Jennifer Shorter

1996 marked the 50th anniversary of Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, as well as the renovation of the façade of the storefront to look like its original appearance. After a suggestion by my mom, Dad restored the historic look and put deed restrictions in place to ensure the historic preservation of the ...
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Categories:  Legacy & History

This summer at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts we are celebrating our 75th year in business! To mark this occasion, we are asking all artists ages 14 and under to participate in our Carlos Coloring Contest. Enter to win by adding your own flair to our new logo on a reusable tote bag. Feel free to ...
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My grandpa, Carl, was a genius at marketing his business through all his years. He used billboards all over northern Michigan. He even had one painted on the top of a barn! He held in-store events with Native American artists and stamped their art with “Ottawa Indian Made”. He used moccasin ...
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The second branch of Shorter’s Gifts opened in Indian River in 1960 in a log cabin building. This was a seasonal shop that operated from May to December and was run by many of my family members, including my dad. The Indian River store closed after the 1983 season. The Shorter’s franchis...
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In 1950, the shop acquired more space in the building and more than doubled in size. Two years later the Petoskey Evening News reported that “Shorter’s Indian Craft Shop, here seven years, is one of the few summer businesses that operate solely in this city. Carl Shorter, who spends his win...
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Carl started as a Pharmacist’s Apprentice and then was a very successful manager of Teysen’s Gift Shops in Mackinaw City in the summer seasons of 1940, ‘41, and ‘42. Even though the country was still in the Great Depression, Carl was able to double the sales of Teysen’s Gift Shop! There w...
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Carl Shorter, Homer’s grandson, and my grandpa attended school at Pellston High School, in Pellston, Michigan. When he was a senior, a girl named Ruth transferred to Pellston after the Levering High School was closed, and it was then that Carl and Ruth met. Carl was the class president and a bask...
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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. I'm Jennifer Shorter and this is the story and legacy of Grandpa Shorter. Homer Shorter moved to Northern Michigan in 1860, just a few years after white settler...
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Shamrock tortilla chips were an experiment that my daughter wanted to try for a St. Patrick's Day party at school. She saw the idea in an American Girl Doll magazine, but we misplaced the article, so we went for it on our own. Ingredients: One package of spinach lavash thin bread (this will give y...
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Categories:  Holiday Love, Recipes

Petoskey is a small town in northern Michigan that is well known due to it's beautiful beaches and famous author Ernest Hemingway. Another popular part of Petoskey is the Pestoskey stone. What is a Petoskey Stone? The "Petoskey Stone," which became the official state stone of Michigan in 1965, is ac...
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