Rusty Petunias started a while back, around 2010, as a small rented space inside of a vintage market in Florida. It was only a 10 x 10 space so selling a few pieces a month kept me busy. Who knew it would turn into a large store in Alpena!
After a few years we realize Florida was not a place for us. So we loaded up the truck, and headed back to Michigan. Being from the Detroit area we knew we didn't want the fast pace life, so we ended up to our summer home in Alpena. With a lot of family here, or from here we knew it would be a great fit.
We moved into a little summer home in town right away. After we found the perfect house to completely remodel to move into, I decided to go shopping downtown. I had seen a closed sign on one of my favorite stores, The Marketplace. I knew even then it is a retail space that should not go away. So I took my love for retail (30 years of love) and decided to make Rusty Petunias into a large store. In May of 2018 Rusty Petunias Marketplace opened its doors. After being open for only a year I had to rethink the repurposed items and go towards what most customers wanted, gifts, home decor and kitchen gadgets.
We have more changes coming in the future so keep a lookout!