Lowell continues to see new businesses open their doors. Superior Furniture closed its doors in 2009 but customers will once again be able to shop for furniture in Lowell. With an anticipated opening of March 1, Mi Hometown Furnishings takes a historic building on Main Street back to it’s early 1900s roots.
Ken and Heather Palcowski are the owners of Mi Hometown Furnishings. Ken is from Lowell and has experience in the furniture and mattress business. He owns a store in Grand Rapids which opened five years ago and another in Muskegon which is approaching it’s fourth anniversary. But he has always wanted to have a store in Lowell. Ken’s Furniture and Mattress is managed by Ken and named such to represent a family business to last generations. Kenneth Palcowski III, known as Tripp, is Ken and Heather’s 18 month old son who, if interested, will have the opportunity to continue the family business if a football career isn’t in his future.
Ken plans on spending two days per week at each of the three stores. Heather, along with her sister Kaitlyn Pannill, will manage the Lowell location, which offers a new concept and name. Mi Hometown Furnishings will offer home decor items in addition to furniture and mattresses. Local crafts and Michigan made products will be available for sale making the store a destination for personal and gift items, complementing larger ticket items.
Heather is looking forward to being a bigger part of the community as her family’s roots continue to be established. “We’re excited to help bring in people from surrounding areas to show off all the great things downtown Lowell has to offer.” she says. She’s eager to greet and get to know new-to-her faces. In addition to Ken, Heather, and Kaitlyn, the Palcowskis anticipate having two employees to help run the store. Customers may also have the pleasure of meeting kids in the family while shopping. Once opened Mi Hometown Furnishings will be open seven days a week.
Coming Home and Giving Back
Ken is proud of his roots in Lowell. He and Heather plan on giving back to the community they are proud to a part of. Each month a new organization will be selected to receive a portion of monthly sales in the form of a donation to their cause. The group will be able to work in the store twice a week to help promote their efforts.
It’s a winning combination. “I am a Red Arrow! Always have been and always will be! And to be able to do something like this and give back makes me so excited and proud. Arrows for life!” exclaims Ken. So it’s no surprise the first organization the store will work with is Pink Arrow.
Wait for It…
It may take some time for the location of Mi Hometown Furnishings to be referred to as something other than “the old Superior building” but the business is sure to make a name for itself. On the outside a fresh coat of paint has had the community wondering what is happening with the building. On the inside construction continues as vendors are set up. A fresh, new website is also in the works and their Facebook page is a good place to stay informed as opening day nears. If you’re a local crafter selling home decor and are interested in having your goods at Mi Hometown Furnishings contact them through their Facebook page. Mark your calendar for early March so you can experience furniture shopping and more at one of Lowell’s new businesses.
*Photos used with permission from Mi Hometown Furnishings