WRITER | CANDIE CONAT
PHOTOS | JOURNEY NORTH USA
Born from humble beginnings, Journey North USA in Harbor Springs has grown to become a local showplace for artists from the region, the state, and beyond. The idea was to offer artists a unique, creative, and well-curated space to display and sell their inspired creations.
Each season, co-owner Mary Wadsworth creates a theme based around a poem, ornament, or a piece of her work. The chosen piece of artwork provides inspiration to find the perfect blend of 30 to 35 artists that will complement her creation along with each other’s, presenting one of the most eclectic varieties of artwork in the area.
Wadsworth finds her artists locally, in the highly artistic communities around Northern Michigan, but also reaches beyond the local market to make sure that with each new season, locals and visitors alike will experience an entirely new store as Journey North USA transitions into the next season.
Over the years, several product lines have naturally developed based on her work. The Lake Dog Collection was inspired by Ollie and Otter, the Wadsworths’ beloved miniature schnauzers who recently passed away. While the loss of Ollie and Otter has left a huge hole in their hearts, they are comforted in knowing their beloved companions will live on in this fun and creative line that pays homage to the sheer delight shown by the dogs when playing at the lake. Other collections like The Harbor Girl and The Journey North are made up of jewelry, home decor, wall art, and so much more. New products are added to each collection as seasons come and go, keeping them fresh and exciting.
So, you might be wondering: What poem started it all? The name is Journey North, so of course she wrote:
Journey north on painted wings. Monarchs march against winter’s fling. See their colors in the sky, make a wish and let it fly. Follow them north, they know the way, guiding you back to rest and play. Where rivers run fresh and deep, this journey north is yours to keep. Like generations of butterflies, your children’s children will realize to journey north is to be alive.
Journey North USA is open all year, and they look forward to saying hello when you stop in for a visit.
Journey North USA 141 State Street, Harbor Springs MI 49740 / (231) 526-5911 l JourneyNorthUSA.com