Why Macomb County is my home (even though I don’t live there)

Although I don’t live in Macomb County, I still call it my home!

The corn grows high and the stars shine bright, but not much else is going on near where I live in St. Clair County. Luckily, I’m just a stone’s throw north of the Macomb County border. There’s usually not a day that goes by that I don’t travel through Macomb County. Whether it’s for work, education, shopping, entertainment or medical care, I choose Macomb for all of those needs.

Armada FairI’ve adopted Armada as my hometown, where you can get a tasty burger at the corner tavern, hand pick apples and strawberries at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, pick up a signature four-berry pie hot from the oven at the Achatz Handmade Pie Company and walk or bike along the scenic Macomb Orchard Trail. And, I would be remiss not to mention the 144th Armada Fair this week from Aug. 15-21. The town comes alive during this week with big-name entertainment and small-town country charm!

Growing up in Macomb County, living along the M-59 corridor, I have seen many changes along this expanding part of the county. What once was a sleepy two-lane rural road is now a mecca for all your shopping and entertainment needs. Stretching east to west across the county, you will find hundreds of retail stores and restaurants lining this busy corridor. This includes two large shopping malls (Lakeside and Partridge Creek) hosting big name retailers as well as unique shopping boutiques. Also, a Cabela’s super store is coming soon.

Roller coasterMacomb County has entertainment covered too! You can catch a game and maybe a foul ball at Jimmy John’s Field, take a thrill ride on the new roller coaster at C.J. Barrymore’s, sing under the stars to your favorite artist at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre or catch a variety of fish small to large on Lake St. Clair.

So, if you live in one of the neighboring counties, make a run for the border and come see what Macomb County has to offer. You too just might adopt Macomb as Your Home!

Joann Priester is the senior secretary for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. 

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