“We’ve got people from Canada calling saying, ‘Is the Inverness back open?’” he says. “And we got the original phone number back!” Not only that, says Padden, but the place also comes with a fairly friendly ghost.
The Inverness Inn, 13996 North Territorial, Dexter Township, 475–1515. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. noon–11 p.m.
The Potting Shed is planning to move into larger digs by early October, making room for more baby items and gardening merchandise. The new location, the former spot for the Chelsea Collection, is kitty-corner across from the current tiny cubby of a store, and at almost 2,000 square feet, it’s four times the size.
“It still will be sparkly and glittery,” says co-owner Bonnie Cook—and full of whimsical gifts, fairy tidbits, and antiques as well as the herbs that she and her husband, Scott, grow. She says the atmosphere at the new place will be “retro and fun” and a little less crowded. They’ll have room for more baby gifts and other merchandise from antiques to holiday decorator items to jewelry. A gardening room will feature items such as flowers, vintage mossy pots, topiaries, and conservatories or miniature greenhouses.
The Potting Shed, 112 West Middle, Chelsea, 475–8086. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m.