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Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore

104 East Munising Ave

When we were kids we often camped, fished and traveled during vacations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Ontario Canada (north of Sault Ste Marie). Waterfalls, the Soo Locks, the Log Slide, the Marquette Ore Docks, the Pictured Rocks and many other destinations were part of our childhood.

During these trips we often saw yellow signs warning "Watch for Falling Rock." When asked (repeatedly, I might add) our father told us this story...

"Many, many years ago there was a young Indian woman who had a son named Falling Rock. One day he became lost and did not return home. His mother searched for the rest of her life throughout the lands we now know as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Ontario. As she searched, she occasionally wrote on the rock faces 'watch for Falling Rock' so that others would keep an eye out for her son. Unfortunately, she never did find him. Centuries later, when roads were built through the same areas that this Indian woman traveled and wrote her plea for her son, the builders placed her words on yellow signs as a way to honor her devotion. That is why we now have signs throughout the United States and Canada that warn 'Watch for Falling Rock.' "

There are, of course, many variations of this story that have been told throughout the years. This is the one that we believed for far too long. Perhaps it is useful for you to know that our father also accurately counted cows in the field and attributed this ability to a skill he acquired during summer jobs counting livestock during college. When asked years later how he did this, he said "you just count the legs and divide by four!"

Unfortunately, Dad passed away on June 6, 2002, at age 64. During the memorial service I shared a number of stories - including the story of Falling Rock - most of which my children, Amanda (age 12) and Rebecca (age 7) were hearing for the first time. Months later, when we raised the issue of a name for the café and bookstore, Amanda immediately said "Lets call it the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore." And so it is.


Jeremy Nycz

Friday, July 6, 2018
A treasure of atmosphere and plethora of great food and coffee. My family and love this establishment and have been going here every summer for the last 6 years. Very nice and family friendly, great food and always someone tinkering on piano. My ONLY complain is that in the summer it's about 90 degrees in the store...

Robert M

Friday, June 29, 2018
A diamond in the rough: the only eatery in Munising that we really liked. The coffee is very good, and there is a selection of different blends. Even though it was DIY dispensed from thermoses, the coffee was very hot. We each had a breakfast sandwich: egg, cheese, meat (sausage for me; bacon for spouse) on English muffin. They were well assembled and delicious--two stacks of egg, flavorful cheese, etc. The bookstore itself is a nice place to hang out. It's primarily used books, so there's a potluck element to it.

Anna Groves

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Really great food and environment. Veggie burger isn't vegan but they had other vegan options. I got the portabello melt with hummus instead of cheese and it was vegan and absolutely delicious. They also had baked goods and vegan cookies. When I was there around 8 on a Wednesday night they had a large band circle that was playing live music that added to the nice bookstore environment.

Gail Schaefer

Friday, July 13, 2018
Old fashioned coffee shop/bookstore that offers drinks, sandwiches, ice cream, as well as books & gift items. Order at the counter. The day we stopped it was warm & muggy outside & very uncomfortable inside. Felt badly for the employees working under those conditions but they still remained cheerful. Nice to browse on a rainy morning.

Janice Simmons-Mortimer

Thursday, July 12, 2018
A fantastic cafe in the middle of a bookstore offering good coffee, food, as well as book and gifts. They had a nice selection of sandwiches and bakery - including gluten free items. A great little discovery on our trip through the UP.

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