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Major Changes on Main Street



Republic. It's a good fit." Cherry Republic--maker of cherry jam, cherry balsamic vinegar, cherry salsa, cherry BBQ sauce ... well, you get the idea--is based in Glen Arbor. This will be its fourth retail store, the first one downstate. When it opens in May, Curtis promises "twenty-four feet of new windows. The entire interior of the store will be completely changed. You won't recognize it as the old store."

Sixteen Hands revealed in February that it will move in July. The arty little gallery specializes in handmade jewelry that's elegant and refined, yet a little off the beaten path. It started out in 1975 as a cooperative of eight craftspeople and gradually came to be owned by Jill Damon and Rick Wedel. Damon won't disclose the new location because in mid-March she hadn't signed the lease yet, but she says it's "off Main Street. Here, our rent keeps going up and up each year."

A few doors down, Shahin Uzunjian retired from tailoring. His store, called Shahin's, occupies a prime retail space between Espresso Royale and Peaceable Kingdom, but it has been pretty quiet in recent years, says Wedel at Sixteen Hands. Uzunjian owns the building and has found a tenant: it will soon be a Verizon store.

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