New shop combines products in harmony with nature with center for “Makers” to create and sell original works
Howell MI – In a world surrounded by technology, two Livingston County residents have a dream to bring people back to nature, while also imparting a sense of community to customers. Finding Roots, a new business opening in Howell in May 2016, and located at 111 North Michigan Ave., will be the hub of what owners Tirzah Sirken and Lisa Jarrelle describe as a movement to reintroduce Howell residents to the natural environment through the arts and products inspired by nature.
“Finding Roots will be like nothing that Howell residents have seen before,” said Jarrelle. “Our goal for the business extends far beyond simply selling naturally based products and creations. We hope to bring a sense of community to the downtown area by being a center for creativity, discussion and interaction that is open to all.”
Howell DDA Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly was equally excited about the new business. “Our goal is to develop a strong, vibrant downtown with a diverse retail base that will make Howell a destination. Finding Roots will offer a unique retail experience that will help us achieve those objectives.”
The Howell Main Street DDA assisted Sirken and Jarelle in securing the location and provided counsel on establishing a retail operation in the city.
Finding Roots, which has nothing to do with genealogy, will feature a wide variety of products ranging from hand made art, both for display and wearable, to items that will help customers achieve wellness through a more natural-based lifestyle. The business will serve as a portal for the entire Southeastern Michigan region where artists and purveyors of naturally-based products can exhibit and sell their creations. Additionally, the store will have a Community Room that will be open to Makers, their term for the artists who will be creating hand-made items. They also envision opening the Community
Room to independent instructors who would provide hands-on instruction in artistry and education in living a more natural lifestyle, including everything from organic growing to maintaining an apiary.
Makers who are interested in showcasing their creations can learn more about Finding Roots at several open houses, one on May 5 from 5 – 7 pm, and another on May 7 from 10 am – 12 noon.
The Community Room will also serve as a gathering place for discussion and inspiration.
“We want everyone to feel welcome,” said Sirken. “Part of our objective is to help our community return to its roots, and those are the people who live and work right here, and create bonds that help a community thrive.
” Sirken and Jarrelle anticipate opening in mid-May, once the interior design has been completed. The owners are self-funding the construction, which includes fixtures that have been upcycled. A focal point of the interior will be the Tree of Many Trees, a sculpture-like fixture made up of branches from a wide variety of tree species that demonstrates, according to the owners, that we all represent many different trees, yet we all exist within the same forest, side-by-side and in harmony with one another.
About Howell Main Street DDA
Howell Main Street DDA is a volunteer-led organization focused on creating a vibrant, strong and economically viable downtown. Its mission is accomplished by using the Main Street Four- Point ApproachTM to further commitment to historic preservation, infrastructure improvement, quality events, and promoting downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community.