Karen Wing from Heart of Michigan dishes on Michigan Made Pasties & More!
History of How Heart of Michigan came to be!
It was meant to be…. My husband John works a full-time job and I was a Realtor, at the time. I was asked by the owners of a flower shop to help them sell their building in Downtown Howell. It was in 2008 when the economy was at a low point. I had it listed for 2 years and had 5 deals that fell through. When the last offer fell through I went home and told John that the buyers backed out at the last minute. We looked at each other and said maybe we should buy the building, so we did! We opened our store in June of 2011.
Once we closed on the building we had to decide what we are going to do with it. We thought about it and since the economy was at a low point we wanted to do something to help Michigan people. So we decided to make it a Michigan store with a strong emphasis on locally made products. We felt Heart of Michigan was an appropriate name for our family run store.
We are constantly evolving and committed to bringing the best Michigan has to offer to our customers. Our store is located in historic Downtown Howell. We also have an online store that we run from the warehouse in the back of our store. We also have a kitchen right in our store where we make authentic U.P. pasties daily.
Cheers to Michigan!
In this interview with Howell Area Chamber of Commerce - Karen shares the story on how she started, their homemade pasties (including breakfast pasties), Michigan Made products and their expansion to online services!
Watch the interview with Karen
You Tube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yz8c0DQMqk
More about our store, Heart of Michigan!
Our store is located in the heart of Downtown Howell, Michigan. Our cozy shop carries a wide variety of unique Michigan Made items.
You never know what you may find. Our collection of items ranges from Better Made snacks and Sanders treats to exclusive Michigan signs, apparel, wine, Faygo pop and scented candles, Michigan made ice cream, and so much more!
In addition to our unique products, we also make fresh U.P. Pasties in our store daily. With seven delicious flavors including: Traditional Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Bacon, Egg & Cheese, Bacon Cheeseburger, Sausage Breakfast, Salmon, Vegan, & Cherry Chicken, and Veggie, you will not be disappointed. Available for pick-up hot, cold, or frozen. (not available to ship)
So, if you’re ever in the neighborhood, hungry for a tasty pasty, or looking to embrace your inner Michigander, come give us a visit! We are located at 203 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843.
Give us a call at 517-548-5454 or shop our website!