There's an area in Allegan, down by the river (most everything is "down by the river" here; that sucker does a lot of winding around) called The Mill District. There are three buildings there that used to be thriving factories back in the day. Like so many factories in this country they "failed to thrive" after a time and stood empty for many years.
Then along came an industrious couple, Joe and Deb Leverence, who decided to make a difference. Wow, did they! They transformed one of those empty dinosaurs into . . . . . this.
They toiled for months and months and months under many watchful eyes. I'm sure some of those "eyes" muttered, "what the hell are those two out-of-towners up to down there?"
I know, without a doubt, that there is no way that I could have ever had the stamina these two had to see their dream come true. There were set backs (a little thing like a flood) but they kept right on and turned that old thing into Baker Studio. Let's have a look inside.
Those are looms. Did I mention that Deb is a weaver extraordinaire? Well, she is and if you'd like to try your hand (well, you'll actually need to use both hands) at weaving - she'll teach ya!
Hey! Whose beautiful glass beads are those? I'll give you three guesses. Yes, they're mine and I love having my work displayed at Baker Studio. They're wonderful people to work with.
And speaking of those wonderful people . . . . . here they are!
If you're in the area during a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you need to stop down and see what these two have accomplished, check out the beautiful stuff inside and, for cryin' out loud, buy some of my beads!