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Petoskey Sidewalk Sales 2021: July 30-31

Jennifer Shorter and her mother, Mari Shorter at Sidewalk Sales 2019 I’m not going to lie: not having to haul…

An Interview with Mari Shorter

Did you have retail experience before running Shorter’s? Yes, I was the oldest of seven children and we were all…

3 Tips for Swimming Safely in the Great Lakes

Swimming in the Great Lakes is perhaps the ultimate perk for those who spend time Up North, but some precautions…

Tips for Viewing the Night Sky in Michigan

According to the National Meteor Society, several meteors are visible every night. Of course, there are many other things to…

Three Generations of Entrepreneurship, Tradition, and General Mishaps

Grandpa Shorters - Historical

This is the story about Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts and, believe it or not, it all starts with a grandpa. My grandpa’s grandpa in fact. Homer Shorter moved to Northern Michigan in 1860, just a few years after white settlers began to homestead Emmet County. He homesteaded on the banks of the Maple River in 1885 where he stayed until his death in 1932. The Emmet County Graphic called him a “Pioneer Resident of the County,” forging the origins of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives the Shorter family to this day.

Johanna (Bosma) and Irving Glen Shorter, both born and raised in Emmet County, also did not lack entrepreneurship. That spirit took them to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where they tried their hands at harvesting crops, crate manufacturing, and buying their own timber, and running a lumber company before heading back to Emmet County. Carl, Homer’s grandson, and my grandpa attended school at Pellston. When he was a senior he met a girl named Ruth when Levering High School was closed and she transferred to Pellston. Carl was the class president . . . READ ON