon, or a nightclub or brewpub (or even an upscale bourbon joint) that's just popped up, there's a feeling of curiosity and excitement that swirls about "something new". What's the vibe, what are the flavors, what's it all about? Check it out:

From a trendy, fashion boutique who just celebrated their grand opening with a rooftop champagne toast to a newly-opened, luxurious watering hole of icy interest - along with a new, year-round market, an old-town distillery neighbored by a soon-to-be brewpub, and an up-and-coming Italian restaurant described as first-class - "something new" is around every corner, and here's a taste of what you'll discover!

Take In a Triple-Threat

Harless + Hugh Public House 2 

Step foot into newly-opened Harless + Hugh Public House, a bright and welcoming specialty pub serving tempting bites and hand-crafted cocktails, and expect an all-around new kind of experience! Bay City's chic new bar is all about the ice (watch this video, you'll see), and from the establishment's memorable mixing methods to their unique ingredients and traditional-yet-original offerings, the Public House is "something new" worth checking out.  

Joining alongside Harless + Hugh Coffee and Harless + Hugh Flea Hugh Flea in Downtown Bay City, Harless + Hugh Public House rounds out an H + H triple-threat of the best kind!

Experience Fashion

Omoni Boutique 

Opening with a bash, or shall we say {rooftop champagne} toast, Omoni Boutique launched its second location in Uptown Bay City this past June. Now shoppers in Saginaw, Bay City and far beyond can peruse this upscale boutique where Sophia Amoruso/#GIRLBOSS to Meryl Streep could find something fabulous to wear! For right-now, this-minute fashions, classic styles and urban sophistication, take in this Go Great "something new" and walk out of Omoni Boutique looking and feeling wonderful.   

Sip in Style

Bourbon + Co. 

Offering distinct flavors and memorable experiences while savoring them, Bourbon + Co. is brand new to Downtown Saginaw's historic Bancroft Building, and its name makes clear what's inside: Bourbon (though craft beer is high on this establishment's list, too). Fellow new visitors rave about the "amazing atmosphere" at Bourbon + Co., and mention the high-end, rare bourbon offerings as well as multiple price points to enjoy.

Just up the road, Old Town Distillery is gunning to open its doors. Old Town Distillery is rumored to be opening soon, and to serve whiskey and more in the urban-trendy neighborhood of Old Town Saginaw. Keep your whistles whet!

And for a different kind of sip or maybe a swill (your call), much-anticipated Oracle Brewing Company has just launched its website and promises to be "something new" opening soon in Old Town Saginaw. (Psst! Also, an application for a liquor license has been filed in Bay City by Northern United Brewing Co. LLC, the company behind the Grizzly Peak and North Peak families of craft beer and operators of the Jolly Pumpkin microbreweries! Stay tuned, "something new" is brewin'!)

Taste Different

Gratzi! Midland 

For an outstanding dining experience in the Great Lakes Bay Region, please patiently await with the rest of us until Gratzi! Midland opens its doors (inside the H Residence, alongside the Midland Visitors Center and Northwood Gallery) and unveils its menu of decadent, Italian cuisine and fine wines. The new restaurant will have two levels of seating, including 200 seats inside and outdoor dining, and will feature specialty pizzas to chef's signature creations. Look for Gratzi! Midland in late 2017 ...

Until then, sink your teeth into "something new" at Sandweesh Mediterranean Grille, the first location in Old Town Saginaw of a new, national franchise. Whether you're new to Mediterranean and Lebanese fare or looking to sample a known favorite, Sandweesh's "Build Your Own Shawarma" or Falafel will make a fan out of you.

To Market to Market ...

City Market Bay City 

... to buy Market Fresh Threads, Devout Sprouts or That Guy's BBQ, and fresh, local produce, poultry and more from more than 30 vendors at the year-round City Market! Newly opened on June 13, City Market in Downtown Bay City is sure to have something for everyone, and hosts events, demonstrations and tastings, too. (Print this map before you visit, and "beeline" to buy honey or easily find the Half Mile Handmade shop.)

What's new (or soon on its way) in the Great Lakes Bay? As you can see, a lot! Enjoy.