New store offers entrepreneurs a place to sell handmade items

Saori Shimizu and Ted Covey are pictured at Skyview Square, 112 S. Winter St.

Erik Gable

Saori Shimizu and Ted Covey are pictured at Sky View Square, 112 S. Winter St.

A new store next to El Chapulin in downtown Adrian aims to be a place where local entrepreneurs can sell their handmade items.

Sky View Square opened June 15 at 112 S. Winter St., and is adding vendors one at a time. When owner Ted Covey moved his marketing business, SHD Marketing Agency, from its previous home on South Main Street, he gained a lot of additional square footage — so he decided to put it to use.

Covey is aiming to recreate the feel of an outdoor market, only indoors. He’s hired an artist to paint a sky on the ceiling — hence the name — and he’d like to bring in 20 or 30 more vendors.

Currently the store has everything from clothing to home décor to dog treats. Almost everything is handmade. And there’s still plenty of extra space for new vendors to come in.

A Sand Creek native who returned to the Adrian area five years ago, Covey said he got into marketing because although he had run businesses before, he found that his favorite part was always working to increase sales.

Covey said he wants to encourage shopping downtown.

“When you buy something from a downtown business, you’re not lining the pockets of wealthy corporations,” he said. “You’re helping families make a living, and the money that they make is spent right here in this community.”

Sky View Square’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and Covey said he plans to be open late for Adrian First  Fridays.

The phone number is 517-662-9252 and the website is skyviewsquare.com.