Focus On: Little Bay Boards

Jason Thelen, the owner of Little Bay Boards, had no idea that by building his daughter one wooden paddleboard, he would end up launching a business. On his search for an eco-friendly paddleboard, he learned that most foam and fiberboard pieces would last no more than ten years before starting to break down.

Focus On: Jordan Valley Glass Works

Jordan Valley Glassworks creates some of the most amazing pieces of glass artwork you will find anywhere in the world, from shimmering paperweights, adorable critters, functional glassware, and “roasted” pumpkins to 450-pound sparkling chandeliers.

Focus On: Naturally Nutty

In an effort to provide something healthy and natural for her family with an amazing taste the children would love, Katie Kearney invented several flavors of her own all-natural, organic peanut butter. Naturally Nutty was born.

Focus On: Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery

At Maple Moon, it’s not just about the syrup, wine, cider, or the many other sweet treats you can find. The Petersens strive to make a visit to Maple Moon unforgettable for the entire family. Maple Moon continues to expand, and in 2015 the Petersens ventured into making wine and hard cider. Maple syrup lacks the acidity of grapes, offering a unique flavor palate that allows for a diverse product line.

Focus On: White Birch Outfitters

They created White Birch Outfitters to be an experience for their customers. Not only can customers visit the store to shop for their outdoor adventures, but they can also reserve space in the organized activities offered by White Birch. At the same time, they can examine an impressive collection of heritage photographs and historical articles and stories that testify to the rich natural history of Northern Michigan.

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