One business opens, another sold around NE Michigan

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Monica Spears, co-owner of the Hollyhock Emporium, arranges a onesie for an infant at the consignment shop located at 301 E. Main St.

HARRISVILLE — At least one new business has opened in Northeast Michigan, while another has been sold.

The Hollyhock Emporium in Harrisville recently opened for business, and Hall’s Serv-All changed ownership in September.



The idea for Harrisville’s Hollyhock Emporium was born out of the necessity for a clothing shop for clothing in Alcona County, its owner said.

Aside from St. Vincent De Paul in Mikado, busy moms and business partners Monica Spears and Jennifer Kozlow could not think of another business in the county that sold clothes.

So they decided to open one themselves.

Hollyhock Emporium is a consignment shop that features “brand names at affordable prices,” Spears said. Customers who shop there will find gently worn clothing and a wide assortment of accessories for men, women, and children. Kozlow said she and Spears are very particular about the items they select and look specifically for brand-name clothing.

The store also features products handcrafted by local people who, Kozlow says, “have polished and perfected their products.” Artisan products, such as jewelry, art, metalwork, goat milk soap and soy candles are strategically placed around the store.

“We started reaching out and we got a really great response from the community — both artisans and people who had clothing to consign,” Kozlow said. “Even before we had a for-sure open date, we had a store full.”

Kozlow said community support “will be pivotal in keeping us open” as the business heads into the winter months, which are a slower time for businesses in the city.

The Hollyhock Emporium is located at 301 E. Main St. in downtown Harrisville.

Fall hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The business is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.



In Posen, Hall’s Serv-All recently changed ownership.

Northeast Michigan Environmental Alliance Inc. purchased the family-owned septic hauling company and took over operations in September, according to a news release from the company.

Daniel Meirelles, who relocated to Posen from Santa Monica, California, will lead day-to-day operations.

Joe and Alycia Hall opened the business in 1984 and will continue to participate in the future of the company in training, advisory and consulting roles, the news release said.

NMEA President Rodrigo Meirelles said his company is honored to have been selected by the Halls to lead the business in both its operations and future growth. Meirelles said Hall’s Serv-All has “an impeccable reputation and is an industry leader in the septic hauling industry.”

The business has helped set quality and operating standards that are benchmarks in the state, he said.

“We believe that by combining the profound industry knowledge and extensive customer relationships of Hall’s Serve All’s professional staff with our proven track record in marketing and business strategy, we will continuously improve our ability to serve our clients and grow relationships with our suppliers,” Meirelles said in the statement.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.