Jeanette (Jet) Conrady knew the moment she started working in a local
coffee shop while in college that she wanted to own her own small
specialty food business. “I just felt a connection to that
industry – establishments like coffee houses, bakeries, and ice cream
parlors that offer specialty products to customers who end up
returning again and again because it’s a small specialty business,”
stated Jet. Jet’s dream of business ownership came to fruition
in May 2012 when she opened her own ice cream shop in Pellston,
Michigan called With a Cherry On Top.
Jerry Neuman knew his automotive machining and engine building
business would be a success long before he ventured into moving into a
storefront in East Jordan in January 2012. “When I had to turn down
work because I didn’t have the equipment, the time or the space, I
knew I needed to take the next step and open up a full service shop of
my own”, said Jerry.
Starting her own clothing boutique was a dream that Laura Esford
never gave up on! Esford, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of
Odawa Indians, had successfully managed a local clothing business for
several years, and the experience motivated her to want to someday
open a store for herself, to include her two daughters Adrienne and
Haley. That dream came to fruition in September 2011 with the opening
of Lah Lah’s Preloved Clothing Boutique (incorporating the first
initials of Laura and her daughter’s names; Adrienne and Haley) in
Lakeview Home Furnishings, a new custom woodworking and home
furnishing design business located in Petoskey and owned by Stephanie
Sevener, is the latest business to benefit from loan assistance from
Northern Shores Loan Fund, Inc. (NSLF) for expansion of its services.
Tannery Creek Market, L.L.C., located at 1210 N. US 31, Petoskey, MI
is the second business to receive financing from Northern Shores Loan
Fund, Inc. in March, 2009. Tannery Creek is owned and operated by Mary
Jo and Dee Schultz, long-time business owners in the community and
founders of Tannery Creek Market, L.L.C. in 2005.