Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday September 21, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Dexter's Cottage Industry

 

continued

No one in Dexter, including the Dexter Museum archivist, Nancy Van Blaricum, could verify that story with a written record, but the building's owner, Johnny Weber, says he heard it "from two or three people" and is guessing that it must have been "somewhere around the turn of the century." He bought the Boxwood building and the old hospital next door in the 1990s and says they had been the residences of a couple of generations of the Payne family, going at least as far back as the Depression. (Weber is from old Dexter stock himself--his family owned Weber's Furniture on Main Street.)

Boxwood's main product could have come right out of a nineteenth-century general store. Owners Gail Hauman and Mandy Pomo are the only distributors in the area of American Paint Company's old-fashioned, completely natural paint made of chalk and clay. In soft, rich colors, it requires thinning with water, and, unlike latex paint, it must be sealed with a finishing coat or wax, and Hauman and Pomo can show you how. Hauman says, "It is eco-friendly, solvent free and zero VOC [volatile organic compounds]. I've been painting in here, and I don't think you can smell it, can you?" (Nope.) She was working on "an old mahogany nightstand I bought from my mother's friend. It will be ivory and teal." Hauman confesses that this is one of her rare DIY projects. She's not the artist--Mandy is.

Boxwood also sells a small selection of American-made nest-feathering home products like pillows, throws, and candles. Hauman's husband Scott, a professional "brander," came up with the business's name and logo.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run
Ghosts of WWII
Louis Meldman
Emoji Optional
Chiparu's is now I Love Liquor
Sabine Bickford
Natural Medicine
Alex Rea says locally grown medicinal herbs are "having their moment."
Patrick Dunn
Restaurants with prices Under $10
A clickable zoomable map
Save the Bagel
What do shops do at the end of the day?
Sally Mitani
Restaurants where Outdoor Seating Is Available
A clickable zoomable map
Parking And Transportation in Chelsea
Gallery & Museum Exhibits & Tours
Deet Deetle Deet, by Gene Gaunt
Walloon Farewell
Parting thoughts on meals Up North
Lee Lawrence
Regent Hotel
Brickworld Michigan LEGO experience
spark ann arbor