TRAVERSE CITY — Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co. is a Glen Arbor-based business looking to stir more locally grown fruits and herbs into its product lines.
Company co-owner Chris Sack said Tuesday a new $1,250 grant obtained from the Leelanau County Business Grant Program will allow the business to do just that by funding product research and development.
“It’s all about the product research and trying to get new products out on the shelves,” Sack said. “It can be amazingly difficult with tight cash flows to do product research and we want to integrate more locally based products into our teas and spices.”
Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co. is one of 18 Leelanau County businesses awarded about $19,000 in grants under a one-time grant program made possible after Leelanau County disbanded its county Economic Development Corporation in 2013. The EDC’s remaining assets were transferred to the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation for distribution to Leelanau County businesses for help in operating capital, new products or services.
Other businesses that received $1,250 awards were Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, The Redheads and the V.I. Grill. Businesses awarded $1,000 include Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market, Brengman Brothers, Clarke’s Transmission, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, La Becasse, Laker Shakes Burdickville Market, Leelanau Cheese Co., Sugarfoot Saloon, Sun Dog Boarding Kennel, Suttons Bay Bikes, Suttons Bay Hops, Suttons Bay Massage Center, Suttons Bay Trading Co. and Timberlee Management.
Applications were reviewed by county residents David McCulloch, Linda Peppler and Robert Vandermark, as well as Doug Luciani of the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp.