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WILLOW GIFTS, OWNED by Missy Spade, offers seasonal home decor at N1371 WPA Road in Vulcan. Spade plans to have a soft opening for the shop Saturday. (Jim Paul/Daily News photo)

VULCAN — Missy Spade is turning a love of decorating into a business, again.

Spade owned and operated Stone Road Coffee and Decor in Norway from 2008 through 2013 until a fire put her out of business. Spade said rebuilding on U.S. 2 would have been just too costly.

“So I just went to work at a regular job,” Spade said, including at the Caring House and U.P. Kids, where she still is employed. “But now that my children are bigger, I have more time so I can do what I love again.”

Spade also kept her taste for decorating alive by putting on the haunted barn at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, an event going into its eighth year that continues to grow.

For the past three years, Spade had opened the shop in November and December, selling Christmas wreaths, arrangements and holiday decorations.

OWNER MISSY SPADE converted a storage shed into her Willow Gifts shop at her home in Vulcan. (Jim Paul/Daily News photo)

While Willow Gifts will extend beyond the late-year holiday seasons, Spade is starting small — literally. The gift shop is a storage shed she had delivered and finished by running electrical and installing drywall.

Willow Gifts will offer home decor such as pictures, wall hangings, centerpieces, floral arrangements and more. Items for sale will change with the seasons, with a closeout sale happening when a new season arrives.

“Right now we are going into the summer season, so we have a lot of summer decor and I am already thinking ahead for fall and winter,” Spade said.

Her former customers have eagerly awaited her return, she said, and encouraged her to reopen ever since the fire. Response on social media has been strong and even though Willow Gifts does not officially open until Saturday, Spade said people already stopping to see what she has to offer.

For Willow Gifts, Spade decided to open her shop at her home on WPA Road in Norway, even though it might be a little out of the way. Being close to home allows Spade to be available for her children and animals.

“I was kind of worried about people wanting to come here, even though it is really not that far; it is not even two miles from the Norway school,” Spade said. “I do not know if I will get a whole lot of traffic, so it may be seasonal, so I am just a little concerned about getting traffic to come this way.”

But people can come browse the shop, sit outside and watch her horses. She hopes to have some events like a walking trail or snowshoeing in the winter.

Willow Gifts will have a soft opening on Saturday. Although Spade has not completely decided on hours, she believes the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and in the afternoons during the week.

Willow Gifts is at N1371 WPA Road in Vulcan and can be reached at 906-282-4370.

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The Daily News plans to highlight some of the new businesses in the region. Know of one that recently opened or changed hands? Contact Jim Paul at 906-774-2772, ext. 229, or [email protected].


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