Traverse Bay Woolen - Traverse City MI

Address: 4290 N US-31
City: Traverse City
State: MI
Zip: 49685
County: Grand Traverse
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From Kimberly Burke:

I am the Grand daughter of Luke Sanders. My mother Bonnie Kelly was also an owner along with Sandy and their brother Jack. Once my grandfather passed away the 3 of them owned it together with Sandy running the company. She ran it well. They all came to a point of retirement so collectively decided to sell since none of the grandchildren were local at the time and no experience in retail. This was their retirement. It was simply time to wrap up a successful business my grandfather started for his family and move on.

This article is incorrect in saying my Aunt Sandy gave her best effort in saving the stores. It's true we consolidated but for many reasons. It was a successful business with its ups and downs over the years. I proudly worked there since the age of 10 until I left Traverse City to pursue further education. Many of my family worked there over the years. This is the accurate writing of how the story went.

Traverse Bay Woolen was started in 1947 by Luther Sanders. Eventually they opened several outlets up north. Ludington, the Soo, Traverse City, Petoskey were a few. There were 12 stores at one point.

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Traverse Bay Woolen - Old Postcard
Old Postcard
Traverse Bay Woolen - Old Postcard
Old Postcard
Traverse Bay Woolen - A Nice Shirt
A Nice Shirt
Traverse Bay Woolen - Houghton Lake High School - Bobcat Yearbook Class Of 1966
Houghton Lake High School - Bobcat Yearbook Class Of 1966
Traverse Bay Woolen - 1956 Ad
1956 Ad
Traverse Bay Woolen - 1971 Ad
1971 Ad
Traverse Bay Woolen - Matchbook
Matchbook
Traverse Bay Woolen - Old Flyer
Old Flyer
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