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.


joshua whelton

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

I can't say enough good things about this place. My wife and I go to Munising once a year and we make sure to stop here at least once a day while we're there. Fantastic coffee and espresso drinks, great local information and some of the best smoked whitefish I've ever had. We can't wait to get back up there!

Becca Lang

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

I always stop in here when I visit my parents. Prices are a little more than you average coffee shop and not as many options, but coffee is good. There are almond and soy milk for those who need them. Food is delicious! My sister loves the gluten free whitefish bagel. More than anything they have great local books, artworks, and other goods, and a really cozy atmosphere (and clean bathrooms)!

Jon Hayes

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Great choice of build your own sandwich. Clam chowder was delicious. Mostly lunch fare. Good coffee. Our Finnish exchange student chose this place. She was pleasantly surprised to find a book of Finnish folk songs. Printed in 1939 in her homeland. Wonderful atmosphere !

Maria Conibeer

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Cool local coffeeshop and bookstore! The food and coffee are amazingly delicious! As my friend put it, the food is prepared with love and care. I wish I could visit this place more often, as it seems that there are different events happening throughout the week, including live music. If you're in the area, you must stop by here! :)

Kenny McMahon

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

beautiful little shop. Excellent for a quick stop. nice mix of good local art available for sale.