Several Businesses to Move into Downtown Suttons Bay

An old dry cleaning service building in Suttons Bay in Leelanau County will soon be home to several businesses.

A Traverse City realtor bought it — and it’s now being renovated, so businesses can open as early as next month.

A big old building is offering the opportunity for some big time growth in Suttons Bay.

The potential for four new businesses will bring an economic boost.

“We’re in the final stages of the purchase agreement. We just finished the environmental assessment and we are determining how to move forward with which tenants,” said Krause Realty Solutions Owner Tom Krause.

Many might have seen just an old building.

But Tom Krause saw opportunity.

He bought Wale’s Quality Cleaners in Suttons Bay — it had been vacant for several years.

He plans to put his realty business there … And provide space for three new businesses, including Roth shirts — based in Traverse City.

“It was built in four different sections. And all the floors are at different levels. So to make it easier to divide up, we’re going to keep it in the four spots where the floors change.”

Two spaces are still available.

Krause hopes to keep things there diverse.

“We’ve talked to people with coffee shops, yoga studio, offices, paddle board rental.”

Case Daniels & Rae Jewelry Owner Will Case more variety in town means more appeal to visitors.

“One of the things I think they can offer is an abundance of small retail spaces. But that’s something we need here,” Case said.

It will take about 100,000 dollars to finish the renovations.

Then Krause is ready for businesses to move in — and hopes things will be up and running as soon as possible.

“Our office and the shirt shop plan to be open by the middle of May, toward the end of May. We will be fast tracking starting in about 10 days,” Krause said.

The Suttons Bay Chamber president says it is always positive to see vacant spaces in the downtown area filled.

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