BOYNE FALLS -- The best Michigan has to offer is now available at a single location.
Boyne USA opened the Made in Michigan Store on Monday as the latest Village at Boyne Mountain attraction, featuring art, food, wine and beer and premium products locally produced.
Made in Michigan Store manager Susan Voydanoff spent 90 days traveling the state walking the orchards and touring vineyards with manufactures and producers to bring the flavors and craftsmanship of the Great Lakes State under one roof.
"I've really been fortunate. I've been to every place, tried every product, met every person," Voydanoff said. "Every product has a story, and I like sharing that with the customer -- and they like taking that back home with them."
Stories like B Nutz trail mix, made by Ben McMurray of Petoskey, who decided to sell his own blend of the chocolate-nut blend he began eating himself while training for the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon world championship in 2009.
The store intends to continue to source local, statewide products and artwork in its inventory.
"I could have done (the stocking) on the internet, but I got in the car and one door led to another to another to another," Voydanoff said. "We really want and wanted a variety of products to show what is available in Michigan. We still want to get down more to the Detroit area for some things -- we do have some Detroit vodka and some soy candles from Port Huron -- so we're really trying to spread it out."
Voydanoff credited Rocky Top Farms founder Tom Cooper with being a critical link in helping Boyne connect with area businesses.
"(Rocky Top Farms has) the best cherry butter you'll ever have and Tom introduced me to numerous farmers and stories and that's how all this is here," she said.
The store will also use the Pure Michigan marketing brand as part of its identity, but will not receive any public marketing funding directly.
Michigan Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, did the ribbon cutting on the new store during a grand opening Monday.
"Really the Made in Michigan brand, the Pure Michigan brand, there are a lot of my colleagues downstate who are trying to bring this to their own area and replicate what we've done here in Northern Michigan, which is trying to bring a piece of our culture to the people who visit," Foster said.
In addition to food, and products such as cutting boards from Michigan Maple Block in Petoskey, the store will also feature work from local artisans with the Boyne Arts Collective, as well as beer and wine tastings.
The store will be open throughout the year from noon to 5 p.m. daily. Beer and wine tastings will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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