Michigan-made retailer moves into downtown


Holland-based Michigan Pantry sells Michigan-made food, beverages and gifts, such as blueberry mustard, gourmet pretzels and bottles of beer. Photo via fb.com

A retailer of Michigan-made food and gifts that's committed to supporting “local entrepreneurs and artisans” is opening a location downtown.

On Sept. 10, Holland-based Michigan Pantry will open a location, its second, in Grand Rapids in the Downtown Market space previously occupied by Thornburg and Co., which sold preserves and other food items at the market.

Michigan Pantry is owned by Holland-native Robin Nash.

The Downtown Market location will carry 100 percent Michigan-made food and gifts, including the Michigan Pantry line and other local favorites, such as Cherry Republic, Daily Delish, Dave’s Sweet Tooth and All AmeriCAN Canning. The location will not carry beer or wine, according to a spokesperson for the market.

Nash said her business already has a strong customer base in Grand Rapids.

“We can’t wait for more customers to experience our shop in this new location,” Nash said.

“Robin has done an excellent job of curating a strong list of local food producers for her shop, and it will be an excellent addition to our locally minded community,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO, Downtown Market.

Michigan Pantry’s Holland location sells gifts, kitchen items, art, jewelry, beer and wine from local producers as well as its Michigan Pantry line of specialty food products, such as Michigan honey, maple syrup, salsa and blueberry products, including muffin mix, preserves and dried and chocolate-covered blueberries. 

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