In 2009, Ben Gott found himself noticing plastic everywhere – from the cafes he visited with friends to the consulting jobs he held. One such job included a water bottling plant where pallets of empty plastic bottles awaited shipment. So much plastic everywhere! Gott knew that 68 percent of all plastic is not recycled, and he also knew that an alternative was needed.
As he tells it, the creation of Kalamazoo Candle Company was a “happy accident” when he found himself with some free time around the holidays. McFarlin decided to search online for things he could make and sell for extra cash. He literally Googled, “things I can make,” and a list of 50 things popped up. As he browsed the list, candles caught his attention. McFarlin spent that entire weekend researching candle making. He read about techniques, the many different ingredient combinations, and the wide variety of candles that were on the market.
Live Oak Coffeehouse in Midland is the newest addition to a collection of community-based businesses in the Ashman Plaza. The 16,000-square-foot building is home to a wide-ranging collection of small local businesses that rely on each other and work together to cultivate their businesses.
Krueger’s first love, pottery, was a sort of accident. After enrolling in college, he soon found out it was the art classes that drew him in. In one, he was given five pounds of clay and had to figure out what to do with it. He was captivated...
Spice Harbor is a home cook’s dream. Personally, I could spend hours in any kind of snazzy kitchen gadget and gift store, and Spice Harbor is certainly no exception.
Uncle Goose was created from his father’s vision many years before Bultman took over the business. As a matter of fact, his father’s original set of alphabet blocks still ranks consistently in the top two or three best sellers, year after year.
Shizzle Design started when Andrade wanted to progress from creating the garden chairs and mosaic pots she was selling at a friend’s greenhouse to a more profitable and sustaining venture.
Half Mile Handmade in Bay City sounds like my kind of place. Representing over 150 artisans -- 80% of them from Michigan...
As so many businesses do, Great Lakes Bath & Body (GLBB) in downtown Traverse City started off as a hobby and gradually grew into a “real thing.” Lynn Rodenroth had been dealing with sensitive skin for years...
Artist Sue Bolt is a local Charlevoix legend. For 60-plus years, Sue and her husband Russ have been creating one-of-a-kind art in their studio, Grange Hall Pottery, just a few miles south of Charlevoix.