Dexter Crossing Newbies
Jewelry Box Boutique and Jets Pizza
by Sally Mitani
Anchored by the Country Market, Dexter Crossing is the older of the two strip malls on Dexter's eastern border, and it's hard not to notice the number of vacancies. But lately a few new lights have come on there.
In January, Melissa Duncan moved her Jewelry Box Boutique to Dexter Crossing--a relatively low-risk way to see if it can fly on its own.
For years, Duncan and her mother, Connie Bade, have been making jewelry and selling it at area craft fairs. Last year, Duncan opened the Jewelry Box inside the business she started ten years ago--the eco-friendly Cleaning Goddesses, headquartered in a house downtown next to Terry B's. In August, she says, her Cleaning Goddesses lease is up, and if the Jewelry Box isn't paying its own rent by then, she'll move the Cleaning Goddesses into the Dexter Crossing spot. If it is, "then I'll decide what I want to do. I get a little tired of all the snow shoveling and all the other stuff we have to do [at the house]. I might just rent another storefront at Dexter Crossing. At any rate, I'll have some options."
When we talked, she hadn't quite finished stocking the Jewelry Box. Supplementing the necklaces and beaded scarves made by Duncan and Bade are a kaleidoscope of inexpensive, glittery bling. The very, very top of the line is a $200 necklace, but there's plenty for under $20.
Jewelry Box Boutique, 7045 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., no phone. Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed. 1-7 p.m., Sat. 1-5 p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon.
Jet's Pizza, formerly tucked into a very small strip of businesses visible only from Dan Hoey Rd., also has moved to Dexter Crossing. Shift manager Kelsey Seltenright applauds the move. "We get a lot more traffic, and you can't tell from up here at the counter, but the kitchen is twice the size." The franchise is owned by Jeff VanObermeer, who also owns the Jet's in Saline.
Jet's Pizza, 7011 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., Dexter, 424-9810. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m. jetspizza.com
[Originally published in May, 2013.]