Three downtown Howell shops swapping locations to offer more

Owners of three shops in downtown Howell are swapping locations.

The Chocolate Boutique, Silverstone Jewelers and Handmade in Howell are all gearing up for moves that will allow shop owners to offer more to their customers. 

Teresa Chalifour, who in 2015 opened The Chocolate Boutique at 201 S. Michigan Ave., hopes moving her sweet shop to Grand River Avenue will help her grow and offer new baked goods and sweets.

Chalifour plans to start moving the shop to the current location of Silverstone Jewelers at 120 W. Grand River Ave. in late February and reopen in early March. 

"We're going to expand and offer more baked goods and add some different chocolates ... and we'll do milkshakes," Chalifour said. 

She is looking into the logistics of adding seating inside her new location. "And, of course, we'll have tables outside in spring and summer time."

She said her shop's cannoli, French macaroons, cheese cakes, chocolates and ice creams are favorites among her customers. 

Her shop also sells molds for making your own candies, supplies for baking and decorating cakes and more.

"We wanted to be on Grand River to be closer to the downtown area and participate in all the events that happen," she said. "I think it will give us more exposure, and I've always wanted to be a part of all the festivals."

More room for more bling

Silverstone Jewelers owner Kallie Carver said moving to a larger space will allow her to offer new jewelry lines and spread out. 

The approximately 950-square foot space at 120 W. Grand River Ave., where Silverstone Jewelers opened in 2014, is about a third of the size of the shop's future location at nearby 113 E. Grand River Ave. 

Carver is gearing up to close the jewelry store Friday for the move and reopen in the new space sometime later this month. 

"It's a lot bigger, which will allow for us to have more lines by more designers," Carver said. The space was previously occupied by rustic and Michigan-themed home decor store Up North Decor, which closed at the end of December after owners Donna and Tim Hostetler decided to retire. 

Carver said, among other lines, the store will begin carrying jewelry by Spanish company Unode50 and a new line of pearl jewelry.

The new location will feature two main sections. The front part of the store will feature jewelry for all occasions. The back of the store will be all bridal jewelry.

"We're also going to get into more decorative stuff for the house, like things you might find on a wedding registry, maybe ring holders, pictures frames, maybe piggy banks for kids and other stuff," Carver said. 

She said the new space features enough room her goldsmith can work in a separate space. 

And her office will be large enough to use as a custom jewelry consultation area for people looking for one-of-a-kind designs. 

The space also has a basement, which will allow her to keep store displays, seasonal items and other products and supplies on site, "instead of having to bring things in from my house," she said. 

The store sells jewelry lines that produce hand-crafted rings, necklaces, pendants and other bling. They also custom-make jewelry for weddings and other special occasions, and do repairs. 

Handmade shop swap

Handmade in Howell, a shop featuring handmade gifts, custom vinyl-work and apparel, essential oils and other products made by local artisans and craftsmen, will swap locations. 

The shop, currently at 204 W. Grand River Ave., Suite 180, will move into the building The Chocolate Boutique will vacate at 201 S. Michigan Ave.

Owner Brandy Springborn, who opened her craft shop in October, hopes the new, larger location will allow more vendors to sell their handmade creations in her shop. 

The shop, which currently sells items made by six vendors, Springborn and her children, features a wide assortment of craft products. Jewelry, scarves, decorative wine bottles, gift cards, princess dresses and license plate artworks were among items for sale in the shop Wednesday. 

She also sells essential oils mixed by Howell resident Michelle Davis.

They also make custom vinyl imagery for T-shirts, spirit wear, car stickers and other objects from a workshop at the back of the shop. 

"After the move, we'll be able to open up to more vendors, because we'll have about twice the amount of store space, and there are a lot of creative people here," in the Howell area, she said. "We're like a collection of crafters."

Two rooms in the basement of her future location will be a dedicated workroom and storage space. 

Springborn plans to start moving into her new space March 1 and open within a few days of that. 

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