Focus On: Mrs O’s Crap Shack

Just outside Traverse City, you’ll find a little-known shop called Mrs. O’s Crap Shack. The Shack, as it is lovingly known among its admirers, is a consignment store in Interlochen specializing in the adage that “one person's junk (crap) is another person's treasure.”

Focus On: Ledge Craft Lane

Ledge Craft Lane is an artisans nonprofit that includes over 50 local juried artists. Taking the time to meet each vendor to see what they create allows Ledge Craft Lane to ensure that what they offer is unique and in tune with what they know their visitors will enjoy.

Focus On: Brush Up Pottery and Art Studio

Previously, the focus at Brush Up Pottery was painting on canvas. Borchard quickly realized that the interest in canvas painting was beginning to wane; if she was going to keep the business alive, the focus needed to shift. With research, she found that pottery – from “throwing” it on a wheel to painting precast ceramic items – is a creative medium that has continued to be popular. So, she decided to focus on pottery with other media like wood and canvas, offering variety to fill the gaps.

Focus On: Fortino’s General Store

When Fortino’s General Store, located in the middle of Grand Haven’s main shopping district, went on the market in late 2014, the city held its collective breath. People worried about what might become of this beloved institution that had thrived for 103 years and three generations in the same family.

Focus On: MI Jerky Company

Fayling began working on the next steps: a sales plan, website, and recipes. He already enjoyed creating his beef jerky, so now it was time to step it up. He had done extensive research before leaving his job, so things fell into place pretty quickly.

Focus On: Serendipity Road

Julia Kepler had spent years working with nonprofit groups, helping them open successful retail stores, and her husband had a career in retail management. After some discussion, they understood that their dream could be realized, and in August 2017, Serendipity Road was born.

Focus On: MoJo Spice & Catering

Daniel Mohle has seen the world of food service from every possible angle – from dishwasher to co-owner, from pizzerias to cafés to fine dining, and back again. Now it’s his turn to be in charge as the proud owner of MoJo Spices & Catering in Cheboygan.

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