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The smell of fresh rubber tires on riding mowers and the sounds of country music greet customers at Family Farm & Home. It's the Michigan company's twenty-third location and store manager Bryan Solowczuk says he'll work to tailor the inventory to meet Chelsea's needs.

"Our main customer is the farmer, but because we're in a younger, more urban community here in Chelsea, we're also paying attention to what the younger generation needs," says Solowczuk, who grew up on an area dairy farm. For instance, they'll soon offer the popular Under Armour line of sports clothing along with the Carhartt, Berne, and Columbia lines.

A few doors down from FF&H, husband-and-wife team Kevin Riley and Francisca Fernandez were running the New Chelsea Market from a temporary location in August while a bigger space next door was renovated. Riley and Fernandez had a downtown Main Street location for five years until that space was leased for the new Smokehouse 52 BBQ (item at right). "We looked for a new spot downtown, but the parking was a big issue. And here we'll have two-and-a-half times more space," Riley says.

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