Last year Cheryl Podgorski opened her Stoney Acres Garden and Gifts without having any idea how well it would go. It turned into quite a success, but like many start-up businesses on Beaver Island, all that meant was that she didn't lose too much money. Still, she was encouraged by the support she received from her customers, and plans to have another go at it this year.
Like last year, she'll concentrate on two areas: providing bedding plants in season (she'll keep them available as long as she can, probably until mid-July), and offering hand-crafted gifts, mainly created by herself: Native American items, jewelry, leatherwork, bird feeders, oil lamps, terrariums, gourds, canvas bags, and pillows. She may stock some craft kits for those with more time on their hands.
In addition, she'll offer a series of workshops, including repeats of those she recently offered through Cindy Ricksgers' program at school: pine-needle basket making, and medicinal plants. Her herbal workshop will be scheduled for late July, when the plants are ready.
She's also willing to take orders by April 15th for plants she'll care for until her customers arrivealmost anything, so long as she can get it from her suppliers. Just phone her at 448-2930 to make your arrangements.
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