One thing that stands out in the tri-county area landscape of businesses — there’s everything new under the sun. New businesses keep cropping up, and they aren’t your typical “cookie cutter” businesses. Thanks to the uniqueness of many local businesses, our communities of Fenton, Linden and Holly each have their own personality — providing a vibrant, lively retail/service district in which to shop, dine and do business.
Local entrepreneurs who have a passion for a particular skill or talent take a chance each time they open the doors of a new business. Here are a few representative samples:
Green Parrot Superstore
Opening date: Oct. 28, 2019
Where else in the world can you buy parrots, reptiles, small animals and all the food, care and maintenance products to go with them?
This new exotic pet store features all of the above and more, and is located in the former Maher Feed Supply store at 507 N. Saginaw St. Maher Feed Supply recently moved to a larger location in Holly.
“We love Holly,” said the owner, Suzanne Dodoro, who transitioned her business from Goodrich to Holly last fall so they could expand and own their own building. “We’re in the process of that right now,” Dodoro said.
She has a passion for birds, especially parrots, which they hand-feed and hand-raise as companions. Their goal is to match a companion parrot to your lifestyle, and in the process, they get to know their customers as friends. “Tell us what you need, and we’ll order it for you,” Dodoro said. “We want you to
shop for what you need, right here in your hometown.”
Opening date: Oct. 4, 2019
Sheena Payer took a chance on Fenton, and she’s glad she did.
Payer opened the doors to Midwest Mercantile at 14305 Fenton Road in Fenton Township on Oct. 4, 2019, bringing a new concept of re-finished furniture, home décor, clothing and gift items to the area. “There isn’t a store like it in the area, and I thought it would be a great addition to our awesome community,” Payer said.
Marketing her business to the community has been her biggest challenge in business thus far, but it also has been the most rewarding.
“We have really been embraced by Fenton and surrounding communities,” Payer said. “It’s been very heartwarming to hear customers come in and tell us how happy they are that Midwest Mercantile is here.”
One thing that Payer definitely foresees in her future is change. “The retail business is ever-changing, so expect to see us always evolving,” she said. “We have several amazing events coming up this year that are really exciting and will definitely push the store in a very exciting direction.”
Payer, 35, grew up in Davison and attended school there. She worked in Fenton as a hair stylist for about 17 years. She has a 7-year-old daughter who attends Fenton schools. Payer is getting married this summer to Ari Thompson. “Living and working in the Fenton community has been an absolute joy,” she said.
Daisy Dukes Men’s Salon
Opening date: Summer 2019
The name probably gives it all away.
Daisy Duke, a fictional character from the popular “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show that aired from 1979 to 1985, is the namesake of this men’s country-themed hair salon.
Played by Catharine Bach, Daisy Duke was known for wearing short, tight-fitting cut-off jean shorts that became known as “Daisy Dukes.”
Mandy Stites, a lifelong Fenton resident, opened her salon last summer at 1440 Torrey Rd. in the Torrey Road Plaza in Fenton.
The salon offers men’s hair services for all ages, including cuts with shampoo, hot towel neck shaves, scalp massages, beard trims and facial shaves. Eyebrow waxing is also available.
“They say ‘bring it home’ and that’s what I did,” Stites said. “Fenton is my hometown. This is obviously what was needed in town. It’s going really well.”