More Marketplace Changes
Two stores took advantage of the opportunity to sign leases that run through early 2010. Woodland Creek took the spot near Sears that's been vacant since the Bachrach menswear store went belly-up last summer. The Traverse City company specializes in rustic furniture and decor made from exotic woods from around the world--its flagship store claims to be the largest rustic and cabin furniture store in the country. An employee says if the Briarwood store does well over the holidays, there's a chance it'll stick around at least a little while longer.
York Country Designs is also in the Sears corridor, and it, too, specializes in home decor (though not furniture). Founded in Athens, Michigan, more than twenty years ago, it has only four full-time locations, in Adrian, Jackson, Okemos, and Midland. The company opens a few seasonal stores each year, but manager Niki Jarret says this is the first time it's opened one in Briarwood. This location carries only holiday items like decorations, tree ornaments, cards, and gift bags. But like Woodland Creek, Jarret says it's possible York Country Designs will re-up for a longer lease. "It's kind of touch and go. If we do well, we might."
Briarwood also has two new long-term tenants. The Walking Company, next to Macy's, sells ECCO, Mephisto, Ariat, Earth shoes, and other brands. Windsor in the JCPenney wing sells apparel and accessories "that fit the life and work styles of today's junior and contemporary woman." For that, read "high school"--a lot of the California company's dresses are for homecoming or prom.