Since opening in March Mi Hometown Furnishings owners Ken and Heather Palcowski have enjoyed getting to know members of the Lowell community. During the month of April a percentage of sales was set aside, marked to donate to the Pink Arrow Project.
A Warm Welcome
Mi Hometown Furnishings’ grand opening had people filling the store and lined the sidewalk hoping to be the winner of the drawing for $3,000 worth of furniture. There were also a few additional items raffled off such as an hour of free labor from Canfield Plumbing and a gift certificate to Main Street BBQ. “We have received an amazing welcome from the community and our customers and we are so thankful for that!” says Heather Palcowski who manages the store. Her husband Ken spends time in Lowell in addition to additional locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, both named Ken’s Furniture and Mattress.
Main Street was buzzing with activity the day of the grand opening. Many businesses offered a discount or special that day to help celebrate the opening of a fellow business. Business owners in the Historical District often work together to help promote Lowell making it a destination for a variety of experiences.
Home decor items have been popular with customers. Even since opening new items have been added to the store. Products made by weavers at Ability Weavers were recently added. The total sale price from these items goes back to the efforts of Ability Weavers.
Giving Back to the Community
Each month a different organization is selected to be the recipient of a percentage of sales. Ken is a graduate of Lowell High School and remains a Red Arrow at heart so selecting Pink Arrow Project as the first recipient of funds was an easy choice. The Palcowskis will continue their generosity by selecting a new organization each month to receive a donation.
The organization receiving a donation volunteers in the store to help promote their cause. “Teresa Beachum was our volunteer and she worked about 24 hrs during the month of April. She greeted customers every Saturday and explained the Pink Arrow Project to them and our involvement.” says Heather. Some customers came in to shop knowing their purchase would help a good cause. But others had no idea supporting a locally owned business would also benefit one of the biggest organizations known in the community.
Ken and Heather presented a check for $5,000 to Teresa Beachum. They will also be matching a portion of the donation with additional $1,000. With a total donation of $6,000 Mi Hometown Furnishings will be listed as one of the sponsors on this year’s Pink Arrow t-shirt! Congratulations to Ken and Heather for their hard work and willingness to be a positive influence in the community.
Ken and Heather have selected the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce as the next recipient of their kindness. They will partner with the Chamber from May 21-28 and a portion of sales during this time will be donated to the Rebuild the Showboat effort.
Local organizations looking to partner with Mi Hometown Furnishings should stop by and talk with Ken or Heather about the opportunity. A portion of sales during a specified time frame will be donated with a minimum dollar amount of $500.