Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 18, 2014

Businesses work together to open Lil' Leland Café

LELAND— Diana Sebaly and Sarah Landry Ryder hope that sharing space will mean their Leelanau County businesses share customers and success, too.

Sebaly owns Leelanau Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Leland. Landry Ryder owns The Redheads, a food company that makes hummus, mixes, dressing and sauces. The two companies opened the Lil’ Leland Café in Leelanau Books on Saturday, serving The Redheads coffee, baked goods and iced drinks in a renovated section of the bookstore with additional seating on a new outdoor patio.

“You can come and sit down, finally, and have a place to sit with Wi-fi and enjoy these great baked goods and pastries,” Sebaly said. “It just offers us a dimension we didn’t have.”

Landry Ryder hopes to take advantage of foot traffic in front of Leelanau Books to sell customers products from the Lil’ Leland Café, direct them to The Redheads Café and Tasting Room in Lake Leelanau and expose them to their brand since products are sold in markets downstate.

“I’m really excited about having a presence in Leland,” Landry Ryder said. “It’s a great tourist town, it’s one of the boom towns out in Leelanau.”

Lisa Brookfield runs the marketing side of both companies and said the Lil’ Leland Café is a natural move for both business owners.

“They’re providing a space where people could come, have a cup of coffee, read a good book, hang out and spend some time,” Brookfield said.

Landry Ryder hopes to eventually sell pre-made sandwiches and salads to the café and offer hummus tasting, but space constraints limit sales for now. All products are made at The Redheads Lake Leelanau location.

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