Special to The Daily News
BELDING — Several members of the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Chamber staff member Jody Paulsen recently participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new business venture in Grattan called Cricket’s Crop Shop.
The shop, owned by Dianna Force, opened in June to serve scrapbook enthusiasts.
“I was at a scrapbooking retreat with some friends last winter and we were discussing the availability of scrapbook supplies in our area. Both of the scrapbook stores in Greenville had closed, so if we needed anything we had to drive to Grand Rapids,” Force said. “Someone jokingly said to me, ‘You should open a scrapbook store, you have plenty of room.’ Thus, the idea for Cricket’s Crop Shop was born.”
Force held a grand opening at the end of June and has been excited to see the shop becoming busier with customers.
“Business has been slow, but is starting to pick up since the kids have gone back to school,” she said
Cricket’s Crop Shop carries a variety of cardstock, paper, adhesives, embellishments, sew easy supplies, inks, stickers, ribbon, cutting tools and more. Force said new items are arriving all of the time. The store has a couple of tables set up for cropping right in the store, as well.
Cricket’s Crop Shop is at 11768 Old Belding Road NE in Grattan. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cash and checks are welcome, however, a credit and debit card system has yet to be set up.
For more information about Cricket’s Crop Shop, call Dianna Force at (616) 826-1872 or Belding Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mike Verdun at (616) 794-1300.