The Seven Sisters Opens
A new business is opening on the King's Highway this summer.
Sisters Sheila Evans and Cindy Ricksgers are opening a shop that
reflects their interests and concerns, as well as filling a need
for visitors and residents. "Seven Sisters," on the
west side of King's Highway north of Four Corners, will offer
earth-friendly products for kitchen, garden and bath.
It has been a long time in the planning. Sheila and her husband
Bob bought the home from Ailene Maudrie several years ago. It
was unused, which caused lots of speculation over what could be
done. Both sisters are experienced in retail business. Cindy owned
and ran an art gallery in Lapeer before moving to Beaver Island,
and has worked in customer service for 25 years. Sheila managed
a Hallmark Store in Waterford for many years. Her products and
displays brought customers from far away. But when her store earned
Gold Crown Hallmark status, the company began to dictate what
products were carried, and the creative potential was lost. So
Sheila moved into her present job as a title examiner for the
city of Pontiac. The women tossed ideas around whenever they were
on the Island together. Sheila wanted useful items for the home
as well as gift items; Cindy wanted products for gardeners. After
much discussion and input, they determined the format. When they
found that Bob had taken several steps toward turning the building
into a garage, they knew they had to act quickly. Deadlines were
set and a flurry of research, construction, and ordering followed.
Products range from towels, table linens, soaps and candles to
bird houses and wind chimes. There are items for children, too,
and books on a variety of topics. Our product line is diverse,
says Cindy, because it reflects our interests. Also, this
year we'll be learning what is wanted or needed here. I'd like
to think we have something for everyone!
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