Give us some background on yourself/your business.
We bought Northwoods Trading Post in June of 1986. Rick was on the Houghton County Sheriff's Department at that time and in May he had come into the shoe repair shop to get a belt fixed. At that time, Rick was asked if we wanted to buy the business, a very well established resale/consignment store. We had a young family with 5 boys ranging from 10 years old to 3 weeks.
What are some interesting facts about your business most people don’t know?
Our business has changed over the years. We did shoe repair and the consignment for 19 years, the whole time Rick had a small firearms shop in the back for our hunting customers. In 2005, we officially changed the whole store into a hunting, archery and fishing retail store, offering live bait . We do skate and knife sharpening and are the proud owner and manufacturer of the Bob Maki Snowshoe Binding. We are an official agent to sell Michigan DNR licenses.
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Customer service is very important to us and we strive to make our customers feel welcome and at ease. We have a certified gunsmith and bowtech on sight. Our staff is knowledgeable on all facets of our business. These are important goals to us.
What brought you to the area?
This area makes a person/business owner proud to be a part of our community. We strive on honesty and people's handshakes to be successful. As part of owning a business in historic Hancock, our entire family makes their home in the City.
Do you have any business updates you would like to share with the Community?
We are happy to announce that Northwoods Sporting Goods will be opening a retail hunting and fishing store in Marquette sometime in April. It is located across from Frei Chevrolet. We hope to increase our customer base and keep our current clientele proud to shop at our store.