I started this journey called self-employment 13 years ago. Actually, I started it over 20 years ago, but I opened my very first shop on July 8, 2008 in downtown Lake Orion. I was in 6 different locations (not counting the many booth locations!) before I landed in Almont, Michigan at the mill.
I met Deb and moved into her very awesome 1843 mill. We had our first Christmas Market in November of 2016. This is the longest I have lasted in any location. The minute I walked through the door, I just knew that I had to be part of the mill’s history. I felt peace and excitement at the very same time – if that makes sense???
Isn’t it amazing that the original machinery is still attached?? Well, who wants to take it down, though…I can’t imagine how heavy it must be
Since then, I have never had the desire to set up shop anywhere else. I felt at home. In January of this year, I took the plunge and purchased the mill. I still can’t believe it…
The water wheel is a reproduction built by a former owner in the 1980s. The original one would have powered the wheels to turn inside of the mill. They in turn powered the machinery. No electricity in 1843
The mill sits on 3 acres
The river out back used to run alongside the building to cause the wheel to turn. It has since been diverted.
Not a bad way to start off my 13th year in business! I am looking forward to seeing what the next 13 years bring to me, my business, and our mill.