UPPER THUMB — The fifth annual “Made in the Thumb — Entrepreneurial Showcase” is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Polish American Hall 1466 Mertz Road in Caro.
The event will feature small business owners from throughout the Thumb area.
Todd Schuette, who owns Smokin’ Todd’s Sausage Co. of Pigeon, sells naturally smoked meats. He does summer sausage, beef jerky, pepper stix, bacon, and does deer processing also. He uses family recipes have been handed down from generation to generation continuing the excellent quality smoked sausage and meats that are the families’ trademark.
Another vendor who is schedule to return is blacksmith April Prich, who owns Red Moon Forge of Sebewaing. She doesn’t do horseshoes. Her focus is forged jewelry, household items, and decorative pieces like paper towel holders, toilet paper holders, and door knockers.
Well known Caseville photographer Bill Diller, who specializes in outdoor photography, will be back as well.
The following are a few of the businesses expected to attend the event: Barry’s Popcorn, Sawdust Corners Furniture of Caro, Port Austin Fudge, Sister’s Garlic of Cass City, Cathy’s Gourds ’N’ More of Cass City, Sew Creative of Unionville, Searles Woodworking of Gagetown, Fostoria Breads of Fostoria, and the Backyard Potato Chip Company of Brown City.
Made in the Thumb, which is coordinated by the Mayville Lions Club, is a good venue for small business owners to showcase what they have to offer, and a way to remind residents to shop local for unique gifts without the hassle of dealing with crowds in big-box stores.
The Made in the Thumb event is the forerunner to “Small Business Saturday,” which is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Small business Saturday is the trifecta of three shopping seasons. It is after Black Friday and before Cyber Monday.