Taking a trip through Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace is like taking an abbreviated tour of Michigan and sampling all of its finest products. Poindexter’s, which opened August 11 in the Carriage House adjacent to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, offers a plethora of Michigan’s finest. Think Amish cheeses made in Lakeview, Clancy Fancy Hot Sauce from Ann Arbor, Clarkston’s own barbeque sauce, Traverse City cherry butter and cherry salsa, and brats, jerky, and to-die-for smoked chickens from Falmouth, Mich. And that’s just for starters!
Owners Nick and Nicole Poindexter are passionate about finding the best food products and offering them at a reasonable price. Their commitment begins in Michigan and broadens to places like Costa Rica, Belize, the deep south, and points around the globe when searching for top-notch goods.
Nick is a self proclaimed condiment guy and loves sauces, ketchups, dips, batters—you name it. He fell in love with Marie Sharps habanera sauce on his honeymoon years ago in Belize and has been back several times, always returning with a case or two. Nicole jokes they had the best-stocked refrigerator in town—if you wanted condiments.
Last October when the market turned south, Nick took a second look at his real estate business in the Higgins/Houghton Lake area, and decided the downturn in cottage and cabin sales may be a signal to follow his dream. Having watched a colleague open similar stores in Houghton and Ludington, he recognized the demand for specialty products. With his family’s desire to move to West Michigan, the hunt was on for the perfect location. Nick spent weeks researching the area, finally giving Rockford the nod.
“Rockford is such a great town and the location is perfect for our business. We sell products not available elsewhere, and with our close proximity to the White Pine Trail, people of all ages will love stopping in. Knowing this is where we wanted to be, we worked round the clock to open just in time for the last Rogue River Blues Series. We grilled 600 pounds of brats opening night [Aug. 11] and offered them to passersby for our ‘soft’ opening. There’s no way we could have done this without the help of Mark Ansara [Prime Development] and our landlord, Andy Gremel [The Gremel Group]. We wanted to open during the height of summer with all the fun activities Rockford offers, between the Blues, Mitchell’s Run, and the Heirloom Tomato Festival. We couldn’t have asked for a more warm welcome. We have fallen in love with this town and are excited to raise our young children here. Nayla just returned from Valley View’s kindergarten round-up, and Creedon will turn two this October.”
Nick, Nicole and their staff are still putting the finishing touches on Poindexter’s, but if expansive glass-enclosed cases displaying an extensive selection of Michigan-made products is any indication, there are multiple reasons to visit this specialty marketplace. The meat counter boasts Signature choice steaks, American Kobe steaks, burgers and hot dogs. There are also fresh and frozen Michigan-caught fish and other items from the sea, including oysters, mussels, Alaskan king crab legs, lobster bisque and clam chowder. Customers can also special order in-season fish and special cuts of meat, which arrive Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Orders must be placed before 2 p.m. the day before, with a minimum order size of two pounds per species.
Poindexter’s is also a great spot to pick up a hostess gift or a dish to pass at a party. Their signature smoked salmon dip and feta dip are top sellers. In the near future, Poindexter’s will also be serving sandwiches, wraps, and soups to go—perfect for the busy work crowd or a meal on the run. Stop in soon for a free sample, and welcome them to the neighborhood!