Here are 8 new businesses to downtown Manistee in 2021-22

MANISTEE – From COVID-19 to inflation, supply chain issues and workforce challenges, recent economic trends have spelled trouble for many local small businesses.

Yet despite these unfavorable conditions, entrepreneurs continue to launch their businesses in the Manistee area and beyond.

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce provided an economic development update in April, which lists a number of recent startups in downtown Manistee.

“We have been fielding a number of contacts from people who want to open or start a new business downtown,” reads part of the chamber’s April report.

The chamber reports the following eight new small businesses opened in the downtown area since 2021.

The Purple Paintbrush

This do-it-yourself painting studio is the brainchild of Joann Snay, whose first place honors at the 2020 Spark Manistee contest helped pave the way for the Purple Paintbrush to open in 2021.

The Purple Paintbrush is located at 338 River St. in downtown Manistee.

Joann Snay’s art studio, the Purple Paintbrush, opened for business on River Street in November 2021.

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Clean Lines Tattoo

When Clean Lines Tattoo co-owners Brandon Mecam and Kelly Stoudt opened their business in 2021, it was the only tattoo parlor in the city for over a decade.

Clean Lines Tattoo, is located at 336 River St. To reach Mecam for a piercing or tattoo consultation, call 231-655-9548.

From left) Tattoo artist Brandon Mecam and Clean Lines Tattoo Company co-owner Kelly Stoudt opened their business in June 2021.

From left) Tattoo artist Brandon Mecam and Clean Lines Tattoo Company co-owner Kelly Stoudt opened their business in June 2021.

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Three Peas in a Pod

Owned and operated by sisters, Libby Zilke, Mickey Swinehart and Frankie Rasnick, this shop features artwork, crafts, holiday decorations and home decor.

Three Peas in a Pod is located at 84 Cypress St.

Three Peas in a Pod owners (from left) Libby Zilke, Mickey Swinehart and Frankie Rasnick opened their artwork, crafts and home décor store in 2021.

Three Peas in a Pod owners (from left) Libby Zilke, Mickey Swinehart and Frankie Rasnick opened their artwork, crafts and home décor store in 2021.

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Manistee Hobbies

Manistee Hobbies carries remote-controlled cars, trucks, planes, helicopters and boats; parts and accessories; hobby-grade kites; metal detectors; model rockets; and plastic model kits.

The hobby store is located at 415 River St.

Manistee Hobbies carries remote-controlled vehicles, parts and accessories as well as hobby-grade kites, plastic model kits and more.  The store opened in September 2021.

Manistee Hobbies carries remote-controlled vehicles, parts and accessories as well as hobby-grade kites, plastic model kits and more. The store opened in September 2021.

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Ruddiblush Gallery

This art gallery, owned by Paulette Juncker features the work of a wide variety of artists and contains a wide genre of artwork like paintings, drawings, prints, pottery, sculpture and more.

Ruddiblush Gallery, is located at 321 River St.

Paulette Juncker opened Ruddiblush Art Gallery, located at 321 River St.  in Manistee, in 2021.

Paulette Juncker opened Ruddiblush Art Gallery, located at 321 River St. in Manistee, in 2021.

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Downtown Delights

Downtown Delights, a downtown Manistee ice cream parlor, features shakes, malts, cups and cones, floats and specialty sundaes, and more.

The shop is located in the former Manistee County Council on Aging building, at 457 River St.

Downtown Delights of Manistee has offered shakes, malts, cups, cones, floats and specialty sundaes since August 2021.

Downtown Delights of Manistee has offered shakes, malts, cups, cones, floats and specialty sundaes since August 2021.

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Lake Town Art

William Sievert opened his Lake Town Art Gallery in March 2021.

Located at 390 River St., the gallery features representational landscapes and more abstract works that are available for public viewing.

William Sievert's Lake Town Art Gallery located at 390 River St.  in Manistee has been open since March 2021.

William Sievert’s Lake Town Art Gallery located at 390 River St. in Manistee has been open since March 2021.

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P&L Sammich Barista

This sandwich and coffee shop opened in 2022 at 375 River St.

Owned and operated by Patricia Shick, P&L Sammich Barista aims to cater more to local diners with its kids, senior and early bird specials.

Patricia Shick (left) and her assistant, Elizabeth Carroll work the counter at P&L Sammich Barista.  Shick launched the new downtown Manistee sandwich shop in March.

Patricia Shick (left) and her assistant, Elizabeth Carroll work the counter at P&L Sammich Barista. Shick launched the new downtown Manistee sandwich shop in March.

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In addition, the chamber noted the following three businesses had recently relocated downtown:


• Dwelling Realty, at 369 River St .;
• Pamela’s Interiors, at 433 River St .; and
• Port City Emporium, at 354 River St.

Other business to open in 2021 and 2022 outside the downtown area include AJ’s Pizzeria, Randoms Thrift & More and a slew of marijuana dispensaries.

A 2022 report from Yelp found an 8% increase in business openings nationwide in 2021, up from 517,231 new business openings in 2020. Overall new business growth decreased just 1% in 2021 from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

In Michigan, there were 12,994 new business openings in 2021, rising 15.8% compared to 2020, when there were 11,220 new businesses.

According to County Business Patterns, a report by the US Census, there were 7,936,977 small businesses establishments in the United States in 2019, up from 7,890,857 in 2018.

The survey found that in 2019, the total number of establishments in the city of Manistee was 559, a 1% decrease from the prior year.

In 2020, the city welcomed businesses including Rebel’s Sanctuary, a comic book store; Port City Emporium, which sells art and gift items; Miracle on River Street, a holiday boutique; and Millennial Décor, an interior decorating company. Other new businesses include Essential Real Estate and Dunegrass, a marijuana retailer.

The chamber encourages anyone who is looking to start or expand their business to reach out for assistance, or visit the chamber website at manisteechamber.com.

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