June 21, 2021

The Katydid, which opened in 2018 next door to Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts at 305 E. Lake Street, is the latest venture for our family. Focusing on “cultivated finds from near and far” the store finds reclaimed, recycled, and handcrafted goods crafted by artists, with a heavy focus on Michigan-themed items. While the store, from its name, look, and merchandise selections, has been a team effort, the inspiration for the name The Katydid came from my daughter, the fourth-generation Shorter. Kaitlyn had an early childhood nickname of Katy Bug. Explore our product selection and unique gifts online at