2011-12-10 / Letters

Island Businesses Should Meet High Standards of Quality

To the Editor:

My husband and I have been coming and staying on Mackinac Island several times a year in the past 13 years. In fact, when we retired, we moved to the Upper Peninsula from southern California to be closer to Mackinac Island.

Each trip we make is special and we try staying at different hotels each time. We came this past July and again in October. We were quite surprised to see how the Island, and not particularly the shops, had changed in that period of time. We realized that many, if not most, of the businesses close in the season, however, as you walk down Main Street and look in the empty storefronts, whatever is left inside appears to just be scattered about; it almost looks like vandals went in. Some had poorly lettered hand signs on the windows.

One business that was still open that sold sweatshirts and Tshirts had loud, heavy metal music blaring and cheap posters on the ceiling. Wonder how they were able to get such a prime, corner spot on Main Street.

Some of the new businesses just don’t seem to match the standards of quality one comes to expect from Mackinac Island.

Before we left, we made my usual stop for fudge. The young lady working there was very vocal about her displeasure at the fact that Grand Hotel may be taking over the Village Inn Restaurant. Well, in my opinion, Grand Hotel sets the standard of excellence and many of the businesses should try to emulate their approach.

In closing, many people who visit Mackinac Island never get off Main or Market Street. So it is especially important that the businesses that are there reflect the quality and high standards that truly exemplify Mackinac Island.

Loyal and Patricia Weiler


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