While the company’s name has yet to be announced, new owners of the former Johan’s Bakery building—at 110 South Lake St. in Boyne City—say an established bakery is set to move in by March.
According to a Boyne City Main Street Program press release, Rebecca Harris and Thomas Greetis have acquired the property, registered as “Boyne City Bakery LLC” on Dec. 30, 2015.
Harris and Greetis are said to be renovating the building.
In addition to having full-time baking tenants, they will provide a commercial kitchen to other food entrepreneurs, offer community food education and other hands-on events.
“Our vision is to bring back a working bakery and facilitate entrepreneurial food-based businesses with an emphasis on local ingredients,” said Harris. “It is so exciting to be part of downtown Boyne City. Tom and I love this community and look forward to helping shape its future. We believe in a collaborative and competitive downtown environment.”
She added, “We are waiting to announce who the baking tenants will be. But, the well established and loved products are going to thrill the community. Customers will be able to take home products or they may sit down inside or out seasonally on both Lake and Front Streets.”
Greetis moved to Boyne City in 1974 to work at Courter Products, now Honeywell.
Greetis worked as a project and manufacturing engineer for 36 years. And, he has served on the Friends of the Library, Boyne City Planning Commission, and volunteered as Challenge Mountain treasurer for over 15 years.
Harris moved to Boyne City in 1991 and worked at Harbor House Publishers until 2011.
Since 2012, she has managed the Boyne City Farmers Market.
Harris has also been involved in many organizations, projects and initiatives, including the Challenge Mountain board, Main Street Design Committee, Walkabout Sculpture Tour, SOBO Arts Festival, Stroll Through History and the Boyne City Historical Walking Tour.
“Tom and Rebecca are very passionate about Boyne City and they will make such a positive impact on our downtown,” said Lori Meeder, executive director of the Boyne City Main Street Program. “We are extremely lucky to have them invest in our community and bring their vision, passion and extensive knowledge to a new business venture.”
She added, “They will help drive the excitement and growth on South Lake Street.”