After making the move from southern to mid-Michigan, we wanted to start a business. There were some bulk food stores downstate and we thought that type of store would be perfect up north.

When we went to rent the building, the man who owned it asked, "Why don't you buy it?" So, he sold it to us on land contract. We went to stores that had gone out of business and bought equipment, shelves and the like. Friends and family helped us renovate the building -- it all came together. Our kids worked here with us and that went really well.

We've been open since July 4th, 1987.

It's great to see kids who came in over the years all grown up, and bringing their own children in now. We're hoping that country charm translates over the internet, and people from all over can enjoy a visit to our shop.