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Road Trippin': The General Store in Hastings

Jody Peterson, right, is the manager at The South Jefferson Street General Store, where made in Michigan items line the shelves. Peterson talks to Newschannel 3's Christina Anthony about the options. (WWMT)

The South Jefferson Street General Store

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Oreo, the resident pup, is one of the friendly faces at the general store in downtown Hastings. Located on South Jefferson Street, it’s the kind of place one could spend hours just looking.

Jody Peterson is the manager at The South Jefferson Street General Store, and she said it’s the perfect place to shop for that person who seems to have everything.

“We have so many unique things that are made in Michigan” Peterson said. “And that’s because the people Michigan are so imaginative and creative.”

Among the made in Michigan items are coasters from Detroit and polk-a-dot mittens from Saugatuck.

“Jeremy Maita over in Ada, Michigan has also ceramic things,” Peterson said. “Right here in Hastings we have Jennifer Hayward and Annie Johnston who have made a whole company about books and puzzles and games that are all focused around the national parks in our country.”

On the store shelves are items for mom and dad, cool stuff for friends, tea towels and cards and an entire floor dedicated to children.

“ Kids love to go downstairs to Dave's Toybox,” Peterson said. “There's all sorts of things from Melissa and Doug and then Emily and I are kind of addicted to children’s books so there’s Dave's library. That’s full of books.”

But there’s more.

“There’s also Peter‘s room that has a lot of that infant items,” Peterson said. “And there’s also the bitten mitten down there and they are from Sparta, Michigan. The Bitten Michigan, she started with this teether that’s in the shape of Michigan, and it’s really cool and its really popular with the young moms.”

Don’t forget the pewter keychains, straight from the hometown, Hastings Pewter Co. And because Christmas is less than half a year away, be sure to check out the holiday displays in the store.

Certainly, it’s never too early to talk about Christmas.

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