Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Montague and Whitehall

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Montague and Whitehall as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at The Book Nook & Java Shop while in Montague before continuing to Colby’s Hokey Pokey and The Lewis House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall. During her visit, Stabenow was joined by Amy VanLoon, the Executive Director of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.


Stabenow’s tour has included over 140 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portland, Ionia, Battle Creek, Albion, Harrison Township, Detroit, Mount Clemens, Utica, Plainwell, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Jackson, Flint, Bay City, Ludington, Onaway, Grand Haven, Hastings, Holland, Muskegon, Marquette, St. Ignace, Escanaba, Newberry, Howell, Williamston, Roseville, Montague and Whitehall.


“In every corner of Michigan, from big cities to small towns, small businesses are the heart of our communities,” said Senator Stabenow. “Montague and Whitehall are no exception.”


“We are honored to have Senator Stabenow visit Montague and Whitehall and we were eager to share with her what we have to offer here in the White Lake Area,” said Amy VanLoon, Executive Director of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “Personal face to face interaction with our small businesses is a great opportunity for both the legislator and the business owners and we appreciate her time and interest in our community.”


“It was a pleasure meeting Debbie – not only was it clear that she brings heart and soul to her work for Michigan, I enjoyed playing ‘Heart and Soul’ and some boogie-woogie with her on piano,” said Bryan Uecker, Owner of The Book Nook & Java Shop. “I appreciate her commitment to small business and especially her efforts to keep Lake Michigan healthy and clean which is the lifeblood of the West Michigan shoreline communities.”


“It was great having Senator Stabenow visit our shop,” said Gretchen Jacobson, Owner of Colby’s Hokey Pokey. “It really means a lot to be able to show her all the hard work we have put into making and growing our business and to know that she is out there fighting for all us small business owners in Whitehall and all over Michigan.”


“It was an honor for Greg and me to have Senator Stabenow visit our B&B!  We enjoyed giving her a tour of our historic home and talk about the nature of our business,” said Debi Hillebrand, Mayor of Whitehall and Owner of The Lewis House Bed and Breakfast. “Senator Stabenow knows that small businesses like the Lewis House Bed and Breakfast help make small towns special.  We only wish she could have stayed for breakfast!”