By Pat Maurer
“Gifts of Grace,” a consignment based crafter and artist retail business will be celebrating their brand new store with an Open House Saturday, January 11 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Located at 1881 West Houghton Lake Drive, just west of Walmart on M-55, the official opening for Gifts of Grace will be Monday, January 13.
This unique new store will feature a variety of crafters and artists from all over the United States and from six African villages as well, and with two local artists from right here in Clare County. A percentage of the sales will be set aside especially for women with “Lifestyle Classes” planned in the areas of nutrition, finance, job seeking skills, voter education and more.
The store is an avenue for artisans to give back to the community in a unique way by empowering women through education. Classes will be held on Wednesdays in the store. They will be four hours long with time for individual assistance.
Gifts of Grace will be developing children’s programs as well. One of the owners, Tina York said, “Our first step is with Storytelling Hour in the store on Saturdays, starting in March. We will have Honor Students come in and read to the little ones from 1-2.”
The business is owned by four partners: Tina York, Marin Judge, Jo Ellen Stanley and Betty York.
Gifts of Grace is the vision of retiree Tina York. With a background in employment, training, and marketing, she was a very successful business woman in her first life and the owner of a National Technical Employment Company. Her business offered her many opportunities. Now she is giving back to this community in a way that empowers women through educational classes.
Marin Judge is local to Roscommon County. She has a BS in Social Work and currently manages her family business. Jo Ellen Stanley is an artist and the business bookkeeper. Jo Ellen and Betty York are both from Oakland County. Betty works for the Post Office and is responsible for the business web page.
Tina invited everyone to visit the brand new store. “Come in and see what we are about.” For more information call 248-660-4397 or visit their website at www.giftsofgrace.net, where a link to their Facebook page is available.