Meet two generations of Onekama entrepreneurs



ONEKAMA – Two Onekama companies launched this year are organizing tandem open days this weekend.

The Groomery, a new dog grooming salon, and Kott’s pickin ‘Antiques & Home Decor will be holding their open houses from noon to 3 p.m. on October 24.

The two companies share an address in the former Linebacks building located at 4990 Main Street in downtown Onekama (the entrance to the Groomery faces Brandt Street).

There will be item drawings and refreshments will be provided on Sunday, according to Jane Kott, owner of Kott’s pickin ‘Antiques & Home Decor.

Salon tours will also take place and owner Kate Lippert will host an ‘Doodle Education Event’ with grooming tips for owners of curly-haired dog breeds.

“I’m going to have a demo doodle here, showing people how to properly brush their dog,” Lippert told the News Advocate. “… a few dogs are coming over to demonstrate nail trimming, and we’ve got a lot of pictures and all kinds of scribble stuff.”

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Lippert asked participants not to bring their dogs to the open house.

The two entrepreneurs share more than a simple address, they represent two generations of entrepreneurs.

Kott, who is Lippert’s mother, said she has postponed her business opening celebrations until her daughter’s dog grooming salon is ready for its grand opening.

Lippert opened his salon to customers earlier this year on a limited basis, but delayed the grand opening until his salon was fully stocked and equipped.

“We are fully functional now,” said Lippert. “We have our two stainless steel bins; we can accommodate dogs of all sizes; we are all inside and the buildings are finished. “

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Lippert is an academically trained pet stylist with years of hands-on grooming experience that includes bathing, trimming, styling, and fingernails. The Groomery accepts all breeds of dogs, cats and even some reptiles for nail trimming.

Kott’s pickin ‘Antiques & Home Decor officially opened in May and has “a bit of everything,” according to its owner.

These include such products as Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint, Cavillini products, Myra bags, Kalamazoo candles and other products made by local artists and artisans, as well as a large amount of furniture. and other household items, Kott said.

“When you walk into the store you will find an architectural section with salvage parts, hinges and corbels, starting posts, shutters, door and window hardware,” she said. “We have painted furniture and unpainted furniture… antique crockery and milk bottles, pottery, lamps and bottles galore. “

Kott is a regular seller at Red Dresser Marketplace in Traverse City, offers furniture restoration classes and runs the shop alongside her husband, Doug.

“We finish and recycle things to make them part of your decor,” she said. “We do everything in the shop (and) everything in the shop is done by me and my husband.”

Visit Kott’s pickin ‘Antiques & Home Decor on Facebook at Kottspickinantiques to find out more. For more information on the Groomery, visit



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