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SugarKissed, Busy Bodies Bounce Town Among Businesses Announcing Closures & Sell-offs

By Beth Milligan | Aug. 8, 2020

SugarKissed, Busy Bodies Bounce Town, and Small Wonders, Curvaceous, and Curvaceous Bridal have all announced they are closing their doors. Meanwhile, two additional local companies - Leelanau Cheese and Muy Los Tacos - have listed their businesses for sale.

Sweet shop SugarKissed will close its doors at 127 East Front Street at the end of the day today (Saturday) after nine years in business. Head baker and owner Christina Burke said that closing the store was the "toughest decision of all" to make, saying the business she built from the ground up "will always be my first baby." She added: "As I look forward to the next chapter in my life, I want to thank you all! Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for embracing me into your community. There is no place else I would have wanted to bring SugarKissed from dream to reality."

After seven years in business, Busy Bodies Bounce Town will close its Petoskey and Traverse City locations at the end of August, citing mandatory coronavirus closures and the discouragement of indoor social activities. The company will remain open on weekends and Wednesdays from 11am to 6pm for the rest of the month to allow customers to use up gift certificates or pay a final visit. "We will also be liquidating all of our assets, so if you are in the market for bounce houses, tables, chairs, or other random store fixtures...stop on by and check it out," the company wrote on Facebook.

Small Wonders, Curvaceous, and Curvaceous Bridal will close its doors in Chums Corner after 11 years in business. The consignment/retail store and bridal shop will close for good on either August 31 or when all inventory and fixtures are gone, according to an announcement from owner Julie Light. "This has been a very difficult time for me," she wrote. "I have not made this decision lightly. It has been months of juggling, trying, crying, and soul searching. At the end of all of that, I have faith that I am making the decision that is right." Light added that she has "tons of inventory to liquidate," with store sales underway.

Two other local businesses have listed their assets for sale. Leelanau Cheese has listed its eight-acre property for sale at 3324 South West Bay Shore Drive in Suttons Bay. The $895,000 listing includes a 3,350 square-foot retail/kitchen building with office for food manufacturing/production, private parking lot, a solar energy system, and an underground climate-controlled cold storage facility. The listing notes that the Leelanau Cheese business itself could also potentially be available for purchase; however, owners have publicly stressed that Leelanau Cheese remains open and will continue to operate for the foreseeable future until a sale is complete.

The owners of Muy Los Tacos announced this week that the popular food truck - which caters to special events, weddings, and pop-ups across the region, in addition to frequently being stationed at Stormcloud Brewery & Parkview Taproom in Frankfort - is being listed for sale. The owners cited personal health issues as the reason for the decision and said this week at Stormcloud will be their last. The company is up for sale as a complete business including the name/brand, food trucks, all contacts, social media, merchandise, and more. Interested buyers are advised to reach out to the owners for more information and pricing; the company's listed phone number is 231-313-5657.

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