Crickets Crop Shop opens to serve scrapbookers

Ribbon-cutting attendees at Crickets Crop Shop in Grattan on October 5, 2011 include Mike Verdun, Chamber vice president; Terry Remelts, Chamber Board member; Jodi Paulsen, Chamber staff member; Dianna Force, proprietor; and Michelle Krick, Chamber member.

Several members of the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce along with Chamber staff member Jody Paulsen recently participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new business venture in Grattan. Crickets Crop Shop opened in June to serve scrapbook enthusiasts.

When asked about how she decided to open the store, owner Dianna Force commented, “I was at a scrapbooking retreat with some friends last winter and we were discussing the availability of scrapbook supplies in our area. Both of the scrapbook stores in Greenville had closed, so if we needed anything we had to drive to Grand Rapids. Someone jokingly said to me, ‘You should open a scrapbook store, you have plenty of room.’ Thus the idea for Crickets Crop Shop was born.”

Force is excited to see increased patronage recently, as she explained, “Our grand opening was held the end of June. Business has been slow, but is starting to pick up since the kids have gone back to school. The store carries a good variety of cardstock, paper, adhesives, embellishments, sew easy supplies, inks, stickers, ribbon, cutting tools and much more! New items are arriving all of the time, and we also have a couple of tables set up for cropping right in the store.”

The store is located at 11768 Old Belding Road NE in Grattan, just across from the general store. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash and checks are welcome, with plans to accept credit and debit cards in the near future.

For additional information about Crickets Crop Shop, please contact Force at (616) 826-1872 or Belding Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mike Verdun at (616) 794-1300.

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