Craft + Grand Gift Boutique is newly opened at 222 N. Grand Street in downtown Schoolcraft. Stacey Sherman, owner of The Beauty Bar and a Schoolcraft native, recently expanded into the space next to the salon and has opened a new retail option for area residents. Craft + Grand features items made in the U.S., with the majority being made right here in Michigan.
There’s a wide variety of offerings, including home décor, bath and body products, jewelry, hats, scarves, clothing, pet goods and handmade greeting cards. You can find photos of many of these items featured on the Craft + Grand Facebook page and on Instagram @craftandgrand.
While giving the space a makeover, a section of shared wall between the Beauty Bar salon and store was removed, making it possible for salon guests to shop while hair color is processing, or before and after their hair appointment. There is also a door on Grand Street.
The main goal for Craft + Grand was to create somewhere that people could shop locally, and truly feel like they’re supporting local business. A lot of time was spent searching for local vendors and finding items to be for sale in the store, Sherman said.
“There are a lot of other great boutiques in the area, and it was time for Schoolcraft to have its own modern retail option,” he said. “With the Beauty Bar having opened three years ago, many conversations have been had within its walls about people not wanting to drive to Kalamazoo for a unique wedding shower, baby shower or whatever gift.”
Statements like that made wheels start turning in Sherman’s head. A couple of years were spent growing an idea. Once the space became available, a decision was made, and the Craft + Grand was launched.
Fall and winter hours are Wednesday-Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Since The Beauty Bar and Craft + Grand have a pass-through, patrons might want to check Facebook or Instagram to see if there are expanded hours throughout the week during which one can enter through the salon.
Craft + Grand will also be participating in the annual Christmas Walk, December 6 and 7, and will be helping The Beauty Bar and Reflections Modern Photography carry on the new tradition of sales, snacks, and Santa photos, Sherman said.